Chestnut Lodge Wargames Group

Robin Hood (2010)

A film review by Richard Hands A discussion about the 2010 Russell Crowe Robin Hood came up at Virtual Chestnut on June 14th 2022, and Jim Wallman mentioned he’d just very recently seen the film, and was ‘interested’ in my perspective on it. The implication was that he hadn’t thought highly of it. I must […]

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Grumpy Old Fart or Venerated Elder Sage? What legacy are we leaving for wargaming?: An Onside Report

Our pre-meeting gathering on 4 June 2022 included an organ recital: problems with double vision and teeth extractions (and that was just the presenters), and the drama of turning 60 and having your students realise you are old enough to be their grandad (not applicable to either of the presenters who are now well pass […]

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Terrorism as Tourism?

Just wondered how others might view this new offering on ‘experiences’: https://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/product/gunpowder-plot-experience-for-two-adults-two-children-peak?utm_campaign=1142818_2022-05-20_bau_gunpowder_plot&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Acorne%20Limited%20T%2FA%20Virgin%20Experience%20Days&dm_i=4SXJ,OHSY,2EZT8J,2ZVF9,1 I suppose as someone long interested in mass slaughter (i.e. warfare) I am perhaps least morally able to comment, but it does seem a bit bloody bizarre! At least it comes with a ‘Family Package’… What next, though – ‘The 9-11 Day Out […]

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Preview: The Wedding Gift

General Briefing for The Wedding Gift The Wedding Gift is a classic committee game for up to seven players. It is set in a fantasy world with approximately 16th/17th century levels of technology (less gunpowder and with a bit of real divinity that manifests itself very subtly). The King of a nearby nation (Dael Riata) […]

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Virtual CLWG: Tip 1 Joining Virtual CLWG

For many of us, participating in a virtual CLWG is a new experience. These general tips are offered as points to assist all of us to participate in the sessions smoothly. Your CLWG time and space at home Try to find a quiet space. Let others you live with know you are in an online […]

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Movies: Contemporary Period: The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) (2001 – ongoing)

  GWOT: Afghanistan (2001-2014) Kajaki (2014) (Jon Casey) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3622120/?ref_=vp_back Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out riverbed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg – or your life.   Bluestone 42 (TV Series) (Jim Wallman) […]

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Movies: Contemporary Period: 1992 AD – 2021AD

  Also see Movies: Contemporary Period: Global War on Terror (GWOT) 2001 – ongoing Bosnia and Herzegovina War (1992-83) No Man’s Land (2001) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283509/?ref_=ttls_li_tt Bosnia and Herzegovina during at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no […]

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Movies: Contemporary Period 1954-1967

  Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) L’ennemi intime (Intimate enemies) 2007) (Jaap Boender) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825248/ A drama following a French platoon during Algeria’s war of independence.   The Congo Crisis (1961) The Siege of Jadotville (2016) (Jaap Boender) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3922798/?ref_=ttls_li_tt Congo. Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a standoff with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries.   Six-Day […]

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Movies: Contemporary Period: Vietnam War 1955-75 and First Indochina War 1946-54

  First Indochina War 1946-54 The Quiet American (2002) (Deborah Southwell) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258068/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman   Vietnam War 1955-75   Go tell the Spartans (1978) (Philip Middleton) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077617/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the […]

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