Thursday, April 12, 2018

Active Learning at my Course

This semester I again had the chance to teach my course on military strategy. This year I extended the course to also cover non-violent strategies of political contention for a more holistic approach to options for obtaining goals in contentious politics.

I also heavily increased the role of active learning components from 2 in the course, to 4.
Three of these components were centered around the students playing historical wargames, in board-game or miniature game form, or computer games and writing response papers on what they learned from the games, as well as applying concepts learned from lecture.

What I think I am doing :p


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pritzker Military Library and ,Museum: WWI


I am in Chicago for Midwest Political Science Association Meeting. Romping around I found the Pritzker Military Library and Museum which had a WW1 exhibit. Here are some photos.

Hisart Museum Visit number two

I had the chance to re-visit the Hisart museum and took some pictures of new stuff I had not seen in my previous visit.

Quite a lot of news things, especially about WW2. Also in an effort to curry the favor of the goverment, the museum has made a special exhibition on Sultan Abdul Hamid II.

What I have been working on

Not a lot of completed projects right now.

I am working on 10mm 1866 Austrians for the Bloody Big Battles Koniggratz scenario.

I am also painting, slowly, my 1/72 early 18th century imagination forces. Here is what I have done to this point


Saturday, March 24, 2018

A selected recent English language bibliography on the Greek Revolution of 1821.


A selected recent enligsh language bibliogrpahy on the Greek Revolution of 1821. In order of more recent date of publication.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Big Bloody Balkan Battles Play-testing Done!

Designers and Play-testers enjoying the end of an era!

I am happy to announce that the play-testing of all battle scenarios for the Bloody Big Balkan Battles (BBBB) supplement for Bloody Big Battles( BBB) is done! I finished a 2nd play-test of Breglanitza!


Breglanitza Set up

Which means we can begin the finalization for publication. The next steps are

1) Editing Scenarios in view of play-testing (almost done)
2) Writing a quick biography for each of the generals present as miniatures in the scenarios.
3) Copy Editing
4) Publication!!!!
I want to thank the following people for helping with the play-tests! As promised early on, we will reward them.

Chris Pringle and Team (UK)

Onur Buyuran, Bekir Becit, Nacho Perez Sanchez, Mehmet Batuhan (Turkey)
Morten Kristien Andersen and Team (Denmark) 

Here is the final tally of playtests!
Sarantaporo: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Dioran: 4 Playtests (Me, Onur and Bekir)-CLOSED
Kilkis-Lahana: 2 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Lule-Burgs: 3 Playtests (2 Me, 1 Morten Kristien Andersen)-CLOSED
Kirkkilise: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Yiannitsa: 2 (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Prilep: 2 Playtest (Me, Me and Nacho)-CLOSED
Monastir 2 (Me and Morten, Me)-CLOSED
Kumanovo: 2 (Me , Me and Onur)-CLOSED
Chataldja: 2 (Me, Me and Mehmet Batuhan)-CLOSED
Bizani: 1 (Chris Pringle)-Conditional CLOSED
Kalimanchi: 2 (ME, Morten)-CLOSED
Kresna Gorge :2 (ME) -CLOSED 
Breglanitza: 2 (Chris Pringle, Me)-CLOSED
Secret non-Scenario Project: 0 (Assigned to Morten Team)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Almost done with Bloody Big Balkan Battles Playtests!

I just finished my 2nd Playtest of Kresna Gorge. With this we are almost done with the play-testing phase of the writing of the Bloody Big Balkan Battles scenario supplement for BBB.

Almost there! Let us hope this endeavor will end better than the Greek en-devour to take Istanbul/Constantinople 


Sarantaporo: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Dioran: 4 Playtests (Me, Onur and Bekir)-CLOSED
Kilkis-Lahana: 2 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Lule-Burgs: 3 Playtests (2 Me, 1 Morten Kristien Andersen)-CLOSED
Kirkkilise: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Yiannitsa: 2 (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Prilep: 2 Playtest (Me, Me and Nacho)-CLOSED
Monastir 2 (Me and Morten, Me)-CLOSED
Kumanovo: 2 (Me , Me and Onur)-CLOSED
Chataldja: 2 (Me, Me and Mehmet Batuhan)-CLOSED
Bizani: 1 (Chris Pringle)-Conditional CLOSED
Kalimanchi: 2 (ME, Morten) CLOSED
Kresna Gorge :2 (ME) CLOSED 
Breglanitza: 1 (Chris Pringle)
Secret non-Scenario Project: 0

Only one battle playtest is left. That is a 2nd Playtest for Breglanitza.The problem is that in all chances neither me, nor Chris can touch this before April. And that means having to use May-June to make revisions and looking at a possible publication in July-August. If someone can help us, by doing a play-test of Breglanitza ASAP, then I can do revisions March-April-May and we can look at a June publication (in time for the start of summer). Please consider helping!