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Posted on May 16, 2008 in Boardgames

War College at Origins Game Fair

By Armchair General

Origins Game Fair hosts the War College within its five-day convention in Columbus, Ohio, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. There is a huge exhibit hall where you can browse and shop, plus a game auction, an art show, and much more.

In addition to the OWC seminars that Armchair General is supporting, Matrix Games and several other companies are donating prizes that will be given away by some of the staff at War College events. Click here for speakers’ bios.

Look for our logo below to find ACG-sponsored events.

Until May 25 you can download and use the pre-registration form. Attendance fee is $60 for the four day event ($70 if paid on site), or $30 for one day ($20 for Sunday only). To attend the OWC costs an additional $16. This fee allows you to attend the seminars, shop in the dealer room, and sign up to play in nearly any games.


Click on the logo to go to the Origins Game Fair home page to learn more about it, nearby lodging, directions, etc.

We hope to see you there!

Origins Game Fair is run by the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Origins War College 2008
Seminar Schedule

NOTE: There are usually two rooms in use at the same time for seminars, so that is why there is more than one seminar noted at the same hour for most days.


4:00 PM
Starship Troopers: What’s All the Fuss?
Starship Troopers may be one of the most controversial – and misunderstood – science fiction novels ever written. Christopher Weuve looks at the how and why.

5:00 PM
Heroes of Peacetime
It has been said that more members of the military show courage on the battlefield risking their lives than show courage in meetings risking their careers. Yet a small band of airmen during the interwar period risked all and lost much. Matthew Caffrey explains how their sacrifices likely made the difference between victory and defeat in World War II

6:00 PM
Heroes and Losers of the Little Big Horn
Join award-winning military historian Pete Panzeri who uses both video and photos to present some surprising and controversial conclusions about what all military leaders and historians really ought to know about leadership and military disasters such as the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

8:00 PM
Global Trends-2008
Globalization, global warming, transnational terrorism, energy and resource shortages, mass emigration, genocide, and failed states are just a few of the terms that are used to describe the world we live in today. What are the major trends that shape our world and what impact will they have on our lives over the next 20 years? Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Laughrey examines the common causes of conflict – population, culture, resources, and economics.


9:00 AM
Turkey’s Remarkable Victory: The Crimean War’s 1853 Danube Campaign
In 1853, Russia invaded Turkey’s Danube Principalities, an act that launched the Crimean War. Turkey was militarily outmatched by Russia, but the inspired generalship of the Turkish marshal Omar Pasha turned certain defeat into a stunning victory. Frank Chadwick gives the presentation.

9:00 AM
The Naval War College and the New Maritime Strategy
The US Naval War College had an important role in the development of the sea service’s new maritime strategy. In this talk Christopher Weuve shares his thoughts on that process.

10:00 AM
Dieppe: Too Big for a Raid, Too Small for an Invasion.
Of the 6,000 men involved, more than 4,000 became casualties. Was it poor planning, bad luck or just incompetence? Did politics, ambition or overconfidence lead to disaster on the beaches of France in 1942? Mike Tucker leads the discussion.

10:00 AM
Roman Military Fortifications
Phil Viverito, the Miniatures Guest of Honor, describes Roman military forticiations from the Republic to the Late Empire. The talk will be followed by a “tour” led by Mr. Viverito of models of Roman fortifications.

11:00 AM
Wargaming at the U.S. Naval War College: Past, Present and Future
The U.S. Naval War College has been at the forefront of professional wargaming for the last hundred years. Come learn the past, present, and future of gaming in Newport. Christopher Weuve leads the discussion.

The U.S. Army: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond
The Army is in its seventh year of fighting in Afghanistan and the fifth year in Iraq. How “stretched” is our Army? What has it done to adapt to the counterinsurgency environment? What will it look like if we stay at war? What does a “transformed” Army look like? LTC Jaime Laughrey of the U.S. Army War College attempts to answer these questions and more.

Civilians on the Hexagonal Battlefield
Brant Guillory talks about the ways in which civilians are integrated into wargaming, and how their roles change between the game and real life.

1:00 PM
Stalingrad, Part 1
David Glantz talks about the German 1942 summer offensive preliminaries and Operation Blau I and II.

1:00 PM
COTS for Training at CGSC
Dr. James Sterrett explains how and why the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College uses games for training, and what it looks for when evaluating games for use.

2:00 PM
Games in Military Training
This roundtable discussion provides viewpoints on games and the military from multiple services and backgrounds, on topics ranging from reasons and methods for using games in education and training to specific case examples and areas games perform well or badly. Audience participation is highly encouraged. Panelists include Mr. Matthew Caffrey (Col., USAF, Ret.), Air Force Research Laboratory-Wargaming; Dr. James Sterrett, Simulations Instructor, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Northrup Grumman), Mr. Christopher Weuve, Assistant Professor of Wargaming, U.S. Naval War College. Moderated by Mr. Brant Guillory, (Dr.-cand. OSU), CCIS and BayonetGames.

3:00 PM
How a U.S. Army Armored or Infantry Division Operated on the Battlefield
Charles Sharp examines US Army battlefield organization in World War Two. This talks includes detailed discussions of the US Army’s Combat Teams, Task Forces, and Commands with actual examples of the “cross-attachment”.

4:00 PM
The Russian Navy Today – It’s Still There, and Modernizing
Dan McDonagh describes the role of seapower in Russian strategic plans. This lecture compares and contrasts the naval policies and doctrines of the former Soviet Navy with the new – and rebuilding – Russian Navy. How will Russia’s industrial base, geographical situation, technological capability, national tradition, and political resolve affect their future naval power? What role does their sale of ships, sensors, and weapons to China, India and others play? The ships, aircraft, submarines, and other hardware of the Russian Navy will be reviewed.

5:00 PM
Secret Turning Points of the Napoleonic Wars
Famous, decisive battles from 1805-1815 such as Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo, etc., have been the subject of numerous books and even movies. Less well-known but equally critical decisions and events also took place that had significant impact on the course of the Napoleonic Wars. Dana Lombardy, former publisher of Napoleon Journal, presents a seminar offering “secret” turning points that led to strategic advantages or fatal errors. This will be a fun seminar where the audience can participate by suggesting their favorite secret turning points in the Q&A portion of the talk.

6:00 PM
The Atlanta Campaign, Part One: Sherman vs. Johnston
David Powell looks at the beginning of the Atlanta Campaign from May 1864 until Johnston is replaced as the Rebel commander in July 1864.

6:00 PM
Submarine and Anti-Submarine Warfare
A submarine officer with experience in all the latest classes of U.S. submarines and long service in the Navy’s foremost submarine tactics development unit squares off against a destroyer officer who served as one of COMSEVENTHFLT’s principal anti-submarine coordinators. This brisk discussion examines competitive doctrine, platforms, sensors, weapons and tactics. These veteran operators and Naval War College graduates come from opposite corners of the ring and always provide a vigorous and entertaining seminar.

7:00 PM
Oliver Cromwell: The Great Leviathan
Oliver Cromwell perhaps more than any other man shaped what would become American democracy. He did not do this consciously. He did not intend to do it. He did it by experimentation and failure. Chris Engle presents the story of the Great Leviathan.

7:00 PM
“Trivial Conquest” – War College Trivia Contest
Hosted by Armchair General Magazine and Matrix Games
Conquer the world by using your knowledge of trivia to capture territory and humiliate opponents. This is a fun, audience participation event (divided into teams) hosted by (ACG) with prizes provided by Matrix Games, ACG, and other Origins participants. Categories include general American and World history, military history, game history, America’s Wild West, movies & television, etc.

8:00 PM
The Redcoats in the Revolution
Professor Charles Kamps presents an analysis of the British Army in the American Revolution, dispelling the myths that surround it, and discussing the reasons for Britain’s failure to win the war.

8:00 PM
Special Operations in Vietnam: Bright Lights, Thunderhead and More
Kevin Dockery presents an overview of special operations that were conducted in Southeast Asia. How relatively small groups of men had an effect out of proportion to their numbers. This will include the early years of the war and the limited activities of some military groups in Vietnam as well as the high points of the war during the later 60s and early 70s. Specific special operations missions will be described and explained with an emphasis on POW rescue missions including one that is the subject of an upcoming book by the speaker.

9:00 PM
How to Write History (Without Putting People to Sleep)
Aching to see your name as the author of a book or article about Austerlitz, War Plan Orange, or the value of Spanish moss to the Confederate cavalry? Stumped about how much research to do, how to approach an editor, or whether you can include humor in your historical writing? Whether you’re interested in writing military, social or political history, this is the seminar for you! Gerald Swick, Senior Online Editor for, explains the do’s and don’ts.

9:00 PM
History and Evolution of Naval Special Warfare
Kevin Dockery describes the development of Naval Special Warfare concentrating on the SEAL Teams from their roots in WWII through Korea and Vietnam into today. Particular emphasis will be placed on their training, counter terrorism activities (80s into the 90s) and present growth.

10:00 PM
Poland is Still Free! The Polish Armed Forces in 1939
Few campaigns have produced more propaganda myths than the German invasion of Poland in 1939: Polish cavalry charged German tanks with lances, the Polish Air Force was destroyed on the ground on the first day, the German Army reaffirmed its tradition of tactical skill – all false. Frank Chadwick digs for the truth.

10:00 PM
Another Bloody Century: War in the 21st Century

Are the conflicts we are currently fighting the new predominant form of warfare? Are we seeing a new kind of warfare? Has the nature of war changes as some defense pundits claim? What are asymmetric warfare and fourth-generation warfare, and how are these different from the “small wars” we’ve fought in the past? Is conventional war something we need to prepare for? What types of conflicts will we fight and what will our enemies look like? What types of military forces do we need and can we afford them? The U.S. Army War College’s LTC Jaime Laughrey will discuss these and other questions during the two hour seminar.

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