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Mind the Gap, Mind the Gap

Posted by Andy on February 20, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There has, unfortunately, been a period of several months over the past year where blog articles haven't been written covering the games we've played at our monthly get togethers.  I only recently (over this past holiday) completed my own after-action report for our July game of Black Ops.

There are a number of reasons for this gap in ...

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The Deal - Black Ops in Elbonia - Part 2

Posted by Andy on August 22, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Director Ryan couldn't tear his gaze from his screen. There it was, the early stages of a deal he had been tracking for some time, using various overt and covert sources in Elbonia and elsewhere. The moving images he was seeing were black and white and grainy in places, but he was grateful for any means that allowed him to track what was happening in this Elbonian backwater.


Thank the stars for an old Octagon satellite that was still operational, geosynchrono...

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The Broker - Black Ops in Elbonia - Part 1

Posted by Andy on June 22, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

With practiced speed and agility, Elbonian President Robert Wubaqui rolled off of the cooing twin Swedish starlets, and rose to his feet.  Wubaqui was having a great night (and so too, he was sure, were Greta and Olga).  Just a scant few hours ago he'd received a report that his Elbonian Secret Police (ESP), hot on the heels of recent HUMINT regarding the activities of the notorious black market entrepeneur Max Killimov, had struck with reckless bravado and, in so doing, had secured...

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Battle of Rock Ridge

Posted by Rob on June 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In May, the B&P group finally ran a Western skirmish game.  This has been a long time coming considering we've been playing games for 6 years and never done a western game...

I pulled out the Great Escape Games rules Dead Man's Hand and issued a call for everyone to bring their own gang of figures and any western terrain.

Some of us have been slowly acquiring some of the MDF laser cut terrain f...

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Star Wars Armada

Posted by Rob on June 9, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In March I pulled out the Star Wars Armada fleet scale game.  A good chance to put some pre-painted spaceships on the table and fire some turbo-lasers for a change.

I used a great website for Armada fleet building, Fab's Fleet Generator using the models I already owned.  I wanted to feature two Star Destroyers vs. a scratch fleet of Rebels.  As our first game, I minimized the enhanced leaders...

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Blink and It's Gone - Year Six in Review

Posted by Andy on April 28, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

WOW!  Where did the last year go?

Here it is late April again and, for once, despite having a slow year at writing after-action reports, I find myself actually catching up and knuckling down and writing a recap on time!  I must not be feeling well.

Really, has it been a year already?  Our first full year at the Black Labrador, where we've played in the bar area, the Churchill Room, and Cezannes, and transitioned from meeting on the fourth Mon...

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Posted by Andy on April 22, 2016 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Dante quickly closed his book as his school hover bus pulled up in front of Donald J. Trump Middle School.  The heavy and quite old tome, "Out of Africa : The British Military Exodus of 1895" , had captivated him now for several weeks.  This work of a retired Major Dr. Werther Farthingsworth had been written not long after the events it described.

Dante had learned quite alot about the Phoney-War period that followed the 5 March, 1894 declaration of ...

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Trouble on the Rocks

Posted by Andy on February 28, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

"I remember feeling the need, then, to assist, but assist who I was not certain - perhaps to protect the less able patients. But as I stood, I lost my bloody balance, my bloomin cane failed me and slipped away, and I fell to the ground, bashing my head against the nearby table and knocking myself out cold."

Reading this passage, young Dante caught his breath, and adjusted his electric torch beneath his sleeping linen.  His father would give him a whipping if he ...

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Out of Africa

Posted by Andy on February 4, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Breathlessly, eleven year old Dante Broussard closed the door behind him.  He'd slipped through this way a number of times, to evade the bullies stalking him in the school's halls beyond.  He found solace and comfort here, amongst the books of the library of Donald J. Trump Middle School.

Dante silently wandered over to his favorite section, History.  Like his father, he found books on military history particularly fascinating.  He'd been here many times ...

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The Green Inferno

Posted by Rob on December 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Continuing our Christmas game tradition, I ran a Bolt Action game set on New Britain in Dec. 1943 during the Battle of Cape Gloucester, known in Marine history as The Green Inferno.

The Black Labrador's Churchill Room as our setting had been freshly remodeled/expanded and decorated w/ natural ever...

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