David Allen
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  • Rochester, MN
  • United States

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
I inherited Blitzkrieg and Jutland from my older brother when he tragically left us in 1970. I rapidly developed a collection of TAHGC, SPI, and other publishers' game titles. My father purchased for me my first set of miniatures rules (WRG Rules for Armor and Infantry 1950-75) at the C&GS bookstore in Ft. Leavenworth, KS in the early 1970's. Starting about 1995 I began leaning more toward miniatures, and found that I enjoyed painting them as much as I enjoy gaming with them.
Your favorite game(s):
No favorites, but if I had to give up all but 3 titles from my collection, I would keep Squad Leader, Advanced Civilization, and Rise of the Luftwaffe.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Heroes of the Blitzkrieg (Lock 'N Load), Combat Cards:Tactical Assault (Hobot)
What game(s) have you played recently?
Band of Heroes: Noville
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
2-3 hours per week
How big is your game collection?
You can count them: my games
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Rochester Gamers Community
About Me
I am a VLSI design engineer for IBM, a father to four wonderful daughters, a father-in-law to a great son-in-law, and a husband to a lovely wife. I am president of my local gaming group, and a director of my church. I stay busy!
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Beatles, MST3K, visiting historical sites and museums.

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Cold War Veterans

Our local WW2 roundtable is, for obvious and painful reasons, running out of WW2 veterans who are willing and able to tell their stories to our audience (averaging 300+ each month).

We would like to expand our scope to include veterans of the Cold War era (1946-1991, for want of a better definition). The Korean Conflict is of

course one source, and Viet Nam will be covered eventually, but I'd

like us to consider other veterans of uniformed and civilian…


Posted on September 29, 2010 at 12:36pm

Thanks to Jo Bader of HexDraw!

Thanks to Jo Bader for helping me out with an installation problem (my fault, not his). HexDraw is a super product. I am especially fortunate to have access to a large format plotter (100 cm maximum width!), so I use HexDraw to generate large maps for my air-to-air games using Check Your 6! rules. I can generate a new map in literally minutes, using historical aerial photograph or current satellite imagery as a background. Works great!

Thanks, Jo!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 3:39pm

And That's The Way He Was

Does anyone else have mixed feelings about Walter Cronkite? He was a bit of a father figure for me in my youth, and I shared his enthusiasm for the US space program, but he should have kept his opinions to himself after the Tet Offensive in 1968.

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 8:08pm — 7 Comments

May 10

May 10 is an interesting date in military history.

On May 10, 1863, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson passed away as result of complications from being wounded in a friendly fire incident. Less than two months later, the last hopes of the Confederacy vanished on the fields of Gettysburg, and Jackson's absence was conspicuous.

On May 10, 1940, German forces began their invasion of the Low Countries and France.

On May 10, 1972, Randall "Duke" Cunningham became… Continue

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 7:22am — 4 Comments

The Piracy Game

Since when did it become bad practice to arm merchant ships and their crews? "Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in the ports of many countries."

What silliness. The ONLY way to stop piracy is to stop and KILL enough pirates until the remaining would-be pirates believe they have more to lose than… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 9:55am — 21 Comments

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At 8:38am on January 17, 2009, David Allen said…
The local paper posted a nice article about the Rochester Gamers Community, my local game group:
Local news article
At 8:06pm on January 15, 2009, Smitty said…
Katie chuckled except I'm not all - she likes her men slightly crazy, relgious and educated - and perghaps with a small dangerous streak. Hence - me?
At 10:30am on November 23, 2008, Chad Oatman said…
If you want a summary of sorts, you could always go to the Discovering Lewis and Clark website. It has been a great source for me. I'll provide the link to the info on Freeman-Custis, which includes a little of Hunter-Dunbar, and the Spanish Military as well. It's about 17 short pages. Of course you can freely peruse the rest of the site while your there!!
At 4:52pm on October 22, 2008, Tom Meier said…

i mis-read your post. You're from Gladstone, not in Gladstone - oops :-)

Where are all the miniature pictures from?
At 12:37pm on October 15, 2008, Bill said…
I'm going to checkout Time Chasers. I also haven't seen Illegal Aliens but if it somehow found its way into my DVD player I might take a peek!
At 11:50am on October 15, 2008, Bill said…
Thanks Dave I haven't seen it. They do make movies here fairly regularly. Trivia- Anna Nichol Smiths last movie Illegal Aliens was filmed here. Heard a lot of stories that I believe about her behavior here . Thanks.
At 1:43pm on October 14, 2008, John Bobek said…
I've seen it on Amazon.com but I've never held it in my hands. Fortunately, I've never lacked for scenarios,just the time to play them!!!
At 5:33pm on October 13, 2008, John Bobek said…
Thanks, I'll have to give it a try. perhaps over Christmas break.
At 5:05pm on October 13, 2008, John Bobek said…
Actually, I had no idea they had one. What's the address? I've been to Cantigny and the Aberdeen proving grounds.
At 9:15am on October 13, 2008, esaterdalen said…
Hey Dave interested in finding out what this group is all about

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