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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 2018! Prizes and gifts are awarded at every seminar.

Here is the schedule of speakers and topics:

War College Schedule

Saturday, February 17

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Israel's Missile Boats Darin Leviloff
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM World War 1 Blame Game Darin Leviloff
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Alternate Histories Ken Hite, and Dana Lombardy

Sunday, February 18

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Pericles Demo Game Chris Klug, Ken Hite, Bruce Harlick and Dana Lombardy
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM How to Evaluate & Review a History Book Dana Lombardy
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM The Land of Blood Hungry Gods Leland Erickson

Seminar Information

Israel's Missile Boats

Overlooked, but the big winner in the littoral campaign of the 1973 Yom Kippur War
Saturday 3:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ½ Hour
Presenter(s): Darin Leviloff
The growth of Israel’s military forces has been very impressive over years of conflict. However, the Israeli navy has received very little attention compared to the army and air force. But, in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Israeli missile boats played a critical role in protecting Israel’s shores and in fighting the littoral war against Egypt and Syria. Darin Leviloff will tell the tale of how the plucky little nation built up and used a sophisticated fleet of missile boats and overcame numerous obstacles in developing the technology and obtaining the vessels from France.


World War 1 Blame Game

Germany earned the role of villain in WW1—but is the real story that simple?
Saturday 4:30 PM in Salon C for 1 ½ Hours
Presenter(s): Darin Leviloff
In the Treaty of Versailles signed in 1919, Germany was forced to accept responsibility for causing the First World War. Certainly, to a large extent, there is blame to be laid at the feet of Germany for this war culpability. But, can a case be made to accuse other countries for causing the war? Darin Leviloff will examine the argument that perhaps war guilt should be shared by Germany with Serbia, Russia, Austria-Hungary, and France.


Alternate Histories by Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite

Saturday 6:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ½ Hours
Presenter(s): Ken Hite and Dana Lombardy
The very popular War College panel discussion continues! Authors and game designers Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite examine possible alternate histories and what their impact might have been. Audience participation is encouraged.


How to Evaluate & Review a History Book

With a hand out guide and free books!
Sunday 3:30 PM in Salon C for ½ Hour
Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy
Author, editor, and publisher Dana Lombardy presents 10 steps that can be used to help decide whether a history (on other non-fiction) book is worth buying. In addition, Dana will present 8 steps that are crucial to submitting a book review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your favorite magazines and websites. BONUS: Dana will hand out free books at the end of this talk.


The Land of Blood Hungry Gods

Aztec warfare before Columbus
Sunday 4:00 PM in Salon C for 1 ½ Hours
Presenter(s): 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.



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, was Publisher of Napoleon Journal from 1996-2000 and currently publishes World War One Illustrated.


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.


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.


Chris Klug

Chris Klug, of Simulations Publications, Inc. is a specialist in trans-media storytelling and MMO development, designer of 2nd edition 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. 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.


Bruce Harlick

San Francisco native and cocktail enthusiast Bruce Harlick is a video game designer with over 30 years of experience in his field. Bruce is best known for his contributions to the seminal role-playing game, Champions, and for his work on Zynga's blockbuster hit, FarmVille. Bruce is currently the lead systems designer on an unannounced game at Hangar 13. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys reading, board gaming, traveling, music, photography, fine food, and, of course, drinking, the last of which he occasionally blogs about at www.foxbatssecretlair.com


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 also acted as a researcher for numerous model and figure manufacturers including Crusader Miniatures, Reviresco, Army Group North Miniatures, and Old Glory Shipyards.