Old Gamers Never Die: Altering History in ‘Strategic Command WWII: World at War’ is Fun, Challenging

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, January 15, 2021. Right now it’s a mild early winter day; the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 15 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 50%, the feels-like factor is 75˚F (24˚C). TheContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Altering History in ‘Strategic Command WWII: World at War’ is Fun, Challenging”

Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’

The time: 1100 Lima, 30 December, 1984 The place: Eastern Atlantic Ocean, near the Bay of Biscay The situation: In an alternate version of 1984, rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have rapidly escalated over a series of incidents, including the shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 near the SovietContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’”

Musings for Saturday, December 26, 2020, or: Baby, It’s C-C-C-Cold Outside!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Saturday, December 26, 2020, and it is early afternoon in New Hometown, FL. Currently, the temperature is 52˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind becalmed and humidity at 28%, the feels-like temperature is 52˚F (11˚C).  According to my computer’s Weather app, we have reached our forecast high of  52˚FContinue reading “Musings for Saturday, December 26, 2020, or: Baby, It’s C-C-C-Cold Outside!”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020

Well, Dear Reader, it’s Friday, September 4, 2020 – the first weekend of the ninth month of perhaps one of the worst years I’ve ever lived through, on par with 2015. It’s also the start of the Labor Day weekend, which is not exactly one of my favorite holidays, but whatever. Right now, it’s stillContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Or, Hey, at Least I Got a New Book

Hi there, Dear Reader. Here it is late afternoon in my corner of Florida; warm daylight is streaming through the venetian blinds that shield my study from the hot summery sun that would otherwise flood it if all I had here were a window. It’s hot here; the temperature is in the low 90s, butContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Or, Hey, at Least I Got a New Book”

Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’

Well, I finally beat one of Cold Waters’ tougher battles, an almost-straight-out-of-a-Tom Clancy-novel engagement titled Beating the Odds, which pits a Sturgeon-class nuclear-powered fast attack boat against a Soviet surface action group supported by Soviet Naval Aviation patrol planes and – sometimes – submarines. In the month-and-a-half that I’ve been playing what Killerfish Games callsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits

The date: 20 August 2000. The time: 0700 Hours local time. The situation: USS Seawolf (SSN-21) is in the shallow waters of the narrow Taiwan Straits under orders to intercept and destroy a Chinese amphibious group bound for Taiwan. Primary Target: The merchant ships and landing craft of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s invasion force.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits”

Old Gamers Never Die: My All-Time Favorite Computer Games

I have loved computer games ever since my father’s brother Sixto gave me my first personal computer – an Apple IIe with a color monitor and an Imagewriter printer – in 1987. At the time, I was still studying journalism at what was then called Miami-Dade Community College, and I badly needed a home computerContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: My All-Time Favorite Computer Games”

Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020

Hi, there! Well, it’s late morning as I sit here at my writing desk; by the time I hit publish, though, it will be past noon. It’s a hot day, too; the temperature outside is 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at a soggy 71% and a southwesterly breezeContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts & Musings, August 16, 2020”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: I Like Blowing Up Stuff in ‘Cold Waters’

Hi, there, Constant (and Not-So-Constant) Reader. Well, the weekend is here, and it’s early Saturday afternoon in my little corner of Florida. It’s a hot mid-summer’s day here; the current temperature is 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and a calm southwesterly breeze of 2 MPH, theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: I Like Blowing Up Stuff in ‘Cold Waters’”