Our first season of Mentioned in Dispatches comes to a close with a discussion of The Cold War, and wargaming. What are the ‘boundaries’? Why the sudden resurgence in interest? What’s the difference between Cold-War-goes-hot-in-the-80s and “modern” warfare? What are some of our favorite Cold War wargames? And how ironic is it that a bunch of web-trolls spilled pixels arguing over the definition of a “rules lawyer”?
Enjoy this last episode of Season 1 while we take a break for the holidays, and we’ll see you again next year.
For the seventh episode of our new podcast, Mentioned in Dispatches we tackle some of wargaming’s most pressing questions:
- Was the designer of the KV-2 on drugs, or just too much vodka?
- How big does a game have to get before it’s unplayable?
- and most importantly – Why do we give a rip about Napoleonic wargames?
Chuckle along with the cast of a Fellini film as we dig into these existential wargaming questions, and give us your own thoughts in our forums or down below.
For the sixth episode of our new podcast, we officially christen the show with our new name, Mentioned in Dispatches. This week, we welcome Dr James Sterrett of the US Army Command and General Staff College, on official business to discuss the curriculum at Ft Leavenworth that trains the US Army’s FA 57’s – the Simulations Operations Officers – as a part of their career development.
We discuss the career path of the typical FA 57, the game design courses at CGSC, the integration with the MMAS program there, and the general approaches to teaching professional game design to military students.
This time around, Gary & Chris join us to talk about CompassCon, the Age of Sail, just how many OCS groups you need in one town, how old (and color-coordinated) your dice are, learning games at conventions, pro/con of dice towers, and whether or not Twilight Struggle is a wargame*.
* just kidding! **
** sort of 🙂
We’re talking a lot about the Age of Gunpowder on this one – how many Blenheim games there are, logistical lessons from Marlborough, and oozing Austrians. There’s also a considerable discussion of Kreigsspiel in its various permutations.
Here’s your chance to vote on a name for our podcast! And we have a right to ignore that vote (but probably won’t). You get 1 vote/day until the end of November 2018, and yes, we fully expect Cyrano to stuff the ballot box like a Florida pollster.
Meanwhile, Tipsy Mirth and BC join us to chat about the last game you sold, CompassCon, tribute bands, and games you just couldn’t get into.