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Building a Southern Mansion

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

One of the most characteristic buildings of the Civil War South is the plantation house or mansion. Often built in a sumptuous neoclassicist style, it served as the home for the planter and his family. Many examples survive and a…

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A Scrap in Colony Town – 15mm Sci-Fi AAR

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

K. and I have been playing a lot of Sharp Practice recently, as we’ve been playtesting scenarios for the booklet I’m preparing. We suddenly felt like we needed a change and wanted to play something completely different. Remembering the whimsical and colourful…

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Vienna Nerd Institute

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Together with an artist friend of mine, Johannes Grenzfurthner from monochrom, I have started a new project: The Vienna Nerd Institute. This is intended to be a sort of adult education center for nerd-related stuff. We want to provide low-threshold…

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ZAMspielen Gaming Event in Vienna

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The Museumsquartier is a large area of museums, cafés and cultural institutions in the center of Vienna. Three years ago, the group ZAMspielen together with the art communication agency started to host a semi-regular board and video gaming event there. ‘Zamspielen’…

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Posted on September 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

About four months ago, I discovered the joys of BoardGameGeek. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s a huge database of board games (including miniature wargames), allowing you to rate games, search for specific mechanics etc. You can…

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On the Painting Table

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been pretty industrious painting-wise during the last weeks. After finishing the Confederate cavalry, I’ve decided that I also want a force of white Union troops. I got figures in marching pose for a change and have now finished three…

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Building an ACW Earthwork

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

In July 1864, the 1st South Carolina Volunteers took part in a probing assault against Confederate fortifications on James Island. Together with two other regiments, they attacked a Confederate fieldwork fitted with artillery. I have found no detailed description of…

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Daunenfein’s Downfall – An ASOBH AAR

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Last week I was down at the club again. While Virago and Annatar continued their Sharp Practice saga, Sigur and I had a game of Advanced Songs of Blades and Heroes. I was familiar with the basic concepts, as I’ve…

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Playing with History

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

History has a tendency to not stay dead. In many countries, it is evident how issues of the past still shape the political landscape. Although I’m not American, after the events in Charlottesville, after president Trump’s statements and after reading…

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Review: Class Wargames

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In 1977, the French artist, political activist and founder of the Situationist International, Guy Debord, published a game called The Game of War. The game was a derivative of chess insofar as it was played on a checkered board and…

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Clearing out the Rebels – Sharp Practice AAR

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

At the moment, I’m playtesting a series of scenarios for Sharp Practice. My intent is to have them eventually published in some shape or form, but before this can happen, they have to be researched, written up and playtested. All…

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Review: The Cousins’ War

Posted on July 28th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

When this game was mentioned on the Meeples & Miniatures podcast, I immediately pricked up my ears. I’ve been interested in the Wars of the Roses for a long time and I like innovative games that can be played in a…

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On the Painting Table

Posted on July 21st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s rather hot and painting is going slow. But I’ve got a nice working space, even though it’s not a permanent set up – I put everything away after each session. I’m still working on ACW stuff. I’ve prepared a…

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