Friday, 16 August 2013

200,000 Page Views and Counting....

I must confess to being slightly embarrassed by this. I have just passed the 200,000 page views marks since July 2009 when A Wargaming Odyssey first hit the internet. I say embarrassed because since starting work my posts have been both brief and infrequent. I have lurched over the line almost by default rather than by virtue of any stunning writing.

For all that I am, as ever, hugely grateful and appreciative of all those that take the time to pop by and read my various misadventures - your continued support and comments have certainly been an enormous help to me in many ways.

I would like to leave you with one thought though; a thought that first appeared way back in 1974 and has only just appeared to me courtesy of the Aegean articles that Bob Cordery very kindly sent me. Ron Miles was the author of this article in Wargamer's Newsletter and he observed the following:

"I am a confirmed modernist in spite of the virtual impossibility of representing even a World War II brigade action because movement and range scales are too formidable. But first-class wargames based on smaller organisations are possible, fought to rules that need be no more complicated than those of the Ancient period. After all, in trying to legislate for every conceivable action and situation modernists are only following the general trend which has been forced on rule writers, and Convention organisers, because the "barrack-room lawyers" twist rules to suit their own case. I would urge wargamers to get back to simple standards of scale, movement, time and basics, backed by common sense and the willingness to see the other fellows point of view. Arguments should be settled  by an umpire, decided by the throw of a dice or better still, by amicable negotiation."

It certainly made me think.

Here is to the next 200,000 - with many thanks.


El Grego said...


Through thick and thin, it is always enjoyable to come and visit your blog, and I hope to see many more posts here.


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


Congratulations on hitting the 200,000 barrier. It won't be too long before you reach the half million 'hits'.

By the way, I think the quote is bang on the nail!

All the best,


Chris Stoesen said...

Congrats on the page views. Keep on blogging.

The Angry Lurker said...

Congrats and it's well deserved David!

legatus hedlius said...

200,000 Well done indeed!

Rodger said...

Congrat's David!

Millsy said...

Congrats on the 200K mate. Well done.

Ray Rousell said...

Nice one Dave, and here's to the next 200k!!!!

David Crook said...

Gentlemen all,

Many thanks for the kind words and thoughts - they are always appreciated and I hope that I am able to get to the next 200,000 without too many problems!

All the best and many thanks once again,


PanzerKaput said...

Congrats of break the 200K barrier.

PatG said...

Congratulations on 200k! Well done sir!

It seems from the quote that there have always been wargamers for whom the tabletop is just another urination contest. Thankfully, there are a great many more who play for the love of it.

David Crook said...

Hi Pat G,

Many thanks sir - much appreciated. You have certainly struck a chord with your observation - I tend to be quite particular about whom I game with these days for that very reason. Some of my best ever games have been glorious defeats but as long as the game feels historically relevant and is played in the right spirit the result does not matter.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Panzerkaput,

Many thanks old chap - much appreciated.

All the best,