Hello and welcome back to this sadly neglected blog, which I am tempted to rename Dragon Dormant. Since I returned from La Belle Province de Poutine, all has been well, but busy. Madame Padre celebrated her third post-chemotherapy bloodtest with very good results, and has decided to celebrate with a new bicycle and a more active lifestyle, so bravo to her.
There has been a little painting and a little gaming, so some updates coming. One of the most exciting things to happen lately was this small pile of out of print American Civil War (with one Mexican War title thrown in) cardboard counter type boardgames that came my way. A friend at the local club was helping to sell off the collection of a gamer friend who had passed away. I am sorry I didn’t know this fellow, as I think we would have gotten along well.
Three of these titles are from the GMT Games series, Richard Berg’s Great Battles of the American Civil War. Red Badge of Courage covers First and Second Bull Run, Three Days of Gettysburg was GMT”s answer to Terrible Swift Sword, and Gringo used the GBACW system to treat some Mexican War battles. I am very fond of the GBACW system, it lives at that Grand Tactical sweet spot for me. The two titles on the left came from late in Avalon Hill’s existence, from their Great Campaigns of the ACW series, designed by Joe Balkoski, and offer a more operational/strategic scale of treatment. Finally, at the right is a Clash of Arms game on the Seven Days - I haven’t yet opened the box so know nothing about it.
Below is the seventh game, Lee Vs Grant, another Balkoski GCAWC design, on one of my favourite campaigns, the 1864 Wilderness campaign. It is currently set up in a quiet corner of the chaplain school library at work, and I am slowly figuring it out on my lunch breaks.
I know that these games will cut into my painting time, but it can’t be helped, hex and counter games have a large claim on my heart. If you have played any of these titles, please let me know what you thought of them - your comments may influence which one I take on first.
Finally, because it’s too amazing to pass up without comment, here’s a What If article imagining WW2 German and Japanese battleships at war, because …. battleships.
Blessings to your die rolls!