I was at Borders a few nights ago and I picked up 'Warhammer 40,000: The Killing Ground', 'The Art of Clint Langley: Dark Visions from the grim Worlds of Warhammer', 'The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road: 1567-1659' by Geoffrey Parker, 'Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire' by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper and 'The grand Strategy of Philip II' by Geoffrey Parker.

I finished 'The Lover' by Marguerite Duras a few days back. I have just started on 'Battles of the Thirty Years War: From White Mountain to Nordlingen 1618-1635'. I am also in the midst of a few other books including 'God is not great: How religion poisons the world' by Christopher Hitchens.

What you are guys reading?

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Dr. Mark Moyar's very controversial A QUESTION OF COMMAND: COUNTERINSURGENCY FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO IRAQ. This guy just loves to gore sacred cows.
Finished Robert Clary's book on the Mexican War and have just started Noah Trudeau's classic, "Gettysburg: A Tale of Courage". Also am reading Kati Marton's earlier work on Raoul Wallenberg, "Wallenberg". Her latest tome, "Enemy of the People" is supposed to be doing quite well. Finally, a little mystery with another John Rebus in Scotland tale, "Fleshmarket Alley".
I picked up an updated edition of P. W. Singer's 'Corporate Warriors' at Kinokuniya last night. Hopefully, this doesn't have that silly, flippant tone of 'Wired for War' which was attempting a cross-over mainstream appeal for increased sales. There was only a short postscript for the Iraq War when there should be more, how disappointing.


Meanwhile, the local Borders has become irrelevant stocking mostly Malcolm Gladwell and vampire romance porn. The military history section has been reduced from ten fully-stocked shelves to three shelves of mainly coffee table rubbish.
Read: "The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour" by Andrei Cherny The best book I've read in years. Most highly recommended. Its a history of a country that doesn't exist anymore but I would of like to have lived there and been a citizen of.
Excellent! I had come upon the book not too long ago but was reluctant to give it a try. I'll take your advice and will pick up a copy.
I finally started reading "The Art of Game Design." It's been on top of the stack of books I want to read, but that sits next to the stack of magazines I'm also reading. So Battles and Discover finally took a backseat last night and now I'm hooked.
Be careful, you might get as good as Chad! :-)
Ha! I have no fear of that. But there are a lot of "design" elements in development work and I am always looking for ways to improve my performance in that arena. And the more I understand of the design end of things, the better I will function as a sounding board during the early stages as we kick ideas around and start to form things up.

The book is written in an engaging style, I have no fear of falling asleep reading. I have only gotten as far as Lens #1, but I am looking forward to the next 99 lenses with eager anticipation.
You never know! Don't sell yourself short! :-)

How many pages are the lenses in length or do they vary?

Where can I get a copy of the book?
Aw, man... the book is upstairs. Hold on...

Okay, the book is laid out in chapters covering different concepts, but some chapters have no lens and some have multiple. I believe you can get it on Amazon. Hold on, I'll check... yup. The full title is "The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses" by Jesse Schell, published by Morgan Kaufman. It runs just over $50.

You can also purchase the "Deck of Lenses" for about $30. It's a deck of flashcards - each card has a lens on it. They are pretty cool for post-game dissection and discussion during playtesting.
That's great! Thanks for the info.
I picked up Martin Dugard's "The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848" last week. (Paperback, Bison Books, University of Nebraska, 2009). This is very good, and I recommend it highly.


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