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DunDraCon War College

Dana Lombardy ¬– historian, author, editor, game designer – brings his War College of fascinating seminars and presentations to DunDraCon again in 2020. Prizes are awarded at every seminar! Here is the schedule of speakers and topics.

Interested in presenting a seminar at the War College? Send your idea to our War College Coordinator to possibly be added to a future DunDraCon War College!

War College Schedule

Saturday, February 15

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Small Arms of World War One Bruce Sloan
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM The “War” After the Great War Jim O’Donnell
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Alternate Histories by Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite Ken Hite and Dana Lombardy

Sunday, February 16

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM California Military History Fred Rutledge
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM World War 2 myths about Winston Churchill Darin Leviloff
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Secret Turning Points of the American Civil War Dana Lombardy

Seminar Information

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.


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.


Fred Rutledge

Fred Rutledge retired from the Army Reserve in 2007 after 38 years in the military, but was quickly picked up by the California State Guard as a historian head-quartered in Sacramento. As part of his 35 years as an educator, Fred does impressions of President Theodore Roosevelt and American soldiers of several eras. He attended the University of California, Berkeley (History), San Francisco State University (Secondary Education), and earned a Master’s in Education Leadership at Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California.


Jim O'Donnell

James O’Donnell has a background in managing sales and marketing projects at high technology companies. He has designed standup as well as online courses for adult education and business curricula for junior and senior high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he is a guest lecturer in American history and business management for historical and civic groups. He is a member of San Francisco City Guides, presenting San Francisco history for tourists.


Bruce Sloan

Bruce Sloan is a retired architect who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a degree in Architecture. He practiced in San Francisco, and then became a partner in Woodford/Sloan, AIA, Architects for 33 years. Guns are a lifelong interest, being taught by his father, using a single-shot .22 short rifle. Since joining the Great War Society in 2008 (now the World War One Historical Association), that interest has centered around WW1 small arms. He is also a member of that “domestic terrorist group,” the NRA, and the CA affiliate, the CRPA.


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.