Things have been too quiet recently here at Stollen Central. Too quiet. It's the usual complaint expressed by many fellow wargamers on so many other blogs and discussion boards. Work, real life, and the associated mental/physical fatigue take over, and the idea of crawling into bed with a good book after supper in the evening seems more attractive than stealing away to the painting desk or gaming table for a few hours of hobby time. Yep, the pickings, painting and gaming wise, have been rather slim here on all fronts during the last eight to ten months.
Nevertheless, people have continued to visit the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog, read, and, apparently, take an interest -- and even pleasure -- in my verbose ramblings about this or that. The blog has even picked up it's 164th follower today. Welcome to you, and a hearty "Thank-you!" to the other 163 of you already present and accounted for, who have stayed with yours truly through thick and thin over the last several years.
Now, may I beg your indulgence, please? Let's see if we can boost the number of followers to 200+ during the remainder of 2013. If both you regular followers and occasional visitors know any other gamers, eighteenth century or otherwise, who might appreciate the subject matter and approach to (occasional) tabletop wargaming presented here, please be so good to refer them to the GD of S blog. Send them a direct link in an e-mail, suggesting to your friends and/or acquaintances that they become "followers," and let's see if we can hit -- or even exceed -- the 200 followers mark by the end of the year.
Be aware, no prizes or awards will be issued for assistance rendered (as much as I wish that were possible). However you will have the profound and palpable sense of satisfaction that comes from contributing to a worthy cause. And why not? You'll sleep better at night and walk with an added spring to your step with the knowledge that you have made more people aware of the events within and beyond the Grand Duchy of Stollen. As the two older gentlemen used to say back in the late 1980s in the Bartles and James wine cooler ads on television, "Thank for your support!"