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Origins 2019! State of Play – the Wargaming Media Panel at Origins

Origins 2019! State of Play – the Wargaming Media Panel at Origins

Armchair Dragoons Public Affairs Office, 24 June 2019

With so much of the wargaming media in one place, we decided to bring them together for a panel on the wargaming media, and see what happened.  So we’ve got our editor, plus Jim from Line of Departure, Gary from Ardwulf’s Lair, and Mark from Wargames To Go.  Sadly, we missed Katie Aidley (who was actually working!), and the guys from The Players Aid, who were only there on Saturday.

For much of our time in the room, the panel actually outnumbered the audience, but they did wander in eventually.  Either way, a good time was had by all, and the next iteration of this panel might take place off-site, with some adult beverages.

The video is approximately 52 minutes, but unfortunately, the camera filled up on us and we didn’t get the entire panel.


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Origins 2019! Saturday at the show

Origins 2019! Saturday at the show

Armchair Dragoons Public Affairs Office, 15 June 2019

Saturday is always the biggest day, because it’s the obvious day for single-day attendees to come to the show.  In addition to the events and the exhibit hall, Saturday includes the Origins Awards Banquet, and the costume contest.

This year, there was a -zero- percent chance of us paying $40 for a seat at the awards, for minor snacks, a cash bar, and no swag bag.  But we did get a bunch of contest pics that’ll be included in our giant costume gallery that we’ll publish next week.

Meanwhile, enjoy the scenes of Saturday at Origins 2019 as captured by the IMINT team

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Origins 2019! My Experiences with 10 Organizations

Origins 2019! My Experiences with 10 Organizations

Avery Abernethy, 20 June 2019

Origins Game Fair 2019 was a lot of fun.  I arrived at 8:00am on Wednesday and helped set up Rogue Cthulhu.  My gaming started at noon Wednesday and continued through Sunday afternoon.  My gaming experience touched heavily to lightly on ten organizations.  This reviews my experience with the ten organizations, not the games themselves.  I ran one session and played in thirteen sessions.  Most of my Origins experience is as a player.

Organizations run a substantial, if not a supra-majority of the 7,000+ Origins events. Organizations propose sessions to Origins with Origins determining the overall schedule and assigning session numbers to the submitted events.  Origins also handles individual registration, handing out free passes and even hotel rooms to some event organizers, plus selling dealer space and individual memberships.  I’m sure much more goes on behind the scenes but I’m only writing about my direct experience.

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Origins 2019! War College Presentation on the 59th Ordnance Brigade

Origins 2019! War College Presentation on the 59th Ordnance Brigade

Armchair Dragoons Public Affairs Office, 19 June 2019

COL(R) Guillory discusses his time in the 59th Ordnance Brigade, who were the nuclear weapons custodians for many of the NATO allies during the Cold War.

This presentation is on the mission & organization of the 59th Ordnance Brigade (and its predecessor, SASCOM) from Cold War-era Europe. Some discussion of the specific types & quantities of warheads held by the detachments, as well as their expected field operations during wartime.  The audience Q&A also includes a discussion of the US Pershing II missiles of the 56th Field Artillery Command, which was not a part of the 59th ORD BDE but was another unit in which COL(R) Guillory served in the 1980s.

Spread from Jutland to Turkey, the 59th’s disparate artillery detachments maintained & deployed tactical nuclear weapons to allied delivery systems, whether 155mm howitzer rounds, or Pershing 1a missiles.  Several ordnance battalions within the brigade also maintained the stocks of nuclear & chemical weapons for US use.

The video is approximately 45 minutes, and includes multiples questions with the audience.


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Origins 2019! The View From Above

Origins 2019! The View From Above

Armchair Dragoons Public Affairs Office, 18 June 2019

Our intrepid IMINT team was able to get a drone’s-eye view of the convention…

Some of these are the exhibit hall, and others are the gaming halls.  All are very cool.

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But the best view of all?

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Origins 2019! War College Presentation on Inspecting the GSFG in 1988

Origins 2019! War College Presentation on Inspecting the GSFG in 1988

Armchair Dragoons Public Affairs Office, 17 June 2019

First up, the presentation by COL(R) Guillory, who gave a 1-hour talk about the history behind the inspections, the actual on-the-ground time in the former East Germany observing the GSFG, and then some lessons learned.

 

Now, here’s the gallery of photos that were flipped through rather quickly at the end of the formal presentation

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The black-&-white photos were the “technical” photos that were primarily for the intel community.  The color photos were colloquially known as “happy snaps” and were more personal/experiential in nature.


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