Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E2 – I Know What You Played Last Summer

Our next season charges ever onward, with a look back at the games we played over the summer, and some travels over the past few months.

We talk about the minis rules for Rommel / Blücher, what Napoleonic games get wrong about terrain, and Thirty Years War games on Tabletop Simulator, among plenty of others.

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Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E2 – I Know What You Played Last Summer
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Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E1 – The Last Word on Africa

In response to our summer special, Cyrano and Barthheart had some thoughts they wanted to ask as counterpoints to our earlier discussion.  So here is what we expect to be our last discussion of the wargaming world, post-Scramble-for-Africa.  Don’t worry, we also discuss Root, Custer’s Revenge, Postal, Thurn & Taxis, and plenty of others, along with historical battlefields, camouflage pants, conscientious objectors, and greeting cards.  Seriously.  We’re like a veritable bingo card of tangential topics.


Repeated from this summer, for background reading if you need it.

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Mentioned in Dispatches, Special Summer 2019 Edition

After the hootenanny around GMT’s cancellation of their Scramble for Africa game, there was some introspection, soul-searching, and, well, let’s face it, a bunch of flame wars over (pick any two): political correctness run amok, GMT selling out, just another leftist censorship campaign, the slippery slide into no wargames ever for the rest of our lives, snowflakes ruining everyone’s fun, Eurogamers telling wargamers what to do, if I don’t get to play Nazis then I don’t want to be a wargamer, etc, etc, etc.

Things died down (we thought).

Then here comes the New York Times, with a remarkably thoughtful piece that pretty accurately describes the changes going on in wargaming right now (increasing diversity in the audience, leading to increasing questions about how we handle the subject matter) and now the hootenanny graduated into a full-blown kerfuffle that ultimately included at least one guy on social media making physical threats to those with whom he disagreed.
Moreover, it was painfully obvious that maybe 15% of the social media bloviators had actually read the article, instead of just reacting to what was a dreadful Buzzfeed-quality clickbait headline.

So here’s a super-sized special edition (1:40!) of the podcast wherein a couple of pretty thoughtful guys (Rex & Matthew) join us to talk about the latest blowup in the culture wars as they visit the wargaming world.  Rex, no stranger to our podcasts, has joined us to talk about Aftershock and “SWEAT” in past episodes, among other things.  Matthew was a co-editor of Zones of Control and is a frequent attendee & panelist at Connections.

The articles / discussions mentioned either directly or obliquely in the podcast?  Here’s some of them, but hardly all.

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Mentioned in Dispatches, S2E9 – The Essential Wargaming Library

With the recent release of Matt Caffrey’s book On Wargaming, Brant enlists Brian Train (Game Theorist Designer) and Dr James Sterrett (the Director of Simulation Education at the US Army’s Command & General Staff College) to talk about some of the seminal books about wargaming, including Perla’s The Art of Wargaming, Dunnigan’s Complete Wargames Handbook, Sabin’s Simulating War, Koster’s A Theory of Fun For Game Design, and the Zones of Control anthology, among others.

So we talk about the books – what we like and don’t like, and how Dr Sterrett incorporates them into his curriculum at CGSC. We also discuss a variety of other sources about wargaming, and game design in general, and somehow manage to never mention McGonigal (and thank goodness).

About 2/3 of the way through, Brian Train makes note of the fact that there are plenty of links we should be sharing, so here they are:

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Mentioned in Dispatches, S2E8 – SWEATing to the Wargames

Following up on an earlier episode of Mentioned in Dispatches, Doug & Jim are back to join guest Rex Brynen in talking about all those non-military considerations during armed conflict, as we cover games ranging from A Distant Plain to The Creature That Ate Sheboygan.

So if you’re curious about how block-by-block fighting in Mosul affected the city, what game lets NGOs use nukes, Canadian government zombies, and/or what flavor firefighters are, this is your podcast!

As always, thanks for listening 🙂

 

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Mentioned in Dispatches, S2E7 – Live from The Gamer’s Armory!

This episode of Mentioned in Dispatches was recorded at The Gamer’s Armory in Cary, NC, as noted game designer & writer Jim Werbaneth joins the show.
Favorite games of the American Civil War, a preview of seminars at this summer’s Origins, and GMT’s COIN games are part of what we cover, along with some favorite battlefields, the current state of Line of Departure magazine, and headaches in higher education..

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And here’s Jim in front of the famous “Wall of ASL™”

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And a view of the game racks as we describe them on the show

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Mentioned in Dispatches, S2E7 – Live from The Gamer’s Armory!
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