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So what happened 5 years ago today? ~
Brant Guillory, 26 January 2017
Five years ago, we opened our forums here at GrogHeads. Our front page followed shortly thereafter, and we’ve been talking games all along.
We wanted GrogHeads to be an independent voice in the strategy gaming world. We also wanted to make sure we covered strategy gaming across the entire spectrum of gaming – tabletop, digital, team, distributed, multiplayer, whatevs! – and follow the interests of our members.
Do we get it right every time? Nope.
By the end of February, we had over 100 members in our forums. Within 2 years, we were running a wargaming program at Origins. Along the way, we’ve podcasted, reviewed, pontificated, sarcasmed, photo’ed, gamed, AAR’ed, voted, and discussed all manner of strategy games, and more.
We’re on our 4th iteration of our Readers’ Choice awards, planning our 4th GrogHeads Central Command at Origins, and in March we’ll run our 5th college hoops Bracket Challenge (hey, don’t laugh – it’s a big hit every year). We’re a few dozen months, a few hundred reviews and a few thousand pictures into covering all sorts of games.
So how are you getting involved? Are you talking games in our forums? Sharing an AAR with the gang? Coming to Origins to join us for a weekend-plus of great gaming? Subscribing to the podcast? Following us on Twitter? Hanging with us on FaceBook? All of the above?
Whatever it is, we hope you have a great time doing it, just like we do.
So from all of us here at GrogHeads, to all of you strategy gamers everywhere, wherever you are and whatever you’re playing – thank you, from the bottom of our dice cup.
Here’s to a many more years to come.
Don’t forget to have your say about your favorite 2016 games! ~
GrogHeads Staff, 23 January 2017
It’s time to get your votes in for the Readers’ Choice Awards for game-year 2016.
The only required items are the overall digital / tabletop games, at the end of each of those categories.
This year we’ve made a few changes:
- We’ve consolidated the overall number of categories within the tabletop/digital divisions, to try to keep them as consistent as possible year-to-year
- We’ve added an “AAR of the Year” category, at the request of the readers and members of our forums
- We received no nominations for miniatures rules/expansions, so we’re not doing away with them as a category, but we can’t give you what you don’t nominate!
If you need us, we’ll be here, quaffing a pint, for the next few days.
We polled some friends in the business for their thoughts on 2016 ~
The GrogFriends, 21 December 2016
So we launched out an email to a whole bunch of friends out in GrogLand, and asked the following:
- What was the biggest ‘story’ in gaming this year?
- What was the most fun you had playing a game this year (even if it wasn’t a new game)?
Here are the responses we got at press time…
Ken Burnside, Ad Astra Games
- For RPGs, seeing John Wick Presents get the rights back to 7th Sea and run a million dollar plus Kickstarter. For game publishing, seeing FFG “merge” with Asmodee, have their first “failure” in their Star Wars line with Star Wars Armada, and seeing Games Workshop pull the Warhammer RPG and assorted licenses from them.
- I had a lot of fun playing Star Trek: Ascendancy with two people who were even bigger Trek fans than I am.
Tim van der Moer, CEO, The Lordz Games Studio s.a.r.l.
- The announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2. Mr. Marston will be back, best in game character ever. Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone spaghetti western is an open game world made by Rockstar…very much looking forward to it!
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Civilization VI.
ed note: 2016 was pretty hard on our sense of mortality across everything, not just gaming. We even added an “RIP” icon for threads in our forums…
Steve Rawlings, LPS Games
Not sure if only upbeat material is welcome, but if you want to mention a “dark side” (or an “In Remembrance” section) that impacted many, it was the casualties among the game company people that really shook me this year. Bill Gibbs at Omega dropped dead, Ed Wimble from COA suffered a minor heart attack while in Tempe at the CSW Expo show this year, and my own right hand man, Lembit Tohver, had a major heart attack last month. I’m sure you can name others. Aging may be taking us down one by one faster than poor game sales.
What is this “Command Post Wargaming” of which you speak? ~
The GrogHeads Command Post Wargaming Team, 26 June 2016
There are all sorts of stuff you can do at a game convention. You can play games, shop for games (and accessories!), hang out discussing games with other gamers… all things you can do at home, but made easier by the concentration of the gamers in one place. Things you can’t do at home, though, are the bigger destination events that you need a convention to support. The Command Post Wargame events are a destination event.
There’s plenty of information about the Command Post Wargames here. What we’ve got for you in this article are the details of this year’s mission, and a look at the teams in action.
A Grog has no name. A Grog has only a screen name. ~
The GrogHeads Crew, 23 June 2016
photos by Corinne Mahaffey / click to enlarge
Dubbed “Fort Kickass” by the GrogHeads Central Command crew, our little patch of concrete in the gaming hall was the nexus of some excellent wargaming at Origins 2016. While it’s not the overwhelming dominant presence in the gaming hall like it was in 1978, anyone who says that “there’s no wargaming at Origins” is just flat-out wrong. Hex-and-counter, card-driven area, or minis-on-terrain, we had wargames in spades.
More to the point, we had the Grogs!
And our GrogHeads crew has their own thoughts about Origins 2016, as we asked them (1) “What’s the coolest thing you saw?” and (2) “What was the thing you enjoyed most?”. Here’s what they told us…
What do you do when it’s all been done? ~
Corinne Mahaffey, 20 June 2016
Sunday is a weird day at Origins. The high points of Friday and Saturday are over, and it’s a thinner crowd. Some people are intent on finding a possible last minute deal in the Dealer’s Room, others are squeezing out the last possible bit of gaming time. And many people are trickling off homewards.