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


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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


Tempe, Arizona 

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

US Civil War

The Napoleonic Wars

Unconditional Surrender

Battlestar Galactica


Pax Pamir


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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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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 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!


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!

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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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