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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer


| December 24, 2016

This meme hit my Inbox this morning.  It is a soldier in Iraq growing grass in front of his tent.  I cannot verify the accuracy of the rest of the Email that accompanied this image, but scenes like this were not uncommon.  When I left for Iraq in 2010, the folks who worked for me […]

Christmas for Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

| December 23, 2016

US Military personnel are deployed in over 120 countries.  Regardless of your feelings about the politics or wisdom of a particular war, action, or mission, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen server their nation’s call all over the world.  We might complain about traffic or crowds at the mall.  These Americans face much worse […]

Christmas During the War in Vietnam

| December 23, 2016

Most of us are braving traffic and crowds to do that last-minute shopping.  Many of us think fondly of white Christmases and snow, of logs on the fire and roasting chestnuts.  These Soldiers braved bullets and bombs.  They spent Christmas in steamy climates.  Pause a moment to think of the Soldiers serving overseas and away […]

Christmas During the Korean War

| December 23, 2016

Soldiers often find themselves in faraway places rather than at home with their family and friends.  Pause a moment this Christmas to think of those serving 120+ nations around the world this Christmas.

Christmas in World War II

| December 23, 2016

As we get ready to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends, let’s not forget how Soldiers have celebrated Christmas in years past in lands far away from their families and friends.  Freedom is not free. This selection of photos is from World War II.  The images were gathered from various Internet sites and are […]

Combat Patrol(TM) for Christmas

| December 14, 2016

This year, get the gamer in your life something that will make him (or her) very happy:  a copy of Combat Patrol(TM): WWII. Information about the rules, including where to get them, a bunch of free downloads, and how-to videos are located here:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html The rules are available with professionally printed cards on War-games Vault: […]

Mexican American War with Combat Patrol(TM)

| December 14, 2016

On Sunday my buddy JJ was in town for business, and so I took the opportunity to schedule a Combat Patrol(TM) game with some of the HAWKs.  The Mexican American War is largely overlooked by gamers, but it provides excellent gaming opportunities.  We used the soon-to-be-released Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol(TM), written by Duncan Adams. […]

Cool Dice!

| December 9, 2016

I was doing some Christmas shopping and came across these on ThinkGeek.com.  They are bullet-shaped dice.  I need more six-sided dice like I need a hole in my head, but I couldn’t resist.  Zeb has been using Combat Patrol(TM): World War II for cowboy games.  I may have to start using these as the command […]

Recent painting results

| December 6, 2016

Things have been pretty busy at work, and it seems like the weekends have been jam packed with activities as well.  As a result, I haven’t gotten much painted lately.  This Sunday I had a few minutes, so I completed some things that had been sitting on the painting table for a couple of weeks. […]