Harold on Games Podcast #5 with Martin Wallace NOTES


Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #5 with Martin Wallace

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #5 with Martin Wallace

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #5 with Martin Wallace


Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers


THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with prolific designer, Martin Wallace. We will discuss at length his newest game – Lincoln, now available on Kickstarter. I will publish some notes and references on my web site conflictsimulations.com.

Thanks to the Portland Oregon based band Jenny Don’t and the Spurs for the intro and outro music. Check them out at jennydontandthespurs.com



Lincoln on Kickstarter

Lincoln Preview by Man Vs Meeple (PSC Games)

Lincoln Un-boxing from Moe’s Games Table

Lincoln Review – Bonding with Board Games

PSC Games

Worthigton Publishing



Jenny Don’t and the Spurs: Spotify

 Jenny Don’t and the Spurs: Facebook

 Jenny Don’t and the Spurs: Amazon Music.

Song: Jenny Don’t & the Spurs – My Only Desire : YouTube

Song: Jenny Don’t & The Spurs-Rattlesnakes and Dogs : YouTube

Porcupine Tree

The Pineapple Thief


David Bowie



Jeff Beck

The Afghan Whigs


good car seat headrest


The Expanse

Mediterranean In The Ancient World


Orange is the New Black


Altered Carbon

Star Trek Discovery


Sense 8

The Expanse

Game of Thrones


Lords of Creation


Age of Steam 


A Few Acres of Snow


A Study in Emerald

Struggle of Empires




A Few Acres of Snow

Test of Fire: Bull Run 1861

Clash of Wills: Shiloh 1862

In Flanders Field

A House Divided

Frank Chadwick

Squad Leader

Liberty or Death

The Gaia Project

Clans of Caledonia

Giant Killer Robots

Star Force y SPI

Air War by SPI

Dungeons and Dragons

Games Workshop

Spiel Essen Trade Fair


Harold on Games Podcast #4 with Ananda Gupta NOTES


Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #4 with Ananda Gupta

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #4 with Ananda Gupta

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #4 with Ananda Gupta


Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Ananda Gupta on Twitter @agauntpanda 

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers


THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with Ananda Gupta the codesigner of Twilight Struggle and the much-anticipated Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry Between Britain and France, 1697-1789. We will talk about what we can expect from Imperial Struggle.

Thanks to the J Bird and San Diego based band Subliminal Trip for the intro and outro music. Check them out on SpotifyFacebook and Amazon Music.


Twilight Struggle on Board Game Geek

Riot Games

Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry Between Britain and France, 1697-1789 on Board Game Geek:

Ananda with Imperial Struggle at GMT West, SD Hist Con and Pat play testing in SD



Subliminal Trip: Spotify

Subliminal Trip: Facebook

Subliminal Trip: Amazon Music.

Song: Lovin of the music: YouTube

Song: Dem Government: YouTube


For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga

Master and Commander

Helter Skelter

Fatal Vision

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Arcadia: A novel – for  electronic platforms

KJ Parker (Fantasy writer)




Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

A Series of Unfortunate Events


Lost in Space

Death of Stalin


Founding Fathers

1960: The Making of the President

Campaign Manager  (2008 Election)


Flashpoint: South China Sea

Liberty or Death



Axis Empires

Triumph and Tragedy


Hearts of Iron IV

Campaigns of 1777

Pandemic Legacy Season 2


Spiderman PS4

Batman The Telltale Series

Witcher 3

Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere (Japanese)

Great Western Trail

Descent 2nd Edition





Harold on Games Podcast #3 with Bruce Mansfield and Mike Bertucelli NOTES

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #3 with Bruce Mansfield and Mike Bertucelli

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #3 with Bruce Mansfield and Mike Bertucelli

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #3 with Bruce Mansfield and Mike Bertucelli

Harold Buchanan on Twitter: @hbuchanan2

Bruce Mansfield on Twitter: @bc_mansfield

Mike Bertucelli on Twitter: @Hobiecat18

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

THIS podcast is composed of 2 Parts.
Part 1 is a meeting I had in San Diego with Bruce Mansfield, Designer of COIN Volume 9 Gandhi. Bruce was in town for a conference. I picked him up at the USS Midway museum and we drove to a local game store to play some Twilight Struggle. We will discuss a variety of things in our small talk between cards.

Part 2 is a brief interview with Tank Duel Designer Mike Bertucelli where we discuss his game Tank Duel as it gets ever closer to publication!

Thanks for listening and I look forward to your feedback.

Bruce Mansfield playing Twilight Struggle.  The star in the proper place – the 1……..

Mike Bertucelli checking out the very first Tank Duel prototype in LA at Strategicon.

Tiger Joe with Remote Control and the greatest Christmas pic ever!

Thanks to the Raleigh NC based band Funkuponya for the intro and outro music. Check them out at http://www.funkuponya.com

Also thanks to the Orange County California based band The Rayford Bros for a touch of Rock a Billy. Check them out at http://www.therayfordbros.com

And thanks to a pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 22, flying off the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Thanks to all of you for your service.

Do me the favor of sharing the podcast with a few friends. That will help to get the word out. Leave me a comment on boardgame geek with your thoughts and ideas.

Funk up on ya Spotify: 

Itunes: Funkuponya – Mac 

The Rayford Bros Spotify:


Tiger Ace: The Life Story of Panzer Commander Michael Wittmann


The Pacific

Band of Brothers

Sons of Anarchy

The Shield

Marco Polo


The Godfather

Saving Private Ryan


Brian Setzer

Ron Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Tommy Castro Band

The Mavericks

The Derailers


Twilight Struggle


Raider 16

Raider 33

Tank Duel

Phil Eklund

High Frontier

Bios Genesis

Bios Megafauna

Dominant Species

Harold on Games Podcast #2 with Cole Wehrle – NOTES


Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #2 with Cole Wehrle

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #2 with Cole Wehrle

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #2 with Cole Wehrle


Harold Buchanan on Twitter: @hbuchanan2

Cole Wehrle on Twitter: @colewehrle

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers


John Company on Board Game Geek

Leder Games

Pax Pamir on Board Game Geek:

An Infamous Traffic on Board Game Geek

Root on Board Game Geek

Root on Kickstarter



Roman Watchdogs

Fanny Isabella cover of Heartless by Kanye West – YouTube 

Fanny Isabella cover of Heartless by Kanye West – Spotify

Fanny Isabella cover of Heartless by Kanye West – iTunes

Charli XEX 

Kanye West

Kanye West – Life of Pablo

Kendrick Lamar

Lucy Dacus


Charli XEX 

Kanye West

Kanye West – Life of Pablo

Kendrick Lamar

Lucy Dacus


The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company
$3.99 on Kindle!

Africa and the Victorians 

The White Nile

The East India Company’s Maritime Service, 1746-1834

The Moor’s Account: A Novel


England Have my Bones


Turner Classic Movies

Powell and Pressburger

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 

Black Narcissus (1947) Trailer



Republic of Rome

Hoods Last Gamble

Table Battles

Keving Zucker – Napoleonic System Games

Pax Porforiana

Lords of the Sierra Madre



Conspiracy – Milton Bradley



Harold on Games Podcast #1 with Volko Ruhnke – NOTES

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #1 with Volko Ruhnke

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #1 with Volko Ruhnke

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #1 with Volko Ruhnke

Harold Buchanan on Twitter: @hbuchanan2

Volko Ruhnke on Twitter: @Volko26

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

WBC-14-Liberty-or-Death-designersVolko Ruhnke’s first published design, Wilderness War was published by GMT Games in 2001. Wilderness War won a Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Pre-World War II Board game. He followed that with Labyrinth which won the Charles S. Roberts Award in 2010 for Best Post-World War II Board game. His next game kicked off the COIN series. Andean Abyss won the 2012 Charles S. Roberts Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame. Built around an innovative system of initiative where the cards that drive play are known to everyone, the game pulls 4 players together to fight for the future of Columbia in the 1990s. Each Faction in the game has asymmetric capabilities and goals driving friends, enemies and frenemies to negotiate to accomplish factional goals. Dice play a minor role in the game with randomness driven by card sequence and player choices.
The game has since spawned a flurry of activity of games based on that COIN system. COIN stands for Counter Insurgency and that was Volko’s original vision for the system. Since then, the system has been used to model ancient campaigns in the Roman-occupied but not-yet-conquered Gaul. COINs Fifth installment is set in the American War for Independence – imagine that. Solo play is driven by a detailed set of flow charts and a loyal cadre of players and developers that love the challenge of beating the bots. Volko’s supportive and kind hand has guided many a team in expanding this system from its Andean Abyss roots.

The excellence and the impact of the COIN series is why we all listen when Volko champions another series. The recent announcement by Voklo and GMT Games of the Campaign and Levy Series kicked off with Nevsky has many a war gamer frothing with anticipation. I start the interview asking Volko to tell us about Nevsky and where the game comes from.

Special thanks to David Blood and the San Diego based band The Experiments for the music behind the podcast.

Games mentioned during the podcast

Nevsky  – available at GMT P500 pre-sale discount!

King Maker

Empires of the Middles Ages

Crusader Rex

Hammer of the Scots


Struggle of Empires

Imperial Struggle – available at GMT P500 pre-sale discount!

Versailles 1919 demo at GMT East


Other notables mentioned during the podcast:

Mark Herman and Mark’s personal web site.

Ananda Gupta

Terry Leeds

Alexander Nevsky (1938) Movie direct by Sergei M. Eisenstein  YouTube video with subtitles.

Sergei Prokofiev : Alexander Nevsky, Op.78 (Yuri Temirkanov / St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra)

Darkest Hour


Folger Consort

Misa Criolla, Ariel Ramirez–UCLA Choirs, conducted by Rebecca Lord

Livonia, Rus and the Baltic Crusades in the 13 Cent (East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages 450-1450) Lam Edition

US Navy P-8A Poseidon

Top 10 US Conventions for Wargamers

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Consimworld Expo – Tempe Arizona – June 23-30, 2018

An epic wargame convention built around games most of us can’t play on our dinner table. Wargamers come from across the country to spend a summer week in the comfort of a Tempe Arizona air conditioned hotel. John Kranz hosts the convention over the course of 9 days. Notable for monster games and large contingent of wargame designer and publisher royalty. The nicest conference setting for a game convention (yes – even nicer than the Lancaster Host….) with a massive ballroom full of Aeron chairs and plenty of interesting food nearby. You have to make it at least once in your life!


World Boardgame Championship – Seven Springs, Pennsylvania – July 21-29, 2018

A competitive format where you expect to see the best play head to head. Games include many of the classics from the early day of Avalon Hill to the more popular recent releases. Don’t let the competitive nature of play stop you, it is also a great opportunity to play a first round with the best. You are guaranteed a game in most tourneys if you bring a copy with you. My experience has been those experienced players are happy to share the games subtleties with you – at least in the first round…

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GMT Weekend at the Warehouse – Hanford, California – April 26-29, 2018 and again in October

Hosted by GMT Boss Gene Billingsley the weekend at the warehouse is held amongst mountains of GMT inventory – awesome. This big event in rural Hanford is a must for GMT fans. On Saturday, Gene blows you away with a 3 part combo: a frank and interesting state of the company address, a blockbuster game sale (epic), and a pizza party.  Come meet the “office ladies” who provide the exceptional service that GMT is known for. Note that GMT also hosts a con in the east (GMT East) substituting Andy for Gene, sans the columns of games


PrezCon – Charlottesville, Virginia – February 19-25, 2018

Seven days of gaming goodness including a sub set of World Boardgame Championship tourneys off season. Most importantly, Mark Miklos (Series Designer of the Great Battles of the American Revolution) hosts the Rev Con including Mark’s work and Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection as highlights! Come see Mark in uniform (Patriot uniform) and share some gaming goodness with other American Revolution lovers.  Can you win the George Washington Award or are you another Benedict Arnold!

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San Diego Historical Games Convention – San Diego, California – November 2018

3 days in November in Sunny San Diego where its always 70 degrees. Bring the family and enjoy wargaming with 150+ of your compatriots while your family visits America’s Finest City. If you flew in from out of state you can bask in the fact that you don’t have to stay and pay California taxes. Hosted by Harold Buchanan this is a wargamer’s wargamer convention. Growing sightings of well known designers and interesting events. In 2017, Mark Herman simultaneous played 12 opponents in a C3i hosted Empire of the Sun tournament.  Who knows what he will do next year! Reserve your spot early as it was a sell out weeks early in 2017


Strategicon – Los Angeles – February 16-19, 2018; May 25-28, 2018; August 31 – Sep 3, 2018

Three times a year the conventions offer a lot of everything. On the second floor at the end of the hallway is the Wargame Room. Come in to meet a cadre of friendly wargamers with friendly events all four days.

The big 3 US boardgame conventions include a subsection of wargames – hit them if you are close!

Origins Game Fair – Columbus, Ohio – June 13-17, 2018

BGG Con – Dallas Texas – November 2018

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August 2-5, 2018


Historicon – Lancaster PA – July 12-15, 2018

We can’t leave out the epic miniatures wargame convention. Not boardgame centric, it’s worth the stop to see the miniatures and terrain in all its glory – visually striking. You won’t forget it!



What great cons did we miss?

How about cons outside the United States?

Honorable Mention:

Pacificon Game Expo – Santa Clara, California – August 31 – September 3, 2018

Game On! – Issaquah, Washington – February 8-11, 2018

CascadeCon Game Convention  – Bellingham, Washington – January 19–21, 2018

Texas Broadside – La port, Texas – October 12-14, 2018

BottosCon – New Westminster, British Columbia – Nov. 2-4, 2018

9 Essential Twitter Accounts for Historical Units from the American Revolution

US Army Fife & Drum


The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Official Escort to the President.

Nothing evokes the birth of our nation like the a performance by the Old Guard! The uniforms and traditions are compelling but the music of the day puts it over top! I first saw them in a Inaugural parade and was a little surprised to see the red coats! After some research  found that the military musicians of the period wore the reverse colors of the regiments to which they were assigned. Audio recordings are available for free from the website.

USS Constitution

2“Old Ironsides” – Owned and operated by the U.S. Navy since 1797, bringing American naval heritage to life. Your Navy starts here!

The world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Operating as a US Navy vessel this is a must visit if you are in Boston. Also check out the Constitution Museum Twitter feed @USSConstMuseum .

The Old Guard


Official Escort to the President of the United States and the Nation’s Premier Memorial Affairs and Ceremonial unit.

The unit contains numerous memorial and ceremonial units including the Continental Color Guard; A five-man unit is comprised of two armed Guards and three color ensigns, who carry the National Color, the U.S. Army Color, and the Color of their parent unit, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.”

The uniforms worn by the Color Team are replicas of the 1784-style infantry uniforms worn by The Old Guard’s predecessor, the First American Regiment. The pattern of the uniform for wear by all Continental Army infantry units was approved by General George Washington in 1782. It consisted of a blue coat faced with a red collar, cuffs and lapels, white buttons and lining, long-fitting overalls, and a black cocked hat with cockade.

47th Foot Regiment


7th Regiment of Foot (Lancashire) Historical Reenactment Society. Portraying a Regiment of the American War of Independence Campaign

A historical reenactment society that painstakingly replicates the uniforms, symbols and customs of the day.  The cover the American War of Independence from the UK.

Lexington Fife & Drum


William Diamond Jr Fife & Drum Corps, Lexington, MA. Our celebrated musicians keep America’s historic music alive in parades, ceremonies, & historical events.

Promotes the study of both music and history among young people in Eastern Massachusetts; to perpetuate the traditions of fife and drum music; and to foster the spirit of fellowship among Americans through the music.

1st Foot Guards


Depicting the life of British soldiers in the 1st Regt. of Foot Guards in North America 1776-1777.

The First Foot Guards is a recreated British regiment of the American War for Independence. They participate in re-enacted encampments and battles at historical sites and battle sites, primarily in the Boston area.

2d Virginia Regiment


Recreating the Virginia soldier of the Revolutionary War



Death before dishonor! The 5th NY regiment of the revolutionary war is looking for soldiers!

6th Pennsylvania Rgt


A living history organization of the American Revolution