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There was a stage when I thought I was interested in politics, so I picked up a copy of Mein Kampf. Despite wanting to explore the enigma of how an Austrian corporal wound up as the dictator of Germany, I could never read more than a chapter or two before losing interest. Based on that […]

Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation is destined to become the essential reference and with Volume VI the most historically accurate game on the 1941 invasion of Russia. Historians, students, scenario and game designers will find the extensive data and the methodology to study modern conflict useful. For the lay […]

Last week I discovered the The Big Board and after first review mentioned that most posts were not in-depth. Kevin was good enough to comment and suggested I check out his videos for his more detailed commentary. Prolific is the word to describe Kevin’s social media presence and I’d like to share. Kevin’s Twitter feed is #bigboardgaming […]

My series of conversations with Cirsova authors concludes with Michael Tierney.  Anyone doubting the abundance of great science fiction, fantasy and even horror needs to get acquainted with the Cirsova crew.  I wish I had more time to interview all of the Cirsova team but look forward to exploring the stories of the authors I missed. A […]

This edition of the Cirsova Author Series features a Q&A with Kurt Magnuski, author of Othan, Liberator published in in Cirsova #3. Othan returns in Othan, Vandal, with the release of Cirsova #6 Before I get on topic I ask for tourist suggestions for visitors to Chicago but we quickly get to discussing Kurt’s work, […]

During the Campaign Series Q&A, John Tiller mentioned Panzer Battles so I went ahead and purchased Battles of Kursk – Southern Flank and David Freer was good enough to send me Battles of Normandy. I started getting familiar with Kursk but was soon sidetracked by the free demo; mostly because of the challenge posed by […]

Another excellent conversation, this time with Jay Barnson. You can find Jay’s stories The Priests of Shalaz, in Cirsova #4 and The Queen of Shadows in #5, plus his other published work on his Amazon page.  Jay created RPG called Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon( FrayedKnights.com) and Void War. Other games can be found […]

John Tiller was good enough to answer a few questions about Campaign Series and I was lucky enough to interview one of the original CS scenario designers, Glenn Saunders. I have fond memories of his Tarnished Honor scenario which simulates the forlorn Canadian defense of Hong Kong.         A screenshot of the 2D map is to […]

I’m enjoying the great stories I read for this series of interviews and always come away from the Cirsova author conversations with appreciation for their work and backgrounds. I’m always learning something new and this week’s post with Donald Jacob Uitvlugt is no exception. As always, we go far and wide.  Uitvlugt’s knowledge of many things […]

An outstanding  conversation with Shawn Mansouri continues the Cirsova author series.  Shawn’s stories appear in Cirsovas #2 (The Water Walks Tonight), #4 (The Phantom Sands of Calavass) and his latest is now out in #5 (Beyond the Great Divide).  I’d categorize Shawn as a versatile writer who easily moves between horror, fantasy and SciFi. When I asked him about […]

Schuyler Hernstrom is someone you’ll want to keep your eyes on.  New to the scene, he’s already contributed outstanding stories to Cirsova and published Thune’s Vision, a collection of fantasy tales recommended by CH Blog regulars and recently, along with previous conversation subject Misha Burnett, been listed in house as one of the best short SF/F […]

The Cirsova series of conversations continues with Misha Burnett. Misha’s story, A Hill of Stars appears in Cirsova #1 and I’m looking forward to the eldritch themed stories from his writing group to be released with the 2017 editions. I found Misha’s take on New Wave writing interesting, which he describes as focused character psychology with an emphasis […]