Archive For The “Conventions” Category
Brant Guillory, 7 May 2019
Brant Guillory: The “Sterrett Games” at the Origins War College seem to keep growing in popularity. Aside from the nomenclature, what can you tell us about the origins of these ‘exercises’?
Dr James Sterrett: I struggled to figure out how to present a paper at the Origins War College that would explain how CGSC uses games for military education. No approach worked well until I realized that the key was to stop talking about how the exercises worked – and instead to run an exercise.
BG: If I’m a new participant to this entire process, what should I expect when I walk in the door for one of these games?
JS: You’ll get a job! Well, at any rate, a job on a staff for the duration of the event. Jobs include roles such as the commander, the operations officer, and the intel officer. We’ll teach you the basics of that job, and then provide an overview of the US Army’s planning process. Then you start to do your job: you and the others on your staff use the planning process to create a plan for the battle. Once the plan is complete, or time runs short for planning, we transition to fighting the battle. At the end, we run a short After Action Review, in which we try to point out things that were done well (or poorly), and to discuss some of the learning points that might have been brought out if this were run at CGSC.
Armchair Dragoons Staff
This is the list of events that we’ve submitted to Origins for 2019. There’s apparently been some difficulty in them loading events from a variety of organizations, not just ours.
As soon as our events get ID numbers assigned, we’ll get them added to the table, but for planning purposes, this is what we’re intending to run.
Please note that some events are still subject to change, and it’s possible that events listed for both LNLP and Proving Ground could be modified.
Armchair Dragoons Origins 2019 Events
|Introduction to Kriegsspiel||6/12/19||5:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Lord Cornwallis Reconsidered (WC)||6/12/19||7:00 PM||1 Hr||War College|
|Cataclysm||6/13/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|COIN: A Distant Plain Ð Team Game||6/13/19||2:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Command Post Exercise-Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm||6/13/19||1:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Commands and Colors-Medieval||6/13/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|Fort Sumter!||6/13/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|Gen Grant & the Log Foundations of Overland Campaign (WC)||6/13/19||1:00 PM||2 Hr||War College|
|Lock N' Load Tactical:WWII||6/13/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||LNLP|
|Proving Ground Minis: Modern Combat||6/13/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Sergeants! Miniatures Game||6/13/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Cataclysm||6/14/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|COIN: A Distant Plain Ð Team Game||6/14/19||10:00 AM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Command Post Exercise-Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm||6/14/19||6:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Commands and Colors Ð Medieval||6/14/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|How Big for Boney? Proper Scale & Napoleonic Wargames (WC)||6/14/19||10:00 AM||1 Hr||War College|
|Intelligence and Fog of War on Cardboard Battlefields (WC)||6/14/19||3:00 PM||1 Hr||War College|
|Kriegsspiel||6/14/19||1:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Lock 'N Load Tactical:WWII||6/14/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||LNLP|
|Proving Ground Minis: Modern Combat||6/14/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Sergeants! Miniatures Game||6/14/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Teaching Wargaming at US Army CGSC (WC)||6/14/19||8:00 AM||1 Hr||War College|
|The Influence of Winfield Scott on the US Army (WC)||6/14/19||1:00 PM||2 Hr||War College|
|Cataclysm||6/15/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|Command Post Exercise-Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm||6/15/19||1:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Commands and Colors Ð Medieval||6/15/19||2:00 PM||2 Hr||GMT Games|
|Eyeball to Eyeball w the Soviets: Onsite Inspections (WC)||6/15/19||10:00 AM||1 Hr||War College|
|Kriegsspiel||6/15/19||6:00 PM||4 Hr||Team Wargaming|
|Lock 'N Load Tactical:WWII||6/15/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||LNLP|
|On Target Simulations and the upcoming Southern Storm (WC)||6/15/19||11:00 AM||1 Hr||War College|
|Proving Ground Minis: Modern Combat||6/15/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Sergeants! Miniatures Game||6/15/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||Minis|
|Sergeants! Miniatures Game||6/15/19||1:00 PM||4 Hr||Minis|
|So You Wanna Design a Wargame? (WC)||6/15/19||3:00 PM||1 Hr||War College|
|Unsung Nuclear Stalwarts of the Cold War: 59th OrdBde (WC)||6/15/19||2:00 PM||1 Hr||War College|
|Wargaming Media: State of Play (WC)||6/16/19||10:00 AM||2 Hr||War College|
Avery Abernethy, 17 March 2019
MACE West was held on a cold, rainy March 1-3 in Asheville, NC at a Hilton hotel very close to the entrance of Biltmore House. MACE West is a small tabletop and RPG convention. Other than a small number of dealers scattered in hallways and in one small room, it was all gaming. (more…)
Narrative by Avery Abernethy; Sidebars & Photos by Brant Guillory, 17 December 2018
MACE 2018 was run November 9-11, 2018 at the Hilton close to UNC-Charlotte. MACE is a game convention. A well run game convention that sticks to games. There were only four panels – meet the guests (mostly gamer people) and three workshops on building terrain and painting. No costume contest, art show, or author panels. MACE is games, games and more games.
MACE leans strongly towards role playing games (RPGs) and board games. Two widely established RPG groups which run at many conventions are the D&D Adventurers League and the Pathfinder Society. These groups had their own large room. D&D Adventurers League ran 41 scheduled sessions and Pathfinder Society ran 44. (more…)
by Gary Mengle, 29 September 2018
For the wargamer the annual Buckeye Game Fest, held each September in Columbus, Ohio, offers a rare opportunity. While the main event, a general boardgaming extravaganza, starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday, the hallowed War Room opens on Monday, and the wargaming diehards can start setting up their monster games.
This year we had three: two playtests of the in-development Third Winter for Multi-Man Publishing’s Operational Combat Series and the battle of Zorndorf from Clash of Arms’ Battles from the Age of Reason.
Third Winter is four years into its playtest and while it may not be the next OCS product made available for preorder, it’s pretty far along – basically ready to go aside from some tuning. The situation is the southern USSR in late 1943 and early 1944. Here the German forces are primarily on the defensive, unable to hold ground – but still strong enough to land some heavy counterblows, perhaps enough to draw the campaign to a stalemate. (more…)