October 2008 Blog Posts (21)

A Story for Halloween (PG-13)

The Assassin

by Mark H. Walker

The assassin sat at the bar and watched. It was closing time, but the couple would need to be told, need to be tapped on the shoulder and told. Heck, they would probably need to be separated with some type of pneumatic tool and then told.

You felt that way once, her tiny voice whispered.

Several kids shuffled out the last slow tune on the tiny, saw-dust covered dance floor, the braver guys cupping soft parts that… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on October 31, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Says a Lot!

I generally try not to wax political, but after seeing this I could not… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 30, 2008 at 9:20pm — 10 Comments

Flintlock... a Publisher's Review

Played Cowpens last night. I really enjoyed myself. The game really provides the feel of commanding the arnies and wheeling the troops into place.

The turnless sytem is great fun. Not because it is supposedly turnless... you do in fact take turns, but because it rewards the better historical leaders, and allows table-top commanders to boldly attempt to seize the initiative or to play it safe. Simply put, after a commander's activation, the ownling player may attempt to activate… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on October 30, 2008 at 4:37am — 18 Comments

Hoplites of Hellenes (part 3)

Last week I examined the elite hoplites of the city-state of Sparta. This week, I want to continue our tour of the Aegean and look at the armies of Sparta’s two most important allies: the Arcadians and the Boeotians.

The Arcadian army consists of three blocks of hoplites: A 3-step (3CV), and two 2-step (2CV) blocks. Each of the Arcadian hoplites has agility rating of “C” and a strength rating of ‘2.’ As I stated in part 1, most… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 28, 2008 at 1:17pm — 2 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

currently on the gaming table

October 24, 2008:

my own project: World War 3 on operational level in Central Europe in the late 80s.

I played Hannibal, Anno1503 and a lot of Battle Lore over the past months. Occasionally I played 1914, TitE.

August 29, 2008:

- Aegean Strike, Victory Games. I've dived into full time research for my game project about WP vs NATO in the late 80s based on the Strike system (sister game… Continue

Added by Rince on October 24, 2008 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work, todays results

Redesigned the seven Levels and won some experience with textures.

Added by Jo Bader on October 22, 2008 at 5:49am — No Comments

Hoplites of Hellenes (Part 2)

Last week I began a series of articles which I hope will A) demonstrate what a great game Hellenes is, and B) provide some strategy insights.

As I stated in part 1, Hellenes provides players with a wide variety of units and options. The number one unit of importance in the game is the hoplite unit. In this article, I’d like to take the reader on a tour of the Aegean. We’ll examine the various city-states of Greece who were belligerents in the Peloponnesian war, and we… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 21, 2008 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work, todays results

I added Dirtroad, the Via Apia and some symbols. If you miss something let me know

Added by Jo Bader on October 21, 2008 at 8:31am — No Comments

Ici, c'est la France!

"Ici, c'est la France!" is soon to be published. If you want to know more, you can read comments about it here:



Added by Kim Kanger on October 21, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work, todays results

First Impressions from the new SPQR Library

Added by Jo Bader on October 20, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Hoplites of Hellens (Part 1)

Hellenes, Craig Besinque’s new block game on the Peloponnesian War contains a wide variety of units which provide players with a wide variety of capabilities. In the next series of articles, I will attempt to break down the characteristics, capabilities, and the strategies behind the use of the variety of units in Hellenes.

The two belligerents of the Peloponnesian War are represented by red and blue blocks: red for Sparta and her allies; blue for Athens and her empire.… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 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

Island of violent lovers

Since USA were preoccupied with Iraq and Afghanistan, the UN asked us (Sweden) to send units to this island to calm feelings down.

Added by Kim Kanger on October 13, 2008 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work, todays results

new Symbols, new Ocean Texture.

Added by Jo Bader on October 13, 2008 at 10:51am — 5 Comments

Military PT

An Exposition on the Subject of the Armed Forces.

The Navy and the Air Force decided to have a C7 canoe race on the River Thames. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Navy won by a mile. Afterwards, the Air Force team became very discouraged and depressed. The officers of the Air Force team decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found.

A "Logisitics Team," made up of senior officers was formed… Continue

Added by Smitty on October 12, 2008 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

Communist cannibals

How come no-one warned me of the nude queen of the communist cannibals?

Added by Kim Kanger on October 10, 2008 at 5:26pm — 3 Comments

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work, todays results

Added by Jo Bader on October 10, 2008 at 5:31am — No Comments

Hexdraw 1.2 on going work , todays results

all we need...!

Added by Jo Bader on October 9, 2008 at 6:25am — No Comments


Another year, another Army Ten Miler - off to the races at 0515 this morning!

Added by Smitty on October 5, 2008 at 4:25am — 2 Comments

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