Tournaments! We’ve got afternoon/evening tournaments for Lock’n’Load Tactical, Quartermaster General, Spearpoint 1943, and Twilight Struggle
Team / Group events! In addition to our Command Post Wargaming, we have a pair of Team COIN games back this year, plus big team games of Old School Tactical, Sergeants!, and Crucible of Force (Slaughter in the Snow).
Kids! We’ve got a special wargaming program this year for the kids – yes, KIDS! We’ve got 4 games that we’ll be running all weekend, in shorter 1-hour sessions. And for any kid who plays all 4 games at least once each, we’ve got a special Junior General prize. These games are for kids age 7-14, and they must have an adult come to the table with them.
Which companies are here with us?
Griggling Games! Quartermaster General, and some expansions
Flying Pig Games! Mark’s got 5 (five! fünf! cinco! V!) different games over the course of the weekend with us
Enterprise Games! With their support for our GMT events again this year, we’ve Fields of Despair, Wing Leader Supremacy, some COIN events, C&C Ancients for the kids, and the Twilight Struggle tournament
Collins Epic Wargames! We’re running Spearpoint 1943 events (for the kids, too), but look for Polyversal, also
Lost Battalion Games! The always-awesome Sergeants! games are back, and look for their award-winning tiles, too
Proving Ground Games! Bringing the lead to the battle, with their minis wargaming, and a special movie-monster scenario for the kids
Lock’n’Load Games! Nations at War, LNLT, and tanks for the kids
Over 65 events across 4 days, for all your wargaming goodness. Plus, show up Wednesday afternoon and see what the staff has on the table just for their own fun 🙂
When you’re looking for our events in the Origins master event grid, they all start with “GrogHeads Presents”. We did that to make it easier to find when sorting through a giant spreadsheet with over 6000 events, however we stripped it out of the names on our event grid here just to simplify the listings.
Don’t forget that everyone who plays in our events gets a discount with our vendor partners, and gets entered for some great Sunday-morning raffle prizes. There’s also at least one prize for one of the players at every one of our events.
Note that the kids’ events – as noted above – have a special prize for kids who check out all 4 of the different games, and do not have prizes for each individual event.
Renowned designer and author Mark Walker comes back through for a chat ~
Brant Guillory, 10 January 2017
Mark Walker has paid us a few visits before (here and here and here), and he’s graciously stopped back by to chat about his other, other, other venture, Tiny Battle Publishing.
Tiny Battle Publishing has churned out about a game a week – or so it seems some days. What was the final headcount, anyways? And were you intending to try and keep pace with Victory Point Games, or was it just accidental that you had that many games to publish over the past year?
LOL, yes it sometimes seems that way. No, we aren’t trying to keep pace with any publisher. We wanted to set a schedule and stick to it. That schedule is two games a month. We’ve fallen a bit behind, but feel like we can get back on pace now that the holidays are behind us. There are just a ton of games that fit our footprint. Interesting titles, be they historical, science fiction, horror or whatever. We want to share those titles with gamers, and maybe make a buck or two doing it. 🙂
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!
The Last Hundred Yards (GMT) p500 $38, MSRP $59 – not there yet
Because what you really need is another tactical level WWII game, right? But this one includes a significant dose of battlefield chaos and an emphasis on the decisions made by the men on the ground far more than the technical capabilities of their gear. Early feedback from GMT’s Weekend at the Warehouse is positive, so check it out.
Here’s what’s coming at the GrogHeads Central Command at Origins ~
Several years ago, we approached Origins with a simple idea: bring wargaming back to the convention. It had been withering on the vine for a while. The first year I attended as BayonetGames was in 2005. We were across the aisle from MMP (who said about 4 total words to us the entire show), next to Columbia (where Ferkin said about 4 words to us every other second), and within sight of Avalanche Press, GMT Games, and Matrix Games, with Decision Games, and others, all in the hall as well. By 2010, there were almost no wargamers left in the building. There were some folks playing over in the CABS Board Room (after its consolidation with the War Room), but wargaming had evaporated, not out of malice, but out of neglect. So I called GAMA. I talked to them and asked what sort of parameters they had for us to operate within if we wanted to try and bring the wargamers back to the show. And thus the GrogHeads Central Command was born. We were able to bring some wargaming companies in that hadn’t been there before, as well as bringing back some others. And now we’re getting ready to launch our third year working with Origins, and here’s what we’ve got in store for you:
Enterprise Games, a retailer out of Indiana, will be the official rep/sponsor of our GMT events. That’s right, for the first time, the Central Command will include official GMT events – we’ve got scheduled events for both COIN series games and Wing Leader, as well as the opportunity for some pick-up games of other titles, like Combat Commander and Command & Colors.
Lock ‘n Load Publishing is coming in. Since the ownership change, they’ve not come back to Origins, until this year. David is planning on bringing in a (literal) boat-load of new games off the press, and we’ll be running events for LNLT, World at War, and Nations at War.
Lost Battalion Games is back! They’re the only company that’s joined forces with us every year of the GrogHeads Central Command, so we probably ought to get them some t-shirts to celebrate or something. They’re going to be running some large ‘rolling’ events for both Sergeants – Hell on Wheels! and Rally Round the Flag that’ll permanently occupy a pair of our tables for the entire show.
Flying Pig Games is making their Origins debut. Mark has committed to the show and we’ll be running events for both Night of Man and Old School Tactical.
Proving Ground Games is bringing back their Origins Award-winning minis rules, and taking over a table of their own with their snazzy terrain boards for a weekend of minis-based wargaming, both WWII and modern.
The ever-enjoyable Command Post Wargaming, wherein you and the rest of the participants get a quick primer on military planning, and then get to develop your own plan for keeping the red horde from rolling over the inter-German border. And then you get to execute your plan and watch it fall to pieces in the first 10 minutes as you scramble to adjust while the war goes on! Seriously, though, it’s an exercise in wargaming with a far more realistic approach to planning, intel, and logistics than you get out of any other tabletop experience. If we get enough participants, we sometimes run this one head-to-head, so bring your friends!
For those that want the Command Post Wargaming experience, but are short on time, we also have the more scaled-back Command Post Chess events, where the principles of planning, intel, and execution are very similar, but with a simplified game that everyone already knows – Chess!
Because I’m the guy that puts all this together, I also sneak in a few events of my own, so we’re going to make sure that BayonetGames‘ long-discussed-and-eventually-to-be-published game about modern-day war in Ukraine hits the table (Orange Crush) as well as one of BayonetGames’ Warfighter-series games, Asian Thunder.
We’ve got over 50 wargaming events spread across 5 days, including some drop-in game times and a stray seminar here and there. There’s something for everyone, so come join us this summer at Origins. Detailed day-by-day schedule breakdowns are below –
An expansion for Cuba Libre, Invierno Cubano expands Cuba Libre to focus on Castro’s initial time in charge, as he consolidated power through his own counterinsurgency. Factions include Casto’s forces, the rich landowners threatened by the socialist revolution, the escapees to the US that want to strike back at the new government, and Batista’s holdouts hoping to take the country back. It’s almost like a whole new game on the same map. Wade ashore at GMT’s p500 site to get your order in!
Mark H Walker’s ’65 (Flying Pig Games) $27k of $16k, ends 17 December 2015
The latest Kickstarter for Flying Pig is here, as previewed on The GrogCast – ’65 brings tactical combat in Vietnam to your desktop. Building on the same system they’re using for Night of Man, this card-driven game forces some agonizing decisions on you to manage your forces during intense shootouts. All the Mark Walker hallmarks are here – stunning counters, tight storylines, and fast, fun gameplay. March over to the campaign page and pledge already!