Black Ops: Trouble With the Guards

One thing about “Black Ops” that still gives me pause is the concept of ‘raising the alarm’.  In one sense the game has dual-states; either the defenders are unaware of intruders or they are not.  Unless individuals become aware, and then the question arises of what it takes to...

GADD About Miniature Wargames

Hi, everyone.  My name is Jon, and I suffer from Gamer ADD. Well, not so much ‘suffer from’, as ‘revel in’. How can you not, when we have the pleasure of being born in the right time and at the right place to enjoy this late-stage golden-age of the...

Taking the Weather Guage

One of the hazards of video content creation, particularly when you’re doing the job of three me – videographer, host, and referee – is that often when settling down to edit the video you catch little errors on one of those jobs that you didn’t notice while filming.  Most...

Big Guns in the Park

Taking the streets out onto the streets in this post, with a miniature wargame built for Matchbox cars and scaled up to triple size. The local playground makes for a great arena for some death racing with a cheap set of cars gussied up for some MadMax action. The...

Sympathetic Characters – Generally Speaking

Gave a BBC period piece a shot, and it was okay. If you know what it is, I don’t have to name it.  If you don’t know what it is, then I don’t want to name it. Speaking generally, it’s a spy show in which we are supposed to...

The Littlest Big Igloo

Back in the day, at the height of the Cold War, cloak and dagger battles were deadly earnest affairs, with only the rare example of a Get Smart to lighten the mood.  Today is no different, with the added frisson of a clandestine asymmetric war waged by entrenched forces...

Two Important Reads

I’m still processing.  Two writer blogs that you should be frequenting are The Dacian and A Hellene Author.  Yesterday they published blog posts that touch on the same topic – the death of our culture. From the former: We are twenty-one years into the 21st Century but culturally we...

New Content, Who Dis?

Get used to seeing a lot more wargaming content here. Many of you already know that I’m the host of the long running and somewhat successful wargaming blog, War In A Box.  As this post goes live, that blog sits at almost a quarter of a million page views...

How Convenient

Just as Big Pharma begins to run up against the limits of what profit they can wring out of mandated Nuremburg Violations, they discover that the flu is still a thing after all. So Big Pharma gets their annual injection of cash, and now they can roll multiple compounds...

A Pirate Looks at Wasted Years

On its surface, Osprey’s “Fighting Sail” is a simple bucket-o-dice pool game, with a breezy little wind-gauge mechanic.  I’m finding that the simplifications necessary to allow for fleet actions turn the chore of managing the wind into a real pleasure.  This game plays so fast and easy that I...