Sunday, September 17, 2017

Presents from Germany

Blucher looks down on all who enter the War Room. He's actually a fridge magnet and bottle opener, but I like him here.

My grogbrother Jim, his wife Michelle and son Edward recently returned from two weeks in Germany where they did their level best to visit as many Napoleonic battlefields as they could, but most especially Jena. They made my Friday this week by sending along appropriately themed goodies from their trip!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kriegsspiel, Pub Battles Style

Knyphausen's corps faces Washington's army across Brandywine Creek
This weekend we had my kids and my son's fiancee over and along with my wife, played a five-player game of Pub Battles: Brandywine using the "Role Playing Wargame" rules.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Wilderness Empires


Summer 1754 - The British have seriously concentrated their forces!
A couple of weeks ago Worthington Publishing ran a warehouse clearance sale, offering Wilderness Empires for $25. I'd looked at this game in the past but always felt it might be too simple to hold my interest. For $25 though, given my interest in the period it seemed worth a shot. It seemed like a nice compromise - a game with enough period focus to interest me, but also simple enough to engage my non-wargamer wife.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

GrogCast Season 5 Episode 9 – Lessons Learned in Gaming


Last week I participated in another Grogcast, this time along with Dr. James Sterrett and regular host Brant Guillory. We talked about how applying real-world military planning approaches can enhance wargaming, some of the history of Command Post Wargaming at Origins, and how lessons learned in wargaming can be applied to life and business. As has increasingly become my schtick, I speak some about all of the above and gaming 18th-19th century warfare.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wargaming Night - GMT Germantown - First session

Initial setup positions
Thursday evenings are wargaming night around here, and this past Thursday David and I tackled GMT's Germantown from their Battles of the American Revolution series. Game scale is an hour per turn, units are battalions with some brigades, 200 yards per hex. Given that I was slightly more familiar with the rules, I took the Americans and David played His Majesty's troops.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gettysburg: The Tide Turns

It certainly looks pretty
After seeing a lot of buzz online about it, I decided to give Slitherine's new ACW game, Gettysburg: The Tide Turns a try. The ACW is one of my first loves in terms of history and wargaming. I've taken vacations centered around visiting ACW battlefields. The game itself has a very Kriegsspiel like look. At a mere $9.99, what's not to like?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Post-Origins Hangover


It always seems like it takes me awhile to get back to the blog after Origins. In the past this has been due to a bit of a "gaming hangover" where I didn't play much for a month or so after the convention. This year has been the opposite: I've been playing so much I really haven't had much time to blog!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Origins Loot

"On to Paris!" and "1866" from Compass Games, "By Shock, Shot and Faith" from Hexasim, and "Talavera" from The Gamers NBS series.
This should keep me busy for awhile...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Turenne's 1645 Campaign - March 1645


I didn't get to it last week, but this week I am playing Won by the Sword, a game simulating operations during the Thirty Years War.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Scenes from Lens, 1648


A couple of scenes from the Battle of Lens, fought between the French under Condé and the Spanish under Archduke Leopold on August 20 1648.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Campaign of 1645


Turenne's army preparing to leave Phillipsburg and begin the campaign of 1645. Won by the Sword. I'm planning to start this in the coming week, assuming I finish my game of Nine Years.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

1632

I've just finished Eric Flint's novel 1632, something I'd put off for years. I have a love-hate relationship with alt-history fiction. When it's really good I enjoy it a great deal. When it's bad, it makes me crazy. To avoid being driven crazy by what might be bad alt-history set in one of my favorite historical periods, I've studiously avoided this series for quite a long time.

This is not bad alt-history.

First, from a historical perspective, Flint knows his history. The period is depicted very well. There's decided bias toward certain factions in the Thirty Years War but it's a bias that I happen to agree (rather strongly) with, so it didn't bother me. It is also rather strongly pro-American common man (and woman), an attitude that might not be terribly popular in a lot of circles these days given the recent election.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Under the Lily Banners

Mercy's Bavarians surprise Turenne's French at Mergentheim
I have been interested in the wars of Marshal Turenne and the French armies from the end of the Thirty Years War to the Nine Years War. This is an overlooked period in gaming but an interesting one as it comes during the conclusion of the Pike & Shot Era. There are significant changes in tactics and advancements in weaponry during this period that make the various armies very different. These are the early wars of Louis XIV and were marked by the overwhelming presences of two French generals, Turenne and Condé.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A War With No Enemy


Giving AGEOD's latest on the English Civil War a try tonight. It certainly has an interesting map. This is the classic AGEOD engine so if you know it you can dive right in. If you don't, this might be a good game to start with, since the army size, at least in the first part of the game, tends to be small.