#Wargame First Impression – Campaigns of 1777 (@HBuchanan2 in Decision Games. Strategy & Tactics 316, May-June 2019)

RMN Gamer on Campaigns of 1777!

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Harold Buchanan already has earned my respect with his entry in the GMT Game COIN -series. Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection (2017) is in some ways a revisionist look at the American Revolution. I really enjoy the game; it is amongst the top 10 titles in my collection. So when I heard that Harold was getting another American Revolution game published I waited impatiently for it’s release. Campaigns of 1777 finally arrived in Strategy & Tactics 316. Although Campaigns of 1777 will never replace Liberty or Death(nor was it intended to) in my pantheon of games, the title will get played because it is an enjoyable, challenging exploration of the 1777 campaign year.

Campaigns of 1777 is a classic campaign battle game, but with a few innovative twists to make it fresh. It is not hex-and-counter but uses point-to-point movement. The game also uses a chit-pull…

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Harold Buchanan Interviews Gene Billingsley from GMT Games

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Harold Buchanan is the illustrious game designer of the American Revolution game Liberty or Death as well as the awesome-sounding game Flashpoint: South China Sea (which has made the cut! Woo!! I’m on that list).

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He also has a great podcast called “Harold on Games” where he interviews noted game designers, artists, and other figures in the boardgaming industry.

Recently, he did a 2-part interview with Gene Billingsley, founder of the great company GMT Games. Since joining the gaming world, I’ve enjoyed many of their games, including my #1 game ever played, Time of Crisis.

I listened to Part 1 last week and finally got to Part 2 this week.

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Podcast #17 Morgane Gouyon-Rety NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #17 with Morgane Gouyon-Rety

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #17 with Morgane Gouyon-Rety

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #17 with Morgane Gouyon-Rety

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Morgane Gouyon-Rety on Twitter @Cadwallon25

Morgane Gouyon-Rety on Board Game Geek

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SUMMARY

Morgane Gouyon-Rety studied Latin and Greek in High School in France as she contemplated a career as historian / archaeologist. Instead she went for an engineering degree graduating from Supélec, one of France’s top engineering schools, in 1993 with degrees in Electrical Engineering, with Major in Theoretical Computer Science
She was an Ensign 1st Class (R) in the French Navy and later got an MBA in Lausanne Switzerland. Morgane has lived in France, UK, Dubai, Switzerland, California, and Quebec and is now the General Manager of FSG Technologies, a technology venture developing an innovative steam generation technology

Her passion for history, especially ancient history, and the influence of her grandfather drove her toward books and eventually wargames.

Her first true wargame was: Iliad by International Team she received for her 10th birthday. Her
first design was “Le Droit de la Lance” (The Law of the Spear), PBEM multiplayer game. That was followed of course by the much-anticipated COIN Volume 8, Pendragon.

 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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A Game of Thrones

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Harold on Games Podcast #16 Gene Billingsley of GMT Games – 2 Parts

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 1 of 2

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 2 of 2

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 1 of 2

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 2 of 2

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 1 of 2

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #16 with Gene Billingsley 2 of 2

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

GMT Games on Twitter @gmtgmaes

Gene Billingsley on Board Game Geek

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PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND AT THE WAREHOUSE

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SUMMARY

This podcast is offered in 2 parts, and is singularly composed of an interview with GMT Games President, Gene Billingsley.

Gene Billingsley founded GMT Games in 1990. As Avalon Hill turned to computer games and was eventually sold to Hasbro, Gene built GMT into the new home for board wargamers. He started with some of his own designs. These titles garner instant acclaim. Operation Shoestring was nominated for a Charles S. Roberts Award and Silver Bayonet and Crisis Korea won Charles S. Roberts Awards. I’m sure his current design project, Mr. President, won’t disappoint.

As the distribution network for boardgames went into retreat in the 1990s, GMT pioneered the preorder system called P500. It remains the best deal in board wargaming. The system allows GMT to thrive in uncertain waters as customers vote their interest in designs and accelerate the production schedule of the most interesting. Customers get 30% off and can cancel at any time.

The Company is now the bell weather for conflict gaming, anchored by Gene and his partners Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch, Tony Curtis and Andy Lewis. GMT continues to produce quality games with marquee designers like Mark Herman, Richard Berg, Volko Ruhnke, Chad Jensen, Ted Racier and many others.

I spent a couple of days with Gene during his semi annual Weekend at the Warehouse. We discuss everything from college football and his beloved Sooners to how he encourages designers to develop the breadth of offerings GMT has become known for.
We start the day with Gene cooking me scrambled eggs at his home in Hanford California. While he claims the recipe is from Richard Berg, I doubt it due to the lack of random events.

Thank you for listening. It would greatly appreciate it if you would post a review on iTunes. I will publish some notes and references on my web site conflictsimulations.com. Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Games Geek and leave me a comment with your thoughts and ideas.

Thanks to the Lexington, Kentucky artist Justin Wells for the intro and outro music. Check him out Facebook, Spotify and iTunes.

Harold on Games SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NOTES

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Hello everyone!  We have 2 winners.  RBM Studios will be sending each of them a copy of the just released C3i Magazine Number 32. This will include two complete games from Mark Herman and Frederic Bey and lots of great gaming interviews and articles. Thanks again to the great Rodger MacGowan and RBM Studios!

The winners are:

Twitter user: @Skunkworksgames from Twitter retweets!

Twitter user: @wayne2001bc from iTunes!

Thanks for participating and keep the feedback coming!

HB

Harold on Games SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT on Soundcloud

Harold on Games SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT on iTunes

Harold on Games first podcast dropped in March of this year.  Since then we have interviewed notable designers including:

Volko Ruhnke

Mark Herman

Martin Wallace

Ananda Gupta

Uwe Eickert

Brian Train

Cole Wehrle and others

The response has been fantastic. As a matter of fact we have just exceeded 20,000 downloads!

In celebration of the reaching the 20,000 download benchmark, I am going to run a promotion.  In cooperation with RBM Studio, we are giving away 2 copies of the just released C3i Magazine Number 32. This awesome gaming magazine includes two complete games from Mark Herman and Frederic Bey and lots of great gaming interviews and articles.  Rodger MacGowan has exceeded expectations again!

To enter, reply to my Twitter or Instagram message on this topic & tag a friend who loves game podcasts.

For another chance to win, post a review on iTunes for Harold on Games. Send me an email so I can identify your funky iTunes ID.

In the coming months, I will randomly select one winner from social media and one winner from iTunes. Rodger MacGowan and RBM Studios will send you a complete copy of the latest C3i Magazine, Number 32 in all its glory

Lots of great content to come with Harold on Games including a discussion with Gene Billingsley, Boss at GMT Games and games industry veteran. Hear from the man that picked Twilight Struggle and the COIN Series to be hits before we had ever heard of them. I also talk to Morgan Guoyone-Rety about changes in her life and her process in designing her masterwork Pendragon with the development help of the Volko. An interview with Rodger MacGowan, and of course more from Mark Herman.

Stay tuned for a big 2019 and stay involved for a shot at the latest C3i Magazine courtesy of RBM Studios and the icon himself, Rodger MacGowan.

Special Thanks to The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps recording of Sequence One.

Harold on Games podcast #15 with Jeff Grossman – NOTES

 

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #15 with Jeff Grossman

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #15 with Jeff Grossman

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #15 with Jeff Grossman

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

jeff Grossman on Twitter @geebob_gman

jeff Grossman on Board Game Geek

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SUMMARY

During my trip to Consimworld Expo in Tempe Arizona this Summer, I interviewed a number of interesting people. This is the fifth of those interviews.

THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with Cuba Libre co-designer , Jeff Grossman. We will discuss his work on Cuba Libre and what he has been doing here at Con Sim World Expo.

Jeff Studied History at Marquette University and possesses a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He began a career as an academic librarian in 1993 after stints in restaurant management, politics, “event management” (keeping drunks from puking on rock stars), and sales. Jeff is currently the Electronic Resources Librarian at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.

Jeff has been playing conflict simulations since age 10 when my Aunt Sis bought Panzerblitz for him from the JC Penney catalog. He started designing and modifying games very soon after and still is always tinkering with something. Southeastern Wisconsin especially in the 1980s and 90s was a gaming wonderland. Designers Gary Gygax and Mike Carr as well as author James Lowder weren’t just names on a box or book, but people he could talk to about games and narratives. Trips to my FLGS The Dragon in Lake Geneva and Not So FLGS Napoleon’s in Shorewood would frequently turn into all day discussions of games, miniatures rules, or alternate history.
Jeff co designed Cuba Libre , Volume 2 in the COIN series, with COIN father Volko Ruhnke.

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Games Geek and leave me a comment with your thoughts and ideas.

Thanks to the Raleigh NC based band Funkuponya for the intro and outro music. Check them out on Facebook, Spotify and iTunes.

I will close with a special thanks to Jeff Grossman.

Cuba Libre – COIN Volume #2

Washington’s War

Liberty or Death

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Harold on Games SPECIAL podcast #2 San Diego Historical Games Convention – NOTES

I recorded some of the sounds of the 2018 San Diego Historical Games Convention. The SD Hist Con took place over Veteran’s Day Weekend in November and included special guests Mark Herman, John Butterfield, Ananda Gupta, Morgane Guoyon Rety, and Volko Ruhnke to name a few.

In this first segment, Volko kicks off our designer challenge. This year the focus is on the COIN game Pendragon. Along with the games’ Designer Morgane Gouyon Rety Volko takes on 5 games. Each played one of the Barbarian factions and moved between tables to take their turns.

We are going to check in with them while they play through this challenge. We will also check in with other players at the convention to see what they are playing and how it is going.

O.Shane Balloun runs a Dune game at the con every year. He also runs a great boardgame convention out of Bellingham Washington in January if you are available. Here he and my son Trey give me a recap of the game at different points. We also sprinkle in some additional updates of whats going on across the con.

The board game bootcamp has been with us since the beginning. Tim and Karl spend most of the con making teaching games and spreading the love.

Thanks to Edgar Malik and his San Diego, California based band Shaolin Signal for the intro and outro music. Check them out Facebook, and You Tube.

I will close with a special thanks to the participants of the 2018 SD Hist Con. We are already working on a bigger better event for 2019. Check out the web site at www.sdhist.com or search for us on Face Book.