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Historical Accuracy and Wargames - Some Thoughts

In the fall of 2000, I got into what I thought was an interesting discussion about the nebulous, never-to-be-solved discussion about what constitutes *accuracy* in a wargame. Because it was off topic on the CSW For the People page, I moved it to the “Coffee Table”, where it promptly died. However, I came across these notes while looking for something… anything… to add to this site. Enjoy!





October 18, 2000



… I am fortunate beyond words that I have been able to… Continue

Added by Don Chappell on March 10, 2008 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

How I spent my Sunday ...





War in Europe was under the Christmas tree this year .... but I've needed a table big enough to hold all nine maps!



Now - if only I could talk someone into driving to Fredericksburg once a week for the next two or three years ...…







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Added by Justin Rice on March 9, 2008 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

My first blog...ever

Confession time: I've never had a blog.



I've had my own website for over ten years, but I've never blogged. In fact, I didn't realize until a few months ago that CSW had member blogs. I'm really that blog-unaware. In general, I think this come from not having much to say to the world at large. But I have found over the last few years that I actually have quite a bit to say to the wargaming community.



The question is, who is gonna read my rantings? Who is gonna… Continue

Added by John Cooper on March 9, 2008 at 5:27pm — 5 Comments

Inkscape Boardgames Extensions 0.7

Earlier today I noticed that my Inkscape Boardgame Extensions (as mentioned in my earlier blog posts here at consimworld) did not work at all with Inkscape 0.46 (currently only available as pre-release). The API for making extensions has been alomst completely rewritten since 0.45.1 that I were using. To fix this I did a major rewrite of the… Continue

Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 9, 2008 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Drive on Paris - an after action report

I'm currently engaged in a pbem game of Drive on Paris (The Gamers/MMP). Below is a brief after action report.



The Gun of August



Belgium

Lorraine and Alsace



Emmerich's assault brigades have begun infiltrate around the Liege Fortress.



The Citadel of Liege lay in ruins.…

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Added by Jonas Multing on March 9, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Inkscape Hexmap Extension

My collection of Inkscape extensions for boardgame (read: wargame) design has now expanded from one effect (the Countersheet Generator mentioned in my two previous blog posts) to two effects. The new one is a Hexmap Generator. It… Continue

Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 8, 2008 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Yes.

I was born on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. and I am 5th generation grandson of Red Cloud (making him, I beleive....my Great-Grand Father or there might be another 'Great-' in there). I still have family on Pine Ridge, some living pretty much on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Last time I got out there was in Summer of 2006. For those of you keeping score, we are the Oglala, Lakota....and Red Cloud in Lakota is "Mahnpiya Luta"





" Luta" means Red or Scarlet; "Mahnpiya",… Continue

Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on March 8, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Inkscape Countersheets Extension, Pt 2 (bitmap export)

I added PNG bitmap export to my Inkscape Countersheets Extension, now with verion 0.5 available. Now I will not have to worry again that the counter graphics/values in my VASSAL playtest module will not be the same as on the printable countersheet for the same game.…



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Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 8, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

Forming a Wargaming Club

I am thinking of forming a wargaming club in the metro Atlanta town in which I live. For those that have formed clubs or are/have been a member of a gaming club - what worked and what didn't?

Added by Steve Dixon on March 7, 2008 at 8:44am — 7 Comments

When Wargames Are Not Enough

When in the course of my wargamng life I get bored or tired of wargames and wargaming in general, what to do? Hit the books.



I'm in a transition phase: My desire to play or purchase wargames has given over to reading, reading, and reading. Currently I'm reading Mao's China and After (Maurice Meisner), The Collapse of the Third Republic

(William L. Shirer), and The Viet-Nam Reader (Marcus Raskin and Bernard B. Fall).



Most of my book purchases are through Abe Books. I… Continue

Added by Alfredo M. Battaglia on March 7, 2008 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Well, this might be interesting....

as I have so far managed to resist ANY blogging, anywhere.



As a matter of course, I have not EVER kept a journal, diary or blog. I am afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis, very badly. So badly, in fact, that I have had my right hip replaced in 2004 and I will have my left hip replaced, as soon as my surgeons return from over-seas assignments. (I am a 13 year veteran of the US Army, so all my medical is done by the VA and the VA Medical center Ann Arbor, Michigan.) And once the hip is… Continue

Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on March 6, 2008 at 4:05pm — 5 Comments

Soviet surprise attack catches NATO off guard



FRANKFURT--Soviet-led armored Warsaw Pact columns have advanced across the West German border in a broad assault from Hamburg in the north to the American-held Fulda gap just east of Frankfurt.



The surprise attack was preceeded by a massive air battle, as wave after wave of Warsaw Pact Mig-21 fought for control of the skies over northern and central Germany.



In the town of Fulda, a small border hamlet guarded by the… Continue

Added by Justin Rice on March 6, 2008 at 1:54am — 11 Comments

What Do You Want out of the ConsimWorld Social Website?

John Kranz asked a while ago about how to best recruit new people for the website. I'll ask an even more fundamental question. What do you want out of the website that you can't get at: (1) the regular Consimworld website, (2) the Consimworld Facebook area, (3) Boardgame Geek, (4) Yahoo! Groups on your favorite game, and (5) Individual and Club websites? The world wonders...



Bet if we know this, we can shape the website accordingly when and where we can...and that will attract new… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on March 5, 2008 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Gary Gygax RIP

It is never easy when a giant passes, and Gary Gygax was one of of the giants of the gaming industry. In the late seventies, Dungeons & Dragons was a revolution. Its parts weren't so revolutionary, as it grafted magic rules on top of a proven miniatures platform, but the context certainly was. Ever wargame is a roleplaying game in some way; the player takes the role of a commander at some level, and makes decisions that his historical counterpart would make. Most often he makes decisions… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 5, 2008 at 12:08pm — 4 Comments

Wargame Museum?

Wondering if there is a Wargame Museum out there somewhere?

I keep picking up games at the local thrift and used bookstores to keep them from being consigned to the trash.

Added by Brian Blad on March 5, 2008 at 11:33am — 25 Comments

How Best to Balance?

One of the challenges that I find that I'm always having to deal with is: "How do I balance all of my hobbies?"



I love to read. I have almost 400 books that I have not cracked cover on and I am always adding more.

I play ASL and other Wargames

I play World Of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online

I play PS2, XBox, and XBox 360

I play Civilivation IV, Rise of Nations, Age Of Empires III



So how do you manage to squeeze everything in? Fortunately my wife… Continue

Added by Brian Blad on March 5, 2008 at 10:47am — 7 Comments

Working On... 1 : Striking the Anvil

Operation Dragoon : Sriking the Anvil*

This game is designed by Luc Olivier. Luc designed many games for the french magazine Vae Victis. He's also the publisher of a pretty good fanzine : Vieille Garde.

I'm making the graphics (as well as wanabee developer and playtester)

Striking the Anvil is one of the two games on wich we're working about Anvil-Dragoon. (The second one will focus on the battle of Toulon, one of the major ports on the south coast of… Continue

Added by Olivier Revenu on March 5, 2008 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

To clip or not to clip: The final battle



Several hours of quality television, 2400 counters and 9600 corners later .... I present to you one punched AND clipped copy of SPI's The Next War.



It's destined for a tabletop in Beaverdam, Va., tomorrow afternoon. Didn't have a choice but to stay up late tonight and finish.





(Oh - and using the boxtop to catch all the clipped corners went a long ways towards keeping the wife… Continue

Added by Justin Rice on March 5, 2008 at 2:30am — 14 Comments

Inkscape Countersheets Extension

A while ago I started thinking that it would be useful to generate wargame countersheets (or sheets of game cards etc) some templates and data in a textfile. After some thinking and a few nights of coding I think I may soon have created something that does this, implemented as an extension for Inkscape.



Some ugly examples below. The results will be no prettier (or uglier) than the templates used...



With some simple templates like these;…

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Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 4, 2008 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

Rest in Peace Dungeon Master

Thank you for all the wonderful memories, the comrades, the window you helped open for me that has led me to a lifetime of fun and fantasy..



You will be missed by we the faithful



Here is the story from CNN



Gary Gygax, Dungeons & Dragons creator, diesStory Highlights

Gary Gygax created Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson in 1974



Role-playing game used medieval characters and creatures, many-sided dice



Idea was turned into video… Continue

Added by Brian Blad on March 4, 2008 at 2:54pm — No Comments

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