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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Duke Morrison and the Great Zeppelin Adventure

| March 20, 2018

Chris Palmer and I ran a GASLIGHT game on my 7-foot long zeppelin.  The scenario involved Professor Serafini Nannini transporting his rocket sled in Duke Morrison’s zeppelin.  (Duke Morrison is the hero of my pulp games using GASLIGHT.)  Nannini and his daughter Gianna had hidden six components of one of his fabulous inventions around the […]

Second Philippines Game at Cold Wars

| March 20, 2018

I used the same table for my second Philippines 1941 Combat Patrol(TM) game at Cold Wars 2018.  The scenario was the same as the first game.  The Japanese were attacking, and the Americans were trying to stop their advance.  The Japanese victory conditions were based on the number of figures they could get across the […]

Hold as Long as Possible at Cold Wars 2018

| March 19, 2018

At Cold Wars 2018 I ran two Combat Patrol(TM): WWII games set in the Philippines in 1941.  The Japanese were advancing toward Bataan, and an understrength platoon of Americans had to try to stop them.  As you can see from the map, the Japanese had to advance across a stream and the Americans were scattered […]

A Lilly Pad Too Far

| March 19, 2018

At Cold Wars 2018 in Lancaster, PA, last weekend, Chris Palmer and I ran a GASLIGHT game involving giant anthropomorphic frogs.  We haven’t had the frogs on the table in a couple of years. The game was pretty fun.  The scenario is from The GASLIGHT Compendium.  The North American frogs are part of the advance […]

Greg Priebe’s Star Wars Combat Patrol(TM) Games at Cold Wars 2018

| March 19, 2018

Greg Priebe ran two Star Wars games using Combat Patrol(TM) at Cold Wars 2018 last weekend.  He ran this scenario twice.  On several occasions the shouting from the table was deafening.  One time was when the rebels killed Darth Vader. The scenario involved a group of Rebels, including Kanan and Ezra, who had come to […]

Zeb Cook’s Finland 1939 Combat Patrol(TM) WWII Game at Cold Wars 2018

| March 19, 2018

Last weekend was Cold Wars 2018 in Lancaster, PA.  Zeb Cook ran at Finland 1939 game using Combat Patrol(TM): WWII.  He was short a couple of players, so I was able to play in this game.  I had a terrific time.  It was a hard scenario for the Russians.  We had to advance across the […]

Zeb’s Combat Patrol(tm) Wild West Game at Cold Wars 2018

| March 19, 2018

Zeb Cook ran a zany and exciting cowboy game using the Combat Patrol(TM) Wild West supplement.  There was a lot of hottin’ and hollerin’ from that table.  I was busying running another game, so I didn’t get to participate.  It looked like a great game.  I have played some of his other Combat Patrol(TM) wild […]

Renovated Rooms at the Lancaster Host

| March 16, 2018

For the HMGS East conventions held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I have been staying across the street from the Lancaster Host at the Continental for the past several years.  The rooms at the Host had gotten progressively worse, and the Continental provides a really  nice breakfast.  The Continental has closed for renovations for Cold Wars and […]

Combat Patrol (TM) at Cold Wars 2018

| March 11, 2018

F: 215: Hold as Long as Possible (1) Friday, 9:00 AM, 4 hrs, Players: 6 GM: Buck Surdu & HAWKS Sponsor: None, Prize: None Period: World War II, Scale: 28mm, Rules: Combat Patrol(TM): WWII. ItisthePhilippinesinearly1942. The Americans are retreating slowly toward Bataan. A platoon of infantry, along with a handful of Stuart tanks, must delay […]

Nurses and British Ladies

| March 11, 2018

Despite a fair amount of time on the road lately for work, I managed to finish a few figures.  The first four were newly released American nurses for WWII.  I intend to work these into my Combat Patrol(TM): WWII Philippines 1941 games at Cold Wars next weekend.  The figures come with two bases, these clear […]