I was thinking about letting it go a Full Year since I had last posted, but No.

I do get involved with various things. I do try and keep up with CSW The Main page.

But, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND " HOW " people manage to keep "Blogs". The mere Act of doing things "Blog-Worthy" keeps me from being able to Blog! Then I see that not only do people manage to write in their own Blogs, they also manage to keep track of Other people's Blogs !!!

Then, there are the Tangents.

Weirdness rears it's savage head at the most odd moments. For no other reason than to consume my rapidly-shrinking amount of Time.

I merely 'googled': ' "Wargames" "Brown" "Black" .

And it appears as though the Comic Book Industry has fallen into the abyss. I am guessing (as I have run into the FallOut and NOT the actual Occurrance) that nowadays showing the torture and death of teenage girls is good marketing. I am aware that some years ago they killed off 'Robin' (of "Batman and Robin" fame) and they appeared to have killed off "Captain America", but now the Comic Book Creators have given full rein to thier adolescent fantasies (which everyone always suspected was so) , and they create characters to kill off in gruesome ways!

(Oh, and the original search was for one of my old Army Buddies. Back in the late 1980's there were four of us: Daniel Brown, Robert White, Paul Gray, and Robert Black. We were in the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), holding 'Above TS/CWD' Clearances. One time we were all sent on the same assignment, with a 'cover', so as not to reveal that we were INSCOM, and when the gaining unit saw us the first day, they said " Oh, Yeah, Right!...Brown, Black, Gray and White, Yeah, like, You guys AREN'T Spooks". Bob Black and I had a standing game going on. One of us would bring "PanzerGruppe Guderian" and the other an old S&T GBACW game -either "Pea Ridge" or "Wilsons' Creek". We all knew about the old "fnord" legend and would try and work in our own "Note" where ever possible. )


I have recently discovered that I am somewhat mirroring the Universe. As the Universe is expanding and speeding up, so am I. Back at the End of 2007 and Beginning of 2008 (basically one year ago), I had finished spending the most amount of money on Wargames I had EVER spent in my life! Monstergame, Monster GAME, MONSTERGAME, 'normal games' .....easily over $500.00 in November '07 to Jan 08.

Then, In regards to something I had posted on CSW, I tallied up my Pre-Orders and such for this time.

NOW: OVER $800.00 ! ! !

MMP/The Gamers OCS games appear to be highly addictive. Thinking "Oh, it's only Less Than $40.00" also appears to be just as addictive. "Gee, this one -may- be hard to acquire LATER, if I dont Buy It Now!" is REALLY insidious.....

I find myself going on the oddest tangents. This past week, I was at "Atlanta 1864" -S&T#169 and #170, ATO Annual "Look Away" and Battleline's "Objective Atlanta". How did I get there? I have No Idea.

I WAS in Europe 1943, due to the latest Decision Games "World at War" magazine "USAAF"....which led me to look at some of my books about the ETO Air War, which led to Speer, which led me to German Production, which led me to "What If?", including the Alt-Hist books expecially David C. Isby's chapter in "Third Reich Victorious".... which SHOULD have led me to SPI "Soldiers" or "Tannenberg"! Atlanta? -No Idea.

I am assuming that I am in dire need of some Face-to-Face Wargaming. Something to clarify the active mind. I havent had the opportunity since last year's Buckeye GameFest. Since then I have been 'catching up' on the horde of Magazine Games that now arrive at my door, on a regular, seemingly mass-produced schedule.

Or, at least a solid Objective. I notice as I move from 'small' game to 'small' game, I have a large amount of "Noise" that moves, like a cloud, trying to interfere with me. From things like finding out that the "torturing to death the 'Female Robin' created a huge firestorm" to "WWII Re-Enactors are, rather sharply, splitting into ecumenical Camps (Real Gear is Infinitely Superior to replica gear), to "Casey Anthony Needs to be on Death Row" to "OH My Freakin Gawd!! Animal Planet Programs on Apes Should Be Viewed As Survival Warnings ! ! ! ", I'm finding that committing to a wargame is a fickle thing.

Last Year was what I called "The OCS Year". December 2007: OCS "Hube's Pocket" AND "OCS Case Blue". More than enough to overload the mind. (well....maybe not. "Hube's Pocket" I went out of my way to acquire -$165.00 detour!- because I became hugely interested in the "Korsun Pocket" back in 1980, after I bought a copy of Jack Radey's Magnum Opus, from him). And I managed to OCS throughout the year . "OCS Case Blue" to Origins, then "Guderian's Blitzkrieg II" at Buckeye GameFest, getting OCS Burma.....

I may have a new 'Line of Approach'. I have noticed, behind the stack of magazine games, the various books I have bought, alot of them being Civil War books. One, Cozzen's "No Better Place to Die", is quietly calling to me. I have coming to me GMT's "Battles with the Gringos". The latest GBACW from RHBERG. My first true love: Civil War. As I can do, and usually DO, latch onto a theme, I think a good run on GBACW would be in order

So, let's see. It is now a Very Dreary time of year. "February in Toledo, Ohio".....

Oh, good lord, that alone is enough to motivate me .......

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Comment by Jon Compton on February 27, 2009 at 8:42am
I read this blog with a certain amount of "yeah, ain't it the truth." Recent events have clarified some things for me though. Nothing like rolling your tuck and trailer off the freeway and into a gully to help get things in perspective. My wargame resolutions:

Focus purchases on what I'm actually really interested in, not transients. For me, that's current events and games that deal with them. Puts quite a limit on my purchasing, that's for certain.

Renew my acquaintance with the definitive works. For instance, lots of games on the Pacific Theater, but I consider Pacific War fairly definitive. I don't see anything supplanting it.

Seek immersive experiences. Wargames require too much up-front investment for a simple afternoon of pushing counters with a low-risk, derivative mill excretion.

Maximize the quality of people I play games with. By that I don't mean play quality, but quality of character. I'd rather play once a year with people I really enjoy the company of than once a week with someone I wouldn't want to be seen in public with.

Think deeply on important issues. Minutia utilizes mental capacity that is better utilized doing actual thinking. In terms of wargames, this translates to the system, not the graphics, not the chrome, not the crap.

Finally, put money in the pocket of the producers who deserve it. The guys who take years crafting a single game are the ones who get my vote here. A grist mill is a grist mill; I seek craft. My hobby is one of intellect, not consumption. I don't need a new game every month, I need a brilliant game once, maybe twice a year.

Great post, Dan.
Comment by Bill Wood on February 20, 2009 at 4:57pm
Whatever you do, DO NOT start checking Wikipedia every day for "On This Day".

You will find an awful lot of reasons to buy games.

Do you guys know what happened on Feb 19th?

197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.

1674 - England and the Netherlands sign the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.

1942 - World War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.

1942 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066', allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.

1943 - World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.

1945 - World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima - about 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima.

Do you know how MANY games I NEED to cover all this?
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on February 20, 2009 at 1:01am
Oh shoot, I thought the reason for writing a blog entry here was just to grab a chunk (the bigger the better) of the main page for a few minutes. You mean your actually supposed to do something first then write about it?
Comment by Smitty on February 20, 2009 at 12:27am
I laughed hard at reading your stream of whatever thinking as I watch my cats play with the strings on my ACU's!


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