Little Wars … on my iPhone

Whilst idly looking at what books were available to download to my iPhone, I began searching for the works of H G Wells. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that an audio book version of his famous LITTLE WARS was available … for the princely sum of £0.59!

Needless to say, I bought it, and with a bit of luck I hope to listen to it over the next few days.

Now if only I could persuade John Curry to make audio book versions of everything in he is publishing as part of his HISTORY OF WARGAMING project …

The latest draft of my Interbellum rules is now available

After a few struggles and diversions along the way, I have finally managed to complete the latest draft of my INTERBELLUM rules, and they are available in PDF format as a download from my Interbellum website.

Please note that the rules are password protected; the password is ‘interbellum’.

The rules do incorporate some ideas from my previous rules, WHEN EMPIRES CLASH!. In particular there are now rules for the use of Transport Units as well as a whole new section at the end that sets out rules for the use of aircraft over the battlefield. The rules have yet to be play-tested (or even properly proof read!), but I set myself the goal of finishing the draft today … and managed it!

The melding of When Empires Clash! and my Interbellum Rules – Some progress has been made … at last!

I actually managed to spend over an hour this evening working on redrafting my INTERBELLUM rules so that they incorporate some of the elements of WHEN EMPIRES CLASH! The main body of the rules has now been finished, and I am working on an appendix that will contain the rules that relate to the use of aircraft.

Axis of War DVD

Yesterday morning I visited the local supermarket and happened to see that they had a DVD on sale entitled AXIS OF WAR – PART ONE – THE FIRST OF AUGUST. The cover showed what looked like a dog fight between biplane fighters taking place above a crowed battlefield. As my current major interest is the interwar period, it looked like it might be something that would interest me. I was not wrong.

The DVD is the first part in a trilogy that has been made by a major Chinese film maker, and it deals with Nanchang uprising of the Chinese Civil War in 1927.

I have not managed to see the whole film, but I was so impressed by the sheer scale of the battle scenes that I have ordered the second part (AXIS OF WAR – PART TWO – MY LONG MARCH) which was scheduled to be released three days ago. If it is half as good as the first DVD, it will be an excellent film to watch.

When Empires Clash! – Some progress has been made!

Despite all the recent ‘alarums and excursions’, I finally managed to spend an hour this evening working on the latest redraft of my Morschauser-inspired INTERBELLUM rules.

They still have some way to go as yet, but at least some further progress has been made. I had hoped to get the redraft completed by now but there is a distinct possibility that I will manage to complete it by Saturday evening. As soon as the redraft is ready I will make it available in PDF format via my Interbellum website.

Virtual Dice

I know that I should be redrafting my INTERBELLUM rules but …

I decided to search through the various iPhone applications (or ‘apps’ as I now have to call them) to see if I could find some that might be some to wargamers, and I found several that simulated the throwing of dice.

After some trial and error I finally chose Virtual Dice by Zach Winkler. This is a free ‘app’ (which was one of its ‘selling’ points!) and the user can chose to roll up to five D6 dice at any one time. Furthermore, the user has the choice of either pressing an on-screen button or shaking the iPhone to get it to throw the dice.

I don’t know if I will use this new ‘app’ whilst gaming … but you never know!

I was right … something did crop up …

I was right; something did crop up to distract me from working on the latest draft of my INTERBELLUM rules … I bought a iPhone!

Now I use information technology quite a lot, but I have never been one for buying the latest gadgets just because they are the latest gadgets. Until now my mobile phone has been just that … a phone that I can use whilst on the move. The fact that it can take photographs has never been that important to me; neither has the fact that it has a radio or can do various other things that I have used. I do text very occasionally, but find that the keys on a standard mobile phone are fiddly to use … and I positively HATE predictive text!

So why did I buy an iPhone?


  • The satellite navigation system I own and use in my car is so old and so basic that it will not and cannot be updated … and I can buy a sat nav application for the iPhone for less than a new sat nav system will cost me.
  • I am fed up not being able to access my emails whilst I am abroad (and especially on cruise ships) and my iPhone has free mobile Internet and WiFi access.
  • I found that I can actually use the keyboard on the iPhone (it is a standard QWERTY design) far easier and far quicker than my existing mobile phone.

I have spent this morning trying to set the iPhone up and upload the apps that I want to buy. Once that is done, I hope to do some work on the INTERBELLUM rules … but you never know, something else might distract me!