I am finally posting my answers to questions posed by the Dynamic Duo of the UK, Fran and Ray back in the Summer.
1. Favorite Wargaming period and why?
This is a tough one as my professional, and personal, interests extend to all of military history. My area of specialty is 1607(ish) to 1815, with a greater focus on 1700-1714 and also 1792-1815.
I do enjoy wargaming WSS, SYW, Wars of Napoleon, and ACW, primarily, but I suppose my interest in imagi-nations (early) places my favorite in WSS/GNW.
2. Next period, money no object?ACW, truly. I have ancestors, on both sides, who fought in the war or directly supported the war economically or logistically. I was a reenactor for a few years which cemented my interest in the period rather permanently.
3. Favorite 5 films?
Somewhere in Time
It's a Wonderful Life
Lord of the Rings (all three films)
The Hobbit (will be all three films)
4. Favorite 5, err 3, TV series?
I haven't sat down to watch a television show in fifteen years, so this one is nearly impossible for me to adequately answer. Some shows I have viewed via Netflix or Amazon.com digital downloads, which are what I have listed here.
House - I really do identify with Gregory House in a number of ways. Mostly, due to my not giving a crap about a lot of things (or people).
Pushing Daisies - A cute little series that was, sadly, short-lived. My interest was drawn by
Battlestar Galactica (newer version) - it was all about her
5. Favorite 5 books and authors?
Middle-Earth books: J.R.R Tolkien
Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
6. Greatest General?
John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough
For a guy that suffered extensively from migraines and who had to cope with allies who made his job rather difficult at times, he won a war that lesser beings later gave away.
7. Favourite Wargames rules?
Beneath the Lily Banners 2nd ed. & anything by Sam Mustafa
8. Favourite Sport and team?
Sports... I was an avid player of sports, in my youth, but as an adult, my interest has waned. If pressed, I would have to say:
American Football and the Pittsburg Steelers
9. If you had an only-use-once time machine, when and where would you go?
A tricky question, really. A modern person, sent back a century or more, would likely soon die from, or at least contract, a disease we're not exposed to in our present era. Since I have my sons, going alone would be abandoning them, so another bad side-effect.
Also, as a migraine sufferer (I have had a headache every day for 30 years), going to a time without any medicinal relief (opiates don't count as I am not a druggie) would be a hindrance. Instead, I would go forward, with my sons, 100 years, in the hope of finding a cure for our bad eyesight and propensity to suffer from migraines.
10. Last meal on Death Row?
11. Fantasy relationship and why?
And for holidays
Because I also happen to like good conversation and these lovelies would keep things interesting. Of course, with them in my life, I would have NO time for wargaming...I think I could cope.
12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?
When sans facial hair
When with facial hair
13. Favourite Comic Superhero?
Because the dude is bad@$$ without the damn tights from X-Men. The adamantium claws and skeleton, plus super-human healing, would keep me going for centuries.
14. Favourite Military quote?
"Si vis pacem, para bellum"
- Flavius Vegetius Renatus
15. Historical destination to visit?
The green hills of Ireland call to me in a way that only my ancestors would know and understand.
16. Biggest Wargaming regret?
That I am too poor to be able to go to Historicon every year or even once a decade.
17. Favourite Fantasy job?
Lecturer of Military History
18. Favourite Song/Music piece Top 5?
Canon in D - I hate that this is now a wedding song as I enjoy it for the ethereal tonality when played with piano, flute, and strings.
A Poor Wayfaring Man - my favorite hymn.
Thunderstruck by AC/DC - to get started on a Monday morning.
Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?
Don't have one, to be honest. I just like to be able to wargame when I get the opportunity.
20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
When people act without thinking and only think without acting; action based solely on emotional responses. I also loathe people who tell me what I am thinking or give my actions meaning as they are invariably wrong on every count. I do not fall into whatever pattern they have learned in psychology as my aims and motivations are not based on the same thing as most everyone else.