June 2009 Blog Posts (28)

Oh somebody PLEASE bury MJ, ok??

Ok Consm folks out there: Who else is tired of hearing about Michael Jackson besides Jim Werbaneth and me? Was he talented? Yes. Was he on par with the greats in the music industry? No. He liked to be in the company of young boys and he should have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law regarding the child molestation cases. I just hope to hell no one tries to nominate this freak for sainthood.

Added by Katie on June 28, 2009 at 4:08am — 23 Comments

Goodbye, Michael Jackson

This is based on something that I just posted on Wargamer.com, in response to the reactions to the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.

Michael Jackson was not a genius on a par with Elvis, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, or a whole host of legends built on talent. He was a fine dancer, a good showman, and a passable singer. The rest was a testament to the power of hype and celebrity. After all, who gave Michael Jackson the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 26, 2009 at 9:24am — 9 Comments

Hoss was my homeboy!

It may have been a fictional TV show, but there was plenty of American history! It was one of my favorite shows while I was growing up. My dad is still a big fan. Alas, I would need a "benefactor" to fund my trip...sigh.

From Nevada magazine:

patently ponderosa

Lake Tahoe convention commemorates 50th anniversary of “Bonanza.”

Bonanza Friendship… Continue

Added by Lisa Scheer on June 25, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

Fareed Zakariah's Take on Iran

Fareed Zakariah can usually be counted upon for excellent analysis of events in the Middle East and the Islamic world. In this week's Newsweek, he offers an examination of the crisis of legitimacy now facing the Iranian theocracy, one well worth reading.

Dr. Zakariah does not see the regime as… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

For those who speak French, A new wargame Blog

A new blog in french about wargame :Bellerophon

Added by Frederic Sapp on June 22, 2009 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Episode 4 of HMGS-E Movie Has Been Posted

Episode 4 is now available for viewing on the HISTORICON website:




Added by Ted Henkle on June 21, 2009 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Happy Father's Day!

According to the infamous Wikipedia, Father's Day is celebrated in nearly 100 countries--including Iran. Although I think this year's homage to dear ol' dad was postponed (18 June 09).

Not every country celebrates Father's Day on the 3rd Sunday in June. So there's still time to plan that father-son expedition up Mount Everest! (Nepal--18 September 09).

In Bulgaria Father's Day falls on 26 December. Oh boy! Twice as many… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on June 21, 2009 at 8:53am — 2 Comments

1648: More balance talk

A running conversation about 1648 I'm crossposting here (my online archive, so to speak).

> Where can I download the V2.3 Realpolitik files? That would make study and

> practice of the variant much easier.

I'll post the files in the near future.

I've actually thought of a way to do some solitaire playthroughs of the early game. I'd roll a die for each power and consult a table indicating which power it attacks or in which direction it… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on June 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

1648: Power Balance and more

Here are my responses to some feedback I got about my 1648 Diplomacy variant. See earlier posts for basic information.

> I personally love the DP points system idea, and think it improves on the

> trademark negotiating element of Diplomacy that makes the game so much fun

> to begin with.

Thanks for your detailed comments. I'll adress these further below.

Note though that the previous map I posted has been replaced by v2.3. Christiania… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on June 17, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Iran: Trying to Control the Uncontrollable

Events in Iran since election day on June 12 have been truly breathtaking. The Islamist status quo faces a crisis of legitimacy, very reminiscent of that which raged through Eastern Europe twenty years ago, and the upsurge of popular rage further calls to mind the popular wrath that drove Shah Muhammed Reza Pahlavi from the Peacock Throne thirty years ago.

In an… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 16, 2009 at 4:07pm — 14 Comments

1648: Third time's the charm?

I implemented further tweaks with v2.2. I included more territory to the East so as to ensure Astrakhan abutts Persia. This allows Russia to gain further leverage on Persia (the new Caspian Sea also provides for yet another way of getting Russian units into action down there).

Persia strikes me as the minor power most likely to be conquered last. After all, neither Russia or Turkey will want the other to conquer it and will be mindful… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on June 16, 2009 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

IRAN's "ELECTION" Obama Official Refuses to Condemn Brutality

A State Department official refuses to so much as condemn the regime's violent crackdown on democracy.

This is the "new JFK"? I rather liked the old one better:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual… Continue

Added by Smitty on June 15, 2009 at 10:55pm — 19 Comments

1648: A revised map

The above map is the result of putting a good deal of thought into adjusting the bilateral friction levels according to the aims I set out in my previous post (see the previous post to see what I am doing). You'll note that the Franco-Spanish relationship has drastically changed so as not to railroad those two powers into war.

Further, Turkey now is in much closer contact with Spain and Russia than was previously the case and the same… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on June 15, 2009 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Fly Gryphon Air!


Gryphon is principally an American-owned and operated airline based in Kuwait. We answer the need for reliable, safe and economical air transportion into the Middle East and South Asia regions. In addition to our scheduled flights between Kuwait City and Baghdad, we offer charter services.

We fly clean, safe, reliable aircraft backed by a team of highly experienced pilots, support personnel, and a management team steeped in decades of experience.… Continue

Added by Lisa Scheer on June 15, 2009 at 8:36am — 6 Comments

Revisiting my 1648 game design

Back in 2003/04 I was working on an ambitious design project together with David Cohen. The aim was to create a eurocentric world Diplomacy variant set in the year 1648. Also, we aimed to include armed neutrals, which might be swayed by greater powers by the means of their budgeted diplomatic points (as explained further below).

Why 1648? The geopolitical balance of power (so important for a Diplomacy variant) was at that stage quite intact since neither Spain, France, England or any… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on June 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

ConsimWorld Expo 2009 Opening Ceremonies videos

I just added a couple of videos with portions of the opening ceremonies form 2009 from the Expo. These will give those of you who haven't made it to an expo a good overview of what happens at the con.

If you view them at the YouTube site you can se them in glorious HD (or what passes for it on YouTube). They are easier to see.

Part 1…


Added by Jack Beckman on June 14, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Mayhem in Makassar Strait, Part 3

Part 3 of my movie for HMGS-E, Mayhem in Makassar Strait has been added to the HISTORICON website:


Meanwhile Part 2 is being uploaded on to YouTube.



Added by Ted Henkle on June 13, 2009 at 12:13am — No Comments

Why Even Have a Holocaust Museum?

With yesterday's shooting at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum, attention has to be paid to the museum itself. A few people are going ask, why have one? Why should federal tax dollars, in a tight economy after all, go towards commemorating something perpetrated by foreigners a long time ago?

One reason comes to mind immediately: Deniers. Upon the exposure of the Nazis' crimes against humanity, General Dwight David… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 11, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

This is the final counter art of Ici, c'est la france!. The counters are being printed and the map is soon to follow. Those of you that have pledged for it can expect shipment in July. Those of that …

This is the final counter art of Ici, c'est la france!. The counters are being printed and the map is soon to follow. Those of you that have pledged for it can expect shipment in July. Those of that haven't yet and want it for the pledge price then go here:… Continue

Added by Kim Kanger on June 10, 2009 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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