Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben


Introduction – Regiments: A Game About Cold War I Released During Cold War II I grew up during the second half of the first Cold War between Russia (then the core republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and the Free World led by the United States and its allies. For almost half myContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben”

Old Gamers Never Die: Completing My First Operation in MicroProse’s Real-Time Tactics Game ‘Regiments’


“Winning isn’t everything–but wanting to win is.” ― Vince Lombardi I did it. I won my first victory as a combined arms field-grade commander in Regiments. As you know from previous posts in the Old Gamers Never Die series, I recently bought this cool new game developed by a small European studio, Bird’s Eye Games,Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Completing My First Operation in MicroProse’s Real-Time Tactics Game ‘Regiments’”

Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?


I didn’t plan on writing another post today, yet here I am, sitting at my desk while my digital copy of Spotlight on John Williams plays on my Amazon Music app. It’s strange – I didn’t want to spend more time in this room, yet I couldn’t choose between reading out in the living room,Continue reading “Weekend Update for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Movies, Books, or Music?”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. It is a humid, hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, July 3, 2022. It is a hot, sticky, summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 66%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday”

Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. It is a sizzling – and not in a good way – hot summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowingContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question”

Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)


The Inspiration: Tom Clancy’s SSN On November 16, 1996, Simon & Schuster Interactive released Tom Clancy’s SSN, a computer video game/submarine simulator based on the Improved Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack sub USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Co-produced by Clancy Interactive Entertainment and Virtus Corporation, SSN was a single-player third-person perspective game set in what was then theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)”

On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident


Putin’s War Suffers Setbacks As you probably know, Russia’s war in Ukraine – a blatant act of naked aggression that Vladimir Putin’s government euphemistically calls a “special military operation – is not going well for Moscow or the much-vaunted Russian military. Instead of a 21st Century blitzkrieg and a quick victory culminating in Russia’s captureContinue reading “On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. I am still trying to take what I call a mental health break, so today’s post won’t be about anything substantial. So if you were hoping for another serious essay about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a review, an update on my creative writing endeavors, or the usual stories I tellContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Thursday, November 18, 2021. It’s a cool – but not chilly –  late fall day. The current temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 90% and the wind blowing from the west at 1 MPH (2Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)”