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Riding to battle in style! The Armchair Dragoons discuss all manner of strategy games and wargames - both tabletop & digital - as played by hobbyists, professionals, and academics.
Also on the agenda are regular discussions of history & battles as they tie into strategy gaming and wargaming, and musings on the game industry as a whole.

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Riding to battle in style! The Armchair Dragoons discuss all manner of strategy games and wargames - both tabletop & digital - as played by hobbyists, professionals, and academics.
Also on the agenda are regular discussions of history & battles as they tie into strategy gaming and wargaming, and musings on the game industry as a whole.

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E12 – Retro Games & Holiday Shopping

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E12 – Retro Games & Holiday Shopping

    We wrap up season 3 with a look a 80s retro games, and what’s on sale/pre-order for your holiday dollars.
    Much love for Hunt For Red October, Tank Duel, and W@W’85.  Less love for Air War.  Some people need to get over driving more than 5 minutes for a game.  And the Hollandays Sale was a perfectly clever name.
    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

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    • 53 min
    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E11 – Outlandish Hats & Military Museums

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E11 – Outlandish Hats & Military Museums

    Our first-ever four-time-zones-at-once episode!  Bawb joins us from Merry Olde England, and Vance is on the road in Italy, while Brant & Jim are firmly planted in their home offices, though Brant’s voice seems to be on vacation.
    We talk about military museums & battlefields – and getting kicked out of a few – in our various travels.  We also discuss the most outrageous hats that one might wear on the battlefield, and where in Canada you can find a good hat-maker.  Yes, we talk about wargames, too, at least a little bit.
    Season 3 is winding down, so enjoy our last couple of episodes before we take a break for the holidays.
    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

    Thanks for listening!  We’d love to have your feedback either in the comment area below, or in our discussion forum.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube…

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E10 – The Cold War. No, the original one.

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E10 – The Cold War. No, the original one.

    Cap’n Darwin and Dr Sterrett are here to save the day!  They join Brant & Mirth to talk about all sorts of Cold War wargaming, including a discussion of whether or not the Cold War ever really ended.
    Specific games?  Well, the expected arrival of W@W’85 inspired this whole episode when we put the original schedule together, but we also talk about Air & Armor, games that ‘came true,’ Assault, the First Battle series, lighting maps on fire, multiple games with “NATO” in the title, the MBT series, where you draw the lines on what a “Cold War” game is, and GMT’s new Red Storm.
    We covered a lot of ground but kept our feet firmly planted on it, and so we barely scratched the surface of possible Cold War wargaming, especially naval wargames, most air combat games, and the 1970s-80s SPI classics.
    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

    Thanks for listening!  We’d love to have your feedback either in the comment area below, or in our discussion forum.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube…

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E9 – We’re Here to Help You Spend Your Money

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E9 – We’re Here to Help You Spend Your Money

    Hide your wallets!  The Compass catalog is here…. and it’s GLORIOUS….
    So of course we talk about it for 25 minutes.
    We also talk about what GMT has on sale / p500, and take a quick dip into Worthington’s current sale before cruising by Lock ‘n Load’s site and spending another 15 minutes on their sale.  In between, we also discuss WWII tactical games with minis vs cardboard, Nevsky’s box art, an unhealthy attachment that leads to talking to your figures, Avalon Hill vs SPI, Compass Con, reprints, and Jim just can’t let go of his hatred of Mystery Wizard.
    Clearly, the Mystery Wizard stole his lunch money back in 1978 and Jim is still stewing over it.
    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

    Thanks for listening!  We’d love to have your feedback either in the comment area below, or in our discussion forum.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube…

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E8 – “On Wargaming” with Matt Caffrey

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E8 – “On Wargaming” with Matt Caffrey

    COL(R) Matt Caffrey, USAF and AFRL, as well as the Godfather of the Connections conferences, joins us to talk about his historical opus “On Wargaming” and the research he did on the book.
    Also joining us is Chris Weave, a BuNine member, and part of the professional wargaming team at AFRL.
    There were a bunch of things referenced in this episode, most importantly, the PDF download of Matt’s book.  There were also a variety of other professional articles from War on the Rocks that we discussed.  And there’s also a couple of links to the Connections conferences

    PDF download of Matt’s On Wargaming book
    Jon Compton’s article
    Peter Perla’s (and friends!) rebuttal
    Phillip Pournelle’s non-rebuttal addendum
    Connections (US) website

    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E7 – The Laugh Track

    Mentioned in Dispatches, S3E7 – The Laugh Track

    We started out with Mirth, Vance, and Mike, talking about nothing in particular.  It was going to be the Armchair Dragoons “Seinfeld” episode.  Along the way, we managed to cover Cold War Naval Battles, Root, Napoleonics on Tabletop Simulator, Codenames, a dozen variations on Risk, Star Fleet Battles, Naval War, Twilight Struggle, Knight Hawks, BattleTech and which expansions suck, Star Wars Monopoly, casual meeple-based games that Brant enjoys, and a bunch of games we love to hate.  And no, we didn’t have to use a laugh track underneath it, as pretty everyone chuckled their way through this.
    We’ll try to be more serious next time.
    Maybe.
    You can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

    Thanks for listening!  We’d love to have your feedback either in the comment area below, or in our discussion forum.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube…

    • 1 hr 7 min

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The podcast for the Armchair Dragoon’s, “Mentioned in Dispatches” is an important podcast for wargaming hobbyists and professionals. A podcast season heavily covers games of interest to hobbyists, but there are usually a few very important excursions into the professional sector or to discuss relevant issues for the wargaming industry and hobby writ large. A great example is the podcast on essential wargaming books, the interview on Caffrey’s On Wargaming, and a thought provoking discussion of how wargaming treats controversial issues. Glad to see it on iTunes!

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