Day: June 13, 2012

What Do I Collect ?

I chose this title rather than “What Period Do I Like Game In” because quite frankly I like them all. I’ll play anything. Like I said before, I enjoy the experience of gaming. So, the more relevant question should be what periods do I have collections in? I’ll narrow it down even further by limiting it to those collections that I currently game with.
Steampunk/VSF: As you can tell from the pictures I posted in an earlier entry, I’m a great fan of Steampunk/Victorian Science Fiction. The German figures are mostly from Battle Honors Early WWI line ( while the Americans are from Old Glory’s Spanish-American War line ( The rules that I use are the classic “The Sword and The Flame”. These rules have been around for 33 years and are indeed a classic. They can also be adapted for a variety of periods. They are my go to rules set for whatever skirmish battle I wish to fight. They can be found at and are well worth the investment.
I also collect and game the American Civil War. The vast majority of my tabletop forces are from Sash and Sabre Miniatures.

I cannot, however, take credit for the fine paint job. That was done for my by Reinforcements By Post. It is an excellent painting service located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I recommend them highly. The figures shown are Union Zouaves. The Confederates are just as well done.
Finally, WWII Skirmish gaming. My forces are for Northwest Europe from D-Day onward. My favorite campaign in the time frame is the Battle of the Bulge.
Here you see a panzer recon patrol from the Panzer Lehr Division probing through the snowy forests getting ready to engage the Americans. The rules that I use are Iron Ivan’s Disposable Heroes. These are an excellent set of rules for platoon level engagements. Recently, they’ve also come out with Disposable Heroes: Point Blank. I highly recommend these rules. I served as a playtester for them. I’m even mentioned in the credits. (even though Keith left the R out of my last name) ­čÖé
As for future projects, they include 6mm Franco-Prussian War, 28mm Mexican Revolution, and some more additions to my Steampunk/VSF collection including Canal Martian Infantry from the Space: 1889 universe.
Until next time…Have Fun…Play Games!

Basic Game Theory or Why Am I Doing This?

This blog is dedicated to one of the great passions of my life , gaming. I like it all. I started with boardgames like┬áTactics II and Afrika Korps from the old Avalon Hill Company. I got into Historical Minatures in the early 1970’s and into Role Playing Games later on in that decade. I’ve played a lot games since my first go round and truth be told I’ve probably lost more games than I’ve won. It’s not really the winning that is the fun part for me. It’s the socializing that I like. It’s being around friends and having a good time and believe me when I say that I’ve had some epic ones.

So what makes a good game? Well, in my opinion, there are two questions that need to be answered. The first is: Are the Players having a good time playing it and secondly is the Game Master/Referee having a good time running it? If ┬áthe answer is yes to both these questions then…it’s a good game.

In this blog, I will attempt to explore the world of gaming as seen through my eyes. I hope you all will join with me. Let’s have a good time.

Till Next Time