Jim Werbaneth
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  • Gibsonia PA
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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?
Battle Above the Clouds (MMP)
What game(s) have you played recently?
The Victory of Arminius (TPS)
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.



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Line of Departure Issue 80 is Upon the World

I just got back from the Post Office, and dropping of the last copies of Issue 80 to go out to the subscribers.  Here is the article list:

ISIS and the New Modern: A Review of Islamic State: Libya War

by Jim Werbaneth

Islamic State: Syria: A Preview

by Javier Romero

Insurgency Among the Stars: Simulating Revolutionary War in Freedom in the…


Posted on July 25, 2017 at 1:30pm

Line of Depature Issue 80 in Production

The eightieth issue of Line of Departure is being printed right now.  The lead review is of Javier Romero's Islamic State: Libya War, and he contributes a preview of his upcoming Islamic State:Syria too. 

Next, there's an article that I wanted to write for a long time.  It is an analysis of Freedom in the Galaxy as a game of insurgency and counterinsurgency, a model of revolution as understood in the real world but placed in a science fiction milieu.  Another article covers strategy…


Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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…


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…


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,…


Posted on March 1, 2017 at 1:37pm

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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).


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...




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