DunDraCon War College
Dana Lombardy’s War College is back! Dana’s 50-year career as a historian, author, editor, and game designer enables him to bring some new and of fascinating seminars and presentations to DunDraCon again in 2022. Prizes are awarded at every seminar! Here is the schedule of speakers and topics. The War College will be presented in the Sequoia Room at DDC’s new Santa Clara Marriott hotel venue
War College Schedule
Saturday, February 19
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Was the Bolshevik Success in the Russian Civil War Inevitable? Darin Leviloff
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM How to Get Your Game or Book Published Dana Lombardy& Darin Leviloff
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Alternate Histories by Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite Ken Hite and Dana Lombardy
Sunday, February 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Ukraine, the Strategic Focus of Eastern Europe for 100 Years James Armstead
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM Please join us at 12:00 Noon in the Sequoia Room as we remember and honor Steve Perrin.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Strategic Planning, Past & Present Dana Lombardy, James Armstead, Surinder Rana, Larry Martinez
Was the Bolshevik Success in the Russian Civil War Inevitable?Saturday 3:00 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours Presenter(s): Darin Leviloff Darin Leviloff, the designer of Soviet Dawn Deluxe from Worthington Games, will be discussing the interesting history of the Russian Civil War that was critical part of the First World War, using as a guideline a group demonstration of his solitaire game. Buckle up, Comrades, because you are in for a bumpy ride involving Cossacks, Armored Trains, Political infighting, and numerous threats to Moscow. See if Bolshevism is strangled in its cradle as Winston Churchill advocated or whether the Soviet Union remains a world fixture for at least seventy more years.
How to Get Your Game or Book PublishedSaturday 4:30 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy& Darin Leviloff Dana successfully funded two Kickstarters in late 2020 and early 2021. He will share his experiences on self-publishing while Darin will explain the benefits and pitfalls of working with publishers as a freelancer.
Alternate Histories by Dana Lombardy and Ken HiteSaturday 6:00 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours Presenter(s): Ken Hite and Dana Lombardy This 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. FREE HAND OUT: an updated guide to sources for alternate histories will be provided to attendees.
Ukraine, the Strategic Focus of Eastern Europe for 100 YearsSunday 10:00 AM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours Presenter(s): James Armstead Retired Naval War College professor James Armstead will explain the current Ukraine problem, give it some historical context, and then talk about where the United States (and NATO) might go from here given the present Russian posture.
Strategic Planning, Past & PresentSunday 2:00 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy, James Armstead, Surinder Rana, Larry Martinez Dana Lombardy moderates a panel with James Armstead, Surinder Rana, and Larry Martinez. Three professional teachers and policy experts will explore contemporary issues about NATO, India, and the new U.S. Space Force. What does the future hold forthe United States and its allies?
Dana LombardyDana 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.
Darin LeviloffAn 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.
J. Holmes Armstead, Jr.A retired professor of Strategy and International law from the U.S. Naval War College. He has taught international law, strategy and national security policy for nearly 50 years. He has lectured at the British Joint Services Staff College and at senior staff colleges in Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia and Malawi.as well as the US Army War College. Jim served as a research associate at the RAND Corp and has been Chief of Staff to a Member of Congress. Working for the Department of Defense he served on negotiation teams enlarging NATO with the accession of Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Jim assisted in drafting constitutional reforms in Montenegro, South Africa, Poland, the Congo, and Estonia and has served Of Counsel to the American Bar Association Office of Human Rights and served legal adviser to the US–Canadian Acid Rain Treaty negotiations.
Larry F. MartinezLarry F. Martinez is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the California StateUniversityatLongBeach.AftercompletinghisPh.D.inPoliticalScienceattheUniversityof California, Santa Barbara in 1984, he joined the Federal Government where heparticipated in developing the “rules of the road” for the first private international satellitenetworks and commercial launching services.From 1988-2021, he was a member of theDepartment of Political Science at the California State University, Long Beach, where hisscholarly focus examined outer space/cyberspace law and policy.Currently, Martinez isauthoring The Great Transformation: Cyber in the Space Security Domain for theforthcomingOxford Handbookon Space Security.
Surinder RanaA native of Pakistan,is the Chair of the Department of Central Asian and Middle East Languages at the Defense Language Institute and Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California. Dr. Rana was an interpreter and taught Pashto and Afghanistan/Pakistan cultureto the United States military.As a News Anchor/Sub-editor, he workedfor Khyber News Television from March 2006 to April 2011.