Here is the Vassal Demo produced by Joel Toppen and narrated by the game's developer Mike Bertucelli. This is our first demo. Comments are welcome.
Added by Kurt Keckley on April 14, 2014 at 6:53pm — No Comments
Wondering if anyone has a favorite designer out there?
I ordered France '40 last year. I fell in love with the components and the design of the game. I also have enjoyed several plays thus far, all solo. I am not sure how much can be attributed to GMT and how much to Mark Simonitch but I immediately pre-ordered his other titles through GMT. I was able to get a shrink-wrapped copy of The Caucasus…Continue
Jim Day, designer of Iron & Oak and Panzer, talks about these two recently-released games, cross-pollination between miniature and board wargaming, and possible new versions of MBT and IDF. Plus, we look at a key requirement for the success of any tactical wargame. What is it? I'll lay out the scenario for you.
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Added by Kingdaddy on April 8, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments
Added by Gary Barr on April 8, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments
I saw a news piece on CBS Sunday Morning Show about practice and athletic success. Some have theorized that people, if they spend 10,000 hours practicing, can become accomplished at an activity.
So, if we apply that to war gaming...how many of us consider ourselves experts/accomplished because of our time in? Despite the protestations of my spouse I have not spent the requisite amount of time (but would love to try!).
Kim Kanger, designer of Ici, C'Est La France! and Tonkin, discusses France's counterinsurgency wars, and how differences between these wars led to different game designs. We also discuss Kim's upcoming game on the siege of Dien Bien Phu. Strap in for another deep discussion of insurgencies and insurgency-related games.
The typhoon of wargame designer interviews continues! Coming up in future episodes: Jim Day (Panzer, Iron & Oak) and John Poniske (Lincoln's…
Added by Kingdaddy on April 5, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments
By the end of last year, I felt that my wargaming hobby had become complete.
I had all the games I had wanted, numerous feeds and "following" other wargamers like Kev Sharpe and others, I had written up a list of games which I aimed to play in 2014, and I had decided to stop buying anymore games apart from those on pre-order with Legion Wargames.
All of this has become undone.
As 2014 started, so did playing Lost Battles. A great game and I played…Continue
John Gorkowski, designer of WWI-based games like Guns Of August, Guns Of Galicia, Red Poppies, and In The Trenches, as well as the upcoming The Great Game. We talk about what fascinates us about WWI, the need to take a fresh look at a conflict before dropping game mechanics on them, and why a future conflict in the South China Sea might look a lot more like WWI than WWII. (That future scenario is the subject of John’s Game, Breaking The Chains). Plus, your host’s recent eBay purchase…Continue
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Steve Kendall gives us a brief history of the Ragnar Brothers and the games they’ve produced. Ponder why Angola may have had more successful innovations than any other single game. Hear about the playtest of a new epoch for A Brief History Of The World. Learn why Viking Fury / Fire & Axe is a more accurate depiction of the Vikings than that History Channel series with Gabriel Byrne. Find out about the careful word choices and interesting design decisions behind Promised Land. Get the…Continue
Added by Kingdaddy on March 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
I mailed the latest issue of Line of Departure today, so most subscribers should have theirs by early next week; those overseas will be getting theirs a little later. But all are on their way.
The main thrust is on modern war, with articles…Continue
Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
First, before the howls of derision, let me say I did check to see if anyone had posted a similar blog here. I couldn't find one, so hence this blog. That doesn't mean to say there isn't one, just that perhaps I missed it...
Yesterday, I was waiting for a relative’s plane to arrive at an airport. As usual, her plane was delayed. So, looking to ‘kill some time’, I sauntered over to a nearby retailers, ignoring the drinks and chocolates, heading towards the book section. Half-heartedly,…Continue
So I was wondering, does anyone ever get motivated to play a game based on weather? Whenever it snows I want to watch Battleground or the Band of Brothers episodes about Bastogne. As a consequence now I want to break out a Bulge title (wish I had Ardennes 44 right now) and play in front of a window while the snow comes down.
Added by Wayne Rotella on March 17, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments
And now back to the "blog"…..
Part of my new year's resolutions was to spend some time writing on this social site, trying to pry myself away from the usual 60-65 work weeks.
I'd thought I'd start with two strong book recommendations, books about ,the history of this hobby gaming that we pursue.
This first is David Ewalt's excellent Of Dice and Men. Yes, it is the story of D&D , its creation and its creators, but let us remember that back in the 70s those "rpg's" were…Continue
I recently read Donald Kagan's excellent history of the conflict between Athens and Sparta - 'The Peloponnesian War'. I was gripped by the critical events that became the tipping point in the long struggle: the siege of Syracuse. Today I came across a real gem that has somehow passed me by until now...
Yes, you guessed it. The game called 'Syracuse' by Vae Victis. Having seen a video summary of the game, I was then lucky enough to come across the rules in English and also a…Continue
We're at Prezcon 2014, where we talk about the games we played, such as A Distant Plain, Theseus: The Dark Orbit, Coup, Cosmic Encounter, Napoleonic Wars, and the recent favorite A Study In Emerald. Plus, wargames that give a little extra historical something.Continue