December 2008 Blog Posts (37)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from me and the entire staff of Line of Departure?

How does the outlook for 2009 look to you? What are your New Years resolutions?

And, if I may be so bold, which are the ones you're most likely to break?

Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 31, 2008 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT - A VIEW OF OUR ECONOMIC CRISIS

CLAY KINGDOMS

by Bill Bonner



Here at The Daily Reckoning , we turn to Shakespeare for a more poetic view of the financial collapse: “Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall!”



So said Marc Antony as he drew the Queen of the Nile into his embrace. This is another way to look at the crisis of ‘08. You begin by noticing that it is centered in just two countries – Britain and America. Not coincidentally, those two countries are the twin capitals… Continue

Added by Smitty on December 31, 2008 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

The Other WAR

Are they Finally Waking Up in the Netherlands? [Mark Hemingway]





International Herald Tribune:



Two weeks ago, the country's biggest left-wing political grouping, the Labor Party, which has responsibility for integration as a member of the coalition government led by the Christian Democrats, issued a position paper calling for the end of the failed model of Dutch "tolerance."



It came at the same time Nicolas Sarkozy was making a case in France for greater… Continue

Added by Smitty on December 30, 2008 at 6:45pm — 5 Comments

Dien Bien Phu


The project is proceeding. View the full map here:

http://www.kangerproject.com/DienBienPhu/

Added by Kim Kanger on December 30, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Consim Interest Travel Aid Application

I frequently travel on business, or for family reasons, and enjoy finding and visiting sites of military history interest -- museums, battlefield sites, etc. However, all too often I have learned, after completing my trip, that I have driven within a few miles of a place I really would like to have visited, but missed.



What would REALLY be cool would be an online application that would find sites along the way (or some defined distance off-route) when I am planning a trip. For… Continue

Added by David Allen on December 27, 2008 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

"Prayers for the Assassin" Book Review



After New York City and Washington, DC are destroyed by suitcase nukes and Mecca is irradiated by a dirty bomb, the US fractures into five separate entities: The Bible Belt, with roughly the same borders as the Confederacy; the Mormon Territories, consisting of Utah and parts of Idaho, the Nevada Free State and the South Florida Independent Unaligned New Area; while the remaining states fall under the Islamic Republic of America. Another… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on December 25, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

What Games Were Under Your Tree This Christmas?

Just curious to see what everyone's getting.

I got Twilight Struggle from my Kids.

The little kids got Candyland. We've had it before, but we wore the counters bare ;-)

Also, Sister in Law sent us Scene-It - some kind of trivia game using Disney movies.

Added by Lewis Goldberg on December 24, 2008 at 11:00pm — 57 Comments

TRIXIE's GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE

Eat Grass. Throw up,Doesn't sound like fun but is.

Added by Smitty on December 23, 2008 at 9:59pm — 4 Comments

Photoshopped Missile Launch



A few days ago I posted "Arms Race Within the Ummah" on this forum. The accompanying article described the growing anxiety of the Egyptian and Saudi Arabian governments over Iran's nuclear power program. For an attention grabber, I added a picture of the missile test launch Iran conducted this past summer. However, one astute reader commented that the photo in question was the subject of a controversy: The Iranians apparently photoshopped one or… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on December 23, 2008 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Dien Bien Phu


My next project is to make a Dien Bien Phu game. See the full map here (as it is now):
http://www.kangerproject.com/DienBienPhu/

Join me at the discussion about this game here:
http://social.consimworld.com/group/theworldofdesigning/forum/topics/dien-bien-phu

Added by Kim Kanger on December 21, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Arms Race Within the Ummah



Anxiety appears to be building within the Islamic Ummah (community) over Iran's geopolitical intentions. On 9 July 2008, Iran test fired 4 long and medium range missiles, allegedly capable of reaching "The Zionist Entity" (as Israel is often referred to). The test, pictured above from Dailylife.com, deepened the concern of the US about Iran's motives of its supposedly peaceful nuclear power program.



Israel and the US aren't the… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on December 20, 2008 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

Printing out the LNL items from Line Of Fire and the Forgotten Heroes CD - GOOD AND BAD!!!!!

As most of my friends know I'm a huge Mark H. Walker and LNL company fan. I love his Cold War games and I think modeling Vietnam for infantry combat is fascinating. He is also an advocate of electronic publishing - which is the future of publishing. Instead of trying to put a full game into his magazine he puts maps and counters ready for print into his documents. I think this is fantastic. I can reprint components any time and take the documents with me on the road on my… Continue

Added by Andy Brown on December 18, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Initial Errata on new releases

Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot more errata being found in new releases lately? I wonder if we (as gamers) are expecting too rigorous a publication schedule from our favorite publishers. Is our impatience the cause of the errata because games are being "rushed" into print? Is it because there is a lack of playtesters or blind playtesters to ensure that items are being caught before they are being printed?

What say you?

Added by Brian Blad on December 18, 2008 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

Shoe Sales Aid Bailout Plan?



I just read Brian Blad's post on the economy. Here's something I posted on my main blog:



Muntafar al-Zaidi's 15 minutes of fame is going into overtime in the Arab world. His folk-hero status initiated a bidding war for the size 10 shoes he chucked at President Bush during his impromtu visit to Iraq.



One reader of Mark Steyn's website came up with an idea to finance the economic bailout plan:



"Payless Shoe… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on December 17, 2008 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

My Lock 'N Load Blog

1. This is an outstanding system - but as Mark says its focus is infantry, and really is based on modern smokeless powder fire arms with magazines. I would say the earliest period we could model would be Spanish-American war.



Lets be honest the difference between a Moisin-Nagant and an M-16 is negligble compared to the difference between an M1 and a rifled musket.



2. Modules I would be interested in (in order of preference)

Red Dawn - US irregulars versus Soviet and… Continue

Added by Andy Brown on December 17, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Here I stand... Andy's Theses of War Gaming

Here is some thoughts on war games - and what I like and don't like. Think of it as my Theses... Remember these are my thoughts and not everyone's... Please make suggestions!



Art is as important as the rules, there is simply no excuse for a professionally published game to have poor artwork.



Today’s war game publishers are not yesterday’s publishers. BE PATIENT! These people have day jobs. They might not be able to respond to questions for days and sometimes… Continue

Added by Andy Brown on December 17, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

The Economy

I wonder if the people making decisions around the world in the business community actually have any common sense.



If you think through the situation that we are in, logically, it would make more sense for businesses to expand their operations, increase their hiring and production, and spend money in an economic environment such as we find ourselves in.



Why? Every job that is lost is another income being taken out of the marketplace. Instead of having discretionary income… Continue

Added by Brian Blad on December 17, 2008 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

Gaming Time

I was sitting at home yesterday with the plague, thinking about all the games I own that I will most likely will never get to play. Not for lack of desire, butfor lack of opponents. Sad times when you can't slow down long enough to play an amazing wargame!

Added by Brian Blad on December 17, 2008 at 11:02am — 5 Comments

I Know that Sinking Feeling



This picture triggered a No-"Crap"-There-I-Was memory. Back in the 90s, I was a BALO (Battalion Air Liaison Officer) for a mechanized infantry unit in Germany for 2 years. In July 94 we rotated in to the Hohenfels maneuver range for our annual field exercise. Just after sundown the day before our big attack against the evil OPFOR (Opposition Forces) it started to rain. And it continued to pour throughout the night.



Despite the weather… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on December 16, 2008 at 4:20pm — 9 Comments

More Dangerous than a Red Ryder BB Gun


This Christmas Edmund Scientifics' has brought interactive wargaming to new heights:

http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp?pn=3053225&bhcd2=1229454225

Talk about feeling the "shock & awe" of combat...

Added by Ted Henkle on December 16, 2008 at 2:22pm — 13 Comments

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