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Recollections and Regrets

Posted by Andy on September 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Pushing the box aside with one hand, Captain Weathersby glanced at his watch. Noting the time, he ran a hand roughly through his greying rumpled hair and sighed heavily. They’d be entering the mouth of the Mersey within the hour, he thought.

Turning his attention back to the matter at hand, he sighed again. How had it all gone so wrong...

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Point of No Return

Posted by Rob on September 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In July, we used an open night to start the X-Wing miniatures Point of No Return campaign that is included in the CR90 Corellian Corvette expansion pack.

I greatly prefer campaign or scenario games to the tournament style game, but your mileage may vary.  I've ...

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The Fourth Year Passes in Review

Posted by Andy on July 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)


Here we are, then, another year in the life of Houston Beer and Pretzel Wargaming. While my annual recap may be real late this year, at least it’s not “never”.


We’ve had a good wargaming year, only missing one game night as a club (although those who attended that night still enjoyed each other’s company and the food and beverage on offer). We also enjoyed no less than four different ...

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HUNG Out to Drive in Elbonia!

Posted by Rob on June 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (3)

CNN reports two contrasting events on a typical day in Elbonia. A successful food delivery to the village of Luonga by the World Food Programme (WFP) under the protection of the UN, while the National Guard and numerous other factions engaged in a catastrophic fire-fight around the neighboring and now-deserted village of Uonga.


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World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Posted by Rob on June 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The World Food Programme (WFP) provides assistance in Elbonia through a countrywide Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in 15 districts, a school feeding programme in 12 districts and school gardens, a Purchase for Progress (P4P) local food procurement pilot project, and an emergency operation (EMOP) assisting Garlamistani refugees and vulnerable host populations in northern Elbonia.

WFP’s recovery and development programmes, including the P4P pilot, ...

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Violent Encounter in the Atlantic

Posted by Andy on June 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The following passage was found amidst the personal papers of the famous French author Jules Verne. These papers were recently discovered in the attic of a Paris apartment, once owned by the granddaughter of Verne himself, Madame Crystal Verne Imonfeur.

Literary scholars believe that this passage was the beginning of a chapter that never made it into Verne’s famous work, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. Perhaps it would have led to...

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PETARD for Action

Posted by Rob on June 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, I'm Stephen Baldwin.  Today I'm issuing a call for action to join me on a mission to protect the Lions of Elbonia.

Almost a year ago, I met a wonderful man, Manuel Exposure - a great wildlife photographer.  He told me about the most horrific state sponsored lion hunts in the far-off country of Elbonia. 

As I sipped my mocha-frappachino at a Cafe off Rodeo Drive, I was horrified.  "Let's do something" I said. 

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Missing Oil in Elbonia!

Posted by Rob on June 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

RE: Some of our Oil is missing!!

From: Warm, Luke - Sr. VP, TransAfrica PetroServices (TAPS)

To: Steele, Rusty - CEO, TransAfrica PetroServices (TAPS)


There is an issue in our Elbonian operation; specifically oil throughput on pipeline Elco-1 is down 25% vs. last month. This has a negative impact on our bottom-line at the export terminal. Local management is largely incompetant and didn't recognize this problem. Corporate Accounting ident...

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Zombies Invade the Library!

Posted by BrianW on March 11, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After some false starts and missteps, the first game day at the Evelyn Meador library is finally on the schedule.  It will be on March 22, and Greg Burns, the librarian there wants me to run a game of Zombies!  According to him, the library system tries to stay current with trends, and as all gamers know, the zombie craze is still going strong in popular culture.

As of right now, the game day is scheduled to start at 11 AM, and run to whenever.  So, if anyone ...

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Glorious Out-of-the-Box Sails - February 2014

Posted by Andy on March 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The members of this club have always been fond of Ares Games' Wings of Glory and Wings of War series, with their pre-painted airplanes and simple, card-driven maneuver and damage chit draw sub-systems. It was thereore natural, when the Kickstarter for their new Sails of Glory was announced, that I had to invest in it. The game and sixteen Napoleonic era pre-painted sailing ships later, I learned the rules and then ran a few test games at home.


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