Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany

THE OPT-POP DIARIES, PART 1 (by Tom Russell)

THE OPT-POP DIARIES, PART 1 (by Tom Russell)

"Cicero Denounces Catiline", 1888, Cesare Maccari. This is possibly Maccari's most famous work. This fresco for Palazzo Madama in Rome, which had recently become the seat of the new Italian Senate, depicts Cicero's "Oratio in Catilinam Prima in Senatu Habita", his first speech denouncing Catiline in the Roman Senate which drove Catiline from the city in 63 BC. Note the lone, sulky Heathcliff-type on the right - the man Cicero harangues - Catiline. Ancient Rome is an endlessly fascinating topic, though I’ll admit that for a long time, I was primarily fascinated with the early Imperial period, the two-hundred plus...


COUNTERFACTUAL: BLOOD IN THE FOG (by Tom Russell)

COUNTERFACTUAL: BLOOD IN THE FOG (by Tom Russell)

People who don't know us well don't realize how utterly I depend on Mary, and how utterly hopeless I would be without her. It's not just that she keeps me centered, or focused, or that she brings out the best in me, though she does indeed do all of those things. It's not just that she keeps me safe from harm as I wander, Magoo-like, oblivious to the world around me and lacking anything resembling common sense. Though she does that too. Really, there are a thousand-thousand ways she makes my world go 'round, but the thing I'm talking about...


NOTES ON "TEUTONS!" PART 3 (OF 3): BLITZKRIEG: FRANCE 1940 (by Lou Coatney)

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Tags 1940, France, German invasion of France, Lou Coatney, wargame, WWII

NOTES ON "TEUTONS!" PART 3 (OF 3): BLITZKRIEG: FRANCE 1940 (by Lou Coatney)

I used the France 1914 map and baseline infantry strengths for my following game, Blitzkrieg! The Attack on the West, 1940 - in Teutons!, given the new, simpler title Blitzkrieg: France 1940.  The difference in this 1940 game is the advent of massed armor groups and airpower, and the dramatically different pace of events demonstrates the difference in outcome of the German offensives in the respective world wars. The teaching/learning value of playing the two games in tandem - the simpler, introductory France 1914 first, of course - is considerable. German invasion of Poland In May of 1940, another European...


DESIGNER'S NOTES: BLOOD IN THE FOG (by Tom Russell)

DESIGNER'S NOTES: BLOOD IN THE FOG (by Tom Russell)

Excerpted from the rulebook. The first game I designed that ever made it to publication was Blood on the Alma (2012). It was a small, simple hex-and-counter game, with less than fifty units fighting over only a few hundred hexes. It was in some ways a flashy design, with a number of chrome rules and novelties that called attention to themselves. I had high hopes for it, as did the game's original publisher, Lock N Load, who asked me to design a sequel almost immediately upon accepting Alma. By the time Alma came out, I was ready with Blood in...


NOTES ON "TEUTONS!" PART 2 (OF 3): FRANCE 1914 (by Lou Coatney)

NOTES ON "TEUTONS!" PART 2 (OF 3): FRANCE 1914 (by Lou Coatney)

In part 1 of this series, designer Lou Coatney explained his thinking behind the name "Teutons!", and the historical background for the first of the three games in the box, "France 1870". This time, he takes us through the design of "France 1914". Next week we'll finish off the series with a look at "Blitzkrieg: France 1940". All three games are collected in a single box, "Teutons!: Assaults on the West, 1870-1940". The First World War was a frightening example of how easily such world holocausts can start: entangling alliances and each side thinking the other wouldn't be so stupid...