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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's group Line of Departure
"If you ordered anything from Line of Departure over the first two weeks of May, while I was in Raleigh NC, your magazines are on their way to you now, as I dropped off the packages at the Post Office yesterday."
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Online Civil War Class, Who's Interested?
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Online Civil War Class, Who's Interested?

Does anyone want to take an online course on the Civil War, starting on May 22, and last ten weeks, through La Roche College? I'm the professor, and the textbook is James McPherson's Battlecry of Freedom. There would be no paper, and the grading is on ten discussion boards and two exams. To get the three college credits, you'd have to register at La Roche College as a student. It might be possible too to do so as an auditor, without going for the credits. I've taught this twice before online,…See More
Apr 26
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

Another Special Offer on Line of Departure

The popular "Backwards Subscription" offer is back, this with eight recent magazines, Issues 71 through 78.   These cover a wide range of games, with topics from the ancient world to the far future, and scaled from microtactical to grand strategic.Read more about them here:Comprehensive Article ListAnd order them here:…See More
Apr 1
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

A Special Offer for Turning Point Simulations Customers and Players

As I've been talking about for a while, prices for Line of Departure went up today, for the first time in about eight years.  Now, if you look inside copies of some of the TPS games, you'll find a subscription flyer for the magazine, with the old prices of $22.00 per year for American and Canadian subscribers, and $27.50 for those elsewhere in the world.As a special offer, I'm going to honor those prices for TPS gamers only, through April 2017.  If you have one of those flyers, they're marked,…See More
Mar 1
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

Line of Departure Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Issue

Issue 79, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Line of Departure, is now on the market.  This is also the third in the magazine's history to have the theme of Americans at War.  This issue contains the following articles:Return to the Third World War: A Review of the GMT Games Edition of MBTFictional Battles, Fictional Game: Battalion-Level Battles of World War III, in Dawn’s Early LightRaiders of the China Seas:…See More
Jan 22
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Line of Departure Issue 79 Just About Ready to Go

The twenty-fifth anniversary issue of Line of Departure has been sent off to be printed, and I expect to pick it up in about four days.  The first issues should be sent to domestic subscribers by Friday, January 20, so most customers can expect to see their copies about three days later.In the meantime, you can take a look at the table of contents, and read the Bully Pulpit editorial, here.See More
Jan 15
Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Political Panel
"This story reminds me of my time at Borders Books. I worked with a man that was always critical of the government, the company, and sometimes even the country. What was his favorite holiday? July 4th! He loved America and all it stood for and…"
Jan 11
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Political Panel

No, this is not a political post, not really.Tonight, I sat on a panel with six other voters recruited by Trib Total Media, the publisher of the old Pittsburgh Tribune Review and currently the Valley News Dispatch and Greensburg Tribune Review, at the Media Innovation Center of Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh.  My perspective wasn't as a professor of political science, but one of a group of typical voters.  One guy was a business owner who voted for Trump, three were strongly for…See More
Jan 10
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"For those interested in ordering now, before the prices go up in March, here is a link to purchase Line of Departure by PayPal. Line of Departure PayPal"
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Line of Departure Price Changes

As I work on Line of Departure Issue 78, I have come to the difficult decision that due to rising printing and postage costs, I'm going to have to raise prices.  This is the first increase since 2008, and I hope that it is the last one for quite some time.  Here are the new prices, effective March 1:Four-Issue Subscription to the United States and Canada: $30.00Four-Issue Subscription to Everywhere Else in the World: $38.00Individual Issues to the United States and Canada: $8.00Individual…See More
Jan 8
Jim Werbaneth commented on Dave Smith's blog post Is it time to factor in the German use of Meth in wargames?
"Absolutely yes.  If a game has rules for fatigue, there could be some initial advantage to the Germans, as they tweak their way to alertness, but then if the campaign goes on too long, then there would be a crash, and a loss of effectiveness…"
Dec 11, 2016
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Line of Departure Online Features Update

I just updated the Line of Departure Online Features site.  The major part of it involves the latest addition, an academic article that I wrote about a year ago on the logistical foundations of the Union offensive in Virginia in 1864.  As I note on the site, this is probably going to be the last historical piece I write…See More
Dec 11, 2016
John Kranz commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Kudos to you, Jim!"
Sep 29, 2016
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Hi John, I'd say that a plurality of my course work and papers ended up being on command, leadership and strategy.  Where I did OoB research was in designing my games, but then wargaming and game design turned into real good…"
Sep 28, 2016
John Kranz commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"very cool. One day I'd like to try and accomplish the same! I've never done work in researching OoB for example and would love to learn the art of that."
Sep 28, 2016
Dave Smith commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Well done! I've done a masters degree course in history and know it's no small thing. Congratulations."
Sep 27, 2016
Eric Walters commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Congratulations, Jim!  Am glad you got a lot out of the coursework on the British perspective on command and leadership.  When I do my staff ride on the Yorktown Campaign and battle, that's what I focus on.  Makes the students…"
Sep 27, 2016
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Thanks!"
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Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! "
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Your introduction to consim gaming:
My first game was Avalon Hill's 1914, of all the introductions, bought as an eleventh birthday present by my grandparents. It took about two years for me to make total sense of that game, but it was the start of my lifelong hobby, one that is close to a vocation.

Now I'm an addict, but one who won't go to rehab.
Your favorite game(s):
The Sadowa Campaign (Turning Point Simulations); Yeah, I designed it.
The Great Battles of History Series (GMT)
Britain Stands Alone (GMT); Of course, I'm the designer.
Wilderness War (GMT)
The Caucasus Campaign (GMT)
Inchon (Command); I'm the designer, again.
1914 (Avalon Hill)
Stellar Conquest (Avalon Hill)
Flat Top (Avalon Hill)
Kharkov (SPI)
The Great War at Sea Series (Avalanche Press)
The Royal Navy (Quarterdeck)
The Chaco War (Command)
Thunder at the Crossroads (The Gamers)
The Siege of Jerusalem (Avalon Hill)
Imperium Romanum II (West End)

And a whole lot more...
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Ironbottom Sound III
What game(s) have you played recently?
Freedom in the Galaxy (Avalon Hill Version)
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Not enough.
How big is your game collection?
Big enough to choke a maggot, or a whole nest of them.
About Me
I'm on the adjunct faculty of La Roche College, teaching political science and history. Now doing online teaching, full time, in political science through American Military University, a unit of American Public University System [APUS].

One of the things that might surprise a lot of people is that I'm an incurable workaholic. I don't think that it's a coincidence that the words "worthless" and "workless" are nearly identical. Between a day job, Line of Departure, work for game companies, and other pursuits, my record is having five gigs at once.

And I survived. I think. Maybe.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
If you want to know more about my tastes in travel, look at the pictures section of my profile. If you want to know about my tastes in music, look at the videos and the music play list.

I should also mention that I enjoy candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and drinking from the skulls of my smitten enemies.
Website:
http://www.jimwerbaneth.com

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Line of Departure Wargaming Quarterly

 

Current Issue Includes:

 

Return to the Third World War: A Review of the GMT Games Edition of MBT

Fictional Battles, Fictional Game: Battalion-Level Battles of World War III, in Dawn’s Early Light

Line of Departure Support: Anti-Aircraft Counters for Avalon Hill’s Victory in the Pacific
by Rev. Jack A. Werth

Raiders of the China Seas: Additional Scenarios for Avalanche Press’ U.S. Navy Plan Orange

Second Front Now!: The Campaign in the West, in Fortress Europa

Guns in the Forest: The Climactic Battle of Pontiac’s Rebellion, in The Battle of Bushy Run



 

Line of Departure is also enhanced by Line of Departure Online Features. Be sure to check in for free articles, scenarios, supplements and player's aids.

 

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Online Civil War Class, Who's Interested?

Does anyone want to take an online course on the Civil War, starting on May 22, and last ten weeks, through La Roche College? I'm the professor, and the textbook is James McPherson's Battlecry of Freedom. There would be no paper, and the grading is on ten discussion boards and two exams. To get the three college credits, you'd have to register at La Roche College as a student. It might be possible too to do so as an auditor, without going for the credits. I've taught this twice before…

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Posted on April 26, 2017 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Another Special Offer on Line of Departure

The popular "Backwards Subscription" offer is back, this with eight recent magazines, Issues 71 through 78.   These cover a wide range of games, with topics from the ancient world to the far future, and scaled from microtactical to grand strategic.

Read more about them here:

Comprehensive Article List

And order…

Continue

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 10:07pm

A Special Offer for Turning Point Simulations Customers and Players

As I've been talking about for a while, prices for Line of Departure went up today, for the first time in about eight years.  Now, if you look inside copies of some of the TPS games, you'll find a subscription flyer for the magazine, with the old prices of $22.00 per year for American and Canadian subscribers, and $27.50 for those elsewhere in the world.



As a special offer, I'm going to honor those prices for TPS gamers only, through April 2017.  If you have one of those flyers,…

Continue

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 1:37pm

Line of Departure Online Features Academic Projects, All in One Place

For the benefit of teachers and especially students, I just set up a page with links to all the academic papers I wrote for my last venture into graduate school. These are still on the Line of Departure Online Features Articles page, but for the sake of convenience, they are all now organized in one…

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Posted on February 13, 2017 at 11:38pm

Line of Departure Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Issue

Issue 79, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Line of Departure, is now on the market.  This is also the third in the magazine's history to have the theme of Americans at War.  This issue contains the following articles:

Return to the Third World War: A Review of the GMT Games Edition of MBT

Fictional Battles, Fictional Game: Battalion-Level Battles of World War III,…

Continue

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

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At 3:47pm on February 5, 2013, Scott Salsman said…

Hi, Mr. Werbaneth,

I started playing Firepower a few weeks ago, wanted to simulate a battle in Nicaragua, and ended up reading your article in The General (Volume 23, Number 6). I learned so much and have sought out additional information since then. I joined this site today and happened to see your name here. I'd like to thank you for your contributions to that magazine. I look forward to reading your article on El Salvador.

Hope you are doing well.

Scott Salsman

At 12:23am on November 12, 2011, Steve Trauth said…

Hi Jim:

Yes, it is possible to do that (I got the 2d zoom in size done), and will be linking to them on the SDC site (hist-sdc.com), as part of updating some pages I have for the 2 games out in that series.Part of my idea is to use the profile I have here in conjunction with my 2 main web design projects -so I will post an update when I have those completed.

 

I haven't posted images here yet, but in case you are interested I have larger maps completed for pretty much most of Tiller series' except  for the Napoleonic series, although at the moment the most developed area would be the Squad Battles series.


All of these maps are using the stock graphics, although I plan to also feature some (depending upon when I can get to them) modded map graphics. Anyways that's a ways down the line.

One other thing, I guess I owe your magazine a link on the site, since I noticed you link over to Scenario Design Center ( Rich Hamilton had me take it over 2 years ago).

ST

At 7:46pm on August 22, 2011, ron brooks said…

A year late this is what happens when your PC crashes with all your info on it.

Thank u for the invite

 

At 8:35am on August 19, 2011, Bob DeSilva said…
Thanks for posting the BOC Jim!
At 9:05am on June 15, 2011, Kai Jensen said…
Happy birthday, Jim! And congrats on finishing your paper, too!
At 4:44pm on June 6, 2011, Dave Starry said…
Hey Jim, I see that Opeth have just announced their new North American tour dates.  Looks like Pittsburgh (Millvale) is on the schedule for Halloween.
At 6:38am on April 10, 2011, Vernon Robinson said…
I don't remember answering your question.  I served eight years on the winston-salem city council/board of aldermen. ran for congress twice.
At 3:33pm on March 12, 2011, Enrico CS Viglino said…
I'm most of the way through the backlog ones.
Been doing this for about a year, since they got some appreciation over at BGG,
but with the focus on wargames, I figured they might be of interest here too.

My youtube has 354 total vids, but not all are wargames (or even games).
At 8:06pm on March 7, 2011, Dave Starry said…
Yes, very much looking forward to the new Amon Amarth too.  Unfortunately they're not playing here in Spokane on their US tour next month.
At 6:12pm on March 7, 2011, Dave Starry said…

Hey Jim, new Jag Panzer album out tomorrow...preview the whole thing here...

 

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/15

 
 
 

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