February 2010 Blog Posts (26)

Hello again.

I've been in my "World of Warcraft" cave since last August, but the coming of spring and some new game titles are coaxing me into the sunlight.

GMT's Washington's War has me salivating a little bit. I'm looking forward to playing this re-make (re-imagining?) of We the People.

Also, the new Yalu! by Compass Games has attracted my attention.

I've played neither of these games, but would like to hear what anyone else has to say about them. What's the buzz on these…

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Added by Kimbo on February 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Other White Meat

Here kitty kitty...

Italian TV Chef Suspended for Love of Cats

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 25, 2010 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Time to think about summertime games.........

Well, lately my thoughts have been drifting towards summertime. I'll be spending eight weeks at the house in Fort Bragg (that's the one in California, folks). Many years ago Paper Wars ran a series of articles asking people which five games they would save if their house was on fire. OK, so this isn't as drastic, but what will I pack in the Rubbermade tub for the trip up north? I do have some friends up there who are gamers, although not wargamers, so I'll need a wide variety of games. I'm… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on February 23, 2010 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

BREAKING NEWS

I caught Katie dusting!!!

Added by Smitty on February 21, 2010 at 1:04pm — 5 Comments

Tiger Woods: My Corporate Sponsors Inform Me That I Am Genuinely Sorry I Dick-Shanked It into the Strange-Bunker

I am a robot.

Your human mating rituals are illogical.

I have regret I stuck my R2-plug into some cyber-floozie's love-socket.

My programming will not fail me again.

I know I my decisions have been questionable lately, Dave, but I assure you I have full enthusiasm for our mission to Jupiter.

Added by Smitty on February 20, 2010 at 4:52pm — 2 Comments

Combat Patrol hits the city...





The first installment of the Combat Patrol series is set in the fields and villages of France and Germany in 1944-45. That game is now firmly in the hands of the developer Neil Randall and approaching completion, I have begun work on the second game - this time based in the cities and towns of the eastern front.



In this playtest scenario a group of Russians are held up in the Shoemakers shop as a German Pioneers move into clear the… Continue

Added by Dave Murray on February 20, 2010 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

CAWS Upcoming Game Day - February 20th, 2010

Date: Saturday February 20, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Green Dragon
Street: 7671 Northwoods Boulevard
City State Zip: North Charleston, SC 29406-4058
Phone: (843) 797-2052
Notes: Rules:
-Cost $2 per person
-No revealing attire
-No booze
-No tobacco
-No audible swearing
-No outside food/drinks

Added by MichaelDC on February 19, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Coming soon..........

"Coming soon........" we've seen these words from both game companies and retailers on line. (note: I seldom, if ever, hear these words from my local game shoppe.)

Looking back over the past year I've noticed quite a few "coming soon's" from the on-line world. Let's face it, it's less than honest. What does this mean? Coming in a few days, few weeks, few months? I know a fellow gamer who endured a "coming soon" for two years! Perhaps it is time for a bit of honesty, especially on the side… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on February 18, 2010 at 1:48am — 1 Comment

The Battle for Normandy Solo Campaign Game.

Hello all I hope you will enjoy this particular blog. It really is my first blog I am doing so please tell me what you think - truthfully I can take the bad criticism as well as the bad. But please be a little gently with the bad criticism I am after all a virgin at this.



As the tittle shows this will be a series of Blog Entries for my solo game of The Battle for Normandy (GMT). I will also try and compare this BfN with a couple of my other favorite Monster Games The…
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Added by David Lubin on February 16, 2010 at 4:54pm — 7 Comments

The Second Resurrection of Operational Studies Group?

In the October 24 2008 issue of OSG News, Kevin Zucker announced he was going to close down Operational Studies Group so he could pursue his interest in flower remedies as a method for healing (A Path For Humanity website). The company was to have closed its doors in November 2008.


Then a funny thing happened on the way of going out of business. Wait a…
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Added by Eric Walters on February 15, 2010 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Some More Good News From the Islamic World

As usual, Fareed Zakaria is a voice of sense and insight. In his latest column for Newsweek, he writes of the war against terror, as waged from within by Islam itself. In an underreported phenomenon, radicals are losing the war for the hearts and minds of the faith to moderate elements, he writes. This does not indicate an outbreak of Western liberalism or… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

A Political Post About Scoundrels

In The Federalist Number 51, James Madison wrote:



But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you…
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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 15, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Support the Band: Heavy Metal in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia produces more than oil and Wahhabism. Much to the terror of its rulers, it produces rock and roll. The Magic Kingdom is certainly a hostile environment, especially as it is plagued by the Islamic religious police, the feared and repressive Mutaween. However, despite the opposition of these thugs without an excuse to live, Saudi rock bands do exist, and the music scene is expanding, reports Fox News.… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

TENURE

Oh boy....

Ala. prof accused of killing 3 in tenure dispute

AP



By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press Writer Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press

Writer – 1 min ago



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A University of Alabama biology professor accused of gunning

down three colleagues in an apparent tenure dispute was…

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Added by Smitty on February 13, 2010 at 12:33pm — 8 Comments

Charlie Wilson RIP

A great American died today. Representative Charlie Wilson (D-TX) was one of the chief architects of the American support of the Mujahadeen resistance in Afghanistan, during the Soviet Union's war there.



A Cold War Democrat, Wilson was a committed liberal on social issues, and a hawk on defense. He was 1956 graduate of the United States… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 10, 2010 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

BLIZZARD

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... ... WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.



* PRECIPITATION TYPE... SNOW.



* ACCUMULATIONS... 10 TO 15 INCHES.



* TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING. HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY… Continue

Added by Smitty on February 10, 2010 at 8:50am — 16 Comments

The Most Unlikely Predator?

Think of someone likely to be accused as a sexual predator and killer. Chances are that image bears no relation to Colonel Russel Williams. The commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton and 8 Wing, the veteran Canadian air force officer has been charged in the sexually-based murders of two women, one Canadian air force… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 10, 2010 at 12:00am — 15 Comments

Read a full preview of Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943, the new fast tactical WWII card game from Collins Epic Wargames

I'd like to invite you all to read a full preview (13Mb PDF link) of our new fast-playing (30 minutes) tactical WWII card game,…

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Added by Byron Collins on February 9, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Open Source/Freeware Wargames--A Future Trend?

Will wargaming migrate from Desktop Publishing (DTP) to true Freeware/Open Source designs? We see this with VALOR & VICTORY, a squad-level WWII tactical ground combat system that's been out on the internet since 2008. I have no idea how many people have played the game or built their own game sets from the PDFs on the website. But I like the idea of collaborative wargame design, development, and playtesting. Is this a future…
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Added by Eric Walters on February 8, 2010 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Murtha DEAD at 77

Rep. John Murtha of Pa. Dies at 77U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday

Added by Smitty on February 8, 2010 at 5:54pm — 4 Comments

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