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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

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

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

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

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

Graduation

Officially, this was conferred last month, but the diploma only arrived today.  My course concentration was World War II, but with an elective each on command and leadership in the Civil War, and on the American Revolution.  Interestingly, the latter was taught mainly from the British…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 26, 2016 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 78 Mailed

Issue 78 of Line of Departure has been mailed to the subscribers, and the first issues should be arriving at their destinations now.  The articles, all by me, are:

Gunflashes in the Night: A Review of Iron Bottom Sound III

Six Days of War: Middle Eastern Battles in 1967: Sword of Israel

High Definition Addiction: The Return of Age of…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 29, 2016 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Firepower News!

I remain pleasantly surprised by the way that people remember my old articles on Firepower from the Avalon Hill General.  Some of them go back thirty years, and people remember them and still play some of the scenarios.



Therefore I am extremely happy to see Darren Breidigan's efforts to scan these articles and make them available again on Boardgame Geek.  These are done with my express approval, indeed encouragement.



The first one is "The Pact: Central European Conflict and…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 8, 2016 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 77 Released

The newest issue of Line of Departure is released, and the subscribers should all have their copies by now.  This issue represents not just a resumption of publication, but also an upgrade in production values.  Physically, it is now printed on heavier, premium-quality paper, with sharper graphics.  This issue's contents start with…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 7, 2016 at 9:16am — No Comments

The Sadowa Campaign

Coming soon, my design on the Austro-Prussian War in Bohemia.  Thanks to Paul Rohrbaugh for developing the game, and creating the core system in the first place.…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on November 29, 2015 at 8:28pm — No Comments

News About TPS and Other Game Matters, Posted to Facebook Just Now

Big news on the Turning Point Simulations Front. I turned in the fully developed version of Mark McLaughlin's game, The Invincible Armada, for editing by the TPS staff and real art by Mark Mahaffey. Players are going to be very happy with this game, as it is low counter density, fast-playing, and can fit on a normal-sized table, even in your kitchen, without taking up more space than a herd of cats. Also,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on November 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 76 Released

The newest issue of Line of Departure has been released, and most customers should have their copies by now.  The lead review is of Ogre: Designer's Edition (Steve Jackson Games), with analysis of Frederick the Great (Avalon Hill) and the French and Indian War Battle Collection (Two Buck Games, along with two new scenarios for MBT (Avalon Hill).  Finally, the magazine…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Rommel at Gazala News

I have some big news; my World War II desert game Rommel at Gazala is now available in a professional edition from Lock 'n Load Publishing.  This is really the culmination of twenty-five years of game history, as it was originally designed for professional publication in Command magazine, but for various reasons, that came to naught.  Now, LnL is issuing it in a really good-looking and more functional version, featuring larger counters and a much larger map.

Look for this…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 14, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Important Personal Announcement

I can make this public now. The news is that I resigned as staff developer with Turning Point Simulations, and that they are putting the remaining games in the hands of the able Lembit Tohver. The sad fact is that with a full-time online teaching job at APUS, a part-time job in the classroom at La Roche College, and the homestretch of my work on a second Masters degree at APUS, I just ran out of time. There was no way that I could devote the time to the projects that they deserve, or meet…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 2, 2015 at 9:28pm — 3 Comments

New Article in Line of Departure Online Features, On the US Army's 77th Infantry Division

I just posted a new article to Line of Departure Online Features.  This one covers one of my personal favorite units of World War II, and one of the most effective of the Pacific War, the United States Army's 77th Infantry Division.  Not a traditional elite like the Marines, or a band of hand-picked and…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 17, 2014 at 11:35am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 75 Ready to Go

The seventy-fifth edition of Line of Departure is printed and in the house, literally.  This one profiles Americans at War, and is actually the second to have that theme.  The articles are all by me.

Civil War on…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Ebola: The Nightmare Scenario

Here is my real nightmare scenario for Ebola. It has nothing to do with one or two people getting the early symptoms as they get on an airplane, and then debarking to spread it into new population centers. It is much worse than that.  There is the possibility that this could turn into the modern equivalent of the Black Death.

The real nightmare, as I see it, can happen in…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 10, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

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