Every week, #TuesdayNewsday recons the strategy gaming world to bring you the headlines
It was a late addition to last week’s news, but we wanted to take a second and dig a little deeper into the passing of John Prados, one of the more celebrated game designers in wargaming history. Most of us know him for Third Reich, but his design credits are in the dozens. In addition, his was a prolific author, teacher, and historian, especially of the American military/intel world.
It’s not often that a game designer gets an extended obit in the New York Times.
The National Security Archive also has a nice obituary that digs into the work he did for them.
Rocky has some nice thoughts about the breadth of his career, too
Brant notes his early encounter with Dr Prados:
John was one of the first “celebrities” in wargaming world that I met, at my first Origins. He was one of the nicest dudes I ever met, and very gracious with my bumbling starry-eyed hero worship. It was his down-to-earth discussion with me in the dealer room there that left me thinking that game designers weren’t some elevated ivory-tower archetype that were unapproachable rock stars. He didn’t know me from Adam, but was happy to have a quick chat about his games with me and that impression always stuck with me.
This Week’s Other Headline
Time is almost up to vote for this year’s Charles S Roberts Awards. You’ve got until 10 December to get your votes in for the games released in 2021
- MMP has a couple of ACW products (back) in stock
- Stonewall Jackson’s Way reprints are shipping now, so get one while you can
- Between a few book reprints, and on-hand components, they were able to piece together some full copies of Last Chance for Victory, but in bags rather than boxes; $198 is a lot for a bagged game, but it’s that or nothing at this point
- Compass Games started shipping Maori: Warriors of the Long White Cloud; someone on Twitter is going to complain about it
- The Dietz Foundation started shipping Free At Last to backers, so it’s now for sale on their site, too
- Over the weekend, the new Team Yankee “WWIII: Red Dawn” products started dropping, including
- Ares Games released their Orconomics board game (2nd ed); more importantly, they also released their latest edition of the War of the Ring card game
- High Flying Dice has Nothing to Lose, Attack on Tan Son Nhut Airbase available
- The December 2022 issue of Wargames Illustrated is now available
- The Rapid Fire minis guys have expanded their “Reloaded” rulebook with even more advanced rules to their game, covering aerial insertions, amphibious landings, and more. But order quick, because they’ll be shutting down from 12/15 to 1/7 for the holidays
- Alternative Armies has some little “festive Pukki” (read: “goblins”) for your holiday fantasy gaming
- ASL folks! Gamer’s Armory has a pre-order on the “Tournament Director’s Pack” from Enrico Catanzaro, with 16 tourney-tested scenarios and a bunch of advice on how to run the events
- Fjord Serpents sounds weird, but looks pretty cool with their minis battles around Dark Age Viking clashes (on Kickstarter now). The stands of minis actually fit into the longship models, so you have to manage loads, plus land your troops, before getting to the fight itself
- With its release next week, Free League is taking pre-orders on their new Blade Runner RPG
- 300 pages for a minis wargame book? Over 120 people have backed Warsurge, so it must have some promise; the art is incredible and there’s extended rules for varying types of campaigns
- You don’t need to squint to imagine a few of these being acquired by various Dragoons – The Hexcrawl Toolbox on Kickstarter
- Draco Ideas is giving €8 to spend in their shop when you use 8euros so you can pick up one of their 2GM titles a little cheaper
- Assault Games has a big Red Horizon “Christmas Bundle” sale that saves a bunch on the game and expansions; you’ll need it to cover the shipping costs
- Beach Invasion 1944 is on sale on Steam at 10% off
- GOG has pretty much everything in the line of Cossacks games available for under $10, and most of it is under $5
- S&T’s game-edition magazine sale this week is World at War #691 with Breakout: First Panzer Army as the included game
- Normally we don’t project stuff that you can’t already do when #TuesdayNewsday releases, but David over at Lock ‘n Load was such a mensch that he sent us the announcement of their Christmas Sale so it was waiting for Tuesday morning as we finalize the news, so of course we’re including it! Just use coupon code SANTA22 at checkout
- Don’t forget that we’re now live on Mastodon also, in case you’ve got the Twitter Blues, or just want another way to keep up with us
- Saturday Night Fights has a big-ass Battle of Dresden for “Commands and Colors: Napoleonics”
- My Own Worst Enemy ~ C.S.A. America’s Civil War – Turn 3 Part 1
- Dear Santa: All I Want for Christmas is….
- Mentioned in Dispatches Season 9 wraps up with Episode 13 ~ Holiday Wargaming Wishes, Again and we’ll see you after the new year with Season 10
- This week in our forums
- Upcoming Dragoons Events (and don’t forget to check the event calendar for everything else)
- Wargame Days at The Gamer’s Armory in Cary, NC ~ 8 January2 & 4 February; we’ve also added an organizational channel to our Discord to help sort out what games we’re playing for those days
- Next #UnboxingDay is 15 December
- Next Virtual Convention is The ACDC on 13-15 January, and look for volunteer & registration info to go live soon
- Next Real-World Convention is going to be Buckeye Game Fest, in Columbus OH, 28-30 April (with the War Room opening up on 24 April for extended wargaming)
Our live-streaming crew tackled these this past week
- The Battle of Quatre Bras (part 2) for “Valour and Fortitude”
- The Outskirts of Colleville for “Chain of Command”
- The Battle of Saltanovka (part 2) for “Shako 2”
Got your own games coming up this week you’re looking to recruit some players for?
Drop us a line and we can link to them for you
With the holidays coming up, the conventions we’re tracking are mostly after the new year, so you’ve got some time to plan!
- 3 different conventions on 13-15 January!
- 8-12 February GameON! (Seattle, WA)
- 17-26 February Winterfest (Sandusky, OH)
- 17-20 February DunDraCon 46 (Santa Clara, CA)
- 20-26 February Prezcon (Charlottesville, VA)
- We need to add this one to calendar, too
It is official. We will be co-hosting Circle DC: A Conference on History, Education & Play with @civisinstitute on March 31-April 2, 2023 at the Naval Lodge at 330 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Washington, DC – close to both the Capitol and @labyrinthdc. More details soon… pic.twitter.com/SPUIhMozIL
— Fort Circle Games (@fortcircle) November 28, 2022
- Moe looks at Brothers at War: 1862 from Compass Games
- Gimpy shows off some painting techniques
- Real & Simulated Wars gives you an abridged AAR of the latest Combat Mission DLC; “abridged” so as not to include spoilers3
- Ardwulf’s counter clipping stream talked about the games of John Prados
We’ve also got a 4X-specific area in the forums to discuss any of these, too.
- Galactic Empire is a lightweight-looking space 4x game with a ridiculously-low funding level, but some higher stretch-goal levels
- After being in open beta the past couple months, the 3.6 “Orion” update for Stellaris has been officially released. (You can read the full patch notes here, or watch the condensed video version here.) The update contains a globular cluster’s worth of features, bug-fixes, & improvements, including new galaxy shapes, a new federation type (for Spiritualist empires), and improved accessibility options. However, Orion’s biggest highlights by far are the rework to both Fleet Combat and Ascension Paths, something the player community had long requested be addressed.
- Victoria 3 just received its first major update following the game’s somewhat bumpy release back in October (you can read the patch notes here). Aside from a rework to Morale, Legitimacy, and Treaty Ports, the update appears to include a general smorgasbord of improvements regarding balance, AI, along with a laundry list of both major and minor bug-fixes.
- Rounding off the list of Paradox titles receiving updates this week is Crusader Kings III with version 1.8.0 “Robe” (check out the patch notes here). In addition to the usual bug-fixes and improvements to balance, AI, etc., the update adds the ability to save & load Custom Rulers, along with a reorganized Bookmark Screen to allow room for more bookmarks.
- Arcen Games released a pair of patches for AI War 2 this past week: Update 5.527 mostly updates some official mods, though it does also include some balance work and bug-fixes. Update 5.528 includes more updates to official mods, along with some fixes to multiplayer.
- Mohawk Games dropped Update #101 for Old World (main patch notes are here). Along with the usual AI work, UI improvements, and bug-fixes, the update also adds new story and tutorial events.
- Praxis Games released version 1.5.2 for Interstellar Space: Genesis. This is a smaller patch to further address issues that cropped up from the release of the 1.5 update last month (you can read the patch notes here).
- Silver Lemur Games put out a patch for Stellar Monarch 2 (you can check out the patch notes here). The update largely addresses UI issues, along with some bug-fixes.
- Another patch dropped for DR4X, the rogue-like 4X currently in Steam Early-Access (patch notes are here). This patch focuses on UI & gameplay issues, in addition to the typical bug-fixes and improvements to balance and visuals.
- This week, Avalanche Press has an interesting article about the Romanians in 1944
- S&T #338 Mega-feedback survey is up there, and looking for your input
- Modiphius pushed back Homeworld: Fleet Command from Nov ’22 to “Q1 2023”
- Invicta Rex is asking about what (if any) kinds of stretch goals you like in your crowdfunded games
- Noble Knight Games have chosen to voluntarily recognize their employees’ union
!!! @NKGames has done what 95% of privately-owned companies fail to do: they have voluntarily recognized their workers' union! Our amazing coworkers, with the support of @CWAUnion, @LaborSCFL, @AFLCIO, and ALL OF YOU, have achieved this! 🎲✊️❤️ #WeRollTogether 🧵… pic.twitter.com/7X2l97XTqN
— Noble Knight Games United (@NkgUnited) December 1, 2022
Don’t forget we’ve got a dedicated area of our forums for the professional wargamers.
- A long article from The Atlantic about “How to Stop The Next World War” and it would be fascinating to figure out the all the wargame mechanics needed to account for all the different facets of that article
- How might “democratized intel” affect wargaming going forward? Do we already have built-in intel advantages just by sitting around a table together?
- Long range ad-hoc cruise missiles in Ukraine are actually… repurposed Russian drones?
- The next GUWS webinar is December 17th, titled Crossing the line: The Hidden Realm of Non-linear Simulation and in January, Ed McGrady brings you Gaming Climate Change: Challenges and More Challenges on the 10th
- PaxSims has a nice article on the design of Turning Tides about wargaming climate change and its effects on the population
- oooooooh, shiny ––
@USFightClub1 at the @NATOinnovation test out a creative and collaborative space game, Starship Horizons. They were on the 4th mission but @arnelpdavid forgot to engage shields in a final battle. Great game design and user interface, fun experience! pic.twitter.com/mzqkDFFSQf
— UK Fight Club (@UKFightClub1) December 5, 2022
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