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A Very Sour Old Couple Say Goodnight

"Goodnight, mother of six."

"See you in the morning, father of two."

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 26, 2009 at 12:46am — No Comments

Online Teaching Announcement

I just finished my online training, and was accepted to teach political science as an adjunct instructor through the American Public University System [APUS]. It's a completely online school, fully accredited, centered around reaching military students and first-responders, especially through American Military University. This is in addition to my current brick and mortar teaching at… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 20, 2009 at 11:36pm — 9 Comments

Parents, Get Off the Street!!!

The other day I was driving to work, and it took me at least twenty minutes longer than it should have. As usual. The reason is a really scary phenomenon that's growing in my neighborhood: Good parents. These are the people who crowd their SUV's around every street corner, with their children inside, waiting for the school bus.



It creates a traffic jam. Just as bad, when the school bus arrives, it takes extra time for the parents to open the car doors, kiss their youngins good bye,… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2009 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

The Longest Football Grudge

I love my Steelers, but I don't hate the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, if they weren't playing the Steelers in the Super Bowl, I'd be rooting for the Cardinals, due to my respect for Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm, both ex-Pittsburgh assistant coaches. In fact, the finalists for the Pittsburgh coaching job opened after Bill Cowher retired were Whisenhunt, Grimm, and Mike Tomlin, the outsider eventually hired. Despite some hard feelings among those not chosen, the fact that everyone is meeting in… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 19, 2009 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

Victor Krulak Rest in Peace

Last year was a bad one for having to say goodbye to people who contributed to the life of this country and its culture. But the other day someone, a hero and not a celebrity, passed, and he should be remembered.



The man is General Victor Krulak, one of the outstanding Marine officers of the twentieth century. He was a warrior, a patriot, and a man with a fully developed pen and the courage to use it. In addition, in 1995 he must have been the proudest Marine in history, when he saw… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on January 1, 2009 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

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

Introducing Wargames to My Students

This week I managed to bring games into the classroom for my Major Issues in Modern US History class, at La Roche College. It took part of two sessions, and started by talking about the value of simulations, including their use in the government, military, and the relationship between "map exercises" and wargames in the field, involving real troops and weapons, such as the National Training Center.



I introduced it with a couple of… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 4, 2008 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

Wal Mart Bingo

People-watching in Wally World can make you doubt the nature or the future of humanity.


This was actually posted on another site by another ConsimWorld member. Please stand up if you want full credit.

Added by Jim Werbaneth on November 18, 2008 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

TV Worth Watching

Generally, I don't watch network TV. I watch sports, and that is about it. I've never been able to sit all the way through American Idol, or Survivor, or any reality show for that matter. The closest thing I can watch is reruns of Parole Board on A&E. For some reason watching career criminals sharpen their skills as career liars in order to get out among the decent people is more engaging than the real reality… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on October 25, 2008 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

JimWerbaneth.Com is Now Open for Business

I'm pleased to announce the official migration of my OnLine of Departure and Wargames by Jim Werbaneth web sites from their old, complicated and harder to remember America Online locations to my new domain at JimWerbaneth.com.



I fully expect the service through JimWerbaneth.com to be a lot better than it was under the old host. So far it's a lot faster, and I have more… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on October 14, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Advanced Squad Leader: Advocation or Career?

For the record, I've been with the Squad Leader family of games since they came out thirty years ago. My copy of Squad Leader doesn't have the purple sky, but it is close.



I follow it through GI: Anvil of Victory, and then waited patiently for Advanced Squad Leader to come out. The day it appeared at my local hobby shop, the owner was thrilled to sell me copies of the rulebook and Beyond Valor, both for the profits and to shut up my… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 26, 2008 at 8:58am — 5 Comments

Re-Entering the Academy

August marks a major career development for me. I'm keeping up my insurance license and remain ready to sell, as much as one can in a recession with high gas prices. But I'm also going to work in two jobs are are more of who I am than what I do.



I'm going to be an adjunct instructor of political science and history. I was already signed up to teach Comparative Government and Major Issues in US History at La Roche College in… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 15, 2008 at 6:17pm — 5 Comments

Olympic Opening Ceremonies

I watched the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics last night, and I must admit they were visually stunning. The artistic theme celebrated the endless wonder that is Chinese culture, and it served notice on the world that China is a power on the world stage.



Some of the images were truly unforgettable. I was personally thrilled to see the celebration of Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty eunuch admiral whose treasure… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 9, 2008 at 3:49pm — 12 Comments

May Justice Be Done

I just saw the word that one of the worst men on the face of the planet, Radovan Karadzic, was just arrested. For those with short memories, he was one of the most shameless perpetrators of genocide in my lifetime; as President of the Republika Srbska, he officiated over the Bosnian Serbs' policies of ethnic cleansing against their Croatian, but especially Moslem, neighbors. In the most infamous incident in 1995, the Serb… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 21, 2008 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Happy Independence Day

If you're an American, happy Independence Day. If you're not, then this is still a good day to celebrate freedom, liberty, and even healthy defiance. You can't have the two former without the latter on occasion, whether it's telling telling some petty manager or bureaucrat or manager to go tapdance on a landmine, or taking up arms against an oppressor. Standing up for yourself is a prerequisite of freedom, and going along and getting along all the time makes one a subject.



This is… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 4, 2008 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 62 Is Now Available

The sixty-second issue of Line of Departure magazine is ready to start going out the door. The lead review is of Manila '45 from Strategy & Tactics, and there's an in-depth analysis of SPI's monster The Next War. Also, I cover British strategy in Paul Rohrbaugh's downloadable game A Master Stroke, and present the first u-boats of the reborn kriegsmarine, for Avalon Hill's Submarine. The latter comes with free, downloadable counters of each and every… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 30, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Submarine, in the Next Line of Departure

Tentatively, I've reserved a space in the next issue of Line of Departure for a feature on Avalon Hill's Submarine game. I definitely owe the readers a game supplement, and Submarine lends itself well to that kind of project, just as much as scenario design.



This name of the article that I'm finishing now is "The Reich's First U-Boats," and it starts with brief historical background on the first two… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 15, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Military History and Business

As I've mentioned in other venues, the current state of the American economy is going south, and it's claiming some business ventures. One of them is the insurance career that I began seven months ago, with extremely high hopes and enormous confidence. Now I'm looking for new opportunities.



One of the things to which I keep returning is that nearly forty years in wargaming, with a lifelong interest and education in military history, has to amount to something of value to business. On… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 23, 2008 at 10:18am — 4 Comments

Light at the End of the Tunnel for The Great Northern War: Dread Poltava's Day

In my capacity as staff developer for Turning Point Simulations, I'm on my fourth development assignment. With that, the company should be ready to offer its first year's worth of titles.



The game is The Great Northern War: Dread Poltava's Day, and it is by new designer Jason Juneau. As far as I know, it is the first game to cover the entire conflict from beginning to end, and it does so on a grand strategic… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 17, 2008 at 10:37am — 13 Comments

Uploads to Line of Departure/The Wargamer

Line of Departure/The Wargamer is a vital part of the Line of Departure multiverse, and I aim to provide the readers with at least the equivalent of one free issue's worth of material every year through it. The articles aren't always going to be the same type that one will find in the magazine itself, and in fact the web puts a much greater emphasis on computer… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 14, 2008 at 3:20pm — No Comments

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