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Line of Departure Issue 80 is Upon the World

I just got back from the Post Office, and dropping of the last copies of Issue 80 to go out to the subscribers.  Here is the article list:

ISIS and the New Modern: A Review of Islamic State: Libya War

by Jim Werbaneth



Islamic State: Syria: A Preview

by Javier Romero



Insurgency Among the Stars: Simulating Revolutionary War in Freedom in the…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 25, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Line of Depature Issue 80 in Production

The eightieth issue of Line of Departure is being printed right now.  The lead review is of Javier Romero's Islamic State: Libya War, and he contributes a preview of his upcoming Islamic State:Syria too. 

Next, there's an article that I wanted to write for a long time.  It is an analysis of Freedom in the Galaxy as a game of insurgency and counterinsurgency, a model of revolution as understood in the real world but placed in a science fiction milieu.  Another article covers strategy…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 23, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

CSW Forum is Down

[update-1] We have been working all day with the software vendor and our hosting provider on the major outage we experienced overnight (four separate individuals have been on our case). Unfortunately, what we have encountered is still undergoing investigation. While the good news is that all data is safe and backed up, we are still not sure if it's a hardware issue or if it is code-related/possible corruption issue.

Testing continues as we work to diagnose the issue. I am committed in…

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Added by John Kranz on July 22, 2017 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

New 1.5 Version

We have just updated the new [b]versión 1.5 [/b]for IOS/Android.



- Here you have the new Soviet faction expansion!



- New German and US expansion:…

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Added by Alberto on July 20, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

New wargame: WWII Tactics Wargame

After a lot of months of hard work in design, develop and test, we have launched a new videogame for the wargamer public. All the effort, the substantial investment of time and money, the long hours to think in the design to make a real solitary wargame, This was all worthwhile, The game is here. We are happy to present you the game:WWII Tactics Card Game.…

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Added by Alberto on June 26, 2017 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Online Civil War Class, Who's Interested?

Does anyone want to take an online course on the Civil War, starting on May 22, and last ten weeks, through La Roche College? I'm the professor, and the textbook is James McPherson's Battlecry of Freedom. There would be no paper, and the grading is on ten discussion boards and two exams. To get the three college credits, you'd have to register at La Roche College as a student. It might be possible too to do so as an auditor, without going for the credits. I've taught this twice before…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 26, 2017 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

The War Before Tet - A Strategy Simulation

I decided to try my hand at writing a conflict simulation. It's turning out to be a very challenging exercise but I like challenges. After several weeks of work I have what I believe to be a working structure that with more work may provide a more sophisticated sim. I've attached a link to my latest documentation. Any comments will be greatly appreciated. 

Sigma-III

Added by Robert Cleary on April 15, 2017 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Another Special Offer on Line of Departure

The popular "Backwards Subscription" offer is back, this with eight recent magazines, Issues 71 through 78.   These cover a wide range of games, with topics from the ancient world to the far future, and scaled from microtactical to grand strategic.

Read more about them here:

Comprehensive Article List

And order…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 1, 2017 at 10:07pm — No Comments

A Special Offer for Turning Point Simulations Customers and Players

As I've been talking about for a while, prices for Line of Departure went up today, for the first time in about eight years.  Now, if you look inside copies of some of the TPS games, you'll find a subscription flyer for the magazine, with the old prices of $22.00 per year for American and Canadian subscribers, and $27.50 for those elsewhere in the world.



As a special offer, I'm going to honor those prices for TPS gamers only, through April 2017.  If you have one of those flyers,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 1, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Admin Alert: CSW Newsdesk

update: problem is now resolved. Thanks to everyone for their understanding.Just an FYI that we are aware that are CSW Newsdesk site is not reachable at the moment and we are working to resolve this problem. (there was a DNS nameserver changed that impacted all our sites and services yesterday).

Added by John Kranz on February 14, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Line of Departure Online Features Academic Projects, All in One Place

For the benefit of teachers and especially students, I just set up a page with links to all the academic papers I wrote for my last venture into graduate school. These are still on the Line of Departure Online Features Articles page, but for the sake of convenience, they are all now organized in one…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2017 at 11:38pm — No Comments

CSW Donation Drive -- Please Help Support Us

Be sure to visit our Donation Drive page as a free game is included for download, just for consideration of helping support us for another exciting year of hobby news and community services!

Added by John Kranz on January 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Line of Departure Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Issue

Issue 79, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Line of Departure, is now on the market.  This is also the third in the magazine's history to have the theme of Americans at War.  This issue contains the following articles:

Return to the Third World War: A Review of the GMT Games Edition of MBT

Fictional Battles, Fictional Game: Battalion-Level Battles of World War III,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 22, 2017 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Political Panel

No, this is not a political post, not really.

Tonight, I sat on a panel with six other voters recruited by Trib Total Media, the publisher of the old Pittsburgh Tribune Review and currently the Valley News Dispatch and Greensburg Tribune Review, at the Media Innovation Center of Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh.  My perspective wasn't as a professor of political science, but one of a group of typical voters.  One guy was a business owner who voted for Trump, three were…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Line of Departure Price Changes

As I work on Line of Departure Issue 78, I have come to the difficult decision that due to rising printing and postage costs, I'm going to have to raise prices.  This is the first increase since 2008, and I hope that it is the last one for quite some time.  Here are the new prices, effective March 1:



Four-Issue Subscription to the United States and Canada: $30.00

Four-Issue Subscription to Everywhere Else in the World: $38.00

Individual Issues to the United States and…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 8, 2017 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

Games I'm Playing 2017

Added by Steve K on January 2, 2017 at 12:58pm — 29 Comments

Line of Departure Online Features Update

I just updated the Line of Departure Online Features site.  The major part of it involves the latest addition, an academic article that I wrote about a year ago on the logistical foundations of the Union offensive in Virginia in 1864.  As I note on the site, this is probably going to be the last historical piece I write…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 11, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Is it time to factor in the German use of Meth in wargames?

If you have not had the opportunity to read German historian Norman Ohler's  Blitzed, the least you can do is trek over to the (free) BBC History Magazine Extra Podcast website and give it a listen. It will change your view on the invasion of France.

Added by Dave Smith on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. While there are several things I'm not so thankful for this year, I am thankful for this community of gamers and John for making all of this happen.

Added by Dave Smith on November 24, 2016 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Nemesis - Burma-44

You can preorder it here: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_NEM.html

"Nemesis: The spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris"…

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Added by Kim Kanger on October 30, 2016 at 1:43pm — No Comments

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