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 .......