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GrogHeads Holiday Buying Guide 2016


Folks have no idea what to do for the Grog on their lists? Here we come to save the day! ~

GrogHeads Staff, 04 December 2016


This year, we’re leading off with the games, and there’s some excellent ones to choose from this year.  Leading off, we’ve got Mark Walker’s ’65 Squad-Level Combat in Vietnam, a gorgeous card-driven game with the biggest counters this side of…  well, of Night of Man, another FPG offering.  Refight the Vietnam War, one firefight at a time, and if you grab it now, it’s over $20 off!


News! Battles Magazine finally hits shipping date!

Check out the latest from Battles! Magazine ~

GrogHeads Newsdesk, 06 July 2016



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News! Sad to Report the Passing of Author John Gresham


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GrogHeads Newsdesk, 05 July 2016

Renowned military affairs author and speaker John Gresham passed away over the weekend.

more after the jump…

News! GAMA Elects New Board Members


Check out the latest from the Game Manufacturers’ Association ~

GrogHeads Newsdesk, 28 June 2016

GAMA sets up their annual meeting to coincide with Origins, since a ton of industry people are already there.  Since you’ve got them in the building, might as well have an election!

GAMA Names Board Members

Columbus, OH – June 28, 2016 – The Game Manufacturers Association’s Publisher/Manufacturer members elected Stephan Brissaud as the new Vice President during the Annual Membership Meeting at Origins Game Fair.  Marie Poole was also elected to an At-Large Director position. The new positions are effective immediately.gama-logo-500x261

Two previously serving At-Large Directors, Larry Roznai and Mike Webb, retained their seats for a further 2-year term.  Aaron Witten was re-elected GAMA Treasurer.

Brissaud, the COO of IELLO, USA, has 25 years of experience in the hobby industry and was elected to the GAMA board in June 2015 as an At-Large Director. He succeeds long time Vice President Jamie Chambers, who chose to not seek re-election this year.

Origins Coverage – You tell us!


What do you want to see from the show? ~

GrogHeads Staff, 08 June 2016

This time next week we’ll be setting up the GrogHeads Central Command at Origins, and firing up a couple of drop-in afternoon games for Wednesday, before our full program starts on Thursday.

In addition to our events, we’re going to have all sorts of coverage from the show itself.  You tell us – what do you want us to cover while we’re there?  Give us your votes below.

And watch GrogHeads for coverage starting a week from today!

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News! Origins Releases On-Site Program Book


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GrogHeads Newsdesk, 08 June 2016

The Origins on-site program (PDF) has been released.

Of note to the GrogHeads community is the map of the gaming hall, that show where we’re co-located with several of our wargaming partners, and nicely nestled near the front of the D-Hall.

Origins Map

Of course, they just labeled us “War Gamers” even after years of specifically branding this as “GrogHeads Central Command”…  Le sigh.

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News! Texas Courts Ruling on Game Mechanics


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GrogHeads Newsdesk, 01 June 2016

The key distinction here seems to be the difference between the artistic expression of a game, and the operational aspects – the rules – thereof.  From Zachary Strebeck, a game-industry lawyer.

The court looked at the facts presented by the parties, including the undisputed fact that the games’ mechanics were essentially the same. The court pointed out the major statutory limitation to copyright protection, which is that:

In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

The court points out that “Unlike a book or movie plot, the rules and procedures, including the winning conditions, that make up a card-game system of play do not themselves produce the artistic or literary content that is the hallmark of protectable expression.” They note that past game copyright victories were won by parties based on infringement of visual appearance or other protectable elements. Pac-man’s gameplay, they recall, was not considered protectable back in 1982.

News! War Plan Crimson Released


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GrogHeads Newsdesk, 18 May 2016

Tiny Battles Publishing in re-releasing an older Brian Train classic that lets all you ‘Muricans live out your fantasies of leaving the country following the election of whatever-presidential-candidate-you-despise and head north to invade Canada!

tbp-crimsonWAR PLAN CRIMSON is a simulation game of a hypothetical invasion of Canada by the United States some time between 1935 and 1939. The game is for two players, one representing the leader of the armed forces of the United States that could be deployed against Canada (the US player) and the other representing the commander of the Canadian and British forces that would defend against a foreign invasion (the Commonwealth or CW player).