John "Sagrilarus" Edwards (He/Him)
Associate Writer

John aka Sagrilarus is an old boardgame player. He has no qualifications to write on the subject, and will issue a stern denial of his articles' contents on short notice if pressed.

John "Sagrilarus" Edwards
Associate Writer

Articles by Sagrilarus

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Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5595   0
At times when I’m reading I unexpectedly wade into something much deeper than it initially appears. A turn of the page reveals a moment when the author suddenly stands on his head, and these are the moments that make it worthwhile. “Clausewitz likened war to a game of cards rather than chess because he saw chance and uncertainty as being just as important as precise tactical calculation. More recently, it has become popular for scholars like Culham and Kagan to apply modern scientific concepts of nonlinearity and 'chaos theory' to warfare, just as Clausewitz had...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3099   0
  This week and next are when Maryland Scholastic Achievement tests are given to all kids in the state, presumably an honest assessment of their learning over the past year.  Seems like pretty good use of the time and not much different from when I was a kid. Except these days with No Child Left Behind being based upon the scores of this test, and the ever-heightening bar that schools must clear to stay off of probation, everything stops for two solid weeks so that the schools can game the system.  For two weeks all...
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5397   0
"I want my team to lose today." This isn't the kind of thing you expect a coach to say to you when you're shaking his hand over top of home plate.  But Wally wasn't kidding -- he wanted his girls to lose.  In fact he wanted his girls to lose big, and he thought our team had the best shot at doing it.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5565   0
Today I took the opportunity to bring my three boys to a Heroscapers Tournament,  and it was one of the most fantastic experiences I have ever had at a public gaming event. You all know what it's like going to an open gaming event where you don't know the people prior to arriving -- you're rolling the dice to say the least.  But today I rolled sevens and elevens all afternoon, meeting the nicest people and having one great gaming experience.  This is how it's supposed to work -- this is what you close your eyes and...
Epic Duels, Four Dollars, and the Nature of Young Boys
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3630   0
I stumbled across a beautiful copy of Epic Duels at the local Goodwill sitting on the shelf next to a kid about eight years old. He wasn't holding it so I gave my usual "wow" when I see something like that with "4" written on it in Sharpie and opened the box to give it a review. It was a big jumble inside with all the cards and minis in a heap, and there was obviously pieces from other games included. Apparently his Mom and Grandma had told him to grab it and...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4743   0
In spite of some truly fantastic content the first half of this week on Fortress:At, I've opted to barge this onto the front page as a blog post instead of as a reply to the current 5th Edition D&D thread. If you're not interested in Dungeons & Dragons in particular, the final three paragraphs call the question for the concept as a whole and I'd be curious to hear people's responses to what I think is a fundamental disconnect between the publishing and purchasing halves of the industry. [quote="Death and Taxis" post=112480]I have a lot...
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 7123   0
“Imagine that the cow is a sphere.” This is the punch line to an old Physics Professor's joke. I could repeat the setup, but it isn't funny enough to warrant the effort. The punch line on its own is sufficient to reveal the absurdity of how physicists view the world. They do it for good reason. Physicists need to paint the world with big fat brushes so that the large concepts they consider don’t get lost in the minutia. Having the cow shaped as a rectangle would likely work, but having it shaped as a cow makes...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3106   0
          My optometrist told me today that the amount of near-sightedness in young children is up 40%.  You can likely guess what the experts are attributing the change to -- hand-held games are changing the way young eyes are developing, largely because they are significant uses of young kids' time.  I'm not getting all preachy on this.  When Pete Townsend's hearing went south he asked is doctor if he should turn the music down.  The doc's response was that he should spend some time learning to read lips instead.  Myopia isn't a catastrophe and with a...
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Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 10737   0
Consider for a moment -- you’re a soldier in a big concrete bunker.  Coming up the hill towards you are: a) a group of 20 men with rifles, and b) a tank.  Beside you in the bunker is an artillery piece, the words “Anti-Tank Gun” written on it.  Which should you fire at?  The men, or the tank?  This isn't a trick question; go with your gut.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3281   0
Dear Sag, I noticed that you let your subscription to Ancient Warfare lapse. Of course I too am familiar with the bane of all magazine-lovers: the renewal reminder. They all want immediate attention and money. Result: they get put to one side and forgotten. Some time later you realize the subscription has lapsed, but now your collection is incomplete... Am I close? If that sounds familiar, then I'd like to invite you, once only, to renew your subscription to Ancient Warfare at this time. To encourage you to do so (and to...
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