Harold on Games Podcast #6 with Professor Patrick Rael – NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

Sound Cloud Link: Harold on Games Podcast #6 with Professor Patrick Rael

iTunes Link: Harold on Games Podcast #6 with Professor Patrick Rael

Stitcher Link: Harold on Games Podcast #6 with Professor Patrick Rael

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

SUMMARY

Patrick Rael is a Professor of History at the prestigious Bowdoin College in Maine. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1995 in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. African-American history is Patrick’s specialty and he is the author of numerous essays and books.

Today we are going to talk about his seminar class, Historical Simulations, in which he works to answer the questions: Can board games teach history? Is it possible to analyze them as historical interpretations? What would such analyses reveal about both history and the way it is represented in popular culture? Which game mechanics or approaches to design seem to be better able to promote historical arguments? What factors may impede the representation of the past in games?

The Seminar Explores the past while addressing these questions. It examines six topics in history and plays one game related to them. Topics include: the age of exploration and discovery, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, frontier exploration, slavery, and the American Civil War.

 

Join the Harold on Games guild on Board Games Geek and leave me a comment with your thoughts and ideas. Thanks to the San Francisco based Jeff Denson for the intro and outro music. Check them out at http://www.jeffdenson.com . Do me the favor of sharing the podcast with a few friends. That will help to get the word out.

Danielle Allen

Pomona College Commencement

The Declaration of Independence

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PATRICK RAEL

Patrick Rael’s BGG Blog Ludica

No Longer a Trivial Pursuit: Using Games to Teach History

 

Can board games teach history? (HIST2624, Bowdoin College, F17)

 

Real-live adversaries! In-your-face victories!

DISCUSSION

Battle of Midway

Battle of Austerlitz

What If History: Is There Any Validity To Counterfactualism?

MUSIC

Jeff Denson

Jeff Denson: Spotify

Jeff Denson: Facebook

Jeff Denson Trio Live in Berlin: Alone Together: YouTube

Can; I’m Green: YouTube

The Beatles

BOOKS

 

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

Roger Crowley

John Shy

The Terror by Dan Simmons

 

MOVIES AND TV

The Patriot

Ready Player One

Deadpool 2

Jessica Jones

The Terror

GAMES

Colonial: Europe’s Empires Overseas

Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection

Founding Fathers

Lewis & Clark: The Expedition

Discoveries

Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Divided Republic

Battle of the Bulge

Terrible Swift Sword

Through the Ages

The Grizzled

Acquire

Markstrat

Landslide

Andean Abyss

Falling Sky

Jim Dunnigan

Secret Hitler

Pandemic Legacy

Sythe

Gloomhaven

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Water Disaster Partially Averted by GMT Boxes!

 

Enjoying a day off when my daughter walked in and asked why the garage was full of water. I entered the garage to find water shooting out of the water heater like a gray whale surfacing for air. After cutting off the water, I surveyed the damage. The biggest problem was a bag and a plastic container, both full of games. Both were also full of water as I had placed them optimally in front of the water heater spray. I mentally wrote them off to a salvage operation and went about getting everything else out of the water.

Then, I dug into the games.  The frustrating part is these are the containers I usually keep in my car but had removed as I had family in.  Family left and I was slow about putting them back in the car.  Sigh……  Both the bag and the container were full of water.

7th Fleet – complete loss – 2 games – a friend had given me a good price on 2. I was able to pull out a couple of maps and a few counters in zips.  Zips are the unsung hero here. Anything in zips avoided water damage.

 

Leaving Earth – Survived as I had stored everything in zips except the rules.  I can reprint those but they don’t look to bad. Box went in the trash.

 

Manoeuvre – sitting sideways in the container it took the full brunt. Pulled counters out in zips and of course the dice.  I expect to replace this lite but fun game.  Easy to teach and fast to play.

2018-05-24 14.29.15Cuba Libre – the first GMT Box miracle! I literally pulled the game out of the water and after a quick wipe down, everything but the box top survived.  The box must have sealed and it is robust enough that it didn’t soak through in the time I waited…..  My group puts this on the table often so I am happy it has been saved.

 

Combat Commander Europe – GMT box miracle number 2.  Also submerged in water, neither box top or bottom survived, but the only damage to the contents was a touch of water damage on one map.  There was water on the counter tray and on the box my buddy Pat Wells put my counters in – but other wise perfect! My most played game (in a close race with TS – so I am happy!

John Company – Box destroyed – contents saved!  Another great box with a tight fit!

Twilight Struggle – Survived in whole as I brought it inside to show my father in law!  Random act of fortune?  I don’t think so…..

 

Liberty or Death – the sad part of the story is that my players copy of Liberty or Death did not make it.  I removed the pieces as i keep them in zips but the beautiful map did not survive……. ;-(

2018-05-24 14.38.12A few random copies of Strategy and Tactics and Fire and Movement – very absorbent I am sad to say.

Sekigahara – dead

2018-05-24 14.35.32Notes and prototype of Flashpoint: South China Sea – I saved my notes and the wooden pieces but the rest will have to be reprinted.

In summary I expected much worse.  My biggest loss was the 7th Fleet.  I will replace all the other board games and I will email GMT to buy a few boxes.  The GMT Boxes were awesome and held up great – I did not expect that.  and anything in zips was fine.

Words of wisdom: This all could have been avoided if i had put the games back in my car on a timely basis.  Secondly – don’t put your games on the floor – if you put them in a box that will be on the floor, put a buffer under them.  And lastly – store everything in GMT game boxes…..

 

Harold on Games Podcast #5 with Martin Wallace NOTES

PODCAST LINKS

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

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

SUMMARY

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

MARTIN WALLACE

 

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

 

MUSIC

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

Marilion

David Bowie

Queen

Radiohead

Jeff Beck

The Afghan Whigs

Millionaire

good car seat headrest

BOOKS

The Expanse

Mediterranean In The Ancient World

MOVIES AND TV

Orange is the New Black

Outlander

Altered Carbon

Star Trek Discovery

Travelers

Sense 8

The Expanse

Game of Thrones

GAMES

Lords of Creation

Brass

Age of Steam 

Steam

A Few Acres of Snow

London

A Study in Emerald

Struggle of Empires

Perikles 

Waterloo

Gettysburg

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

PODCAST LINKS

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

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter @HBuchanan2

Ananda Gupta on Twitter @agauntpanda 

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

SUMMARY

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.

ANANDA GUPTA

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

 

MUSIC

Subliminal Trip: Spotify

Subliminal Trip: Facebook

Subliminal Trip: Amazon Music.

Song: Lovin of the music: YouTube

Song: Dem Government: YouTube

BOOKS

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)

 

 

MOVIES AND TV

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Occupied

Lost in Space

Death of Stalin

GAMES

Founding Fathers

1960: The Making of the President

Campaign Manager  (2008 Election)

Overwatch

Flashpoint: South China Sea

Liberty or Death

Comancheria

Blitz

Axis Empires

Triumph and Tragedy

Cataclysm

Hearts of Iron IV

Campaigns of 1777

Pandemic Legacy Season 2

Uncharted

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:

Books

Tiger Ace: The Life Story of Panzer Commander Michael Wittmann

 Television

The Pacific

Band of Brothers

Sons of Anarchy

The Shield

Marco Polo

Movies

The Godfather

Saving Private Ryan

Music

Brian Setzer

Ron Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Tommy Castro Band

The Mavericks

The Derailers

Games

Twilight Struggle

Gandhi 

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

PODCAST LINKS:

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

TWITTER

Harold Buchanan on Twitter: @hbuchanan2

Cole Wehrle on Twitter: @colewehrle

10 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for War Gamers

COLE WEHRLE

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

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MUSIC

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

MUSIC

Charli XEX 

Kanye West

Kanye West – Life of Pablo

Kendrick Lamar

Lucy Dacus

BOOKS

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

Grant 

England Have my Bones

MOVIES

Turner Classic Movies

Powell and Pressburger

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 

Black Narcissus (1947) Trailer

GAMES

Genoa 

Republic of Rome

Hoods Last Gamble

Table Battles

Keving Zucker – Napoleonic System Games

Pax Porforiana

Lords of the Sierra Madre

Nevsky 

18XX 

Conspiracy – Milton Bradley

Dune 

BGG Con

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.

NEVSKY_playtest_art-Lords_on_Campaign
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

Angola

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

Dunkirk

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