So the past three weeks have seen my re-appreciating some classic items.
Firstly, there’s the old classic boardgame of Alquerque, an ancient game that some say sets the foundation for Draughts/Checkers later. I’ve been looking at this as a possible product line for the future – source some aptly marked boards, and the glass/stone pieces, make up some drawstring bags for storage and print off the rules and associated information. It’s public domain after all.
BGG info here: Alquerque
It’s available online for practice too, at Jocly: Jocly’s Alquerque
Then, onto yet more classic stuff – well, classic in a game sense, I finally managed to re-acquire a copy of SPI‘s mammoth game, The Next War. I had this when I was a callow youth, who failed to keep it safe for the future. So I’ve been steadily offloading other items, and part of those funds helped me buy this when a copy came up.
It may have been surpassed by more modern designs, and certainly some of it’s assumptions for the military capabilities of that time may have been slightly off, but it’s still a classic monster game of the SPI era. It is mainly nostalgia for me, but I think we all have at least one game like that.
(Picture credit: Eric-The-Red on BGG)
And then there’s the music – not so much ‘classical music’ – although I do have some loaded up onto the Desktop PC for when I’m working. No, this again is nostalgia from my youth – Blondie and Siouxsie & The Banshees mainly. Along with some Cocteau Twins. Listening to these tracks brings memories of those days-back-then, and also prompts me to recall (or try to) on what I thought I’d be doing now – aged a half-century.
Did I ever think I’d be living on the Borders?
Or that I’d ended up in the jolly old Civil Circus, following the family traits (to a fashion)?
That I had indeed ended up working in an office after all?
Such reminiscences can be both a humorous and yet solemn exercise. But there’s no regrets. There’s no point wasting time like that, as I cannot change what I have done. And I am here as a result of all that has come to pass.
‘Atomic’ – ‘Spellbound’ – ‘Union City Blues’ – ‘Israel’ – ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ – ‘Arabian Knights’ – ‘11.59’ – ‘Dazzle’ – ‘Dreaming’ – ‘The Last Beat of My Heart’ …. and that’s without also immersing myself into Liz Fraser’s intoxicating vocals.
I save all the CT stuff for other deep-thinking moments.
And Reading. I’ve actually been reading – real books and all. Mainly I’ve been consuming Italian Wars, Renaissance Europe, Condottieres and fifteenth & sixteenth century history. All in aid of the planned wargaming projects of course. It is actually quite enthralling to delve into an amazingly complex period rich in new detail and information, and to overturn old assumptions. There’s incredible potential for a glorious campaign full of character. I can see why this is such an attractive era to some wargamers.
Still much to do, and much to co-ordinate. But I’m enjoying having the freedom to do all that.