Forgot to mention in the extended post about the Volunteer Party that Anne Walz managed to find the time to show up, which was good since I hadn't seen her since Anime Detour (and then only briefly) and it's good to talk to her and compare notes on writing. She, being far more disciplined than Yours Truly, has finished the novel she was working on (Allie Indigo and the Flashforce Pilots) but hasn't yet done the final revisions, so I guess we'll have to wait a while yet to see the whole enchilada in print. ;_; We also talked about Heinlein's For Us, The Living, which Anne read and considers more like a piece of Ayn Rand fanfic than a serious novel. Could be; nothing I've heard about Heinlein's first novel moves me to want to buy it, especially not in hardback. Speaking of Ayn Rand, Anne also recommended The Fountainhead to me, since I haven't gotten around to reading it until now.
Installed The Operational Art of War onto Cowzilla last night, which will enable me to waste more time porting my old SPI and GDW games onto it as much as is possible. Unfortunately, anything older than the Franco-Prussian War (which I don't have) isn't really suitable for TOaW, unless I want to do something silly such as reequip the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia with 20th century weapons. Considering that most regiments on both size were actually the size of modern companies and battalions, it could be done, but there are more productive and interesting things to do with the software.