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Lee Brilleaux Fezian24 Feb 2016 7:40 a.m. PST

Jeff Wasileski is one of the genuinely great game masters. He runs grand-scale, multi-player extravaganzas based in a hilarious blend of history, comedy, musical theater and complete lunacy. He's presented games based on Les Miserables and The Sound of Music (dressed as an unshaven nun). I have had the good fortune to portray a variety of roles in Jeff's games Mata Hari, Maria Von Trapp's country-music rival, and a talking rat. I was able to ask him some questions while we were inadvertently locked in the trunk of a 1957 Buick together.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2016 8:56 a.m. PST

The man is a genius. I have had good times in his games.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2016 12:20 p.m. PST

Btw, when he comes on to scuff his toe and say "Aw shucks, guys!", I want to grill him on Mister Franklin. I bought a lot of trashy jewelry for a similar project.

Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2016 12:27 p.m. PST

By sheer coincidence I've been reading his scenario for Astounding Tales (#3 The Road to Skull Island) over the past several days, and can say for sheer pulp goodness and laughs a minute it would be hard to surpass. It's all been most inspirational.

An excellent interview. Thank you!

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Feb 2016 12:52 p.m. PST

A shout out from his former Editor on AA#3 who greatly enjoyed trying to keep the madness moving in a (more or less) straight line towards a conclusion.

I've also had the distinct pleasure of GM presence and must say that as far as running Convention Games of "Astounding Tales!", he is the "Stonewall Jackson" to Howard's "Robert E. Lee"--as deadly a combination as ever I could hope to game with.


bogdanwaz24 Feb 2016 2:09 p.m. PST

Aw shucks, guys, you'll turn my pretty little balding head with such flattery.

Patrick, as a confirmed Union man, I would prefer an analogy to that great Northern partnership… Joe Hooker and Dirty Dan Sickles, they had much better booze and hookers.

Seriously, thanks for the kind words.

Winston, let me know what you need to know.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2016 9:20 p.m. PST

Jeff. John the OFM sent you a pm about this.
We confer regularly.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2016 11:01 a.m. PST


As an equally confirmed "Union Man," I apologize for going for the obvious crowd favorite analogy. I dip my Federal Blue Light Infantry Cap (commonly mis-identified as a "Kepi") in salute.

And I must agree wholeheartedly with your nominees for that other Great Partnership. Not perhaps as famous on the scale of Tactical Successes as the other two, but they WERE on the Winning Side.

And how can we as aging war gamers, find fault with Crazy Dan Sickles who having lost his leg just below the hip while helping save the 2nd Day at Gettysburg, donated the shattered remains to the Smithsonian for display, and for the rest of his remarkable life, would occasionally pay it a visit, and always with a different and quite lovely, eager young… Nurse in attendance.

Ah, for such energy of my own!


11th ACR Inactive Member03 Jan 2017 3:25 p.m. PST


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