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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…Continue
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: $30.00
Four-Issue Subscription to Everywhere Else in the World: $38.00
Individual Issues to the United States and…
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…Continue
Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 11, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments
If you have not had the opportunity to read German historian Norman Ohler's Blitzed, the least you can do is trek over to the (free) BBC History Magazine Extra Podcast website and give it a listen. It will change your view on the invasion of France.
You can preorder it here: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_NEM.html
"Nemesis: The spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris"…Continue
Added by Kim Kanger on October 30, 2016 at 1:43pm — No Comments
Added by Greg Barker on October 11, 2016 at 11:57am — No Comments
Officially, this was conferred last month, but the diploma only arrived today. My course concentration was World War II, but with an elective each on command and leadership in the Civil War, and on the American Revolution. Interestingly, the latter was taught mainly from the British…Continue
I'm just back from a very productive and enjoyable time at the Connections UK 2016 professional wargaming conference at King's College London. You'll find my trip report here: …Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on September 11, 2016 at 3:44pm — No Comments
When I think of “old school” wargames, I conjure up fond memories of playing Panzer Leader on a tiny table in a friend’s home when we were in junior high school. At the time this experience was entirely new to me, and the idea of moving beyond the toys in our Guns of Navarone playsets to an “adult” game of WWII warfare with hexes and units felt almost taboo, and therefore irresistible. Bleeding through the combat on the map board was a realism that couldn’t be denied. It was if the…Continue
The link above leads to a post I made about OCS combat
This post is to demonstrate the very BASICS of OCS combat. OCS is the Operational Combat Series by Multi Man publishing.
You can find more about it here:…
I recently discovered that Wix was not allowing me to post the best versions of my redux maps, so I converted them to PDF and reposted. What's available now are much higher resolution and should print much better.
Additionally, I'm working on tiled versions of the maps where each is broken into two segments and printable on just about any printer using legal sized paper (to avoid unnecessary shrinkage). Coming soon!
Added by Mike Nagel on July 9, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments
I've recently updated the rules to both the Redux and Classic version of the rules. The change involves limits to spotting ranges. Essentially, units may only spot out to four hexes unless a type of Scout, Recon, or CP. These types automatically spot at up to four hexes and roll to spot at ranges 5 to 8 hexes.
You can pick up the updates here:…
Added by Mike Nagel on July 6, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments
Once upon a time, Comcast would all its customers to maintain personal web sites. Some time ago, and without warning, this service was cut off. I didn't know it had happened until someone started reporting dead links. Thanks Comcast!
Anyway, I managed to get the site mostly up and running using a utility called Pancake.io that allowed me to share the site via a Dropbox account. This worked for the most part, but dealing with large files…
Added by Mike Nagel on July 1, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments
Issue 78 of Line of Departure has been mailed to the subscribers, and the first issues should be arriving at their destinations now. The articles, all by me, are:
Gunflashes in the Night: A Review of Iron Bottom Sound III
Six Days of War: Middle Eastern Battles in 1967: Sword of Israel
High Definition Addiction: The Return of Age of…Continue
My copy of the game arrived this weekend and I spend a couple of days reading the rules.
In my opinion the rules are good and well structured, though I missed several obvious clarifications... Maybe they are so obvious, that you don't need to mention it in the rule book, but for me it was a bit confusing. For example I tried to find any information on step losses, but failed. Going through examples and counters I realized, that each MMA has 2 or more counters with different letters…Continue
We used the Alexander elite commander rule and man what a difference that makes. The scenario warned that to preserve realism not to use the Elite Commander rules but being the curious war gamers we are we had to use Alexander to his greatest potential. His elite commander rule allows him to…Continue
Added by Hudson on June 14, 2016 at 5:12pm — No Comments