The seventy-fifth edition of Line of Departure is printed and in the house, literally. This one profiles Americans at War, and is actually the second to have that theme. The articles are all by me.
Civil War on…Continue
Mike Nagel talks about his Flying Colors series of Age of Sail wargames, his new "captaincy" game covering the same era, Sun of York, and what drew him to design a game about the battle of Attu. Plus, Tom lunges headfirst into the subject of what is a wargame. Actually, he talks about when the question is worth asking, and when it isn't.
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Greg Smith, the designer of The Hunters and the upcoming Silent Victory, talks about his games, solitaire wargames in general, his work on computer wargames at HPS Simulations, and why boardgame design can be more challenging than computer wargame design. Plus, Tom gives advice to wargamers visiting Paris, and he proves beyond a doubt that he cannot do impressions.Continue
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Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! Or in English: a new HFC review is online!
Check out what we think about Cards of Cthulhu by DVG :)
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Here is my real nightmare scenario for Ebola. It has nothing to do with one or two people getting the early symptoms as they get on an airplane, and then debarking to spread it into new population centers. It is much worse than that. There is the possibility that this could turn into the modern equivalent of the Black Death.
The real nightmare, as I see it, can happen in…
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Legally, Jesse Ventura was entirely correct in his lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, and he surmounted a pretty high barrier in order to win. Yet, what's legal and what's right are entirely different things, and as my old legal history professor at Duquesne University used to say, when they meet it's a happy accident. So yes, the court and the jury were probably in the right.
This is a matter…
I had an interesting experience yesterday. About 4:30 pm, my wife came in the house to inform me that ashes were falling on the house; there was a wildfire nearby and headed our way. It was probably time to pack up, grab the legal docs and wedding album, the laptops and iPads and maybe pack some clothes. (we had not received notice to leave, but the fire was only a 1/4 mile away at that point. After a few minutes of running around and packing, she brought in a couple of file boxes; "don't…Continue
Currently, I'm working on the next issue of Line of Departure, and in anticipation of its publication, I'm offering a special on five back issues of the magazine. The theme is Japan at war, from the Russo-Japanese War through World War II in the Pacific. These are five issues, with articles and player's aids for the following:
Red Sun Rising (SPI)
U.S. Navy War Plan Orange (Avalanche Press)
Storm Over Taierzhuang…
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After requests to make Issue 1 of Tactical Wargamer's Journal available in electronic form, I'm pleased to announce I've finally been able to do so. Video above is a preview of the content and additional content available in the expanded Issue 1. This expanded issue is available in both print and electronic form. For those who purchased the original Issue 1 in print form, a print supplement with just the additional material of the revised edition is also…Continue
I'm thinking about attending GMT West for the first time. My better three-quarters (my wife) has agreed to travel to Hanford on her birthday weekend. Could someone who has participated in this event give me (and others) an overview of what can be expected? (start times, how late the gaming goes, quality of hotel accommodations, what sort of games get played, etc...)
We have been playing this since release and still play it, unfortunately the game seems to have been under the radar for the majority of gamers, don't know why...but I do know that I rather love and...here's why ;)
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I think in my very first blog I harped on people labeling games as "beginner's wargames" in spite of the fact they were priced at over $60 and had more than 20 pages of rules. Now maybe price range and rules' length isn't the best way to determine whether a game is suitable for a novice, but for the teens I teach these features would make a poor selling points. To the rescue comes Steve Jackson's new offering: Ogre. The same game (although with better quality materials) I bought over 30…Continue
It would seem that as long as you have been around for 20+ years and are pre approved by the Troll Team you are allowed to do what you want, how you want to whom ever you please.
Should someone complain about ill treatment, or make comments that go against 'popular' thinking you are sometimes targeted for special treatment, which we have seen the results and discussed before.
Yet, should I or someone come online to BGG or CSW and share what happened to them they are…Continue
Here is another one, an aircraft identification quiz for the aircraft of the Second World War. This is for the military enthusiast. It is certainly not easy, neither is it particularly hard for the aviation enthusiast.