Harn Con XI

Nothing says Harnic get together better than the dreaded Harnic WarFerret.
A vicious creature that hurls flaming potatoes in your general direction warning you of a get together of fans of the great game of Harn. Fans of the game will understand and fear the War Ferret- the rest of you should just show up for a weekend of gaming with the smartest fans in the fantasy role playing game world.

HârnCon XI

Friday to Sunday, July 13–15, 2012
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Austin/Cedar Park–Lakeline
10701 Lakeline Mall Drive
Austin, TX 78717

Only $10 per day or
$15 for the entire weekend.

For information or to register,
contact Rob Barnes:

Visit the HârnForum:

Games you will never get rid of.

Wooden Cubes & Iron Soldiers
Podcast: Games you will never get rid of mentions several Columbia Games.

The list of games covered:

Mage Knight, Chicago Express, Keltis: Das Kartenspiel, Lost Cities, BSG Express, Barbarian Prince, Shenandoah: Jackson’s Valley Campaign, The Caucasus Campaign: The Russo-German War, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, Wiz-War, Rex: Final Days of an Empire, Manhattan Project, Caylus, Small World, Feudality, Stone Age, Rommel in the Desert, A Few Acres of Snow, Pillars of the Earth, Arkham Horror, Walnut Grove, Kingsburg, Engage, For the People, Corps Command: Totensonntag, Black Cross/Blue Sky, Fury of Dracula, Chess, Cribbage, Eclipse, Case Yellow, 1940: The German Blitzkrieg in the West, Caveman Curling, Lords of Waterdeep, Pirates of Nassau, Dr. Shark, Wizard Kings, Siberia, 1st & Goal, Washington’s Crossing, Liberty Roads, Vae Victis magazine games, Conflit of Heroes: Storms of Steel, Abaddon




Tom Dalgliesh is BGG Designer of the Month

Check out this link and discussion on Boardgamegeek.com





Slapshot, Columbia Games’ Legendary Game of Ice Hockey Loonery, has hit the streets.  Comments from people who are having fun are coming in on the Columbia Games Facebook page:


Learn more or read the rules at:



Location of Bosworth Field now known…

Interesting article in the UK Guardian.

Richard IIIRichard the Third is an epic two-player game that recreates the 15th century, bloody dynastic struggle between the royal houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England. Will the mad-king Henry VI and his Queen Margaret keep the throne or will the Duke of York recover it for the Plantagenets. Also strutting across the game’s stage are Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and Warwick, the notorious “Kingmaker”.

The object of play is to eliminate all five enemy heirs and/or win control of the powerful nobles of England. The Lancastrians start the game holding the throne, and the Yorkists are in exile ready to invade. Kingship can be won or lost several times during the game. Will Richard III emerge triumphant, or will he perish in battle as he did historically?

WW 2 Monopoly

This story is going around the internet. I found it interesting so I thought I’d post it here.

WWII Monopoly

Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate  map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations  of ‘safe houses’ where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks — they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.

Someone in MI-5 (similar to America’s OSS ) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk.  It’s durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britainthat had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, ‘games and pastimes’ was a category of item qualified for insertion into ‘CARE packages’, dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.

Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington’s, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germanyor Italy where Allied POW camps were regional system).  When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece. As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington’s also managed to add:

1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass
2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together
3. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within
the piles of  Monopoly money!

British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a ‘rigged’ Monopoly set — by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of  the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did so was sworn  to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war. The story wasn’t de-classified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington’s, as well as the firm itself, were
finally honored in a public ceremony.

It’s always nice when you can play that ‘Get Out of Jail’ Free’ card!

Prezcon 2008

I’m in Virginia, heading for Prezcon, which is starting today in Charlottesville. Getting here was a little challenging due to snow at my transfer point in Toronto, ON. De-icing etc. set us back enough for me to miss the train from Washington D.C. to Charlottesville so I stayed the night in Northern VA with a friend and we’re driving to Prezcon shortly.

I’m looking forward to playing in tournaments, playtesting and developing new games, and having a lot of fun. On Saturday night, I’ll be drawing a name at random from all those who entered in Columbia Games tournaments at Prezcon with a grand prize that will include a copy of every historical blockgame.

Sunday, when the convention ends, I’ll be heading back for D.C. where I will rendezvous with my new adopted daughter, Simonee Eden who will be arriving from Ethiopia that very day. I’m planning to get on the very same plane that she’ll be on! I’m still in awe at the fortuitous timing of her arrival coinciding with my trip to the east coast.

Museum to Host WWII Wargame Convention this Summer

The National World War II Museum will host Heat of Battle: The National World War II Wargame Convention August 24-26, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gamers from around the world will be attending this all-WWII historical board and miniatures game convention. Game referees will be using a variety of rules sets to recreate famous and lesser-known land, sea, and air engagements from all theaters of the war.

Heat of Battle

Columbia Games will be sponsoring the event and will support any GMs who wish to run demo games of Rommel in the Desert, Pacific Victory, or the EuroFront series. If you are interested in running a board or miniatures game, please click here to submit a game offering.

Holiday Inn Convention Center is the closest to the museum. Mention National World War II Museum – Heat of Battle Wargame Convention to receive $79.00 room rate.

Bookmark this webpage http://www.nationalww2museum.org/wargameconvention/
to learn more about the event as gamemasters and rules sets are chosen, schedules are posted, and special guests and vendors are announced.

Point to Point broadcast about Columbia Games

In February 2007, I (Grant Dalgliesh) interviewed with the guys who run the excellent wargaming podcast, Point 2 Point. The interview is part of issue 21 of their regular broadcast and was just recently posted to the Point 2 Point website. We discuss the history and the future of Columbia Games, current projects, and a variety of other wargame topics.

If you’ve not listened to a Point 2 Point podcast before, download issue 21 today! Its free!

From the Point 2 Point website
Another SuperSized Episode for your consumption! Jason and Scott answer some feedback, discuss their online gaming adventures, and, then move into their interview with Grant Dalgliesh, Heir to the Columbia Games, er, fortune.