Three gamers sit around a table in a friendly local gaming store. A customer walks in and asks for a sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons, Fourth Edition.
"Bah," says one of the gamers as he strokes his beard. "Fourth Edition’s nothing but a Wizards of the Coast cash-in. In my group at home, we play nothing but Three-Point-Five Edition."
"Three-Point-Five?" says another. "My group only plays original Third Edition - Three-Point-Oh! None of your money-grabbing rules revisions!"
The last says nothing, and strokes his long beard as he calculates his THAC0.Psychology of the Grognard
The name “grognard” comes from the French meaning “grumbler”, historically a soldier in Napoleon’s army. From there, the term entered the vocabulary of historical wargaming enthusiasts in the 1970s to mean a veteran wargamer, and eventually referred to a Dungeons & Dragons player who stayed with a classic version of the game long after the release of one or more new editions.
But what makes the grognard tick? How do we explain the mindset of a gamer who still plays an outdated version of a game - perhaps even AD&D First Edition, or older?