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DunDraCon War College

Salon C

Dana Lombardy, historian, author, editor, game designer – brings his War College of fascinating seminars and presentations to DunDraCon again in 2016! Prizes and gifts are awarded at every seminar.

Here is the schedule of speakers and topics:

War College Schedule

Saturday, February 13

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Jerusalem: City of War Darin Leviloff
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM We Tell Epic Stories Chris Klug
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Alternate Histories Ken Hite, Chris Klug, and Dana Lombardy

Sunday, February 14

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM The Land of Blood Hungry Gods Leland Erickson
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Freezing Eagles Leland Erickson
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Sex and Spies Oh, My! Dana Lombardy

Seminar Information

Jerusalem: City of War

Destroyed, besieged, attacked, captured, recaptured, and more!
Saturday 3:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Darin Leviloff
Jerusalem—a unique city by any measure. Valued by the three Abrahamic religions, it features holy sites important to each. It also is the most contested piece of real estate in the history of the world. Even today, it is at the center of one of the world’s most difficult and protracted controversies. The “city of peace” has been completely destroyed at least twice, besieged twenty-three times, attacked an additional fifty-two times, and has been captured and recaptured forty-four times. It has also been the scene of a number of revolts, riots and, more recently, terrorism. Darin Leviloff will address the military history of the city over the last 3,000 years, including its capture by King David, the destruction of the Temple by General Titus, the Crusades, and modern fighting for the city.


We Tell Epic Stories

Wargaming and role-playing have a lot in common
Saturday 4:30 PM in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Chris Klug
War-games are in many ways also Role Playing Games; Role Playing Games themselves evolved from War-games. Most gamers, I think, might agree at least in part with this idea. We know D&D grew out of tabletop miniatures wargaming; Wargaming itself grew out of pushing tiny metal men around on a table in Prussia 250 years ago. Most of us grew up playing with plastic men and tanks in our back yards (or at least ran around shooting each other with nerf guns) playing at something that would be, at one remove, seemingly a mash-up of war games and role playing games. The links between these two forms are deep indeed, as is the desire to use these forms to tell stories (“Ok, today I’M going to play Sgt. Rock!”). This seminar examines the story space in this intersection of seemingly disparate forms, and links them all the way back to Achilles and Patroclus.


Alternate Histories by Dana Lombardy, Ken Hite, and Chris Klug

Saturday 6:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Ken Hite, Chris Klug, and Dana Lombardy
The very popular War College panel discussion continues! Authors and game designers Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite are joined by DDC 41 Guest of Honor Chris Klug to examine possible alternate histories and what their impact might have been. Audience participation is encouraged.


The Land of Blood Hungry Gods

Aztec warfare before Columbus
Sunday Noon in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Leland Erickson
The Aztec Empire was at its peak by 1518. Its domain stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, to the South almost to modern day Guatemala, and North to the mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental. From their humble beginnings as a wandering tribe, their rise to prominence within the Triple Alliance, to their ultimate dominance of the city states of the Valley of Mexico, the Aztec story was written in war and blood, shrewd political maneuvering, and ritual sacrifice to eternally hungry gods as a means of political intimidation—all accomplished without the benefit of large domesticated animals or metal tools, weapons, or armor. However, the sophisticated employment of Aztec technology was as precise and effective as any agrarian empire in the Western or Eastern worlds.


Freezing Eagles

The Finnish Air Force at war 1939-45
Sunday 1:30 PM in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Leland Erickson
Prior to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Finland fought the first of two brutal wars with their much larger neighbor. In 1939, Soviet dictator Iosef Stalin’s territorial demands were rejected, and the Red Army invaded, supported by hundreds of Red Air Force fighter and bomber aircraft of the latest types. Opposing them in the air was a tiny Finnish Air Force equipped with a collection of foreign aircraft. Although the badly outnumbered Finnish Army fought the Red Army to a standstill in the harsh arctic conditions of Finland’s vast forests, Russia’s huge numerical advantage finally forced the end of the Winter War of 1940. The Continuation War of 1941-44 saw the Finnish fighter pilots achieve kill rates of as much as 32 to 1—not enough to stop the Soviet juggernaut. The saga of the Finnish Air Force is a tale of courage, innovative tactics, a grab bag of aircraft.


Sex and Spies Oh, My!

Behind the lines in the Great War
Sunday 3:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ˝ hours
Presenters: Dana Lombardy
Wherever thousands of men have gathered to fight wars throughout history, romance—and prostitution—have followed. “They didn’t want to die virgins” was a major concern of many soldiers and affected morale in nearly every army that fought in the Great War 1914-1918. In addition, exotic dancers and courtesans such as Mata Hari had relationships with high-ranking military officers and politicians—and in her case it led to being tried and executed as a spy. What else will be revealed?



Leland R. Erickson

Leland R. Erickson is an academic, a military historian, author, and researcher. He is a senior faculty member of Henley-Putnam University, a private institution that specializes in degree programs for the Strategic Security profession. Professor Erickson’s instructional responsibilities at HPU include a history course for undergraduate students in the evolution of strategy and tactics through the ages. He is currently working on his master’s thesis in Intelligence Management, and is also developing an undergraduate level course at HPU on the radicalization process of extremist groups and individuals. Professor Erickson has studied military history, war and the art of war since childhood. He has spent over 35 years delving into various conflicts in depth, particularly the less well known battles, campaigns, and wars of the Far East and the 20th century. Professor Erickson has also acted as a researcher for numerous model and figure manufacturers including Crusader Miniatures, Reviresco, Army Group North Miniatures, and Old Glory Shipyards.


Darin Leviloff

An attorney by profession, Darin Leviloff has a substantial interest in history and historical gaming. He graduated with honors in history as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara. He has designed four solitaire war games for Victory Point Games and is the originator of Victory Point Games’ States of Siege™ system. Beyond the designed games, he has written several published articles, book reviews, and game articles for Fire and Movement, Strategy & Tactics, World at War, Modern War, War Diary, and CounterFact magazines and has given numerous lectures at the War College on topics related to his game designs.


Dana Lombardy

Dana Lombardy< was an Associate Online Editor for Armchair General and now does research, writing and design through Lombardy Studios. Dana is 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. He 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 and currently publishes World War One Illustrated.


Chris Klug

Simulations Publications, Inc. designer of 2nd edition of DragonQuest and Damocles Mission, and the award-winning James Bond 007 Role Playing Game and other titles for Victory Games Interactive, 3W, THQ, Simon and Schuster Interactive, Target Games, h2o Interactive, Gizmo Games, Westwood Studios, EA, GT Interactive and Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment. Some of his computer game design credits include Star Trek DS9: Dominion Wars, Europa Universalis, Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, Diamond Dreams Baseball, Aidyn Chronicles: First Mage, Earth & Beyond, and Stargate Worlds. He is a specialist in trans media storytelling and MMO development. Currently a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center teaching game design and creative writing at the ETC, Chris taught Interactive Storytelling at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as the Art Institute in Phoenix. Chris is a playwright and member of the Writer's Guild of America West.


Kenneth Hite

Kenneth Hite has been a special guest at DunDraCon for many years, speaking about city building and villains and evil overlords for role-playing, what's new at Pelgrane Press, and what's currently "cool" in gaming. He is an award-winning writer and role-playing game designer with extensive books on the Cthulhu mythos, GURPS Infinite Worlds RPG, Night's Black Agents RPG, and The Nazi Occult among his many published works. He is a regular in Dana Lombardy's War College, exploring and considering alternate histories with Dana.