Jim Werbaneth
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Jim Werbaneth - Line of Departure

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Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

Talking about American Seacoast Fortifications

This is today's big project.  I gave a presentation at Armchair Dragoons' virtual game convention, on American seacoast fortification and coastal artillery.  Take a look!https://youtu.be/Rzh0-luH7VgSee More
Aug 1
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Line of Departure News
"Thanks, Eric!  I have MMP game too, just haven't tried it yet.  Give me time. I'm actually working a little bit on the next issue now.  I just got one big thing out of the way, which was a video presentation on American…"
Aug 1
Eric Walters commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Line of Departure News
"JIm, I got my copy and--as usual--read it cover to cover!  Your review of THE DAY OF WATERLOO makes me want to break out that game and give it a spin!  DRIVE ON WASHINGTON is one of the old SPI GBACW I never got, so I absorbed that review…"
Aug 1
Jim Werbaneth updated their profile
Jul 28
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Line of Departure News
"The last of the subscriber copies went into the mail today, so watch your mailboxes!"
Jul 27
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Line of Departure News
"The first copies of Issue 83 went into the mail this morning!  The rest should follow over the weekend."
Jul 24
Jim Werbaneth commented on John Kranz's blog post change in site name
"Regardless of the name, I highly prefer keeping the URL, as I've shared it all over the place, use my own blog posts here in my classes.  Just keeping the URL as-is would make life a lot simpler, regardless of the name."
Jul 23
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Line of Departure News
"I just sent in the order to have Line of Departure Issue 83 printed, and added extended the subscriptions for all the existing customers, as promised. The magazine should be on its way to the subscribers by the end of the week."
Jul 19
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

Line of Departure News

I promised you some good news about Line of Departure, and here it is. Issue 83 is complete, and about to be printed, with an expected release of next week. Finally!Click on the link for the table of contents, and the Bully Pulpit editorial.There is more good news for the readers. No one's subscription runs out with Issue 83. The reason is that I am extending every paying…See More
Jul 17
Jim Werbaneth and BoardTactical are now friends
Jun 13
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

Line of Departure and Coronavirus

Hi Folks,Work continues on the next Line of Departure. Right now, I'm working on an analysis of SPI's Great Battles of the American Civil War game on the Battle of Monocacy, Drive on Washington. This will be joining reviews of Jack Greene's Togo, from the final tranche of Turning Point Simulations titles, The Day of Waterloo.The elephant in the room of course is COVID-19. As someone approaching the literal drop dead age, and with a couple of preexisting medical conditions, I am being careful,…See More
Mar 18
Eric Walters commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post End of 2019, Start of 2020
"Jim, glad to see you are back in the saddle.  I had some pretty serious health issues as well (just turned 60 this past month on top of that) but have conquered them (for now!).  Looking forward to your next issue whenever you get it out!…"
Jan 1
Jim Werbaneth posted a blog post

End of 2019, Start of 2020

I have some Line of Departure news. As you might have noticed, I published an issue in the spring, and have been working on the next one ever since. Issue 83 is a work in active progress, and currently I'm working on a second review for it, this one on Jack W Greene's Togo. The one on The Day of Waterloo, from Against the Odds, is already done and ready to insert.2018 was a terrible year for a lot of reasons, including and especially getting anything done on Line of Departure. Besides the…See More
Dec 31, 2019
Bob DeSilva commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Glad to hear that Jim! Take care!"
Oct 24, 2019
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I went to the cardiologist this afternoon, and everything looks good.  I was cleared to drive six days ago by the surgeon, and right now the only real restriction is that I can't lift weights for three to four months.  The…"
Oct 23, 2019
John Kranz commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Jim, I've very happy and relieved to hear that the procedure went well and the pacemaker is helping. Wishing you all the best!"
Sep 29, 2019
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Here is what I just posted to Facebook: Health and publishing update! Things seem to be going well with the new pacemaker. The incision is healing nicely and, more importantly, I haven't done a pace plant into the carpet or the express lane at…"
Sep 29, 2019
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I just saw my surgeon this afternoon, and everything is coming along nicely.  The pacemaker and the loop recorder, which he implanted in my chest last year, are recording no irregularities.  So far so good."
Sep 19, 2019
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Thanks Wayne.  I'm actually doing better now, and will be seeing the surgeon for my follow up on Thursday. The funny thing is that before this procedure, I really, really wanted it, to get this old problem fixed once and for all. …"
Sep 15, 2019
Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Sending you positive thoughts. Get better."
Sep 15, 2019

Profile Information

Your introduction to consim gaming:
My first game was Avalon Hill's 1914, of all the introductions, bought as an eleventh birthday present by my grandparents. It took about two years for me to make total sense of that game, but it was the start of my lifelong hobby, one that is close to a vocation.

Now I'm an addict, but one who won't go to rehab.
Your favorite game(s):
The Sadowa Campaign (Turning Point Simulations); Yeah, I designed it.
The Great Battles of History Series (GMT)
Britain Stands Alone (GMT); Of course, I'm the designer.
Wilderness War (GMT)
The Caucasus Campaign (GMT)
Inchon (Command); I'm the designer, again.
1914 (Avalon Hill)
Stellar Conquest (Avalon Hill)
Flat Top (Avalon Hill)
Kharkov (SPI)
The Great War at Sea Series (Avalanche Press)
The Royal Navy (Quarterdeck)
The Chaco War (Command)
Thunder at the Crossroads (The Gamers)
The Siege of Jerusalem (Avalon Hill)
Imperium Romanum II (West End)

And a whole lot more...
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Decisions, decisions...
What game(s) have you played recently?
Drive on Washington (SPI)
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Not enough.
How big is your game collection?
Big enough to choke a maggot, or a whole nest of them.
About Me
I'm on the adjunct faculty of Ashford University, teaching political science. Now doing online teaching, full time, in political science through American Military University, a unit of American Public University System [APUS].

One of the things that might surprise a lot of people is that I'm an incurable workaholic. I don't think that it's a coincidence that the words "worthless" and "workless" are nearly identical. Between a day job, Line of Departure, work for game companies, and other pursuits, my record is having five gigs at once.

And I survived. I think. Maybe.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
If you want to know more about my tastes in travel, look at the pictures section of my profile. If you want to know about my tastes in music, look at the videos and the music play list.

I should also mention that I enjoy candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and drinking from the skulls of my defeated enemies.
Website:
http://www.jimwerbaneth.com

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Talking about American Seacoast Fortifications

This is today's big project.  I gave a presentation at Armchair Dragoons' virtual game convention, on American seacoast fortification and coastal artillery.  Take a look!

https://youtu.be/Rzh0-luH7Vg

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 4:21pm

Line of Departure News

I promised you some good news about Line of Departure, and here it is. Issue 83 is complete, and about to be printed, with an expected release of next week. Finally!

Click on the link for the table of contents, and the Bully Pulpit editorial.

There is more good news for the readers. No one's…

Continue

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 4:32pm — 5 Comments

Line of Departure and Coronavirus

Hi Folks,

Work continues on the next Line of Departure. Right now, I'm working on an analysis of SPI's Great Battles of the American Civil War game on the Battle of Monocacy, Drive on Washington. This will be joining reviews of Jack Greene's Togo, from the final tranche of Turning Point Simulations titles, The Day of Waterloo.

The elephant in the room of course is COVID-19. As someone approaching the literal drop dead age, and with a couple of preexisting medical conditions, I am…

Continue

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 8:44pm

End of 2019, Start of 2020

I have some Line of Departure news. As you might have noticed, I published an issue in the spring, and have been working on the next one ever since. Issue 83 is a work in active progress, and currently I'm working on a second review for it, this one on Jack W Greene's Togo. The one on The Day of Waterloo, from Against the Odds, is already done and ready to insert.

2018 was a terrible year for a lot of reasons, including and especially getting anything done on Line of Departure.…

Continue

Posted on December 31, 2019 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

News, and It's Not Good

I have some news for Line of Departure subscribers especially. Unfortunately it's not good. Today I got a bad diagnosis at a doctor's office, and my driving will be curtailed for the foreseeable future. No, it's not a DUI, nor is it connected with substance abuse. It's my heart, and it's been malfunctioning in a frightening manner. I have to get on the schedule with my invasive cardiologist, yes that's a…

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Posted on September 3, 2019 at 1:39pm — 9 Comments

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At 3:47pm on February 5, 2013, Scott Salsman said…

Hi, Mr. Werbaneth,

I started playing Firepower a few weeks ago, wanted to simulate a battle in Nicaragua, and ended up reading your article in The General (Volume 23, Number 6). I learned so much and have sought out additional information since then. I joined this site today and happened to see your name here. I'd like to thank you for your contributions to that magazine. I look forward to reading your article on El Salvador.

Hope you are doing well.

Scott Salsman

At 12:23am on November 12, 2011, Steve Trauth said…

Hi Jim:

Yes, it is possible to do that (I got the 2d zoom in size done), and will be linking to them on the SDC site (hist-sdc.com), as part of updating some pages I have for the 2 games out in that series.Part of my idea is to use the profile I have here in conjunction with my 2 main web design projects -so I will post an update when I have those completed.

 

I haven't posted images here yet, but in case you are interested I have larger maps completed for pretty much most of Tiller series' except  for the Napoleonic series, although at the moment the most developed area would be the Squad Battles series.


All of these maps are using the stock graphics, although I plan to also feature some (depending upon when I can get to them) modded map graphics. Anyways that's a ways down the line.

One other thing, I guess I owe your magazine a link on the site, since I noticed you link over to Scenario Design Center ( Rich Hamilton had me take it over 2 years ago).

ST

At 7:46pm on August 22, 2011, ron brooks said…

A year late this is what happens when your PC crashes with all your info on it.

Thank u for the invite

 

At 8:35am on August 19, 2011, Bob DeSilva said…
Thanks for posting the BOC Jim!
At 9:05am on June 15, 2011, Kai Jensen said…
Happy birthday, Jim! And congrats on finishing your paper, too!
At 4:44pm on June 6, 2011, Dave Starry said…
Hey Jim, I see that Opeth have just announced their new North American tour dates.  Looks like Pittsburgh (Millvale) is on the schedule for Halloween.
At 6:38am on April 10, 2011, Vernon Robinson said…
I don't remember answering your question.  I served eight years on the winston-salem city council/board of aldermen. ran for congress twice.
At 3:33pm on March 12, 2011, Enrico CS Viglino said…
I'm most of the way through the backlog ones.
Been doing this for about a year, since they got some appreciation over at BGG,
but with the focus on wargames, I figured they might be of interest here too.

My youtube has 354 total vids, but not all are wargames (or even games).
At 8:06pm on March 7, 2011, Dave Starry said…
Yes, very much looking forward to the new Amon Amarth too.  Unfortunately they're not playing here in Spokane on their US tour next month.
At 6:12pm on March 7, 2011, Dave Starry said…

Hey Jim, new Jag Panzer album out tomorrow...preview the whole thing here...

 

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/15

 
 
 

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