|Vincent Price as Witchfinder General|
May your games year be filled with successful die rolls and good table talk shared with good folk.
An exposition of the Hobby of TableTop gaming.
With commentary, notes and other items connected to this hobby.
|Edward Fox as the Colonel from The Duellists 1977|
A second section of the community was equally disgruntled -- the ex-soldiers. The victorious powers had insisted that the French forces be reduced to a shadow of their former size, and large-scale demobilization was in any case economically imperative. Pitchforked into civil life, the French rank and file grumbled - as always - but this time with real grievances. One hundred and fifty-five years earlier Cromwell's New Model Army had similarly been abruptly disbanded by another restored monarchy, and contemporary observers had been greatly impressed by the orderly way in which the original redcoats had re-assimilated themselves into civil life. The France of 1815 was not, however, blessed with so easy a transition. No doubt many of the conscripts were only too gladto revert to their former ways of life, but there remained a hard core of veteran soldiers who proved incapable of finding a place in the inflationary economy and shaken society of defeated France. Many starved; all felt disgruntled. The focal points of the old comrades discontent were the cafes where the 12,000 or so officers on half pay would congregate to read the Paris news sheets, sip a pernod, and lament the "good old days" of teh Empire. The passage of time rapidly glossed over the realities of Napoleonic campaigning - the fear, the fatigue, the mud, the hunger and pain - and left only the evocative memories of la gloire and treasured remembrances of some passing word from Le Tondu. In this way, the Bourbon policy of military retrenchment ensured that the Napoleonic mystique survived. Somewhat paradoxically, this was nowhere more evident than within the ranks of teh units incorporated into the new Royal army. No amount of ordinances and disciplinary awards could check, for instance, the established practice of sentries presenting arms to veterans wearing the white enameled cross of the Legion d'Honneur. In the end this was allowed.
|Though only the Hesilrigge's Lobsters force actually existed during the ECW, I may go with a different flag|
|a view of the NY Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas strip from the Mustang convertible we had for a rental car.|
|The board has a layout like Monopoly, with an 'inner track' similar to Cashflow, though with different uses.|
|Ana Hawk, the designer and owner of a barter exchange - busy with the teaching task|
|While I did not win, I also did not come in last ... along the way I came to understand more about barter exchanges|