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Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "The Eurasian Way of War: Military Practice in Seventh-Century China and Byzantium" by David A. Graff. A book from the series: Asian States and Empires Series. This book is a comparative study of military practice in Sui-Tang China…"
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Joseph replied to John Kranz's discussion What are you playing?
"Played: AH "Civilization" with gaming group. A great game. MMP's " Karelia 44". a SCS game on Soviet drive to knock Finland out of the war. OK. Revolution Games "Konigsberg" . East Prussia Jan 1945. Very Good."
Aug 15
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955A.D. to the First Crusade" by Anthony Kaldellis. The story of East Rome's comeback after the disasters of the 7th Century. It would expand with the conquest…"
Aug 11
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "The Empire That Would not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740" by John Haldon. It should not have survived, but since it did, against all the odds, the questions are How and Why. The author attempts to explain this…"
Jul 30
Joseph replied to John Kranz's discussion What are you playing?
"Played: "Flying Colors" by GMT. Always fun to play. GBOH "Battles of the Warrior Queen" a mod to "Conquest of Gaul" by GMT. Great new addition to GBOH. At Monstercon: "War Galley" by GMT and some more…"
Jul 9
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "Muslim Expansion and Byzantine Collapse in North Africa" by Walter E. Kaegi.This is a military history of the above. Who "lost" Christian North Africa? Who won it and how? The author tries to explain this in this book.…"
Jul 3
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "Strange Music" by Alan Dean Foster. A Pip & Flinx SF novel. It has been awhile since the last Pip & Flinx book. Flinx is off on another adventure to a water world inhabited by sentient like-seal people. They communicate by…"
Jun 15
Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read; "The Succession to Muhammad: A Sturdy of the Early Caliphate" by Wilferd Madelung. This is a comprehensive and original study of the early history of muhammadanism. It covers the 30 years from the death of muhammad in 632A.D.. This…"
Jun 8

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Not much into forums but CSW's Monstercon is the "Cat's Meow" of wargaming. I haven't missed one yet(knock on wood). So, I'll give this a try.I have been playing wargames since I was 15. I'm 60 now. My favorite Historical Periods are Ancient and Medieval but do play all eras of History. I live in Joliet, Ill.
Your favorite game(s):
My favorite games come and go as new games come out but my favorite system is GMT'S Great Battles of History. I wish they would apply it to the Middle Ages. I always buy two copies from this system as they come out. I need backups.
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
20 hrs per week
How big is your game collection?
400+
About Me
I started board gaming around age 15/16 with AH's Tactics II that my father bought me for xmas. I've been hooked ever since. My father was a lifer in the Air Force so I moved around somewhat. I grew up in three main places; Texas(home state), Florida, and Japan. Left home at 18 and joined the Army. Did a tour in 'Nam and got out in '69. Married 4 years later to spunky little woman from Thailand. I have 2 kids, a son and daughter, both grown up with college degrees. I'm the only one in my family who missed out on college(1.5 yrs). Wife has a degree too, in education. Worked at a chemical company for 39 yrs. and just retired. Now I can try to catch up on my reading and gaming.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Reading, traveling( been all over Asia and Europe), Rock and Roll music and of course, wargaming. Favorite book of all time: "Pebble in the sky" by Issac Asimov; favorite movie of all time: "No Highway in the Sky" with James Stewart; & favorite song of all time: "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones.

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Muslim Mob Shows who is boss in Germany

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"1:16 AM Received from Muqata Blog Reader in Germany, Sebastian M."



"Today, 10.000 people demonstrated against Israel here in my hometown Duisburg (Germany) and to express their solidarity with Hamas. So, my girlfriend and me put two Israel flags out of the windows of our flat in the 3rd floor. During the demonstration which went through our street the police broke into our flat and removed the flag of Israel. The statement of the police was to de-escalate… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2009 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

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At 11:35am on November 8, 2009, Steve K said…
Joe: I put a copy of our next game set-up on my blog page.
At 7:59am on November 9, 2008, Smitty said…
I have spent much of my life inside the M1, M1A1 and M1A2 with the loss of hearing to prove it!
At 9:31pm on November 8, 2008, Smitty said…
Subtle - like my wife saying I'm as subtle as a hand grenade?
At 7:00pm on November 8, 2008, Smitty said…
Cool pic!
At 6:06pm on June 10, 2008, Steve K said…
Joe: I left a report on the B-29 Group page about my first mission. It was fun. Hope you are aready to go with a mission on Sunday!
At 8:40pm on May 5, 2008, Steve K said…
CSW 2008: Joe brings - Games: RSR , SPQR (don't forget all the cohesion markers!), King David. Rules: Here I Stand, Gustav Adolf the Great (M&P), Sword of Rome, Pax Romana.
Steve brings - Games: Gustav Adolf (M&P), Caesar XL, Metz, English Civil War. Rules: Here I Stand, SPQR, Sword of Rome, RSR, Pax Romana.
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