Order of Battle - Morning Sun

Gaming Nostalgia – Paratrooper for ASL

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Old-school ASL modules.  You don't want to know what this costs on the second-hand market.

Old-school ASL modules. You don’t want to know what this costs on the second-hand market.

 


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GrogCast Season 4, Episode I

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27 September 2016 ~

We’re back with Season 4, as Toonces joins us to talk about our Summer gaming.  Join BayonetBrant and Banzai_Cat (or their alter-egos Brant and Michael) for another season of games, media franchises, military history & current events, and whatever madcap tangents we wander off onto.

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Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 3

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Airboy AAR’s his way through the Pacific campaign ~

Avery Abernethy, 26 September 2016

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Scenario 3 – Operation Cartwheel,  Attack on New Georgia

Turn 17 Jap counterattacks almost destroyed half of the Northern probe

Turn 17 Jap counterattacks almost destroyed half of the Northern probe

 

Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 2

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The Attack on New Georgia continues ~

Avery Abernethy, 25 September 2016

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Scenario 3 – Operation Cartwheel,  Attack on New Georgia

No, you didn’t miss turn 8; nothing worth taking a picture of…

Turn 9 Continued Heavy Resistance

Turn 9 Continued Heavy Resistance

Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 1

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Airboy AAR’s his way through the Pacific campaign ~

Avery Abernethy, 24 September 2016

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Scenario 3 – Operation Cartwheel,  Attack on New Georgia

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Operation Cartwheel

New Georgia is a large island. My main objectives are taking various points on New Georgia. My secondary objectives are completing the scenario quickly, sinking six or more Japanese Ships, doing 20+ damage with aircraft and neutralizing an airfield on a different island.

Objectives for New Georgia

Objectives for New Georgia

 

Car Wars – A Trip Down The Memory Fast Lane, Part 2

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Continuing his series on Car Wars, Michael rolls back through the memory banks again ~

Michael Eckenfels, 23 September 2016

TRUCK STOP: A CAR WARS (FIRST EDITION) SUPPLEMENT

This expansion, released the same year I bought the original Car Wars, added massive 18-wheelers and other large rigs to the Car Wars universe. It seemed only right, given the fact that tanker trucks were a lynchpin of the Mad Max universe. Besides, these things are righteously huge. Just imagine them armored up with large-caliber guns bristling everywhere, and one wonders how cars, much less cycles, would have a chance in Hades against them.

One could virtually feel the temptation to HULK SMASH and sledgehammer smaller opponents with tons of rolling steel death. (Hell…I have this feeling even to this day.) I had to have the expansion, and so I have owned it for 32 years now. The box has held up well in that time, and I probably haven’t opened it in some 30-odd years, to be honest. So this will be something of a time capsule.

This box is in surprisingly excellent condition. I hope the insides have aged well, too…

This box is in surprisingly excellent condition. I hope the insides have aged well, too…

Gaming Nostalgia – Avalon Hill Computer Games

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Remember when Avalon Hill got into the software game?

Remember when Avalon Hill got into the software game?

 


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Tracer Rounds: The Best Damn Songwriting You Never Appreciated

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Can we finally give Guns ‘n Roses their due ~

Brant, 19 September 2016

Things have been a little too heavy lately, and we need to talk about something completely different…  So can we just take a step back and spend a few minutes admiring what totally bad-ass, criminally-under-rated, and never-appreciated songwriters the guys from Guns’n Roses were?  Sure, we all know the ‘hits’ – Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, You Could Be Mine, and Sweet Child o’ Mine – and the ‘scandal’ songs like Used to Love Her, or It’s So Easy.  But once you get beyond the radio tunes (or heck, even with the radio tunes) the quality of songwriting you get from the band so far exceeds their contemporaries that they’re not even in the same galaxy.tr-gnr

Back in the late-80s, the popular talk was comparing GnR to The Rolling Stones, under the premise that supposedly no other band had conquered the rock and roll world on their own terms to the degree that GnR did.  That was typical rock journalist hyperbole, of course.  But honestly, the depth of songwriting, quality of musicianship, and production was blowing most other acts at the time out of the water – even GnR’s supposed contemporaries.  Motley Crue didn’t figure out how to write a song until their 4th album; Poison never quite did.  Ratt’s riffs were impeccable, but aside from the one-off lyrical curiosity like Wanted Man, they didn’t keep up.  Great White?  Slaughter?  Bulletboys?  XYZ?  Rough Cutt?  Firehouse?  Please.  Don’t embarrass yourself suggesting them.