Sunday, December 3, 2017
While I'm admittedly most interested in the history of and gaming of the period 1680 to 1780, my interests do extend beyond that at least a century in either direction. To wit, I grabbed Matrix's recently updated The Operational Art of War IV specifically for the pre-WWI and WWI scenarios.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
having some items on sale! If you're a veteran JTS player, now is a great time to pick up a game you might not have. If you've never played but think you might like to give these games a try, you can grab a title for a few dollar less right now. Go on, you know you want to!
Friday, November 24, 2017
|The 1st Band of the French Companies has nearly cleared the island. Imperial forces are on the move.|
|Montmorency's French relief army moving to force the passage into the city while English and Imperial forces begin to move toward the French flanks|
I've been reading Sir John Fortescue's A History of the British Army - Volume I (1066-1713). The section on the evolution of Renaissance armies after the introduction of gunpowder I found particularly fascinating.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
|Marlborough poised on the Moselle for an attack on Saarlouis, waiting on Allied reinforcements|
A few weeks ago I responded to a question on Facebook concerning artillery organization during the 1705 Moselle Campaign during the War of Spanish Succession. After doing a little research from my ever-growing library of books on 18th Century war, I was intrigued enough to want to game out the campaign itself.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
|The Army of the Potomac poised to attack Lee's Army of Northern Virginia|
Last weekend my children and my wife, and my son's fiancé indulged me with another multiplayer game of Pub Battles from Command Post Games. This time we took on the newest in their line up: Antietam/Sharpsburg.
For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, my review of Hollandspiel's new game Table Battles is available at Grogheads. The summary: A surprising game that plays quickly and presents a wealth of subtle play and interesting decisions. It doesn't look like a wargame, but this grog says it is.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
|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
|Knyphausen's corps faces Washington's army across Brandywine Creek|
Monday, September 4, 2017
|Summer 1754 - The British have seriously concentrated their forces!|
Sunday, September 3, 2017
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
|Initial setup positions|
Saturday, July 22, 2017
|It certainly looks pretty|
Sunday, July 16, 2017
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!