Chestnut Lodge Wargames Group

IT’S QUIET – ALMOST, TOO QUIET…

Has anyone else noticed how ‘conversations’ at CLWG appear to be, well, fading away in the same manner as old soldiers? I mean, on those rare occasions we get posts not based on HR manuals, there is little in the way of either discussion, challenge, revision or extension – surely some of the founding principles […]

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Some books I read the last two years on Operation Market Garden

I’ve been drawn back the last two years into reading about Operation Market Garden through going back to the museum in Oosterbeek, a battlefield tour and helping out in a miniature wargaming project. I’ve also branched out into other operations in the Netherlands in 1944-45, such as the Battle of the Scheldt, operations in Noord-Brabant […]

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Game Design with Disability in Mind 1 General Considerations

    For the CLWG Game Design Weekend 1-2 October, 2022, I led a discussion on Game Design with Disability in Mind.  We covered consideration for people with hearing impairment, Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) (the more appropriate term for what is often referred to as ‘Colour Blindness’), visual impairment, and intellectual disability. In this post, […]

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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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The road to a liberal democracy – Brian Cameron

A few thoughts on aspects I’d be considering if I were designing a game on this topic. I’m wondering whether this needs to be a ‘gamey’ approach, not ‘real life’ – we could argue forever about the current state of play and how and why we got here and whether it’s good or bad.  When […]

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Movies: Middle Ages Military History 476AD – 1450AD

  1300s Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 Henry V (1989 Branagh version) (Philip Middleton) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097499/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 During the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England () embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.   Henry V (1944 Olivier version) (Philip Middleton) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036910/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_8 During the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of […]

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The Quiet Battlefield: offside review by Nick Luft

Jim presented The Quiet Battlefield, via an online CLWG session. He was inspired to make this game after playing The Quiet Year a game we played at the December CLWG Hybrid session. The Quiet Year is not a wargame, or a boardgame. It is perhaps more of a role-playing game, though the players do not […]

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Review of 2021

by Jim Wallman Our second year of pandemic saw quite a few attempts at replicating the CLWG experience using on-line tools and the relaxation of lockdown saw us experimenting with hybrid meetings – a non-trivial undertaking!  As in real life CLWG remained somewhat chaotic, though like 2020 the year gave us multiple opportunities to learn […]

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