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Subject: Wargamers or Pirates in Nassau? 1st MN hits the beaches of the Bahamas. rss

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Been spending some time (and probably some more) in Nassau, Bahamas. Any wargamers there? I know there was once a bunch of pirates; haven't seen any lately. Some dude named Woodes Rogers clean'd them out real good.

If you are in the hood, drop me a line. Anyways, would like to push some card board on the sand under a palm tree or two, with a bikini or two in the background and a drink with an umbrella in it firmly in hand. Maybe a WW2 North African game beacons...

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Re: Wargamers or pirates in Nassau?
We've got him where we want him, boys! Quick, invade Minnesota!
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The Doctor has gone mad!
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Re: Wargamers or pirates in Nassau?
chargetheguns wrote:
We've got him where we want him, boys! Quick, invade Minnesota!


It is well defended by the 1st MN tribe! Only a recon squad sent here...for now.

Osprey wrote:
The Doctor has gone mad has been stark raving mad for a LONG time!





1st invasion wave {LCU Disney Dream} of tourists {about to hit the beach - or Senior Frogs} this AM. Beach defenses appear somewhat lacking. Although there are no hedgehogs in swallow water, beach chairs should slow them down a bit.
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Re: Wargamers or pirates in Nassau?
Herr Dr wrote:


Been spending some time (and probably some more) in Nassau, Bahamas. Any wargamers there? I know there was once a bunch of pirates here; haven't seen any lately. Some dude named Woodes Rogers clean'd them out real good.

If you are in the hood, drop me a line. Anyways, would like to push some card board on the sand under a palm tree or two, while sipping some rum. Maybe a WW2 North African game beacons...



This isn't going to turn out like that film, "The Firm"?

Seriously, what are you doing in the Bahamas during the summer? You do realize that its nice and warm in MN right now, but in two months, that will all change?

 
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Re: Wargamers or pirates in Nassau?
No palm trees in MPLS (or decent shrimp - although Lunds isn't bad in a pinch).

Been in and out of the Bahamas for a few years: payback for assignments in "challenging environments" much further to the east...such as...



...no pirates there either (although the wonderful city of Karachi qualifies as a pirate haven).

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The reading of the rules begins! 1st MN recon squad initiates wargaming in Nassau.



Suppose I'll have to get some bikinis in pic with the game set up...
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Good for you. Pro-tip... stay there until next May.
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We visited Freeport and Nassau during a cruise in January and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, doing scuba and the like. That plus Key West cruising in and out of New Orleans left us confirmed cruisers. Add some wargaming to the spa and the hot tub, and it would be my idea of a perfect vacation.
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Should be back in Nassau soon. Drop me a line if anyone happens to be traveling thru.
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We're looking eastern Caribbean this January or February, furthest west or north we get might be San Juan.
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Herr Dr wrote:


Suppose I'll have to get some bikinis in pic with the game set up...


Please, no. Remain fully dressed.
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The thing about considering an eastern Caribbean cruise -- it instantly gets me to thinking about reading a history of the American Revolutionary War in the region. Anyone have any suggestions? I've already read Mackesy's history of the war and O'Shaughnessy's "The Men Who Lost America" -- looking for more detail.
 
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Herr Dr wrote:


1st invasion wave {LCU Disney Dream} of tourists {about to hit the beach - or Senior Frogs} this AM. Beach defenses appear somewhat lacking. Although there are no hedgehogs in swallow water, beach chairs should slow them down a bit.


How many Nassault Squads?
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DiamondSylph wrote:
The thing about considering an eastern Caribbean cruise -- it instantly gets me to thinking about reading a history of the American Revolutionary War in the region. Anyone have any suggestions? I've already read Mackesy's history of the war and O'Shaughnessy's "The Men Who Lost America" -- looking for more detail.


Nels is your man on that subject ...or the Wilsons on CSW :-)
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Karkared wrote:
Herr Dr wrote:


1st invasion wave {LCU Disney Dream} of tourists {about to hit the beach - or Senior Frogs} this AM. Beach defenses appear somewhat lacking. Although there are no hedgehogs in swallow water, beach chairs should slow them down a bit.


How many Nassault Squads?


Unknown...but I can comment on their counter ratings...

1-3-1-A (attack/steps/move/morale)

1 attack (they carry bottles of liquor that useful in a fight, however, they're usually somewhat tipsy even early in the morning and not in the best shape)...3 steps (they tend to be somewhat overweight, so, they can absorb some blows) ... 1 movement point (i've seen them wobble when existing the boat on their way to Senior Frogs and they are rather slow)...A morale (who isn't in a great mood visiting the place?!)
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Thanks for the reminder -- I'll reach out to Nels directly, he doesn't pop into CSW much these days.
 
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Looks like I am going to ride out my first Cat 4; going to be one nasty beast. robot Lots of tv crews here at the hotel. I do have some wargames with me arrrh ...and a few good books.
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Herr Dr wrote:
Looks like I am going to ride out my first Cat 4; going to be one nasty beast. robot Lots of tv crews here at the hotel. I do have some wargames with me arrrh ...and a few good books.


Good luck. Take some pics.
 
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Herr Dr wrote:
Looks like I am going to ride out my first Cat 4; going to be one nasty beast. robot Lots of tv crews here at the hotel. I do have some wargames with me arrrh ...and a few good books.


Good luck. Take some pics.


What he said. Stay safe out there!
 
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Lots of TV crews broadcasting from here: ABC, Telemundo, some NYC station, etc


Chinese restaurant that even enlisted the cooks in sand bagging!


Drunk cruise ship people visit this place. For some reason, women take their tops off in here (probably related to drinking). They were removing everything (except bikini tops) today.


Furniture gets tossed into the pool during hurricane prep


Had lunch at the last open place on Bay Street this afternoon: a very good Greek bar/restaurant

Things will get crummy tomorrow during day. CAT 4 (12 to 24 inches rain...150 MPH winds...10 to 15 ft storm surge) supposed to hit at Thursday 2AM.
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Hunker down so you can get safely back to Minnesota and the blizzards.
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DiamondSylph wrote:
The thing about considering an eastern Caribbean cruise -- it instantly gets me to thinking about reading a history of the American Revolutionary War in the region. Anyone have any suggestions? I've already read Mackesy's history of the war and O'Shaughnessy's "The Men Who Lost America" -- looking for more detail.


'Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution' by A. J. Langguth

'Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution' by Nathaniel Philbrick

Read both Mackesy's 'the War for America' and O'Shaughnessy's 'The Men Who Lost America'. Mackesy was so good, I read it twice, about 10 years apart. O'Shaughnessy's was tough for me to wade through. Also read Langguth's book twice.

For a really good background on the American revolution, try 'Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766' by Fred Anderson

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Thanks, Don, much appreciated. I read Philbrick across a couple of long flights, but I'll take a look at Langguth.

Stay safe, Herr Dr., and let us know when you're free and clear.
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Thanks, Don, much appreciated. I read Philbrick across a couple of long flights, but I'll take a look at Langguth.


You're welcome.

If you haven't tried it, you may also want to check out Columbia Games' 'Liberty: the American Revolution'. (Just for the record, I really like block wargames.)

Don
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