Some days ago, while expanding the “Europa Online” page, I noticed the “one Week Europa” crowd also joined the landowners: The website is offline, and as with most things Europa, I doubt they’ll be back any time soon. My updating frenzy of the last weeks is slowly coming to an end (not because of lack of ideas or material, though). For the future I might slowly broaden the outlook of this website to maybe include some successor projects to sad Europa, lest this website becomes a purely historical documentation about some dead game. Then again, I might have trouble updating for some weeks anyway, so don’t expect too much. Latest so far:
- Individual pages for The Grenadier. I maybe will add a vidual index like the one for TEM at some point.
- Speaking of TEM: Finished the TEM visual index and added TOCs for every issue.
- Started adding a reference section to most games with a list of articles about or with scenarios for the respective game, compare the entries for “Fire in the East” for example. Still loads to do, as always.
- Eric Pierce sent a new version of his Updated OB for the Soviets in AWW, so I replaced the download and the page.
Still working on: Uploading and linking some custom game charts made by Ken Newall for his awesome FWtBT-report, and adding more turns to the ME/ER-report by Greg Bartels.
Here’s this weeks updates so far:
- Added TEM index pages up to TEM #71 – getting ahead of my own schedule
- Added pages for the Grenadier and ETO as well, with potentially creating individual pages for issues, similar to the TEM pages, if can research enough information
- Added more postings (and pictures) to Gregory Bartels Wavell’s War AAR. Obviously a work in progress, just like the TEM-pages
- Created an Europa Modules page to better distinguish between Europa games and Europa modules, added a page for ¡No Pasaran! to it.
- Reworked the pages for Balkan Front and A Winter War to improve layout and readability, added some images here and there.
- Reordered post and media category trees to support the website expansion
- Added Downloads – PDFs for the four Orders of Battle we have, and some for the Great War Ground rules. More to come.
In former times that would be enough updates to last me a whole month or longer… But there are some things I just want to finish up.
A big thanks today goes to Stefan Farelly, who sent me scans of the War in the Desert Charts and Counters. Another gap filled on the way to a complete digital presence of Europa on the webs (minus the sensitive copyrighted parts, of course). Thank you, Stefan!
Also, I’ve progressed to No. 52 in the TEM index, and am done with uploading, renaming and tagging the images for Gregory Bartels newest game report – so I should be able to publish this in the next weeks. Aas far as I can tell now, after that there will be a break in available material, so do not expect too many updates ion the future.
To start the New Year properly we have a brand new game report of For Whom the Bell Tolls, written by Ken Newall and reporting from his solitaire game featuring a variable start to the revolution. Thanks to Ken who allowed me publishing his reports here. Enjoy the read!
The epic Grand Campaign game of MtV/OT by Todd Jahnke reached May 1917 this Summer, with the Allied pounding furiously at the southern coust of Austria-Hungary while burning through their equipment at the Western Front. As usual, you find the reports for May I and May II in the Archive. Thanks to Todd, and enjoy your read!
thanks to the kindness of Eric Pierce, I was able to add his well-reasearched new Order of Battle for the Soviet Union in the Winter War (1939-40) to the Academy pages. Of course its inofficial (When did the last official material get published anyway – 2002?), but in Eric´s words its “pretty close to what A.E. Goodwin would produce”. Which means it takes into acocunt all the new research and sources that have been published in the past twenty years and should be up to date, and on the same level as the TW OBs (if they ever see the light).
I took this as an opportunity to clean up the War Academy main page and insert some pictures. Hope you like it,
I’ve filled the gaps in Alan Tibbetts Second Front game report and put up a few more turns, other than that real-life keeps me to busy I’m afraid.
To begin the new year I’ve cleaned up some areas of the archive and asked by mail for some more game reports, which will be put online as they arrive. Alan Tibbetts report has been completed into the Fall of ’44, and I’ve fixed the missing images from the german glossary. More to come, as usual :-)
Apart from some minor repair I’ve done there’s new stuff in the Zentralabteilung. Unfortunately, the small glossary I’ve written is intended to trranslate into German some of the stranger terms from the Europa-Community, so it will be of little use to you English-speaking folks. Still it was lots of more work than I exprected.
Other than that, I am working on updating the neglected link-list and commenting the more interesting of them. And then there’s still this article on the Spanish Civil War, half ready… Oh well, the world will not end waiting for another half year for my wisdom to spread, right?
Oh, and lest I forget: I’ve taken a look on my providers statistics, and they say the Generalstab has app. 350 hits per month. Even if I attribute two thirds of them to myself and some robots, thats still more than I thought. And its only the redirection that they’re counting, I have to ask my university wether they keep track of the hits I’m receiving there – which would be the more interesting data.
The Kriegsarchiv keeps growing, the newest two additions beeing two WOR-Reports (from the Glory-Series), submitted by Robert Williams and Dean T. Moon, both of whom I’d like to express my gratitude here for their well-written and enjoyable reports. Still to come are two more essays for the Kriegsschule, and then I’ll start to clean up in some rather quiet areas of the Generalstab for a while.