Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!


Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben: There’s No Shame in Retreating “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” – Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from playing Regiments’ Grasleben Attack scenario multiple times is that even though the objective of the mission is to capture and successfully defend asContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!”

Old Gamers Never Die: A ‘First Impressions’ Look at MicroProse’s New Game, ‘Regiments’


I’d like to say a few words about Regiments if I may. Before I get into a discussion of the game, I’d like to thank David Lagettie, the gaming entrepreneur who, along with some far-sighted investors, revived MicroProse Software nearly 20 years after the original company – co-founded by retired Lt. Col. William “Wild Bill”Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A ‘First Impressions’ Look at MicroProse’s New Game, ‘Regiments’”

Old Gamers Never Die: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me


War is hell. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. – General William T. Sherman As I have mentioned in several posts recently, yesterday the latest version of MicroProse published Bird’sContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make


My Tuesday Movie Night: Dinosaurs, Locusts, and Commie Invaders This morning I updated my Collection page in my Member profile at http://www.bluray.com and moved three titles – Jurassic World Dominion – Steelbook (Expanded Edition), Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection, and Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition from the Ordered section to Owned. The package with those pre-orders arrivedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make”

Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General


Childhood Dreams vs. Cold, Hard Reality When I was nine years old and my mom allowed me to dream about careers that were realistically out of my reach because I have cerebral palsy, one of my “I want to be X when I grow up” roles that I wanted most was “professional military officer.” EvenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Classic Game Review


M1 Tank Platoon Developer: MPS Labs Publisher: MicroProse Software Released: October 1989 Genre: Real-time Tactical/Tank Simulator Setting: Late Cold War (1989-1991); Hypothetical World War III invasion of West Germany No. of Players: 1 (Human vs. AI) Reissued by: Interplay Entertainment Available on: Steam and Epic “Stand To!” An Overview of M1 Tank Platoon US TankContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Classic Game Review”

Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!


One of my favorite computer games from the late 1980s to early 1990s was M1 Tank Platoon, a Cold War-turns-hot simulation of armored land combat in late 1980s West Germany. Developed and published in October of 1989 by MicroProse Software, M1 Tank Platoon placed the player in the role of – what else? – aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!”