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January 11, 2014

Peter Shulman's Forever War

The battles on the new farm take place on wooded hills. One side defends the hills, the other attacks.
Moving the armies across the streams and up the hills is lots of fun and pausing to sit and just listen to the running stream and watch the animals is truly enjoyable. At the end of each day of war gaming, I record briefly what occurred in an after action report. At the end of each season I write a fairly detailed history of that summer's war. In this way, I have a record of who did what, which friends won or lost battles, which pilots scored kills, which were shot down. These records help generate promotion lists and have created over the years, histories of different officers' participation in the wars. The equipment levels of the two sides continue to grow. There are over twelve hundred (1400) jet aircraft in 1/48 scale and more than three thousand five hundred (3,700) vehicles in 1/35 and 1/32 scale. Every year about one hundred new pieces of equipment are added. At this time, in January, 2012, there are seven hundred and fifty two (752) named friends and acquaintances in my army and approximately sixty thousand (60,000) sculpted clay figures. The Story

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 11, 2014 11:14 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

War (the cunning of the animal, coupled with the spark of the divine due to our sentience) is the natural state of Mankind.

Peace is its supernatural state.

The mark of a civilization in its ascendancy is its ability to labor.

Good thing his passion was firmly encapsulated within the boundaries of 'the game' (and the fail-safe that 'Nobody dies'), otherwise his path towards sociopathy would be inevitable.

Its a shame that no one saw his potential as a youth and channeled his passion in a more productive direction: He could have been a magnificent "Mentat" for the West Point War College.

What a shame.

I wonder what Bob's take on this fragile man - and his gift - would be.

Posted by: cond0011 at January 12, 2014 6:50 AM

"(the cunning of the animal, coupled with the spark of the divine due to our sentience)"

Hmmm... 'Deus-ex-Machina', indeed.

Posted by: cond0011 at January 12, 2014 7:01 AM

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