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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Updated Barrage Recruiting Posters for 2019

| July 27, 2019

I have updated the Barrage recruiting posters.  Everyone should feel free to repost any or all of them as widely as possible.

Barrage 2019 Web Site is Now Live

| July 25, 2019

Barrage 2019 will be 27-28 September in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Don’t miss this outstanding regional convention.   The Web site for Barrage 2019 has gone live, and it is open for registration for GMs and Attendees.  Come back to the Web site frequently to see the growing list of games that will be run […]

Cowboy Code

| July 18, 2019

Being a “cowboy” has become a disparaging term in our upside down society where common sense got on a boat years ago and sailed for terra incognita.  Still as a kid, I remember that my heroes were cowboys.  Men like John Wayne, Jimmy Steward, Randolph Scott, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Hopalong Cassiday were the […]

Retreat from Moscow at Historicon 2019

| July 16, 2019

I ran a fun Combat Patrol(tm) game at Historicon using the Napoleonic supplement rules.  It featured a ragtag group of starving Frenchmen trying to reach the safety of a small Russian village while the pursuing Russians worked to stop them. The Russians came from all sides of the table.  Most of the Frenchmen were in […]

The Battle of Hoth

| July 16, 2019

Greg and I ran two instances of the Battle of Hoth with Combat Patrol(tm) at Historicon 2019. The first was Friday night, and the second was Saturday morning.  Both instances went well.  On Friday night the Imperials got half way to the cave / hangar.  On Saturday they blew up the shield generator.  At that […]

Americans in the Philippines at Historicon

| July 16, 2019

I ran a Combat Patrol(tm) game set in the Philippines in 1941 Thursday evening at Historicon 2019.  The game involved and advancing Japanese infantry platoon supported by light tanks and defending American infantry with an anti-tank gun. The Japanese were very cautions with their tanks, moving them through the difficult terrain instead of up the […]

Armies for Kids at Historicon 2019

| July 16, 2019

At Historicon 2019, the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielsers hosted another Armies for Kids game.  This year’s GM was Chris Johnson. I think this is the eighth or ninth year we have done this.  We paint six sets of armies, one for each “side.”  We package those along with rules (Milk and Cookies Rules from Big […]

Hawaii Vacation, Days 7-11

| July 7, 2019

We began day seven by visiting the various volcanos, steam vents, and lava fields in Volcano National Park.  We got a late-ish start but got out the door early enough to see all we wanted to see in the park.  Kilauea is the least active it has been for 35+ years, so there were no […]

Hawaii Vacation, Days 4, 5, and 6

| July 1, 2019

On day 4 of our vacation we began with a short drive to the Makapu’u Lighthouse trailhead.  The trail was about 1.5 miles mostly uphill to the point of land overlooking the lighthouse.  The lighthouse was built to prevent ships running aground while traversing the water between Oahu and Molokai. Sam was decidedly unimpressed with […]