Coinage of Memnon of Rhodes, Mysia. Mid 4th century BC

Alexander’s Psychological Warfare

Created by billk on April 25, 2024 1:32 pm

Soon after Alexander the Great crossed the Hellespont into Asia Minor, and began conquering towns as part of his Persian Campaign. He ordered his restless men not to loot surrounding farms and villages since the land would soon be theirs and to avoid breeding excessive hostility against them. But he told them to pay special […]

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Computer playing itself on the Battle of Issus scenario

Design Diary – December 2023

Created by billk on December 11, 2023 12:41 pm

Hello and happy holiday season, everyone! I figured I could sneak one blog post in 2023 and pretend I’ve been keeping up with it all along. It’s been my one area of neglect on this digital board game journey, but I’ve been busily working on Arete: The Battles of Alexander the Great since the last […]

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Hex-and-Counter on iPad

First Test Running the Game on iPad

Created by billk on February 6, 2022 2:37 pm

This is the first attempt running the game on an iPad Pro as a native app. Not purely native as the game itself isn’t coded with Swift, but in a Swift container and building a real app. This was a tough way to discover that Safari on iOS doesn’t support CSS filters on SVG elements […]

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Generative AI in Wargames

Created by billk on January 9, 2024 5:42 pm

Oh boy. This topic’s been brewing for the past year and it’s really started to heat up in the board game world and now, as expected, in wargaming. It’s the issue of the ethics of wargame publishers using generative AI in their games. George Pearson, who’s been wargaming since 1968, recently posted in The Board […]

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Game Progress January 2022

Hex-and-Counter Game Progress, January 2022

Created by billk on January 23, 2022 9:11 am

Walkthrough of the game after around 8-9 months of designing and programming. Still under construction with a long way to go, but it’s a full game and – dare I say – fun to play.

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Loaded Game Screen

Saving and Loading the Game

Created by billk on April 28, 2022 9:06 am

Well all my Find/Replace work paid off and this is exciting. Save and Load work and allow for the all-important “Resume Game” option. Here’s a vid going from a new game to a saved one.Note this also shows a sneak peek at the set-up for The Battle of Chaeronea.

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99 Red Balloons

Wargaming’s Greatest Hits: A List of War and Anti-War Songs

Created by billk on April 18, 2024 4:07 pm

A couple of days ago, Ardwulf’s Lair had a stream where the topic was music for wargaming. A great topic, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it so I’ve put together my list of favorites just to get them in one place. Unsurprisingly they’re mostly Cold War and some anti-war protest tunes. […]

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