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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:17:00 +0000A few weeks ago I had pause to consider my position 'graphically' -nothing seemed to be working.At the same time I felt that I was maybe going to be in need in of a new carry bag for my research gear -and things being what they are - at the store, you need to add a new design at least every 90 days - and I guess my time might have been getting close... I got to a work (ok -I did not put a lot of time into these -an example being to the left), and I still have some other project material that I need to get to elsewhere.Anyway ... that is about it for the weekend for me (I will probably have to put this aside for a bit -all graphic work is actually good practice, and yes, I think that you can accurately call this practice as well. ;)
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 13:32:00 +0000One of the things I have noticed is that a lot of wargaming sites, particularly miniature sites, focus on photography. And yes, I agree that the models are incredible, and an art-form in their own right.What seems to be lacking a lot of times, is (for me at any rate), the strategy behind the wargame itself. I don't know if I would call it a failure, per se, but I would probably suggest, instead, that it is a significant missed opportunity that links a battle (in a lot of cases a scenario), and the history behind the situation being gamed out.What are the objectives being contested? What is the strategy being adopted? What is the historical background? When it is all said and done, how does the player (or do the players) evaluate what you have achieved?I guess that is what I find to be one of the most interesting parts of the hobby, if not the main purpose for playing.Take, for example, a plan that I have had to write a debriefing of a recent match at Spotsylvania that I had with Don Vandergriff, where the scenario ended prematurely due to Don's day job.This won't be a full on AAR, if only for the main reason that I was not really keeping a running log of what was going on (this battle was part of a linked campaign in Campaign Overland). Don had been suitably unimpressed with my play before this scenario, when he had called me: "...by far... the most cautious player (that he) had ever played." Well in my own defence, that was the first two scenarios of the campaign ( and the second scenario was largely hindered due to his withdrawal to a map edge and digging in with a hedgehog as well as rainy weather which impeded my progress in finding him. The first battle - was one where I frankly had hoped that he would have gotten frustrated at me and come after me -forcing a crossing near Orange CH - and to which I had dug in with the aim of fighting a river defence (instead of forcing a crossing over a river -with some nasty looking fortified works behind them)... I suppose at best I would have allowed an artillery duel... but -well, this isn't at all about any of that (seeing as nothing at all happened really).Spotsylvania wasn't like that.I think I will chuck out the images, and come back to the narrative later (and I might make a page out of it). Speaking of pages- I also have some screenshots for a Civil War Battles graphics mod that I was sent recently, and I will have to get those organised as well as make the mod available for download (I have gotten a bit backed up with personal life over the past month or so.).
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:55:00 +0000
JTS just released Leipzig Update V1.05
The update includes:
Changes for Campaign Leipzig V1.05
- Added Magnified 2D view (View menu, mouse wheel, or hot key '5').
- Multiple scenario updates.
The update can be found here:
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:47:00 +0000
HPS just released update v2.0 for Atlanta, Corinth, Shiloh, and Vicksburg.
All of the updates include:
- Added Mixed Organization Penalty Optional Rule for -1 morale modifier when units from different brigades are in the same hex.
- Added ability to construct Trenches in certain scenarios based on Parameter Data Trench Construction value.
The updates can be found here:
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:25:00 +0000
JTS just released Waterloo update v1.07.
Please note that this update is only for the JTS version of Waterloo.
The release of the HPS Waterloo version will follow.
Changes for Campaign Waterloo 1.07
- Added Magnified 2D view (View menu, mouse wheel, or hot key '5').
The JTS Waterloo version update can be found here:
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:55:00 +0000http://hist-sdc.com/spotlights/fwwc_ep14.php
I still have to add in links to the updated documentation files, however I do have a page up for it.
By the sounds of things, there is an update to be put out shortly for owners of the HPS version of France '14 as well (from what I understand, it is actually completed and just waiting on HPS to add it to their site).
Owners of the HPS version should not update to the JTS version, as that update is already posted at the JTS site (JTS having direct control over when they can update their material on their own site - it is one of the major perks of running your own site...). If you were to do this with the HPS version -then the HPS version would begin asking you for a serial number -which you wouldn't have. If that were to happen, you should be able to apply the update when it comes out from the HPS site to overlay the erroneously applied JTS update.
..which was one of the things I found out while testing the recent Campaign Waterloo update.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:47:00 +0000http://scenariodesigncenter.logosoftwear.com/
Posting this mainly so I don't go and lose the URL. Basically I discovered that I can add custom designs to (among other things not offered directly on the Cafe Press store) - - - Hockey Jerseys.
As in ones you can wear over pads ... so -actual real bonafide ice hockey jerseys ...
-and this just has to be done. I am not really under any illusion that it will bring in much (probably any) money - but at the end of the day I can have a promotional personalized hockey jersey or two.
I don't reckon that I can beat that.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:46:00 +0000
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:04:00 +0000Civil War Battles: Corinth
This one came out Friday 20 June 2014; for whatever reason I only just became aware of Drew Wagenhoffer's blog.
The first thing I am going to do is add a link to this on the site. At the same time, I have a message for other scenario designers out there- particularly those working with John Tiller Software or even HPS Simulations. While I have some pretty good connections with the company, I am not always made aware of projects that you might have going on outside of the realm of JTS or HPS Sims -so if you have something else you are involved in - by all means, get in touch with me and the site would love to be able to support your work.
This also holds true for play testers...
Anyway - I thought that I would throw that out there.
Sat, 10 May 2014 23:51:00 +0000Touch Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville
Civil War Battles - Chancellorsville
Sat, 10 May 2014 23:46:00 +0000
.... in catch up mode on the blog.
Touch Civil War Battles: Peninsula
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:59:00 +0000This time it is Panzer Campaigns: Market-Garden '44
Panzer Campaigns - Market-Garden '44
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:10:00 +0000
Just released -the direct download version of Napoleon's Russian Campaign.
The game can be purchased here:
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:52:00 +0000
HPS just released update v1.08 for NRC
The update includes:
Changes for Napoleon's Russian Campaign 1.08
- Updates to weapons and scenario files.
NOTE: Starting with this version, no CD-check is performed by the
main program and all documentation is supported only in PDF format,
available from the Help menu in each application.
You can find the update here: http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/updates/up_NapBats/up_NapBat.asp#NAPOLEONSRUSSIANCAMPAIGN
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:51:00 +0000I promised a bit more about the Kurz and Alison lithograph, 'Missionary Ridge' - this image has been a relatively big seller for me over at Cafe Press. I know that last November was the 150th anniversary of the battle- but it is not just the amount of things moved -but rather what has been going.
I think that the vast majority of material is from Cafe Press just using my design -which is cool by me, but the designs they use are not always optimised for the product that they are being used on. Case in point -they were using my design as optimized for 11 x 17 inch posters.
Stay with me on this ... because someone bought a woven blanket using this sized image -and I have no idea at all how that would come out. It must have been ok, as the customer kept the item (and in the process I learned that I needed to bone up on Cafe Press' new commission scheme -which I did eventually). Lately though someone bought the design on a picture frame (which means that there is no central part of the image itself - then the other day a sticker and I think a magnet went...
So, yes, it does suggest that I ought to spend more time and effort creating designs for Cafe Press, as I have heaps of material to work off of. I do wish that I had a clone in order to actually get the time needed to produce all that I am capable of... but well, it will happen -I am sure of that.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:47:00 +0000
http://moneymorning.com/2014/02/24/todays-stock-market-news-dow-jones-industrial-average-ended/U.S. stocks welcomed a solid lift in Monday's trading session, with all three major indexes closing up. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 0.64%, or 104 points, to close at 16,207 points; the S&P 500 closed up 0.64%, or 12 points, at 1,848; and the Nasdaq closed up 0.69%, or 30 points, at 4,293 points.
As I stated in the last post - #7 was the winning number in the draw -as it was the closing figure for the Dow Jones Index on Monday.
This makes Richie61 the winner of the draw.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
(Apologies for the confusing screenshot -that was my fault.)
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000
Ok- the title's name is out there, which means it is getting close ... really close to a release.
Hypothetically, if it comes out on Friday (US time), then the Dow Jones close on Monday in the US was ...107, meaning that the winning number is #7.
If this is the week, with 22 entries, then 7 is the winner.
At this point, I am not going to take any further entries in the interest of fairness.
I will post more possibly on Friday US time.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:27:00 +0000There are 22 entered in to the draw.
This sort of makes things a little more complex in terms of how I was going to have the winner chosen.
What this means is I had a look at the Dow Jones close yesterday and it was 63. Ok- what I do with that number?
Ok- I don't know -so I will change something with the draw -and that is - I will go by the closing number for the Dow Jones (NYSE) for the week prior to release. If that fails to produce a winning number (the last 2 digits) -that it will be daily until a winning number comes up.
It is a fairly interesting title- especially judging from the images that have been posted by David Freer, recently, over at the Blitz.I believe that if you click on the above image it takes you to a full sized image that David had posted. And I suppose the news of the week is that - it is a Russian Front title.
Me? Well I am well and truly focused on a different century -so I won't be able to post much material of my own - which is not to sat that I won't post anything - but rather more - I have to rely on others to submit it.
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:37:00 +0000I have to rejig the site and find a better location for the links to the touch aps.
Right now I am thinking that the best place for these would be to replace the menu on the right hand side of the site.
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:49:00 +0000It has been awhile, and I have not been able to do these as regularly as I had thought that I might be able to.
To date there are 19 names in the draw - so if you are thinking of pulling the trigger on this, there is still time, and the odds are probably pretty good..
Note, that this is intended as a '2nd Chance' drawing, so that in the event an entrant has won David Freer's contest at the Blitz , were to win the draw here, it will be re-run on the next business day.
The idea being to maximise exposure and to give more guys a chance at winning a title.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:58:00 +0000I saw this on a thread over on the Blitz, and thought that I should explain more what I was meaning.
Last year when the site ran a contest for AI script writing, I had mentioned over on Gamesquad, that in the future the site would be holding an AAR contest. This happened because, not everyone was interested in writing AI scripts.
This idea is basically about generating some content for the Scenario Design Center site, and nothing more. There only limitation on this contest will be that it would have to be on something published by either John Tiller Software or HPS Simulations. It can be any game, this would include the demo games, as well as the Touch Ap's that have recently been released.
The aim, as I said, would be about getting a hand generating some content for the site, and at the same time offering guys a chance in a draw.
However, this will be some time later on in 2014. I don't have an exact time frame, just a rough idea.
Also I should explain that I worded the other contest poorly. I will accept entries up until publication date- whenever that is. As it stands, I have no idea when that might be -so there may end up being a fair amount of entries in the drawing.
In the interests of transparency, I will post updates on the number of entrants fortnightly (every two weeks), and do this on Sundays (my time).
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:25:00 +0000Giving you another crack at it...
David Freer's post over on the Blitz is not the only chance to score a copy of the first Panzer Battles title.
SDC's contest will be a little different than David's being run at The Blitz, in that Scenario Design Center's is a drawing.
The way it works is as follows - all you need to do is drop me a line at:
Tell me what you would like the Panzer Battles series to be - these may be published on the site (however if that is something that you would rather not have done -please just mention it to me - and that works as well.).
What you will get in return is a number (issued in order of an entry being received.). You should hang on to this number -as what happens next is the first business day after the PzB title is released (more than likely a Monday -but with some Federal holidays in the US -it might also be a Tuesday.).
The competition will be awarded based on the Dow Jones numbers for this date.
So get your entries in -and best of luck.
The fine print ( title graciously provided by David Freer ). One entry per person.
Also stayed tuned for another competition coming soon. This one will be an open AAR contest.
Sat, 21 Dec 2013 07:45:00 +00002014 Scenario Design Center/Centre Pledge Drive
I want to recognise that prior to getting the opportunity to launch the pedge drive for 2014, that we are nearly funded for this coming year.
I didn't even get to touch the finer points of value for money hosting, and all of the things I do to keep costs down. It is pretty tough to upsell me on something that is not absolutely critical to the site's performance.
"Nearly" means that prior to this year I was using a US based Paypal account and during this past year I switched an Australian Paypal account. The hosting is all charged in US dollars - and this year has not been that kind to the Australian dollar to US dollar exchange rate - so in short, I will be updating the language on the site to reflect that the goal is in US dollars.
Setting that aside, as it is not all that important in the big scheme of things, I wanted to take a moment to thank the donors who have already sent in pledges this month, I very much appreciate your patronage of the site - so a big thank goes out to SDC's 2014 donors.
Though it isn't required - further donations are always appreciated and will be put towards updating the software used to produce and maintain the site - however the main thing is that hosting has been covered for 2014.
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:39:00 +0000
HPS just released the direct download version of The French and Indian War and The War of 1812.
The DD versions of FIW and 1812 can be found here:
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 04:59:00 +0000Some of my own photos from Pearl Harbor ( Oahu ) Hawaii.
Some day down the track I will add some additional historical material on 7th December 1941.
In other news, I will have an announcement about the funding drive which, technically I hadn't actually had a chance to organise yet.
That, though, didn't stop some generous donations that came in during this past week. Basically it means that the drive is nearly completed before I even had a chance to address it.
I say, 'nearly' due to a technicality of something that changed between last year and this year that I didn't address.
In years past I had been using a US Paypal account, and the goal as posted on the site was in US dollars; during the course of this year I have switched to an Australian account (naturally -because I am in Australia....) - so while the goal I set was in US dollars - the donations arrive in Australian dollars.
In short- it is very close. I will write up something on that shortly and post it to the site; either on the blog, or on the site's FB page (or a combination of all three - which is more likely the way that I will go.).
That being said, I will send out acknowledgements of the donations received so far - but I want to, publicly, say a big thank you. I look to work on this site for quite a long time to come. :)
I have more material from Paul Bruffell to format and post. Paul has, I think I have this correct, exhausted his supply of play articles -but he has now transitioned to after action reports (AARs); I will be posting these on a regular to semi-regular basis.Loading
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