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Posted on May 16, 2008 in Boardgames

Historicon Military Seminar Speakers 2008

By Armchair General


The following are some of the notable authors, game designers and other hobby VIPs (in alphabetic order), who are hosting seminars – and many are also hosting games – at this year’s convention.


Charles K. (Ken) BungerCharles K. Bunger: Ken has been wargaming, studying and writing about the Seven Years War since 1965. He was a founding member of the Seven Years War Association in 1977. He has been an associate editor of The Journal of The Seven Years’ War Association and the former wargame magazine, The Courier. In 1971, Ken authored Tricorne, one of the first sets of wargame rules devoted solely to the Seven Years War. Ken is a member and associate of the Company of Military Historians, the Pritzker Military Library and the Newberry Research Library in Chicago. He has lectured on the Seven Years War for the history department of the University of Nebraska, and has taught at Creighton University and Northwestern University. Ken has toured the battlefields of the Seven Years War on several occasions with Professor Christopher Duffy and has led several tours himself. The latest was a tour of the SYW battlefields in western Germany.

Ken has practiced law in Omaha and Chicago for 35 years and currently is concentrating on land use and finance law in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the President of the State of Nebraska Historical Society. Ken has also worked as a loaned public employee for the United States Agency for International Development in the Ukraine on several occasions helping municipalities develop governance and economic policies. Mr. Bunger will be presenting one theme seminar: Seven Years’ War in Europe (Sat. 11 AM).


Frank Chadwick Frank Chadwick: Founded Game Designers’ Workshop in 1972, and was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 1984. Chadwick has more than sixty published games to his credit, and his Desert Shield Factbook (1991) reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Chadwick will be presenting three seminars about ‘First Acts’, the opening campaigns a larger war, at this year’s convention: Turkey’s Remarkable Victory: The Crimean War’s 1853 Danube Campaign (Thurs. 5 PM); 1757 – Year of Battle: The First Campaign of the Seven Years’ War (Sat. 10 AM); Poland Is Still Free! – Polish Armed Forces in 1939 (Sat. 2 PM); and will be part of a panel on The Largest Tank Battle in History? (Sun. 9 AM).


Simone Drinkwater Simone Drinkwater: Marketing and New Business Director of Casemate, the fastest-growing military history publisher and distributor (previously Business Development Manager, and former Commissioning Editor, at Osprey Publishing). Simone will be hosting a seminar to talk about Casemate in more detail and provide you with exclusive highlights of future publications: Casemate Seminar: Exclusive Insights Into The Military Book World (Sat. 12:30 PM); see Events (PEL) link at left for full details after May 15th. As Casemate are also distributors for a number of other military publishers, including Histoire & Collections, Pen and Sword, Foundry, Greenhill Books and Heimdal, amongst others, you can be sure to find out everything there is to know about the developments of the military book world! If this wasn’t enough, there will also be the chance to find out more about becoming an author, the opportunity to suggest ideas for new titles, and even put in your request for any out-of-print books you would like to see reprinted. Attendees should also plan to stop by the Casemate info booth located on the balcony in the Expo Hall to enter daily giveaway contests for HISTORICON – a great way to get free military history books and prints, painting guide DVDs, a selection of Histoire & Collections books, Foundry rulebooks, and more!


John Dunn John Dunn: An associate professor of History at Valdosta State University, where he teaches courses on World Military History, the Islamic World, and Slavic Europe. Author of numerous articles and Khedive Ismail’s Army (2005), he studies military affairs in 19th-20th Century Egypt, Poland, and China. Mr. Dunn will be presenting a seminar on Killing for Budda – The Tibetan Army, 1911-50 (Sat. 7 PM).



Bob FultonBob Fulton: Bob is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience, and who manages his own consulting firm; however, he has a love of early modern European history, religion, military affairs and wargaming. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are of particular interest to him, and he is almost an expert on Frederick the Great and his campaigns. Bob is a graduate student of history at Northern Illinois University working on his M.A. with plans to continue on for his Ph.D. in History. Bob tries, in his spare time, to attend a number of conventions each year. This is his first year attending HISTORICON, and will be presenting a theme seminar: Frederick the Great…oh Really? (Sat. 1 PM).


Lester W. Grau Lester W. Grau – Guest of Honor: Military Analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Graduate, U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute (Russian) and U.S. Army’s Institute for Advanced Russian and Eastern European Studies. Retired Lt.-Colonel, US Army, 1992 (combat tour in Vietnam, four European tours, a Korean tour and a posting in Moscow); military education included the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Air Force War College. Traveled to the Soviet Union and Russia over forty times, and a frequent visitor to the Asian subcontinent – especially Pakistan and Afghanistan. Visited Iraq in October 2003, and is the recent CENTCOM Fellow. Published 100+ articles and studies on tactical, operational and geopolitical subjects. His books: The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (1996), The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War (co-authored with Ali Jalali, 1998), The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost (2001), and currently working on a book about the U.S. and coalition effort in Afghanistan centered on Operation Anaconda. Mr. Grau will be presenting three seminars at this year’s convention: Ground Combat in the Clouds: Mountain Warfare Tactical and Operational Considerations (Thurs. 1:30 PM); Withdrawal Without Leaving Chaos: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Fri. 9 AM); Patterns and Predictability: A Soviet View of Operation Linebacker II during the Vietnam War (Sat. 9 AM).


Dana Lombardy Dana Lombardy: Associate Editor for Armchair General online. Best known for his multiple award-winning Streets of Stalingrad board wargame (three separate editions since first released in 1979), and for his nearly twenty television appearances, including multiple episodes of The History Channel’s Tales of the Gun series. Lombardy has contributed as an editor, cartographer, graphic artist and designer on many books, games and magazines, and was Publisher of Napoleon Journal from 1996-2000. Mr. Lombardy will be presenting two seminars at this year’s convention: Secret Turning Points of the Napoleonic Wars (Thurs. 2 PM); Secret Turning Points of the American Civil War (Sat. 11 AM); and will be hosting a panel on The Largest Tank Battle in History? (Sun. 9 AM).


Doug MacGregor Doug MacGregor: Doug is the museum educator at Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up outside of Pittsburgh and has enjoyed history since he was a child. He completed his BA degree at Slippery Rock University and Master’s at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He concentrated his studies on the colonial and revolutionary eras and completed his thesis on John Connolly, leader of the Virginia action at Pittsburgh and a loyalist through the American Revolution. Doug has been at the Fort Pitt Museum since 2002, and helped design the new exhibits and directs the educational programs. He has written a book and several articles on historical topics related to western Pennsylvania. Mr. MacGregor will be presenting a theme seminar on War for Empire in Western Pennsylvania (Fri. 6 PM).

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