Origin of the Term: Grognard
For quite awhile now I have seen the word Grognard used to denote certain types of gamers: old gamers, old gamers stuck in the past, or even those gamers who favor older versions of games or old game systems. Never knew where the term cam from until the other day, when I was reading an article on the demise of the game company, SPI. For those who don’t know (or don’t remember) SPI was a big publisher of wargames back in the 1970s and early 1980s that rivaled Avalon Hill in their output and sales. They even had two rpgs: Universe and Dragonquest. (Some ‘grognards’ still play Dragonquest.) Anyway, the article mentioned where the word ‘grognard’ comes from. The staff at SPI called its best, hard-core customers the grognards, a term that had been used to denote the veterans of Napoleon’s Grande Armee.
So the term for old geeks has a rather ‘geeky’ origin. Now you know.