August 2011 Blog Posts (16)

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Added by Michael Dorosh on August 30, 2011 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 69 Now Available

The newest issue of Line of Departure is now available.  It is a theme issue, covering Modern Tactics: Land, Air and Sea.  The lead review is of the newest edition of Hornet Leader, from Dan Verssen Games, followed by analysis of SPI's Air War, and strategy for Harpoon Classic, for the computer. …


Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Ici, c'est la France!

A very cool video from team Fantasard in New Zealand. There are not that many copies left in stock. If you want one, go to

Added by Kim Kanger on August 27, 2011 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

GMT's 1805 Game Report

I had the opportunity today to play GMT's 2009 game 1805:Sea of Glory with my gaming friend Clyde Hayman. Clyde is not only an experienced gamer but also a Vietnam veteran who was a radar intercept officer in F105 Wild Weasels and also in F4s and F111s. He's a patriot and a great guy.…


Added by Anthony Hicks on August 26, 2011 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Status Update

Holy smokes! Nearly a year since I last posted and, sadly, the tune's the same - Gaming time is still approaching zero. Just a few short scenarios with my buddy Ted in 11 months. Fortunately, it's looking as though fortune is smiling on me. While my job is moving into overdrive and consuming more hours and effort than I sometimes feel I can muster, and my daughter is officially a teenager (and all the drama and other assorted wonders that that life altering transition brings), my new…


Added by Joe Blanchette on August 22, 2011 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

Wargaming with the Kids

Playing World at War with my 7 year old. Okay, the rules we used were a little simplified but my kids enjoy it and it introduces them to the world of wargaming that their Daddy loves. [Picture included]

Added by Anthony Hicks on August 19, 2011 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Hearts and Minds

I'm looking into "Hearts and Minds" by Worthington Games. Generally the reviews I have read have been quite positive. It is area movement, which I have never played before. I'd be interested in some of your opinions of the game. Thanks in advance.

Added by Anthony Hicks on August 11, 2011 at 3:40pm — 2 Comments

Gazala 1942, Blood and Thunder & Defense of Rorkes Drift - just arrived

I have just received Gazala 1942, Blood and Thunder & Defense of Rorkes Drift. Gazala was bought new, and the other 2 from ebay - and they are unpunched, which is surprising. If anyone out there has ever played these games, please let me know of your thoughts about them, even if it is negative.

Really looking forward to getting my teeth into these games, and hopefully soon I should have some decent free time to play them.

I have had my eye on all 3 games for a while, so…


Added by Roger Morley on August 11, 2011 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Looking for Chicago wargamer to help with Fletcher Pratt material

Hi All,


John Curry, the UK publisher of the Classics of Wargaming series of reprints of importnat books needs help from a responsible wargamer in the Chicago area. He has been assembling informationand original materials related to the Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame and its early players. One of those players, a Dan Dorcy, passed away some little time ago.  Dan Dorcy played the Fletcher Pratt game extensively in the 1970's and John talked to him a couple of years ago. Sadly he…


Added by Peter Perla on August 9, 2011 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Ironbottomsound1:Unofficail scenario X2:The Battle of the River Plate

This scenario is unofficial!


The Battle of the River Plate (Rio de la Plata) was the first naval battle in the Second World War. The German…


Added by Fuki Goro on August 7, 2011 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Ironbottomsound1:Unofficail scenario X1:The Battle of the Denmark Strait

This scenario is unofficail!


The Battle of the Denmark Strait was a Second World War naval battle between ships of the Royal Navy and the German Kriegsmarine,…


Added by Fuki Goro on August 7, 2011 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Time Machine

Noticed what looks like strange behavior with blog item positions - like time warping.

You can edit blog posts for time to publish, so i am going to see if I can move this around.

Added by Bill Wood on August 7, 2011 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Connections 2011 AAR

I'm just back from the Connections 2011 interdisciplinary wargaming conference, and have posted an AAR of sorts at PAXSims:

Added by Rex Brynen on August 5, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

God speed Ian will be missed

Matrix Games is reporting the death of Ian Trout today.


Ian Trout (1949-2011), President and co-founder of SSG, passed away today after losing his battle with cancer. Ian was the designer of most of SSG's games and his untimely death represents a huge loss to SSG and the games industry.

Added by Hudson on August 4, 2011 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

I like "Ironbottomsound 1"(not 2).

This game is a naval battle game that treats the Pacific Ocean region.

And, it is a game that can treat battleship "YAMATO".


The best liver is to be able to shoot it like liking cannons.It can enjoy knocking the enemy down with the cannon.

The torpedo doesn't become honest something useful.Because the torpedo usually becomes only a threat, it is possible to use it only for the course obstruction.


In a wordIt fires shells over the enemy, a fire is…


Added by Fuki Goro on August 4, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments

Today’s ASL game came down to the wire: Released from the East goes to the Russians

Still cranking away on the Starter Kit stuff. Yeah I know...I am a scrub. Still we work in many rules from the big Binder Bible of ASL. Today I played Released From the East and the game came down to the wire. You can read all about it here:


The objective: I had to take two of three buildings from the Germans by the end of turn 6

The result: on the very last movement of the game…


Added by Hudson on August 3, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

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