Thursday, October 27, 2005

Urk.... I'm feeling a bit ruled-out at the moment.

This weekend John, Dave, Nick and possibly Simon, Fiona and Phil are coming over to my flat to celebrate "Nimrods - the Festival of War!" The idea is to spend the whole weekend wallowing in 2-player wargames, with occasional trips to the local game shop or the pub for light relief.

I have lots of wargames on my shelves, but that is not much good to anyone unless I am ready to teach a reasonable number of them to another gamer at short notice.So over the last couple of weeks I've been working my way through them: Thirty Years War, Crusader Rex and War of the Ring have all been set up on the table for a solo play-through, and the rules stuffed in my laptop bag for perusal over lunch. As Friday approaches I'm embarking on the Von Manstein's Backhand Blow job, but I think I've finally run out of steam. I can't seem to get to the schwerpunkt.

After all this reading about it, I'm desperate for the consummation of actually playing some wargames. So it's a good job that the WarFest is nearly here. I'm particularly desperate to play War of the Ring. Dave and Nick have arranged to play Paths of Glory, but Dave is coming over early (this evening) so I think I will attempt to lure him into a game of WotR before Nick arrives....


Thursday, October 13, 2005

I am 46 years old, and over the last few weeks I have found that I suddenly "get" both The Who and Bob Dylan. At the moment I can't get enough of listening to either of them. I guess Live8 and the Scorsese documentary had an effect.

Most of my schoolfriends had already had these revelations before we reached sixth form. I suppose I've always been a late developer.
I'm ashamed to admit that blogging, reading game rules, reading blogs, and planning my next boardgame purchases, were usually done on company time. My new employers ABC Corporation (this is not their real name) are making me actually work for a living, which feels good at the moment. It is satisfying to feel that your skills are useful to somebody. But this is also why I have been a little silent recently. It's not because I don't love you or anything.......