April 2009 Blog Posts (43)

The Piracy Game

Since when did it become bad practice to arm merchant ships and their crews? "Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in the ports of many countries."

What silliness. The ONLY way to stop piracy is to stop and KILL enough pirates until the remaining would-be pirates believe they have more to lose than… Continue

Added by David Allen on April 15, 2009 at 9:55am — 21 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 64 Is On the Way!

I'm putting the finishing touches on Line of Departure Issue 64 right now. The lead review is of GMT's Chandragupta, marking a continued commitment to the Great Battles of History series in the pages of the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 13, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

My favorite Passover and Easter movie of all time

Moses, Moses, Moses...I go a great Yul Brenner!

Added by Lisa Scheer on April 12, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Wesołego Alleluja

Chrystus Zmartwychwstał!
Prawdziwie zmartwychwstał!
Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus!
Na wieki wieków. Amen!

Added by Justin Fro on April 11, 2009 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

Favorite Easter Movie

Happy Easter everyone!

I can't imagine a better Easter movie for wargamers/history buffs than this one.

Best wishes.


Added by Ted Henkle on April 11, 2009 at 10:45pm — 4 Comments

First Impression: Age of Dreadnoughts

Age of Dreadnoughts (AoD) is Mongoose Publications latest release in their Victory at Sea (VaS) series. The original VaS is a popular "beer and pretzels" set of rules covering World War II naval combat. This popularity is, in part, due to the coincidental release of Wizards of the Coast's (WotC) Axis and Allies: War at Sea in 2007. So in one fell-swoop naval miniature enthusiasts had a set of easy rules and pre-painted,… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on April 11, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Looking back - Old-fashined BLOGing

I caught the wargaming bug at the age of 10, but growing up in the 60's with a father who shared stories of his WW2 experiences from Casablanca, Kasserine, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, South France and Darmstadt created an early interest in things military.…


Added by Kevin Ingoldsby on April 11, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Frontline General: San Pietro Infine Announced - Box Art Preview below

Collins Epic Wargames is planning to offer Frontline General: San Pietro Infine for preorder in May 2009 at a significant discount for early orders. Entirely tactical, this wargame covers the WWII Battle of San Pietro in its entirety through a series of challenging scenarios. New US, German, and Italian units represent the full historic strength of the fighting forces that struggled for control of the mountains Sammucro, Lungo, and… Continue

Added by Byron Collins on April 10, 2009 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Obama bowing to the Saudis?!? WTF???


Added by Lisa Scheer on April 10, 2009 at 5:32pm — 9 Comments

The Untold Stories and Other Tales from LnLP

World at War: Untold Stories is on P500

World at War: The Untold Stories recounts the struggle of Warsaw Pact and NATO allies previously not covered in World at War modules. By now you know the tale of the Soviet thrust through the Eisenbach Gap, learned how the red horde destroyed the best the Bundeswehr could throw against them, and gamed the story of the Russians bold seizure of the Rhine River bridges. But there are many… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on April 10, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Avalanche Deals

Avalanche is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale which is pretty good when you line up bigger games against some websites (which I LIKE btw, but have some ethical conflict with)


Avalanche had some ding and dents in their movement to AL. Games as cheap as 5 bucks, boxes from slightly to holy crap damaged.

Added by Justin Fro on April 8, 2009 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Schwarz-Rot-Gold: new map sketch

Re-doing the map, I saw having the political arenas/constitutional displays right on top of the states simply isn't feasible for space reasons. So those displays went to the side into the unused spaces of Eastern Europe.

Given that, I dare say it's best to transfer the class/ethnicity spaces from the state displays to the on-map spaces. That also ensures the Prussian, Bavarian and Austrian provinces work the same way as all the other… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on April 7, 2009 at 9:30pm — 14 Comments

The political game model for "SCHWARZ-ROT-GOLD: The German Revolution of 1848/49"

Schwarz-Rot-Gold: The German Revolution of 1848/49

Having outlined my game design philosophy in an earlier forum post, let me turn to some aspects related to class politics.

The State Political Displays:

These represent the respective states (exceptions noted further below). They're the heart of the game and markers are placed on them as necessary to indicate shifts in political strength, laws and constitutional… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on April 7, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

The Liberation of Paris - Forgotten Veterans

The BBC News web site ran a story today about an under reported episode of World War II. France was liberated by heroes, but not all were recognized during the victory march through Paris. Read the story and get the story:

Paris liberation made 'whites only'

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Gaming the 1848 Revolution

I've always felt that our hobby sorely neglects conflicts which happen to be primarily of a non-military nature and indeed non-military affairs (especially political matters) central to a given conflict. This is a shame since in particularly political strife makes for great gaming material.

I've lately been reading about the revolutions that swept across Europe in 1848/49 and thought how these events might be turned into a game. Just thought I'd voice my musings… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on April 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

The Sibling Coffee War

Need coffee to get you through the day?

Last week my sister Roxanne posted the following picture on her blog in honor of Caffeine Appreciation Month using her D&D miniatures.

Then my sister Erika "retaliated" by posting THIS picture on needcoffe.com using her daughter's Star Wars action figures:…


Added by Ted Henkle on April 5, 2009 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

And Now a Moment of Silence

Three Policemen Dead, Two Wounded in Pittsburgh Shoot-Out

This happened in one of those neighborhoods where people can truly say "This stuff doesn't happen here." Stanton Heights is a middle-class neighborhood with a long tradition of being heavily Jewish and intellectual; the actor Fritz Weaver is from there, as is the conductor Lorin Maazel. Now, it has a heavy concentration of police, fire and… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 4, 2009 at 10:15pm — 7 Comments

Heroes of the Blitzkrieg Printing

Hi everyone, I just wanted to give a Heroes of the Blitzkrieg update. The game is currently printing, and that's different from "at the printer." We have been through two sets of proofs. Everything is looking really, really good. By currently printing, I mean it is in production. I'll try to take a component shot from the final proofs and post it today. When will we start shipping? Looks like May.

Promised component shot… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on April 3, 2009 at 3:07pm — 6 Comments

Battles Magazine - The Independent Wargame Magazine

Hi gents,

Battles Magazine is a new wargame magazine. 124 full color pages, including reviews, analysis, general articles, scenarios, player aids etc... and a complete game with die-cut counters.


See the content, skim through the magazine, downnload the rules of play and the vassal module (soon).... and order !

Includes : Strikng the Anvil - Operation Anvil Dragoon, a game by… Continue

Added by Olivier Revenu on April 1, 2009 at 4:30pm — 26 Comments

Just So Nobody Misses the Spammers

Hey, check this out! Hot Russian girls at my Canadian pharmacy want to sell your realistic Rolex watches that offer all-natural male enlargement.

Unfortunately my father-in-law, General Francis Mbuto Klepto, recently died soon ago, leaving upwards of £15000000 dollars in a Swiss bank account, but the Nigerian authorities will not allow Switzerland to release it without a small down payment from a reputable American party. Since you look honest, may I ask you to help out a poor widow… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 1, 2009 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

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