Harold on Games SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NOTES

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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.

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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

Twitter accounts for War Game Companies, sorted by followers

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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

BOOKS

TV / MOVIES

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.

 

Harold on Games podcast #14 with Mark Herman – NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #14 with Mark Herman

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #14 with Mark Herman

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #14 with Mark Herman

SOCIAL MEDIA

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Mark herman on Twitter @markherman54

Mark Herman on Board Game Geek

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SUMMARY

THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with prolific wargame designer innovator, and icon Mark Herman.

Mark Herman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Stony Brook and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.

He has been an adjunct professor teaching military strategy and analytic methods for Georgetown University and has also taught and lectured for the U.S. Naval War College and the University of Maryland.

He started his wargame design career at SPI, and was CEO of Victory Games. He has also designed games for Avalon Hill and GMT Games.

MUSIC

Slow Season: Spotify

Slow Season: iTunes

Slow Season: Facebook

Slow Season: Wasted Years video

GAMES

SPI

The Next War

MechWar 2

Victory Games

Gulf Strike

Pacific War

Avalon Hill

We the People

For the People

GMT Games

Empire of the Sun

Washington’s War

Churchill

Pericles

Fort Sumter

BOOKS

TV / MOVIES

 

 

Harold on Games podcast #13 with Roger Miller – NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #13 with Roger Miller

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #13 with Roger Miller

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #13 with Roger Miller

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Consimworld Expo on Twitter @consimworld

Twitter accounts for War Game Companies, sorted by followers

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

SUMMARY

THIS podcast is singularly composed of an interview with designer and wargame mogul, Roger Miller. We will discuss the history of Revolution Games and whats in the development pipeline.

Roger and Richard Handewith, started Revolution Games in 2012. Their first game was Washington’s Crossing, followed by my favorite, Celles in 2013. Most recently they published Konigsberg, and Longstreet Attacks. Their games are well tested, well supported, interesting and priced right in this game market full of inflation in complexity and price.

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

MUSIC

Funkuponya : Spotify

Funkuponya : iTunes

Funkuponya : Facebook

 

GAMES

Dien Bien Phu 

Enemy Action Ardennes

Enemy Action Kharkov

Hexism Games

The Korean War

 

BOOKS

The Expanse

Fatal Sunday

 

Harold on Games Special Podcast #1 Magic the Gathering in Texas – NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Special Podcast #1 Magic the Gathering in Texas

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Special Podcast #1 Magic the Gathering in Texas

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Special Podcast #1 Magic the Gathering in Texas

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Game Geek

Gamers Hollow on Facebook

City of Nacogdoces on Twitter @CityofNac

Stephen F. Austin University on Twitter @SFASU

City of Lucking on Twitter @LufkinCityHall

Wizards of the Coast – Magic the gathering on Twitter @wizards_magic

 

SUMMARY

THIS podcast covers our trip to Gamers Hollow game store in Nacogdoches, Texas, My time spent with the Junior high Magic sharks, and a few lessons this old gamer learned along the way.

This is our first Special Podcast as its content is a little different.

Music by Jeff Denson – on Spotify

Jeff Denson Website

Nacogdoches is a small city in East Texas and the county seat of Nacogdoches County, Texas, United States. The 2017 U.S. Census recorded the city’s population to be 33,614.

Lufkin is a city in and the county seat of Angelina County in eastern Texas, United States. This city is 120 miles northeast of Houston. Founded in 1882, the population was 35,837 at the 2017 census.

Stephen F Austin University is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas

Gamers Hollow

 

 

 

 

 

Harold on Games podcast #12 with Brian Train – NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games podcast #12 with Brian Train

iTunes Link: Harold on Games podcast #12 with Brian Train

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games podcast #12 with Brian Train

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 singularly composed of an interview with prolific game designer and insurgent provocateur, Brian Train. We will discuss the myriad of games he brought with him to ConSimWorld Expo and his future plans.

Brian attended the University of Victoria studying Political Science.  The university mottoes, shown on the UVic Coat of Arms, are ‘Let there be light’ (in Hebrew) and ‘A multitude of the wise is the health of the world’ (in Latin).

Brian is a proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and lives in British Columbia. He has worked for the Government of British Columbia for over 25 years as an Education Officer within the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Over the last 25 years, he has had magazine articles published in the following magazines: Command, Counterfact, Cry Havoc!, Modern War, Paper Wars, Strategy and Tactics, World at War, and YAAH!.

In addition, he has published games with BTR Games, Compass Games, Decision Games, Fiery Dragon Productions, Flying Pig Games, GMT Games, Hollandspiele, Lock n’​ Load, Microgame Design Group, One Small Step Games, Schutze Games, Simulations Workshop, Strategy Gaming Society, Steambubble Graphics, and Tiny Battle Publishing.

I’ve gotten to know Brian’s work through his excellent designs A Distant Plain and Colonial Twilight and dinners at ConSimWorld Expo.

Thanks to the Visalia, California based band Slow Season for the intro and outro music. Check them out Facebook, Spotify and iTunes.

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MUSIC

Slow Season: Spotify

Slow Season: iTunes

Slow Season: Facebook

Slow Season: Wasted Years video

Industrial Rock

Craftward

DEVO

The Residents

The Cramps

Hasil Adkins

 

BOOKS

Zones of Control

Cero

Kornbluth

JG Ballard

William Gibson

Bruce Sterling

Phillip K Dick

Joanna Russ

James TapTier

 

TV / MOVIES

Steven Colbear

Seth Meyers

John Stewart

Deathnot

Stalin

Veep

 

GAMES

Twilight Struggle

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