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SAVE THE DATE!  The Armchair Dragoons Fall Assembly will be held 11-13 October 2024 in Raleigh/Cary, NC

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Conventions, Clubs, and Events / Re: North Carolina meet ups ???
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Today at 06:25:48 AM »
Sure, are you still there.

well we're not still there from October, but we do have our monthly 1st-Sunday meetups still going on every month.  Next one is in 2 weeks, but if you're in California, it's a bit of a commute
Saturday Night Fights & Tabletop Simulator / Re: Eggmuhl Week
« Last post by olivasmith on Today at 05:56:15 AM »

Sure, "Valour & Fortitude" sounds like a great choice for your first session.
Conventions, Clubs, and Events / Re: North Carolina meet ups ???
« Last post by olivasmith on Today at 05:52:30 AM »
Sure, are you still there.
History and Tall Tales / Re: This Day in History
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Yesterday at 10:40:58 PM »
Ted was awesome
History and Tall Tales / Re: This Day in History
« Last post by besilarius on Yesterday at 09:41:28 PM »
415   BC   the Herms in Athens were desecrated by persons unknown [Alt]

14 lunar eclipse on September 27, AD 14, helped quell a mutiny in Pannonia by the legions VIII Augusta, VIIII Hispana, and XV Apollinaris, it being taken as a sign of divine anger.

337  Emperor Constantine the Great dies.
     Gebze, anciently known as Libyssa, now an industrial district on the coast of the Sea of Marmora in northwestern Turkey-in-Asia, is a place called Hunkar Cayi, which translates to “The Emperor’s Meadow.”
This name seems to have come about because three of the most notable warriors in history seem to have died there.

83/181 BC – The great Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca, then about 65, fearing capture by the Romans, ended his life by taking poison
May 22, AD 337 – Roman Emperor Constantine I “the Great” (r. AD 306-337), no mean commander, died of an illness at 65
May 3, 1481 – Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II (r. 1451-1481), known as “The Conqueror” for his victories, died of an illness at 49
So if you’re an Emperor, it might be worth while to avoid visiting Hunkar Cayi.
1382. Giovanna I, inept & unlucky Queen of Naples (1343-1382), Countess of Provence and Forcalquier, Queen consort of Majorca and titular Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1343-1382), Princess of Achaea (1373-1381), murdered at 54 by Charles of Durazzo, her successor

1801.   Nelson created Viscount Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe.

1809  Austria's Archduke Charles defeated Napoleon on the second day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling.

1815  Between 1792 and 1815 (sandwiching the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars), there were 92 generals of Hungarian origin in the Habsburg Army, of whom fully 48 (52.17%) died on active duty.

1942. Ted Williams enlists in the US Marine Corps

1943. During the Buna-Gona Campaign against the Japanese in northeastern New Guinea (October 1942- February 1943), 53 percent of the men of the 32nd Infantry Division suffered from malaria, dengue, or other tropical fevers, and the statistical infection rate was 5,358 cases per thousand men on strength, due to reinfections and relapses.
✍ It's 1925, the Roaring Tweenties, and I want to become a bestseller author of Pulp Fiction novels! The story: The exploits of one of the Imperial German sea raiders during World War One. With a few grains of salt and some dramatic license, of course. The editor needs to acknowledge the story arc, the next episode is due, soon!

🎲 Arc of the Kaiser's Last Raider by Joe Miranda is a solitaire wargame, a story engine that provides plots and clichés, events and foes for us to forge into a story that sparks the interest of our readers without overstretching their faith into the possibilities of what might have happened somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

⛴ Those who support the channel on Steady will be added to a pool and have a chance to be drawn to become part of the crew and thus the story. All supporters will get the chance to make some decisions throughout the campaign which might determine the Wolf's destiny. Get on board!

please note: that seminar listing is just the Dragoons-sponsored events at the OWC.  There's another 2 full rooms running 14-16 hours/day of other seminars and presentations
Origins 2024 Countdown! Origins War College Previews

The Origins War College hosts a wide variety of panels, seminars, and discussions around military history, military affairs, and current events.  Once upon a time, our CPX’s were a part of the War College program, before the Wargame HQ was started.

This year, we wanted to leverage 2 things that have been neglected for years:

1/  The wargame designers attending Origins are all intelligent folks with fascinating insights about modeling conflicts, so we wanted to pull together a few panels with them to allow the audience a chance to ask their own questions about game design, inspirations, ideas, etc.
2/  It’s been years since we had the companies at Origins give an update about their companies with the ability for the audience to interact with them.  We’re giving them all a platform to showcase whatever they want about the company – recent releases, upcoming plans, soliciting playtesters, etc – and for the audience to ask some questions of them as well.
History and Tall Tales / Re: Not all heroes wear capes
« Last post by besilarius on Yesterday at 10:10:39 AM »
In his Life of Sertorius, the ancient biographer Plutarch (c. A.D. 45-120) remarked that “The most warlike and successful generals have been one-eyed men.” He then went on to list a few.

King Antigonus I of Asia (r. 332-301 B.C.), one of Alexander’s Successors, has lost an eye in combat, and was nicknamed “Monopthalmos – The One-Eyed” historians).
Hannibal (247–183 B.C.), the great Carthaginian commander, had lost an eye to an infection.
King Philip II of Macedon (r. 359-336 B.C.), the father of Alexander the Great, lost an eyed in battle.
Quintus Sertorius (c. 123-72 B.C.), the famous Roman rebel commander, had lost an eye in combat.
Not a bad lot, actually, as these men were certainly among the most effective commanders in the Classical world.
Baybars, the Mamluke general and later Sultan of Egypt (r. 1260-1277), who defeated Mongols and all other comers, had became blind in one eye as a young man, due to a cataract
Masamune Date (1567-1636), noted samurai and general, was blinded in one eye as a child – he was nicknamed "Dokuganryu—The One-Eyed Dragon”
Moshe Dayan (1915-1981, the Israeli general and later Defense Minister, lost an eye on campaign against the Vichy French in Syria in 1941.
Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (1747-1813), who defeated Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, had lost the use of one eye, variously reported as due to combat or a cataract
Liu Bocheng or Po-cheng (1892-1986), one of the most notable Red Chinese commanders, who survived the Long March, and fought in the Chinese Civil Wars and World War II, had lost an eye as a young man, and was also nicknamed, “The One-Eyed Dragon”
Andre Massena (1758-1817), among the most distinguished of Napoleon’s marshals, was accidentally blinded in one eye in 1808 by Marshal Berthier during a shooting party, though this apparently did not affect his military skills..
José Millan Astray (1879-1954), the founder of the Spanish Foreign Legions, lost an eye in the Moroccan Wars, as well as an arm and several fingers from the other hand.
Lord Nelson (1758-1805), lost the sight of his right eye in action in 1794, though he made good use of it at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801
Sir Archibald Wavell (1883-1950), who commanded in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and later India, during World War II, had lost an eye in 1915 in Flanders.
Garnet Joseph Wolseley (1833-1913), Queen Victoria’s finest commander, lost an eye during the Crimea War
Yamamoto Kansuke – Haruyuki (1501-1561), a noted samurai and general, is traditionally believed to have been blind in one eye
Jan Žižka (c. 1360-1424), the noted Hussite general, had lost an eye as a child, which did not prevent him from winning a lot, nor did complete blindness later hamper his final battle.
So Plutarch was certainly right that having only one eye has been no bar to distinction as a warrior, though the notion that one-eyed men make the most successful commanders is perhaps exaggerated.
History and Tall Tales / Re: This Day in History
« Last post by besilarius on May 21, 2024, 09:25:48 PM »
427   BC   Plato, wrestler, hoplite, philosopher, d. 348-347 BC

52. The Roman soldier and scholar Gaius Plinius Secundus – a.k.a. Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79) reported that he decided to write his now lost history of the German campaigns of Nero Claudius Drusus (38-9 BC) after the general’s ghost appeared to him in a dream; a spiritual visitation that occurred, perhaps not coincidentally, during the reign of the late commander’s son, the Emperor Claudius (r. A.D. 41-54)

878         besiged for eight months, Syracuse, capital of Byzantine Sicily, surrendered to Muslim invaders, who enslaved everyone they didn't massacre, and razed every church

1471         King Henry VI of England (1422-61, 70-71), of France (1422-1453), 49, beheaded in the Tower by his cousin Edward IV

1650         James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612-1650), 37, Royalist commander, hanged by the Convenanters in Edinburgh

1762         HM frigate 'Active' & sloop 'Favourite' captured the Spanish ship 'Hermione' off Cadiz, realizing prize of £519,705 10s, perhaps £1.1 billion today During the Seven Years’ War Sir Edward Hawke commanded the Royal Navy’s blockade of the Spanish coast. On May 21, 1762, two of Hawke’s ships, the frigate Active and the sloop Favourite, patrolling off Cadiz, captured the Spanish ship Hermione out of Peru
Hermione was carrying an immense treasure. After appropriate admiralty charges were deducted, the prize value of the ship was declared to be £519,705 10s, perhaps £400 million, in money of 2008 using the “average earnings” scale.
Naturally, this haul was divided up according to the prevailing prize rules. As a result, Hawke, who wasn’t even present but was the commanding officer, came away with £64,964, the same sum awarded each of the captains of the two British ships, while lieutenants received £13,000 each, and so on down through the ranks to common seamen and marine privates, who each received £485, and “boys,” who got half that; so even the boys came away with what would today be about £180,000, a tidy sum indeed. The yield was probably the most impressive in the history of the age of sail, and for generations afterwards seagoing men spoke of the chance of encountering another “Golden Hermione,” a term that is preserved today for a breed of British rose.

1809. Napoleon engages Austria's Archduke Charles on the first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling Day

1942 senior Allied political and military leaders feared a Japanese invasion of Australia, the Imperial Army General Staff had concluded such an undertaking would require 12 divisions and 1.5 million tons of shipping, which could not be secured without impeding the overall war

1993         Maj. Gen. John Frost, CB, DSO & Bar, MC who held the "Bridge Too Far" in 1944, at 80