• Archives,  VSF

    Ernest Glitch & His Lateral Science

    I first discovered Roger Curry’s Lateral Science website (now blog) a decade ago. He would seem to be in the process of distilling it into a “novel”— The Ernest Glitch Chronicles. I have to let Roger Curry describe this one…

  • Colonial,  Funny Little Wars

    Sawyer’s Playmobil

    Despite the seriousness with which many pursue the cause of wargaming — devoting hours to painting figures and constructing terrain; then devoting hours more to arguing over the proper number of buttons or color of facings — one should never…

  • Craftees,  Pirates/Naval

    Craftee Pirates

    Matt Jackson, author of the blog Lapsus Calumni, posted recently about a fabulous pirate game he designed and constructed, using components secured from a local craft shop. I’ve walked those same aisles, cast my glance upon those same little wooden…

  • Archives,  Colonial

    Prufrock in Peril!

    The Colonial Angle is a website devoted to miniature wargames (my new passion). It contains a photographic battle report of “The Demise of Professor Prufrock, a tale of supernatural mystery and desert intrigue.” I didn’t realize in 2002 that the creator…

  • Archives,  Cartography

    Perry–Castañada Library Map Collection

    The Perry–Castañada Library Map Collection is an invaluable resource for cartographers, this online map collection comprises numerous modern and historical maps, most in the public domain, as well as copious links to other cartographic resources. Two examples: The Distribution of the…

  • Archives

    Into the Archives

    As I mentioned previously, I “blogged” (though people didn’t call it that) from 2001 to 2009 in support of the roleplaying game I wrote, Terra Incognita. Aside from bookkeeping stuff (the game was reviewed here, blah, blah, blah, there’s a new…

  • Colonial,  Craftees,  Funny Little Wars,  Square Pegs,  VSF

    The Square Pegs

    The time has come for me to unveil my most recent Enthusiasm;— viz.: The Square Pegs The Square Pegs are a motley collection of 54mm Toy Soldiers constructed from clothespins, pipe cleaners, and other accoutrements. Why 54mm Craftees? In the…

  • Funny Little Wars,  VSF

    Funny Little Wars

    My current Enthusiasm involves a return to the origins of another hobby;— miniature wargaming. H.G. Wells’ Little Wars and Floor Games were the foundational texts for adults to engage in warfare employing tiny metal models. One can have for himself the text…

  • Fantasy,  Sci-Fi

    Dwarfstar Games

    If you harbor a hankering to interact physically with the past greatness I mentioned yesterday, you could begin by visiting Dwarfstar Games. In ’81 and ’82 you could ride your Schwinn to the FLGS (J&S Hobbies, Bloomington, MN in my…

  • Marginalia

    World in a Box

    Following is a bit of my rambling from about 2002, salvaged from my old site. World in a Box The Classic Microgames Museum I just discovered a reliable means of travelling backwards in time. That is, as long as your destination of…