Me and Roman are planning to celebrate Tally-Ho Corner’s second birthday in the traditional Hampshire manner. In the very early hours of Sunday morning, Little Nell, our Bedford Rascal, will quit her cosy horsebox and commence a pell-mell tour of the lanes around Bramley End. Who’ll be driving and who’ll be using the office .410 to pepper any passing road sign that sports a number ‘2’ has yet to be decided. In the light of what happened to a local Jane Austen statue during our last birthday ‘thunder run’, I’m rather hoping I get to ride shotgun this time.
For new and irregular readers, here are some of the quintessentially THC things you may have missed during the past twelve months.
2022 was the year…
- A ragtag band of volunteer Comment Commanders orchestrated a memorable Combat Mission: Cold War ambush.
- Connoisseurial Cornerites voted first-generation IL-2 their favourite combat simulator of all time.
- Events in Ukraine prompted some uncomfortable introspection.
- Twenty-one games underwent trial by 3×3.
- I shared my thoughts on groggy newcomers such as The Troop, Attack at Dawn, Campaign Series: Vietnam, Sagger, and Second Front.
- Steel Beasts, Silent Storm, Hidden and Dangerous 2, and Iron Warriors were inducted into the Dusty But Trusty hall of fame.
- I penned approximately 250 separate A2Z stories.
- A book review elbowed its way onto the site.
- Cornerites crowded into three Mark 2 carriages for a two-part rail sim tour of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (Wherry Lines – the add-on used for this trip – is half-price on Steam until Jan 5)
- I dropped a falconer’s gauntlet at the feet of readers with a creative bent.
- We were introduced to Das Football Boot, “a leisurely WW2 U-boat sim in which real-world football matches act as dice, and the phrase “His number came up” is more than just a figure of speech.”. DFB’s inaugural season has revealed the odd rule flaw, but the fact that there are still players diligently logging results and setting Caution levels, suggests the concept has sea legs. Cederic (U-50, Liverpool, 58400 tons, 10 ships sunk) has topped the tonnage table since Week #1 but a World Cup-induced sabbatical means his lead is narrowing fast. If this weekend’s encounters go well for Whistler (U-34, Guildford City, 52400 tons, 9 ships sunk) or mverdo (U-30, Derby County, 47800 tons, 9 ships sunk) we could have a new tonnage king by Monday.
- And indefatigable foxer fount Roman crafted over one hundred puzzles.
None of this would have been possible without the kindness of the airlifters – the readers whose monthly subscription payments and one-off donations keep me and Roman fed, warm, and industrious. If you’re a member of this small but vital cadre or have aided the site in other ways during the past twelve months (all mentions on forums and social media are much appreciated)…