Counting Down to the Big Six-Oh: The Stuff that Helps Keep Me ‘Young at Heart’


“You’re never too old to be young.” ― Charles F Glassman As you know, I’ll be celebrating my 60th birthday in (as I write this) less than 29 days. This, of course, means that I have many of the responsibilities and some of the skills that a guy my age has. I pay rent. IContinue reading “Counting Down to the Big Six-Oh: The Stuff that Helps Keep Me ‘Young at Heart’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Mastering the Mobile Defense Skirmish in ‘Regiments’*


* On Easy difficulty level A nation’s ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability. – Frank Whittle I’m getting good at playing the Mobile Defense variant of skirmishes on Regiments. Before I watched Amazon Women on the Moon last night, I decided to play a 30-minute-long session of Regiments,Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Mastering the Mobile Defense Skirmish in ‘Regiments’*”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion of Mobile Defense Skirmishes in ‘Regiments’


“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War About Regiments If you’re a regular reader of this space, you will doubtlessly recall that gaming is one of theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion of Mobile Defense Skirmishes in ‘Regiments’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Starting 2023’s Gaming with the Updated ‘Regiments’ in Mobile Defense Mode


Old Gamers Never Die: Tackling the ‘Mobile Defense’ Skirmish in Regiments If you’re a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you may remember that late last summer – in the last weeks of August – I purchased Regiments, a real-time tactical game depicting conventional combat in an alternate version of 1989 inContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Starting 2023’s Gaming with the Updated ‘Regiments’ in Mobile Defense Mode”

Old Gamers Never Die: Meeting Engagements in ‘Regiments’ are a Tough Challenge for This Armchair Tactician


Adrift in the Fog of War Last night, for the first time since I bought Regiments in mid-August, I tried another of the three types of Skirmish single battles in the recent Cold War-turns-hot real-time tactical simulation created by Bird’s Eye Games and published by MicroProse. In addition to Attack (the type of mission I’veContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Meeting Engagements in ‘Regiments’ are a Tough Challenge for This Armchair Tactician”

On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update


I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson I love books. I love to read.   I learned to read at an early age. I don’t remember when I started to read, but my mom used to tell me (and anyone else, for that matter) that Tata, my maternal grandmother, taught me to read beforeContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Reading Habits, the TBR Stack Got Bigger, and a Quick Life Update”

Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’


“In case of doubt, attack.” – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. USA I’m getting better at playing Regiments. I’m not yet as good a commander of armored forces as George Patton, one of America’s best-known generals from the World War II era and the namesake of the U.S, Army’s Patton series of main battle tanks.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’


Dies Irae: The Story Continues…. In early 1982, Sidgwick & Jackson of London and Macmillan Publishing of New York published The Third World War: The Untold Story, a war novel co-written by General Sir John Hackett and seven collaborators, many of whom had co-written The Third World War: August 1985, published four years earlier and,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’”

On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

Old Gamers Never Die: Fighting Near a Nuclear Power Plant in ‘Regiments’ Poses New Twists, New Challenges


Regiments: The Battle for a ‘Hot’ Zone Last night, after trying – and failing – to choose a movie or TV show to watch, I decided to play Regiments again. Once more I selected the Skirmish titled Raw Power, which depicts a fictional 1989 battle near what looks like a nuclear plant in what wasContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Fighting Near a Nuclear Power Plant in ‘Regiments’ Poses New Twists, New Challenges”