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Bob DeSilva commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Glad to hear that Jim! Take care!"
Oct 24
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I went to the cardiologist this afternoon, and everything looks good.  I was cleared to drive six days ago by the surgeon, and right now the only real restriction is that I can't lift weights for three to four months.  The…"
Oct 23
John Kranz commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Jim, I've very happy and relieved to hear that the procedure went well and the pacemaker is helping. Wishing you all the best!"
Sep 29
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Here is what I just posted to Facebook: Health and publishing update! Things seem to be going well with the new pacemaker. The incision is healing nicely and, more importantly, I haven't done a pace plant into the carpet or the express lane at…"
Sep 29
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I just saw my surgeon this afternoon, and everything is coming along nicely.  The pacemaker and the loop recorder, which he implanted in my chest last year, are recording no irregularities.  So far so good."
Sep 19
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Thanks Wayne.  I'm actually doing better now, and will be seeing the surgeon for my follow up on Thursday. The funny thing is that before this procedure, I really, really wanted it, to get this old problem fixed once and for all. …"
Sep 15
Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Sending you positive thoughts. Get better."
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Well, I'm back, and the procedure was a success.  I might die, but it won't from having my heart stop on its own, not any time soon!"
Sep 12
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I'm going into the hospital tomorrow for my pacemaker.  Hopefully in a month my heart condition will just be an unpleasant memory."
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News, and It's Not Good

I have some news for Line of Departure subscribers especially. Unfortunately it's not good. Today I got a bad diagnosis at a doctor's office, and my driving will be curtailed for the foreseeable future. No, it's not a DUI, nor is it connected with substance abuse. It's my heart, and it's been malfunctioning in a frightening manner. I have to get on the schedule with my invasive cardiologist, yes that's a…See More
Sep 3
Chuang Shyue Chou commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"Yikes!"
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"And I didn't find Jesus in prison!"
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"Apparently the Facebook censors thought differently.  Maybe because the pedophile was a Muslim cleric made it worse this time around too."
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"I can't see anything offensive in all three instances. That is odd."
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"It looks like an algorithm, it happened so fast.  My sin was to say something nasty in a response to a post about an Imam who endorsed pedophilia.  So after suspensions for one day each for making fun of the Klan and then another day for…"
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Chuang Shyue Chou commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"Facebook seems oppressive. Is that an algorithm or is someone squealing on you?"
Aug 20
Chuang Shyue Chou commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83
"Social media can be such a bane in terms of time. I need to cut down as well. "
Aug 20
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Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83

I'm still working three jobs at the moment, teaching at two, and consulting for another company.  So unemployment isn't giving me more time, far from it.What's giving me extra time is that I keep on getting sentenced to Facebook Jail.  I got a day before, for posting a meme of a cat that looked like Hitler, then after my suspension was lifted, they decided that there was nothing wrong with it.  I was also suspended for a day, for a cartoon that made fun of the Ku Klux Klan.  This time, I put on…See More
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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?
The Day of Waterloo (TPS)
What game(s) have you played recently?
Forgotten Legions (Compass)
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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News, and It's Not Good

I have some news for Line of Departure subscribers especially. Unfortunately it's not good. Today I got a bad diagnosis at a doctor's office, and my driving will be curtailed for the foreseeable future. No, it's not a DUI, nor is it connected with substance abuse. It's my heart, and it's been malfunctioning in a frightening manner. I have to get on the schedule with my invasive cardiologist, yes that's a…

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Posted on September 3, 2019 at 1:39pm — 9 Comments

Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83

I'm still working three jobs at the moment, teaching at two, and consulting for another company.  So unemployment isn't giving me more time, far from it.

What's giving me extra time is that I keep on getting sentenced to Facebook Jail.  I got a day before, for posting a meme of a cat that looked like Hitler, then after my suspension was lifted, they decided that there was nothing wrong with it.  I was also suspended for a day, for a cartoon that made fun of the Ku Klux Klan.  This…

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Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:57pm — 8 Comments

Line of Departure at Origins!

For those of you who will be attending Origins this week, I will be there, and doing some presentations for Armchair Dragoons.
 
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Posted on June 10, 2019 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Line of Departure Issue 82 Available

Line of Departure Issue 82 (Spring 2019) is now available for purchase.  The articles include a review of Forgotten Legions (Compass Games), along with analysis of Oil War (SPI), Acre (Decision Games), Ring of Fire (Moments in History), along with Tobruk (Avalon Hill).  To read the Bully Pulpit editorial and see the full table of contents,…

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Posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Line of Departure Special on Back Issues, Covering Irregular and Guerrilla Warfare

Line of Departure has a new seasonal special, just in time for the holidays. This one presents five back issues, with articles on irregular and guerrilla warfare. Considering that the issues go from 1993 to 2017, this is a good way to see how the magazine has evolved over the…
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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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