Bring Larry Brom Home
This has been hard on all of us, especially for Dad at 84 years of age. Christy and I have been navigating the ins and outs of Medicare and the Veterans Administration as we try to find solutions. At this point, we want him home and receiving treatment here as we further explore the VA system. Dad has always insisted upon being among veterans when the time comes that we can't safely look after him with us.
So we're asking his many friends and gamers, world-wide, to help us right now. We want what's best for Dad and the past few months have been rough; he only shows real interest in anything related to miniature gaming. We ask for your help and support so we can thank the man who gave us TSATF and many, many hours of enjoyment! "Good job, Bugler."
As many of you know, Larry Brom died on November 4, 2015. We had our 5th Colonial Barracks wargaming convention scheduled Nov. 5 - 8 so we went ahead and turned it into a weekend Memorial Celebration of Dad's life. We can't express how much we appreciate everyone's help and support the last few years. It has meant more to us than any of you can imagine. We'll be closing this page very soon and are sorry for the delay in notification.
Thanks again, Lori and Christy Brom
As the 4th of July holiday approaches here in the US, we wanted to share the latest information about Larry Brom.
We have almost completed his twice-yearly doctors’ check-ups at Ochsner Medical Center and he is in very good physical shape. His heart is fine as are his other vitals. Dad’s lost some weight while at the rehab/nursing home but that is because he’s a very picky eater. Our last appointment is in mid-August after which he won’t have appointments until January 2016.
What we still have is an on-going problem with depression and some residual pain from his broken femur of a year ago. This added to his refusal to cooperate as is needed means he has to remain where he is. But we have finally made some headway with the Veteran’s Administration here in New Orleans via Dad’s membership in the Military Order of the Purple Heart organization. They have a great support system for their members and through them we were able to find an excellent Patient Advocate at the VA. We are exploring all avenues for Dad’s future care but it’s still a long process.
For that reason, we are asking you to again help us by sharing our GoFundMe site with others who may not have known of it in the beginning. The support we’ve gotten the past 3 months has been overwhelming and humbling. As we said, Dad is always interested in anything wargame-related so we really appreciate your emails and cards.
Thank you all again,
Lori, Christy and Larry Brom
His medication is still being adjusted as well as trying to deal with the depression that comes with heart disease. He’s stubborn so the staff at rehab has their hands full as they continue to work with him on physical and occupational therapy. Along with getting over the spinal compression fracture, he still has residual pain from his broken femur of a year ago. For those of you not aware of how this happened, he was trying to jump over one of our dogs instead of going around her. We told him he wasn’t 40 anymore!
His continued interest in all things wargaming is a blessing. Not a visit goes by that he doesn’t ask questions on games, conventions, news or rules. And that brings us to this announcement. We are getting ready to release six new rules:
Pikes & Gendarmes – a variant to “The Sword and The Pike” for big battles in the Early Renaissance by the Jackson Gamers.
Larry Lyndon – rules for the 18th century Age of Reason, based on Larry Brom’s standard rules system (“A Glint of Bayonets”, “Chassepot & Needlegun”) by the Jackson Gamers.
The Sword to Adventure, Part II - a variant for close combat gaming the skirmishes and small wars of 1908 – 1931 by the Jackson Gamers. This is “for gamers who do not like Larry Brom’s original melee system”.
Every Man a Briton! – a variant for TSATF wherein every player is a British/Imperial/Boer and commands one or more units fighting on that side by V. Jay Stribling. The game mechanics will run the opposing units, all Zulu, with die rolls, if necessary, being made by the umpire or game-master.
The “Lost” Cavalry Rules - rules for re-introducing cavalry rules into Larry Brom’s ACW rules “A Glint of Bayonets”. Prior to publication of “A Glint of Bayonets”, Larry made the decision to eliminate cavalry from the game. His reasoning? “I don’t feel cavalry to be that important in the outcome of big battles”. Remember he was a combat Marine infantryman.
The Reconnaissance Rule – a module once part of Larry’s rules “A Glint of Bayonets” and “Chassepot & Needlegun”. Eliminated from these rules in 1979, he felt it made the games too long (7 – 8 hours duration). But it was lots of fun, is a “stand alone” module and should work with almost any rules set.
We want to thank you all again for the outpouring of support in response to our need. Once again the miniature gaming community has responded on overwhelming numbers and for that, we can’t thank you enough. We will continue to keep you updated.