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...

Clever Scenario Design

Wargaming videos make a fine soundtrack for painting sessions, and every once in a while you stumble across a bit of genius you can’t wait to steal.  This wonderful battle report from House of Hengist Comics Wargaming Channel struck me as a novel sort of game, and one of...

Gaslands – A Few Thoughts On City Streets

 My Gaslands set up is a little unusual in that all my fights take place on the streets of Midville, USA. This leads to two big differences between the games shown on The Joy of Wargaming and most other videos – two differences that largely balance each other out. ...

On Fighting Sail

 What a fun little game from Osprey’s blue book series. Fighting Sail is a fleet action game that lets you chug a half-dozen or so ships of the line around the table, merrily blasting away at each other.  It strikes a very good balance between historical feel and playability,...

More Napoleonic Eye Candy

As promised, a quick comparison of Eureka and Irregular.  As you can see, the former are a full head taller than the latter.  The really mean it when they talk about 18mm vs. 15mm, don’t they?  C’est la vie, they pass the arm’s length test. These three objective markers...

Bit By Napoleon

 It finally happened. Reading through some old Featherstone books, I’ve been bit by the Napoleonics bug.  Maybe it’s age and the fear of not getting to the things I always meant to get to, but whatever the reason, I’m eyeing horse, foot, and guns.  More than eyeing, I’ve been...