Issue 72 (Fall/Winter 2012)


Panzers on the Meuse: Review of Sedan, May 1940 in World at War
by Jim Werbaneth

The Fox, Alone: Solitaire Gaming with Dan Verssen's Field Commander Rommel
by Jim Werbaneth

More Battles of World War III: NATO-Warsaw Pact Scenarios for Avalon Hill's Firepower
by Jim Werbaneth

A Very Small Waterloo: Avalon Hill's Hundred Days Battles
by Jim Werbaneth

Modern Warfare at Sea: Then-Current Naval Battles in SPI's Task Force
by Jim Werbaneth

Three Battles Afloat: Additional Scenarios for Task Force
by Jim Werbaneth

Coming Attractions: Developer’s Notes to The Victory of Arminius
by Jim Werbaneth



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The Bully Pulpit

Issue 72 (Fall/Winter 2012)

by Jim Werbaneth

If you can read this, it means that the Mayans were wrong. If they were right, I hope that you all had the foresight not to pay any of your bills.

This year has been a big one for me, and I hope a good one for all of you too. The big events were attendance at the New York Military Affairs Symposium’s conference, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. There, I presented a paper on British strategy in the New York and New England areas. Then in July I did more travelling, and spent two weeks in the Netherlands, for the third year in a row. I know the question that some of you are probably asking, so I’ll venture the answer: No, Europe never gets boring. Even in countries as small as the Netherlands and Belgium, there is always something new to see, and something to do.

I’m also still working on my second Master of Arts, in military history, from American Military History. I’m just about halfway done now. Once more too, this laps into the multiverse of All Things Line of Departure, as I revised a couple of projects written for my last class, and put them on the Line of Departure Online Features web site. One is a short biography of Heinz Guderian, and the other is a more extensive analysis of the Battle of Mortain, the failed German counteroffensive against the American breakout from Normandy. You can read them, of course, at

Now for the biggest personal news of all. I’m buying a house, and expect to close the deal and move in at the end of January. This has been a long time in the making, and the culmination of an effort that, for a long time, I didn’t think would end. I almost gave up all hope of owning a home of my own, at least without wheels underneath and a meth lab in the neighbor’s place, several times. I recall a time about six years ago when I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment, and stopped for lunch at Taco Bell on the way, only to debate with myself about whether I had enough to buy a taco. Now I’m able to buy a house.

In some ways I got lucky. On the other hand I’ve worked three or four jobs at a time sometimes, so we end up making our own luck. If you want to envision me urinating on someone else’s EBT card or misguided sense of entitlement, that’s just fine with me.

I did win life’s lottery in one way. My real estate agent saw my library and wargame collection, as part of a general process of figuring out who I was and what I needed and wanted. There are a lot of horror stories about real estate people not knowing or caring what their clients want, such as showing studio apartments to families of ten, or trying to sell a “fixer upper” to someone without the time or talent to change a light bulb. From the beginning though, he showed me homes with the idea of fitting all that into my new home, and accordingly took me to visit such places. I actually ended up shopping for a place that would house not just me, but my books and games, and provide lots of rooms to set up tables, and still have room for a decent-sized television. Then, with my agent’s help, I was able to find it, and at a price that I could actually afford.

So, not everyone tailors their wargames around their homes. In my case I’m able to buy the house around the wargames.

Hopefully 2013 will be good, especially if those Mayans were either as misunderstood or full or tapir crap as I suspect. I probably won’t be doing as much travel, espe-cially as given a choice between a mortgage and Europe, I will choose the avoidance of foreclosure. Plus, it appears that I will have more of a chance to play the bigger games, as monsters will no longer bump against my gameroom walls. Further, moving the home office to a room of its own will open up more space down there.

This year is ending on a positive, though stressful, note. Now, let’s see what I can do in the next.


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