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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

300 Isn't Just a Movie...

...300 is also our official member count since we officially launched yesterday. I want to recognize Iain C. Martin who is our 300th member. Thanks to all who have joined and please don't forget to Invite your Friends to Join!

Added by John Kranz on March 4, 2008 at 2:10pm — 6 Comments

The Passing of Gary Gygax

A truly sad day for the gaming industry. Gary Gygax has passed away.

Added by John Kranz on March 4, 2008 at 1:45pm — 10 Comments

Double-thick counters, or death!

I just read the very interesting Blog about clipping counters for our games: This strikes me as an absolute must. I started doing this in 1976, and haven't looked back since then. :^)



But there is another, more troubling and maniacal habit I catched: using thicker counters!



Most wargames use far too thin counters, I have a small visual/physical disability and it makes those thin counters far too difficult and aggravating to handle. Tweezers? No sir, I'll never use… Continue

Added by Carl Paradis on March 4, 2008 at 12:18pm — 8 Comments

Getting an 8-Year-Old to Play

I have been trying for a few years to get my son interested in playing wargames. I started with "Blue Max" but kept the movement and combat simple - no use of charts and a 5 or 6 shot down the plane - to get him going. It seemed to work as we have played a few more times since. When he is a bit older I'll introduce him to the real rules. We have also been playing the simple card game Grand Prix which he thoroughly enjoys and has beaten me everytime we have played.



What are some ploys… Continue

Added by Steve Dixon on March 4, 2008 at 7:29am — 7 Comments

To clip or not to clip, part II: Gettin' clippy with it ...

I'm what you would call "impulsive". It's why I can't got to a convention and not buy a game, and also why my kill stacks of Panzers often wander away from their objectives, marching off to certain doom.



It also means once I get a bug up my ass, I'm likely to act on it.



So here's a picture of the jig I made by taking a dremel to the corner of an old CD case (stole the idea off BGG - thanks to the person that mentioned that here!).



Notice some of my clipped US… Continue

Added by Justin Rice on March 4, 2008 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Winterwegitter part deux !

Well this is a learning game. Dan and I are moving forward. His German finally broke Askia river in two spots. One of the two is weak enough for meto take the bridge the other way around. We finished 7 turns so far. It's pretty even so far. Problem or him is wave of rerinforcements coming soon, and half his planes are flown, compared to me getting my full Air Force.

Some pictures will be posted on consimworld. If I can get Dan's pic.

Impatiently waiting for GMT East.

Added by Marc Guenette on March 3, 2008 at 8:08pm — 2 Comments

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