May 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Final Countdown to CSW Expo

We are only days away from our 10th Annual Anniversary event for CSW Expo. We are approaching the 200 attendee mark. For those who think they can slip away for an extended weekend, we do offer 3-Day Passes that will let you drop in and experience one of the top gaming venues offered. More details available here!

Added by John Kranz on May 28, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Rapier 2010 has over 100 game entries scheduled

Rapier 2010 will be held at the Jacksonville Clarion Hotel June 4-6. We have over 100 game enteries including convention long games of Battle for Normandy and Baltic Gap, a Battles of the American Revolution tournament run by the series designer, Mark Miklos, Britannia, Friedrich, Maria, Here I Stand, and many more.

We will also have our usual fine collection of miniatures and RPGs.

Added by Chip Coffey on May 24, 2010 at 9:28am — No Comments

Steel Panthers 2 - Modern Battles is now Abandonware!

This awesome strategy game has now been classed as abandonware. You can find the link for this game on my website under the War Game section.

Added by Roger Morley on May 24, 2010 at 9:01am — 7 Comments

Ici, c'est la France! rules, version 1.0c

The almost final rules version 1.0c, which are sharper and better looking, can be downloaded here (post 539):

Added by Kim Kanger on May 24, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Games We Learned About War and Wargaming From

This blog is inspired by Jim Werbaneth's review of FRANCE 1940 in his magazine, Line of Departure, Issue 66. He well describes how he learned both the history of the German invasion of France from the experience of playing the game (inspiring him to get and read books on the subject) and how the game was a "benchmark" in a number of design aspects we now take for granted (variable strengths for the Panzer Divisions, historical alternatives, and--of course--the mechanized… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on May 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

New Games

Thanks to the specials page at GMT Games, my wallet took another hit and I ordered a couple of new games, both of which arrived yesterday:

Conquest of Paradise - looks like a fun…

Added by Jonathan Arnold on May 18, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The US has finally reinvented counterinsurgency

The US was so upset after the defeat in Vietnam that they failed to recognize that the war was mainly lost politically. The military strategy became the scapegoat despite the fact that the counterinsurgency was in fact quite successful during the final years. At Fort Bragg huge amount of documentation on how to conduct counterinsurgency was actually burned in the courtyard! The message was clear: Never ever get entangled in such a war again!

I often wondered why the lesson from… Continue

Added by Kim Kanger on May 18, 2010 at 4:33am — 15 Comments

"I Beat the Crap Out of This Guy:" Eight-Year-Old Hero Saves Sister From Abduction

I want to see this kid's interview played at the predator's trial. Even better, I want to see it played on TV in the prison, after he's sent there. Then he can explain to his crimies how he was beaten up by an eight-year-old kid.

News Report From WPXI Channel 11 - Pittsburgh

Now matter what though, this kid is THE MAN!!!

Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 17, 2010 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Line of Departure Issue 66 Now Available

The newest issue of Line of Departure is now available. This issue leads off with a review of Legion Wargames' Ici, C'est la France, and another of the deluxe edition of Twilight Struggle (GMT). There follows an analysis of…


Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 17, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

The Man... The Myth... The Dio... Rest in Peace

Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer today, and died at the age of 67.

For those who might be unaware, he was one of the greatest rock singers of all time, a man with an unmistakable, inimitable voice, famous for his vocals with Rainbow and Black Sabbath as well as his solo work. Most recently he toured with a lineup of Black Sabbath going under the name Heaven & Hell, after his debut album with Sabbath.…


Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 16, 2010 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Classic Wargames and Other Titles You Can't Stop Playing

I was conversing with Wittman over his observation that there really hasn't been all that much real innovation in board wargaming of late. I remember having a similar conversation with Jon Compton not that long ago. We hearkened back to Tom Cundiff and his OLD SOLDIERS… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on May 13, 2010 at 8:20pm — 10 Comments

Surveying World War I Tactical Ground Games

Given the explosion of tactical level squad games for World War II, it's only natural that some of this would "bleed over" into World War I. Thought it was time to talk about some of the more common/widespread designs covering that era!

In the beginning, there was SPI's SOLDIERS. Vintage 1973. Each piece was a company and the… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on May 13, 2010 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Play RISK! Online

Well, now has an online version of RISK you can play for free. They've had Chess, they've had BATTLESHIP. But now this!

Wonder if we can convince them to put some of those "lite" wargames out there and entice new blood into the hobby (and into VASSAL, CYBERBOARD, etc). MEMOIR '44, AXIS AND ALLIES, BATTLE…

Added by Eric Walters on May 11, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

I see Kim Kanger is posting here -- he has an article on the Algerian insurgency in the current issue of S&T (262).

I see Kim Kanger is posting here -- he has an article on the Algerian insurgency in the current issue of S&T (262). Continue

Added by Joseph Miranda on May 7, 2010 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Hoping to try "A Victory Denied" tonight

I've had it for a few days but have not gotten down to playing it. Reviews have been good. I'm looking forward to it.

Added by Anthony Hicks on May 6, 2010 at 7:22pm — 4 Comments

CSW Expo 2010 Reminder

Hi folks. I'll keep it short because we already have a news story on this. I just wanted to remind anyone on the fence and thinking about attending CSW Expo 2010, our 10th Anniversary event, that the deadline to receive your free Rodger MacGowan Expo tshirt design expires after May 7, so if you are thinking about attending, please get your registration in before May 7 passes us by. So far we… Continue

Added by John Kranz on May 5, 2010 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Moving to Bahrain soon,,, any wargamers in the area?

While Brisbane, OZ is no Tristate for gamers we do have ~20 ish. I wonder about Bahrain..

Added by Mark Hodgkinson on May 2, 2010 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

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