Podcast #24 Chris Fasulo on his company Grognard Simulations and the largest Simulations available! NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #24 Chris Fasulo

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #24 Chris Fasulo

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #24 Chris Fasulo

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Twitter accounts for War Game Companies, sorted by followers

Join the Harold on Games group on Face Book

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

SUMMARY

THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with game designer Chris Fasulo. We Discuss His company Grognard Simulations, and his work on the largest historical simulations available.

Chris graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. The New Jersey National Guard required it in order for Chris to keep his commission. In 1991, just as the Gulf War was starting, he was transferred from his posting in a tank battalion to the Training and Training Technology Battle Lab. There he spent the next 7 years wargaming for the New Jersey Guard running Command Post Exercises for Battalion and Brigade HQ. He was offered a job as a System Engineer at Raytheon to further develop the simulation to better serve the HQ that use the simulation to train. For 23 years he had the perfect job and loved it.

In 2009 he decided to start his own game company and design his own games. After shopping his own design looking for a publisher, and not getting much traction, he decided to publish his own games.

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MUSIC

Golden Ring Ensemble – Song of the Volga Boatmen: YouTube

 

GROGNARD SIMULATIONS

CONSIMWORLD EXPO

GAMES

Death Ride Kursk

Death Ride Normandy

Death Ride Tarawa

Death Ride Arras

 

 

 

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Podcast #23 Trevor Bender on WBC and Labyrinth Forever War NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #23 with Trevor Bender

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #23 with Trevor Bender

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #23 with Trevor Bender

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Trevor bender on Twitter @GameChangerII

Trevor Bender on Board Game Geek

Twitter accounts for War Game Companies, sorted by followers

Join the Harold on Games group on Face Book

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

SUMMARY

An interview with game designer Trevor Bender. His recent trip to WBC, how he managed to get Labyrinth the Awakening on the list of tournaments, and his work on Labyrinth: Forever War.

Trevor also listed the top 4 games that influenced his expansion work on Labyrinth.

Labyrinth

A Distant Plain

Liberty or Death

Washington’s War

 

See a more detailed bio on Trevor here

MUSIC

Funkuponya : iTunes

Funkuponya : Facebook

 

WBC

Labyrinth: The Awakening Tournament

Lost Cities Tournament

Navegador

Flight 93 Memorial

Gettysburg

Fredericksburg

Old Orange Plank Road

Wilderness Battlefield

29th Infantry Division (Blue and Gray)

 

GAMES

Labyrinth

Labyrinth: The Awakening

Labyrinth: The Forever War

Campaigns of 1777 / 1777 Year of Decision

Bloody Road South

Great Campaigns of the Civil War

Podcast #21 Gen Con INsurgency and an interview with designer Brian Train (2 parts)

PODCAST LINKS

Soundcloud Link: Podcast #21 Gen Con INsurgency and an interview with designer Brian Train

iTunes Link: Podcast #21 Gen Con INsurgency and an interview with designer Brian Train

Stitcher Link: Podcast #21 Gen Con INsurgency and an interview with designer Brian Train

TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Harold Buchanan on Instagram @hgbuch

The Players Aid on Twitter @playersaidblog

Gen ConExpo on Twitter @Gen_Con

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

Join Harold on Games Group on Facebook

SUMMARY

This podcast is composed of 2 parts. Part 1 is a discussion of my experience at Gen Con and the Insurgency IN INdianapolis. Part 2 is an interview with insurgency expert, game designer and pantzuka inventor, Brian Train. This will be part 1 of that interview.

Gen Con

Gen Con INsurgency IN INdianapolis

PANTZOOKA AT BURNING MAN

PHOTOS

BRIAN’S INSPIRING 5  6  7  INSURGENCY GAMES

National Liberation Front

Minuteman: The Second American Revolution

Plot to Assassinate Hitler

Vietnam 1965-1975

South Africa

Nicaragua

TITO

GAMES

Central America

Nights of Fire

Days of Ire

Finnish Civil War (Paper Wars Magazine)

Tupamaro

Chile 73

Strike for Berlin

The Brief Border Wars Quad

  • The Soccer War (1969)
  • Turkish Invasion of Cyprus (1974)
  • China / Vietnam (1974)
  • The Second Lebanon War (2006)

The District Commander System

  • Algeria (1959)
  • Vietnam (1969)
  • Afghanistan
  • Maracas

Caudeal (Venezuela)

Thunder Out of China (COIN)

Ukrainian Crisis

The Little War

Colonial Twilight

A Distant Plain

MUSIC

Slow Season: Spotify

Slow Season: iTunes

Slow Season: Facebook

Slow Season: Wasted Years video

Podcast #20 Consimworld Expo and an interview with John Kranz the founder

PODCAST LINKS

Soundcloud Link: Podcast #20 Consimworld Expo and an interview with John Kranz

iTunes Link: Podcast #20 Consimworld Expo and an interview with John Kranz

Stitcher Link: Podcast #20 Consimworld Expo and an interview with John Kranz

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Consimworld Expo on Twitter @consimworld

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

SUMMARY

This podcast is built around a report on Consimworld Expo. It is composed of both a discussion about my trip to Consimworld Expo 2019 in Tempe Arizona and an interview with the host and founder John Kranz.

Consimworld Expo 2019

Consimworld.com

Tempe, Arizona 

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

US Civil War

The Napoleonic Wars

Unconditional Surrender

Battlestar Galactica

Root

Pax Pamir

18CZ

Flashpoint: South China Sea

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The Wild Weasel, Brian Train, Nick Karp, Harold Buchanan,  Mark Herman

Podcast recordings: Bruno Sinigaglio, Stuka Joe, John Kranz, Brian Train, Chris Fasulo

Gene Billingsley, Mike Bertucelli, Kurt Keckley, Brian Train and Jeff Grossman, Mark Simonitch and my gaming friends, End of the Trail, Bruno Sinigaglio, Rodger Miller, Meeple Lady, Doug Johnson and Doc Cummins, Stuka Joe.

John Kranz

John Kranz at Compass Games, Consimworld Expo, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

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Compass Games Inc. Ken Dingley, John Kranz, Brian Laskey and Bill Thomas

MUSIC

Puta Volcano: Spotify

Puta Volcano: iTunes

Puta Volcano: Facebook

Puta Volcano: Dune video

 

 

The Winner and Honorable Mention of the July 4th CHALLENGE!!!!

I counted 11 entries in the July 4th Challenge this year. I selected 1 winner at random. The winner is thedavel on BGG! There are a number of very creative honorable mentions below.

The Winner! – thedavel on BGG

thedavel

thedavel goes to extremes here to frame and participate in his art!  WOW!

Honorable Mention

Alexander Breit

Alexander Breit on BGG Note that Alexander is in Germany, all British leaders, the “Hessians” card, held by an actual Hessian, with the most Hessian things imaginable, Grüne Soße , also with a Schnitzel for added German-ness, and Ebbelwoi. As an added bonus points, the picture was taken by an actual Brit! I bet Alexander loves to crush the rebellion!

Peter Bl

Peter Bl from BGG has Burgoyne surrounded!

Scott Jones

Scott Jones from Facebook sets the mood through lighting!

Diego Soto Alvarez

Diego Soto Alvarez focuses on the LoD coat of arms by Terry Leeds on Facebook

Ron Olszewski

Ron Olszewski on Facebook tells us what Washington did in his free time.

Stephen Rynerson

Stephen Rynerson on Facebook shows Thomas Jefferson surveying the field of conflict.

Volko Ruhnke

COIN Father Volko Ruhnke on Twitter shares a game with his mug from Colonial Williamsburg.

Trevor Just

Leonidas 9 has some clipping to do. Campaigns of 1777 from Strategy & Tactics #316

Last but not least is my good friend Morgane who crossed national borders to check the Campaigns of 1777 map against the actual work of Terry Leeds on the Campaigns of 1777 map. Great pics from Fort Ti!

See last years competition here: The winner and honorable mention of the Liberty or Death July 4th CHALLENGE!!!!

Let me know if I missed something!  Thanks for your participation!

Harold

A Fifth of the Fourth – or – a day late and a bit short; playing Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection (@gmtgames, 2016) #wargame #boardgame #waro

Liberty or Death on July 5th!

RockyMountainNavy Gamer

AFTER A VERY FULL DAY OF WARGAMING ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, I was up early again on Friday. Lucky to have the day off, I pulled out Harold Buchanan’s contribution to the COIN-series, Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection (GMT Games, 2016). Knowing that today was going to be a bit busy, I set up the Optional Sprint Scenario of The Southern Campaign. I played the Patriots (of course) and let the ‘bots take the other players.

Earlier this year, I was able to experience Brian Train’s two-player COIN game, Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 (GMT Games, 2017). Although I have played Liberty or Death for several years now, it was not until I played Colonial Twilight that I grokked the relationship of Commands, Limited Commands, and Special Activities. Now that I grok those relationships, it helped make this play of

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Podcast #19 Trevor Bender NOTES

VIDEO SUMMARY!

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #19 with Trevor Bender

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #19 with Trevor Bender

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #19 with Trevor Bender

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Trevor bender on Twitter @GameChangerII 

Trevor Bender on Board Game Geek

Twitter accounts for War Game Companies, sorted by followers

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

SUMMARY

Trevor Bender started war gaming at age 11 when he was introduced to Panzer Blitz. Many other Avalon Hill titles followed, as well as home-grown tweaks of existing designs.
His first published material appeared in Military History magazine, then later in The General, The Boardgamer, Operations, C3i and Strategy & Tactics Magazines. His first game publications were scenarios for the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW).

In 2014 Trevor had a conversation with Volko Ruhnke about using the Labyrinth game to model the Arab Spring. A two year effort followed that resulted in the first expansion called Labyrinth: Awakening, and which will shortly be followed by Labyrinth: Forever War.

He is also working on a up to 6 player COIN game on the very recent Syrian Civil War.
Trevor has a Bachelors in History and Political Science from BYU and a Masters in National Security from Georgetown. He is an active volunteer in Scouts BSA, has been married 28 years and has four children and one grandchild.