I am spending part of the summer on temporary assignment at our paper mill in southern Ohio, ironically one that I worked at back before my senior year in college at Miami University. Tonight after work, I drove over to Kettering, Ohio, for my first visit to the Krystal Keep gaming store. Located where the previous Wexford Hill Hobbies was located just off I-275, this store offered spacious and well lit gaming areas, with a ton of shelves of terrain, houses, buildings, trees, and other goodies that gamers may borrow at no cost when playing games on their multitude of gaming tables.
Monthly Archives: July 2008
The new Gettysburg Museum offered a dazzling array of things to look at, including these overhead photographs of various Civil War battles. I just wish more of the things from the old VC were also included – perhaps in the future…
Cleveland-area miniature wargamer Jim Kopchak, the author of the new rules set Civil War Commander, spent much of yesterday with me touring the new Gettysburg Visitors Center, focusing on the Gettysburg Civil War Museum housed there. We spent a couple hours doing a cursory walk-through, although crowds were very heavy and it was tough to spend any appreciable time at any single display case. I took a few shots, although the majority of my photos did not turn out as the camera’s museum setting failed me, and darkness reigned. Flash photography is forbidden in the VC, as I found out during my last visit when I made the acquaintance of a NPS ranger I had not previously met.
A view of the miniature wargaming action at Brice’s Crossroads, a seldom-gamed June 1864 battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. This 15mm games was hosted at Historicon 2008 by Roxanne Patton, a member of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society and a scenario author and contributor to the hard copy Charge! fanzine. Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. Samuel Sturgis defend the bridgehead across the swollen Tishomingo Creek against “that devil Forrest.”
(Click on each photograph to enlarge it!)
One of the highlights of the afternoon session at the HMGS-East Historicon 2008 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was a massive Fire & Fury game recreating Day 1 at Gettysburg using the classic Fire & Fury rules set. Here, the townspeople huddle in their tiny cellars as the sounds of war emanate from the west, where Buford’s cavalry have held on long enough for the I Corps to arrive.
Some gnomes or other such fantasy creatures are on the attack in this colorful game that attracted a fair amount of onlookers. They were commanded by a tiny bearded Santa wizard figure – a far cry from Robert E. Lee who commanded the troops in the first picture. Maybe Santa had more luck in his attacks than did Marse Robert?
The Johnny Reb Gaming Society has printed up a fresh batch of copies of our popular all-cavalry, all-Gettysburg Campaign scenario book, Crossed Sabers: Gettysburg in Miniature. These scenarios are written by me in the same style I used for Enduring Valor: Gettysburg in Miniature, but because of time constraints at Marek/Janci Design (and because of the more limited interest in a cavalry scenario book), Debi and I decided to publish this booklet ourselves in the same format as the hard copy Charge! newsletter (comb-bound, digitally printed on our color laser printer, with spot color maps).
Crossed Sabers is only $15 plus postage, and includes several original scenarios for battles from the Gettysburg Campaign. There are a wide variety of types of actions, as well as varying tactical situations and terrain, and several of these scenarios are useful for small group play. A few are fine for only 2 players (or even possibly for solo play, at least as well as Johnny Reb can be played solo).
The Tin Soldiers of Antwerp is a long-time miniature wargaming club in Antwerp, Belgium. In my last post, I showed a few photos and gave a link to Patrick Roover‘s photos of a 28mm Gettysburg wargame that used various scenarios from my Enduring Valor: Gettysburg in Miniature scenario books. These games were organized and GM’ed at TSOA by Andre Van Gils, who was kind enough to e-mail me and send some details on the game.
Note the impressive clubhouse and the huge gaming layout! The twin tables used for this scenario are a whopping 12 feet by 18 feet in dimension, and there is still plenty of room for the gamers to mingle on the sides, as can be seen from the above photograph. Note the ACW flags on the hardwood paneled wall!
With plenty of close-in parking and a large interior space, this is one of the most impressive gaming clubs I have seen, and perhaps on my next trip to Belgium I will find the time to stop by and say hello. Organized games are held every Friday night, and at other times as schedules allow. The city of Antwerp is a fun place to visit, and now I have even more reason to do so!
The Battle of Gettysburg is refought in miniature. My first two scenario books (Enduring Valor: Gettysburg in Miniature) offer more than 20 different scenarios to refight portions of Gettysburg in regimental level. These popular books are available from Marek/Janci Design and from leading Internet gaming retailers.
I met Belgian wargamer Patrick Roovers at the 2007 Fall-In miniature wargaming convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He stopped by to watch my Johnny Reb 3 game, along with long-time JRGS member and gamer Dennis Cunningham. Patrick was kind enough this week to send me a link to his photo gallery of a recent Johnny Reb game his group ran at their club house. Check out the photos, and pay attention to the gaming venue! These guys have a great location for their gaming efforts!
Thank you readers for making July the 5th straight month that the Charge blog has exceeded 10,000 page views, and we have a chance to top the all-time record of 14,000 hits! We at the Johnny Reb Gaming Society appreciate the consistent support, and welcome your comments on particular topics you would like to see covered either in the hard copy wargaming fanzine or on this weblog.
This has been a very unusual summer for Debi and me. I have been on temporary work assignment in southern Ohio for much of the time, and Debi has been busy helping prepare for our daughter’s wedding. I have managed to squeeze in taking several business clients and colleagues on tours of the Gettysburg Battlefield, as well as tramp some Virginia fields I had not previously visited.
Roll Call to Destiny
The Soldier’s Eye View of Civil War Battles
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