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Posted on Sep 25, 2008 in Stuff We Like

The Dog Days of History

You never know when history is going to come up and bite you.  Recently I changed my forum avatar to a cute and cuddly thing called a "mine dog" (a...

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Posted on Sep 17, 2008 in Stuff We Like

Smoking Gun in a Brushfire? Welcome to The War in South Ossetia

It has been more than a month since the brief but bitter war between Georgia and Russia over the disputed Caucasian territory of South Ossetia. Now, after all the fighting, all the diplomacy, and all the name recognition (and name calling), both sides are in a continuing struggle to prove definitively who fired the first shot.

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Posted on Jun 13, 2008 in Stuff We Like

Armchair General Toddler Program

An interest in military history is something I’m passing along to my son. Join us as we explore World War II, Vietnam, and places in between as a love of history sprouts at a young age. Share your experiences raising a history-friendly son or daughter.

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Posted on May 25, 2006 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

TOAW 3: Ralph Trickey – Interview

As part of Armchair General’s continuing coverage of the upcoming release of The Operational Art of War 3 (Matrix Games) we sit down with the programmer behind the new version of this old favorite. He speaks candidly about the new release and where it may be headed in the future…

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Posted on May 18, 2006 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

TOAW 3 – Pre-Release Thoughts

Matrix Games recently acquired the rights to work on a plethora of old Talonsoft titles (The Operational Art of War series, Campaign Series, Battleground Series, etc.) which has led some to wonder if Matrix was looking backwards rather than toward the future of wargaming.

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Posted on Mar 22, 2006 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Legion Arena: Iain McNeil – Interview

Recently, Armchair General caught up with the Slitherine game Legion Arena for a quick review. After playing it for a while, many questions cropped up which we felt needed answering. So, we sent off a communiqué to Iain McNeil —development director at Slitherine—for some answers. The dispatch rider returned with the following scribbled notes;

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Posted on Jan 27, 2006 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Robert’s Ridge – Book Review

This story should be made into a movie. Not because it is exciting, or gripping, or powerful, or realistic. It is certainly all of those things, and a real page-turner in book form. Instead, this story needs to find a mass media outlet so that the man on the street knows what allied armed forces are going through in the wastelands of the War on Terror.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2005 in Electronic Games

Call of Duty 2 – Game Review (PC)

This game is beautifully crafted to place the player into larger battles throughout the World War II European Theatre, all the while making the journey very personal and often downright tense. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself with mouth agape as you look around at the beauty of the virtual world, forgetting you have a job to do!

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Posted on Jul 8, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Battlefield 2: God Help Us If This Is What Real Combat Is Like

Battlefield 2 works best, and is arguably the most fun, when you are playing in squads as part of a larger team. The overall commander of your team issues orders to the various squad leaders, and your squad leader will then issue orders to you. When this is a working relationship, the game illustrates some of the finest teamwork in a modern combat simulation you will see on a computer screen. Other times, this relationship is the stuff of nightmares!

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Posted on May 20, 2005 in Stuff We Like

Continuing Coverage of the 2005 E3 Expo!

We’re pleased to announce that StrategyZone Online and Armchair General will be attending the E3 Expo 2005 convention in Los Angeles, California. Brian King and Don Maddox will be there to represent the crew along with several other key members of the staff.

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Posted on Mar 31, 2005 in Stuff We Like

Wargaming Survey Part I: Understanding Your Local Grognard

Do you remember your first wargame? Do you remember why you got into wargaming? Can you explain why you still play these games? We explore these themes in this article, using a personality test and survey to help illuminate traits of the “typical” wargamer. Armchair General is asking for your participation in an effort to better understand “where Grognards come from.” Please read on!

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Posted on Dec 9, 2004 in Boardgames

Borodino – Boardgame Review

Borodino, Battle of Moskova, 1812, allows the players to recreate this major clash between Napoleon and the Russians in front of Moscow in 1812. The scenario takes place over the course of one day (September 7), and is broken down into twelve 75-minute turns.

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Posted on Oct 8, 2004 in Books and Movies

Come and See – Movie Review

This Russian-made film explores the world of partisans and civilians caught behind German lines during World War II. It is dark, grimy, and depressing, but contains a message about the human spirit that makes this movie a must-see.

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Posted on May 10, 2004 in Stuff We Like

Old School #1: Caesar at Alesia

Armchair General introduces a new series of short articles describing some of the "Old School" wargames we used to play way back in time. We will revisit them, see how well they have aged, and play them once more to share the experience.

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Posted on Oct 31, 2003 in Stuff We Like

After-Action Report: Crusader ’41

Some of the most interesting reading can come from after-game summaries by players of all types of wargames. This particular match was between two Armchair General staff members as they recreate the Crusader battle between the Commonwealth and the Axis.

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