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Wargamer to Peace Economist

Looking back over my life, asking how I got to this point of nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, I have to consider my Avalon Hill wargame experience crucial.

Math and Games

I started with things like Erector sets, Lincoln logs, American bricks, and just blocks.  But there were four siblings and we played board games together a lot, like Careers, Monopoly, Risk, and many others.  I fell in love with two things early on, Games and Math.  Getting encyclopedias when I was seven, and later the Time Life book on Mathematics really got me going.  I loved the way that math book showed all 36 possible combinations of two dice, one in red and one in green.  Dice became the passion that united my two great interests, games and math.  I went on to play games on Democracy, Summit, and standards like Checkers, Chess, and Go.  You name it; I’d try it and be good at it.  But they were all too simple until my older brother and I discovered the Avalon Hill game Chancellorsville in 1961.  We also tried Tactic II, Gettysburg, and D-Day, and I never let him win.  So I needed a new challenge and along came the Avalon Hill General magazine in December 1964.  That was my freshman year moving from five frustrating years in the public schools to a Catholic High School.  That was the last semester in high school I had anything less than an A in math or science.  This was decades before the grade inflation of today, and I was top of my math classes the rest of the time in high school.  I found opponents wanted in the General from other high schools and UW Madison and for the next ten years spent about three times a week, fifteen hours a week, in wargames.  I was a master at the math and probabilities and also the rules, and these two, rules and math, were my edge.  I loved the maps and terrain and playing counters and movement just as well.  Soon I was inventing new rules, new games, and reinventing math before being taught it in the Trapezoidal Rule, the Pythagorean Theorem, and the Binomial Expansion Theorem.  Endless imagination and experimentation became the norms of my life.

Technician in Society

I became a great Nerd.  But humans are social animals, too, and I was a lonely boy who needed a social life.  Opponents Wanted ads and a genius wargamer 90 miles to my Southeast came to the rescue.  No one wrote more articles for wargaming magazines than Gary Gygax, inventing and imagining all the things you can do with wargames.  This local role model noticed me and invited me into his new wargaming club, the International Federation of Wargaming.  I started writing articles too, and inventing games, and starting a wargaming convention in Madison the year after his convention in Lake Geneva.  I attended the first seven GenCons from 1968 to 1974 inclusive, winning Waterloo and tying Afrika Corp the first two Avalon Hill wargames tournaments in 1973 and 1974..  Then I gave up wargaming and Gary agreed to sell my stuff on consignment the last time I saw him in 1974.  Gary welcomed me into his world and I made many trips to Lake Geneva and he came to my first wargames convention in Madison in June 1969.  I had learned the social skills of being a wargaming organizer in Madison, Wisconsin.  I learned many skills, math, games, rules, strategy, geography, military history, and organizing in those ten years of wargaming averaging 15 hours a week, three years of full time equivalent work.  That creative foundation laid the way forward for my fifteen year career in politics from 1978 to 1993 where I learned the issues, campaigning, lobbying, and creating legislation and debates, submitting the 1984 National Delegate Selection Plan for the Democratic Party of Oregon, and meeting at a high level Rainbow Coalition meeting with Jesse Jackson in Chicago in February 1987.  Everywhere I was getting great things done.  Politics is where I discovered Sivard’s work on military spending in 1983.  I discovered the Kondratiev Wave in 1981 from a close friend (Lyman G. Hill, XIII).  We were both in the YMCA Singles Association; where I was president in 1978 and group facilitator from 1978 to 1981.


These formative experiences combined the endless variety of games and the endless variety of politics into the necessary knowledges that made the Peace Economics breakthroughs possible.  In both macroeconomics and global warming theory these complex yet precise and elegant models will define how people see the coming century.  In both cases stubborn academic bureaucracies have resisted the compelling math of my discoveries.  But I have Thomas Kuhn on my side, knowing that new generations will adopt these basic discoveries and the resistant old order will eventually die off.  The new paradigms will revolutionize the stock market and predictions of the future as the naysayers and doubters are pushed to the side.  Sometime around the year 2025 the world will cool off for two or three years leading into a major war followed by global warming at a faster than ever pace and we will be prepared to mitigate these circumstances or we will blunder ahead ignorant of my discoveries.  The choice is up to each of us individually.  Collectively, if we learn, I will get my rewards.  Today my term “Peace Economics” is routinely marginalized by peace groups as just a large sum of money, seldom if ever considered a major driving force of lost opportunity in the economy, by groups like the Berlin Peace Congress last year and Code Pink this year.  Please stop using my terminology for misleading and understated purposes.  Nations and peoples rise or fall with their choice of military spending levels.

Here is the suit pocket sized booklet for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Peace Economics:

Here are a few key pages about the climate cycle ending in 2025, warned about above:

Dr. Peace, Professor Robert Reuschlein, Real Economy Institute,

Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2016-2017

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Great Gygax, Maybe Britain

I took a recent fifteen day trip to Oklahoma City, Cambridge, Oxford, and London.  On the first leg of the tour I presented on Gary Gygax and the birth of the role playing games industry.  “Dungeons and Dragons” was analyzed as business history for the Economic and Business History Society.  Then I went to Britain to the two oldest universities in the English speaking world, Cambridge founded in 1209, and Oxford founded sometime between 1096 and 1167.  The universities and people of England were usually great, but not so much some of the bus drivers, ticket agents, and Heathrow airport staff, hence the title.

Oklahoma City

When you are in Oklahoma City, the place to visit is the Cowboy Museum.  The end of the first hallway was a statue of Lincoln, while Will Rogers and John Wayne figured prominently.  Thankfully, the guide waited until the end of the tour to mention how he approved of Trump.  The tour group bypassed a room of Native American greats that I later enjoyed on my free time.  The highlight of my first conference workshop was a guy from the Denmark explaining the history of transportation in Denmark.  No 56,000 pound rigs in the small territory of that country, they were all large and fat but short and in one piece.  My presentation on Gary Gygax was detailed, largely from my personal acquaintance in the eight years before 1974, the year he invented Dungeons and Dragons.  The moderator of the session, of all things, happened to graduate from the same high school I attended, Madison Edgewood.  About a dozen in the room, three had played Dungeons and Dragons, and about seven had heard of the game played by millions around the world.  One person afterwards showed keen interest in my Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Peace Economics.  The conference keynote speaker kept casting aspersions about some New Deal programs, yet admitted that Roosevelt had stimulated the economy with his programs in the thirties, and that forties war stimulus was very much overrated.


Arriving in Heathrow Airport, I immediately took the Norwich bus to Cambridge.  If I had gone the whole route, I would have gone to East Anglia, where the temperature of the world is calculated each year.  As it is I settled for Cambridge, the home of Stephen Hawking, born the same day of the year as Robert Reuschlein and Elvis Presley.  No wonder I’m a scientist who can win dance contests.

At Cambridge I met a professor who wears a turban to shake others up and watches the whole MSNBC lineup each night to keep up with the American impeachment pre-game shows.  I also met a Mathematics Ethics professor and his grad student who came to the seminar on numbers and statistics for public policy.  The grad student was frustrated that two history professors presented but no one from a statistics background.  I told the Math prof that I had perfected economics by adding the secret ingredients of military spending and temperature change.  He thoughtfully agreed that that made sense to him.


Oxford was the highlight of the trip.  Staying at St. Hugh’s I was fortunate to see a fox causing quite a stir in the English garden my room overlooked.  I heard a great noise from the crows and went to the window to see what the matter was. The ducks were unperturbed a long way from the fox, but a flock of seagulls flew away as I watched.  The noisy crows moved closer and eventually the fox left.  The conference on American war dissent decades ago went well and made me wish I’d submitted a paper on Kennedy as two others had done.  Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute sponsored the conference.  Christopher Hurley and I had a lot to agree about Kennedy as JFK resisted the establishment on national security policy.  Oxford had good people everywhere.  But the bus drivers were terrible.  One drove past us as I tried to flag it down.  Another gave me bad advice to take the X90 instead of the Tube, forcing me to take an extra local ride to get to Notting Hill in London from Oxford.  Then another driver motioned me away as he stopped two slots away from his regular stop.  So I waited for him to move into the correct spot only to see him drive away completely past the empty spot that had been full before.


I arrived in London on Saturday night June 3 and settled in at our Notting Hill Hotel.  A colleague suggested going downtown, but I thought I needed rest after a long day’s trip.  That was fortunate, I might have been nearby or worse when the terrorists attacked London Bridge at 10pm and a popular nearby market.  Other than that, Sadiq Khan, Moslem mayor of London, was right to call this the safest city in the world.  That was at the East end of downtown, and I spent the next two days near the Parliament in the West end.  Someone had left a cigar at the foot of the Churchill statue in the park.  I saw the Ecuadorian embassy where Julian Assange was staying.  He has the same odds as Professor Robert Reuschlein of winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year according to sports betting expert Jim Murphy.  I entertained the man at the front desk until I decided not to wait any more for a reply.  Later I secured and used a three month Chelsea library card, and saw the plaque where George Orwell had lived from 1903 to 1950 about three blocks from where I was staying.  I also visited the Library of London founded in part by Charles Dickens and donations from famous authors, often with amazing notes in the books donated.  When I visited the War Resisters International office no one was there, but I had a good talk with someone downstairs from them at Hausmann’s radical book store.  When I left England I had a rainbow to see (it was a Chelsea morning) and when I arrived home I saw another rainbow.  Good omens both.  But the Heathrow Delta flight required boarding by taking a bus to the plane and climbing stairs like you do in a much smaller airport.  Heathrow has a poor reputation and you can see why.  The ticket agents on the first day had a map on the electronic poster showing various bus routes in Southern England, but the agents could neither give you a map, nor explain well where and when buses were going.  The individual routes had schedules for each one only, and you were expected to watch the arrival and departure board for more information.  Don’t expect the agents to be helpful.  The Bobbies, on the other hand, were always useful and helpful, even the ones guarding 10 Downing Street with Uzis.  The Investors Daily conference on the last day before leaving was very good at the start, then lost steam.  I met two nice people there.  Two others left the table when I questioned one speaker’s assumption that Theresa May would remain the Prime Minister.  Labor was surging in the polls, but the conservative investment community was in denial.  One speaker clearly preferred WTO corporate oligarchy to anything more democratic like the EU.

Here are the two presentations of first Gygax to EBHS, then War Economy to the upcoming HES:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Odds on Nobel Peace Prize

2017 Nobel Peace Prize Betting Odds by Jim Murphy

I took the trouble to analyze the analysis by Jim Murphy of the odds of winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year.  The cash award for last year was $923,179.20 but also includes a gold medal auctioned off by previous winners for from $765,002 to $4.7 million in recent auctions.  According to Jim Murphy’s figures, on a spread sheet and totaled to 100%, of the 76 people included in his list plus the chance of someone not on the list or no one at all being rewarded this year, (the 77th) entry on the list needed to include all possibilities.  With those adjustments, the chance of Professor Robert Reuschlein winning is 1 out of 157 according to Jim Murphy.  The top ten favorites have a 50% chance of being picked.  The twenty two people in the middle of the pack tied with Robert Reuschlein collectively have a 13% chance of being picked as Murphy sees it.  The monetary value of the cash prize times the chance of getting it would be about $6000 for those in the middle of the pack like Reuschlein.  One could go to someone like Lloyd’s of London and cash in by selling one’s right to the Prize this year perhaps.  Reuschlein would not do so because he believes his chances are much higher than Murphy thinks, having made the round of 32 last year.  The first two of these press releases are my contemporary notices proving that finding (using Jim Murphy’s figure of 32) of close consideration last year:

This last press release is my final pitch to the Norwegians to choose me:


The Favorites (Top 10, Top 35)

The top ten are fairly well known names, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, The White Helmets of Syria, Edward Snowden who exposed government mass surveillance, David Swanson of World Can’t Wait, Johan Galtung of the Friends Service Committee book on nukes, Richard Falk noted author, Jan Oberg journalist, Ethan Gutmann author, Chelsea Manning soldier who exposed civilian atrocities in US wars, and Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers.  Then there are twenty five more before the middle of the pack tie, including Chicago favorite Kathy Kelly, Benjamin Ferencz co-author of the book “Planethood” which has five references in the index to Reuschlein’s work from the book “Peace Economics”, and the choice of none of the above or no winner, considered a 1% possibility.


The Middle of the Pack Tie (22 people)

Professor Robert Reuschlein has been rated an equal choice with Pope Francis, the leader of the free world, Angela Merkel of Germany who has helped Syrian refugees, and Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who was recently visited by Robert Reuschlein in London at the Ecuadorian embassy there.  Then there is perennial author Dr. Gene Sharp who has documented the many peaceful change successes over the twentieth century and finally the September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow.


The Long Shots (Bottom 20)

It is notable that Madison Wisconsin local favorite Professor Robert Reuschlein is considered by Jim Murphy as more likely to win than the following:  John Kerry, despite his negotiation of the Iran Accord, Wikileaks, rock star Rihanna, Native American hero Leonard Peltier, and of course the very unlikely Donald Trump, and the slightly less unlikely Vladimir Putin, leaders of the no longer quite so super powers.



Little known Professor Robert Reuschlein has developed a game changing theory of military spending as a lost economic opportunity, high levels of which actually weakens powers over the decades.  He has also revolutionized the science of long term temperature change, showing amazing precision where others find only partially reliable world models.  Together these developments, once recognized, could vastly improve the sciences of economics, global warming, and war forecasting, where only sloppiness currently exists.  He compares in the Jim Murphy analysis well with many other people of note.  Reuschlein’s recent conference summaries of key aspects of his work:

Reuschlein is open to local news coverage and academic citations of his work wherever possible.


Here is the full article by Jim Murphy, a sports betting analyst for the last 25 years:


Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 (top 32) and 2017, Contact Info

Congratulations Frank Goetz

I won an award which lead to an article which lead to an amazing academic reaction unfolding this month.  Here is the story:

Special Recognition Award 2016

Thanks to the Frank Goetz persistent determination I finally relented and entered his Kellogg Briandt Treaty (law against war) contest, due in April 2016.  But I was shooting for the stars trying to get a reply out of very busy presidential campaigns.  I didn’t realize the entry required a reply from the person I sent the letter to.  Only after sending in the 800 word letter to Frank Goetz did I learn about the reply contingency.  I tried everybody, Hillary, Bernie, Trump, even Jill Stein and the Libertarians.  No reply.  I sent the text out as another of my press releases on April 23, 2016 because to use you have to have 100% new content, so it needed to be posted before widespread dissemination.  Because I did not get a reply, I thought my chances were over.  Then I got an invitation from Frank Goetz to accept a Special Recognition Award for the letter, which I accepted.  That event happened on August 23, 2016, the eighty-eighth anniversary of the Treaty.  The West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition (of Chicago) awarded me this special recognition award by printing the letter along with the first second and third place winners of the contest in the award booklet.  This booklet was handed to everyone at the banquet to celebrate the event and raise money for the ongoing cause.  I was lucky to sit at the same table with the top staff person for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, whose son won second place.  I then went on to give a mind blowing five minute speech about empire and the American condition.  I’m used to blowing minds of those who have not heard me before; the research was equally mind blowing to me as I developed it in 1985 and 1986 for the first book called “Peace Economics”.  I learned to emphasize the empire economics aspects of the theory over the course of many years.  A frequent listener to my presentations suggests the empire economics theme is the best way to present my extensive material.

Between August and October 2016

I had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier in the year 2016 with obvious interest showing from the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but this accomplishment did not set the academic world on fire.  I definitely catch a lot of short term attention telling people about that nomination, but then life moves on. What started the academic world on fire was the two entries in the “SAGE Encyclopedia of War, a Social Sciences Perspective” by Paul Joseph, who worked tirelessly helping me perfect those entries.  I was told that the Encyclopedia would go out in October when final editing was approved for my entries in May.  So with the onset of October 1, I put my final copy of these entries out on line in my account.  I had come to expect a 10% download rate for my articles overall.  Immediately my 120 (140 today) academic followers took notice and began downloading the article on record pace, especially the “Political Economy of War” article which had a 70% initial download rate per viewing, now 53% after eight months.  Then on October 15th I posted the “Military Keynesianism” article to a download rate of 35%.  “Military Keynesianism” then got a recommendation from a Nigerian Accounting Professor, former Finance Minister of the country, with over one million views on his account.  That got me a 1.1 rating on in that category.  Then I upgraded my account and found out that I’m in the top 1% there on a 12 month basis (and have been ever since).  With the encyclopedia listings, suddenly three times the usual number of international people have been viewing and downloading my academia papers ever since.  After all this on the encyclopedia, Stephen Sachs asked to republish the piece “Dear Future US President” which he called a fine piece on 10-16-16.  This was finally published in the Winter issue of Nonviolent Change Journal p.298-299, online at in February 2017.

Between January and April 2017

After my presentation at the Telos Institute at NYU, at the end of the conference the keynoter approached me humble and speechless as I offered a few words of advice.  His speech could easily have given me another 10 footnotes to my own, but I gave him the big picture.  In March I went to Lake Geneva for GaryCon and found out that I am a legend of wargaming in the “Dungeons and Dragons” world of Gary Gygax followers.  Some suggest they are a better base of support than academics.  Then in April my Geospatial Summit speech was filmed by the ABC affiliate in Madison, WKOW 27, for a future program on “local voices” in the global warming debate.  I continue to do shows on the Mitch Henck radio program for over a year and a half now, about twice a month. He and his audience have grown to love and admire “Dr. Peace.”

Very Special May 2017

On May 8th I finally got around to posting the article “Dear Future US President” published in Nonviolent Change Journal, which posting I do for all peer reviewed material on  Because I had the material out there in press release and blog form about a year ago, I usually wait for a new press release that fits with the paper.  I got tired of waiting and had sent out new postings to the followers list of about 140 now for about a half year since October.  So I just posted it with the press release about the Special Recognition Award as the second article in the same “paper” posting.  Then I got the most unexpected huge reaction, people love the piece.  The first week ending 5-14-17 has seen an unprecedented MORE DOWNLOADS (44) THAN VIEWS (39).  Top 2% (by month) by 5-20-17 for the first time an individual paper of mine has ranked that high.  Now it is #1 in downloads of all my 69 papers in just two weeks, on 5-21-17, with a total of 59 downloads while views increased to 64.  Downloads for this paper are still at a personal record 92% of views.  Another first is the three unsolicited messages almost immediately from three people after the paper posting.  So congratulations Frank Goetz for goading me and lauding me, helping me boost my reputation to record international levels with an assist by Stephen Sachs the editor of Nonviolent Change Journal!  Now even the US people are taking more notice, although some of the new US postings are from foreigners working or attending US universities.  The exponential curve I’ve been waiting a long time for may finally be arriving.  It’s been quite a year.  New ideas need new people to notice and finally the word is spreading and growing around the world.  It used to be that people just read a few of my postings to get a feel for me, now it increasing looks like patterns of thinking are pursued in the choice of postings to read.  That tells me that people are beginning to go deeper in their thinking about me and my work.  In other words, they are beginning to catch on.

Here are the two writings creating all this political excitement around the world:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute,                         Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017,                                Contact Info

Game Master Gygax History

Stretching the Imagination

The Role Playing Games Industry (Dungeons and Dragons) emerged from war gaming and the discipline and imagination of Gary Gygax (1938-2008) of Lake Geneva Wisconsin.  Born in 1938, Gary grew up fascinated with fantasy books.  In 1958 he discovered Avalon Hill (AH) war games, and when they introduced a fanzine in 1964, the Avalon Hill General, Gary dominated the early writers and contributors to that monthly magazine.  In 1966, Gygax founded the International Federation of Wargaming (IFW), and encouraged fellow legend of wargaming Robert Reuschlein (later nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016) to join that group that became the largest wargaming group of its time. Reuschlein (age 16), and Gygax (age 28), became fascinated with each other as each developed local groups in the two Wisconsin cities of Madison and Lake Geneva.  They played an epic “play by mail” game of “Battle of the Bulge” in the Fall of 1966 which Reuschlein won, and in 2017 Gary’s son Luke said he hated to lose. “Battle of the Bulge” was the favorite game of Reuschlein and also sixties leading journalist CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite.  Together with the likes of Len Lakofka, Bill Hoyer, and John Bobek, these five dominated the new club from the greater Chicago area.  Gary Gygax developed the first successful wargaming convention in 1968, GenCon, starting with 100 wargamers, now featuring 50,000 attendees in Indianapolis each year.  Reuschlein’s smaller Madison Wargaming Convention started with 24 in 1969 including Gary Gygax, peaked in 1972 at 98, and then crashed the next year to 24 under new management.  Reuschlein was a math and rules wizard with a record of 19-1 as top rated player in the IFW but he stuck narrowly with the AH games genre, while Gary was involved in all things wargaming spending twice as much time per week as Reuschlein and may have written ten times as many articles.  Gary stretched his imagination with land and naval miniatures and eventually castles in a sandbox.  While both Reuschlein and Gygax developed their own games, again Gary was many times more prolific in that as well.  The Reuschlein Gygax bond ended in 1974 as Reuschlein gave up wargaming after winning the first two GenCon AH tournaments and moving to the West Coast after college graduation.  Gary offered to put my games collection up for sale at GenCon as he went on that year to develop “Dungeons and Dragons” and Reuschlein later entered politics 1978 to 1993 in the State of Oregon.  Reuschlein invests in convertible bonds completely unaware his friend Gary Gygax needs money to start the D & D business. Gary’s interest in miniatures, fantasy, and the development of rules for individual combat in the game “Chainmail” lead directly into the development of “Dungeons and Dragons”.  Stretching the imagination with fantasy history and wargaming, detailing the rules with the precision of a claims adjuster, and endless writing experience, lead to the first popular role playing game.

Business of Dungeons and Dragons

In December 1973 Gary forms a partnership named Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) to produce “Dungeons and Dragons”.  One thousand games were purchased in January 1974 and sold that first year.  Doubling every year, within a few years sales were 2 or 3 million a year by 1978-79 and the game became a national obsession.  Gary faced several common issues of entrepreneurs almost immediately.  Starting out he is undercapitalized.  Having lost his day job as an insurance underwriter in Chicago in October 1970, he is forced to turn to shoe repair for a living in 1971. Still in December 1973 he has $1000 of his own, another $1000 from his best gaming friend Don Kaye, and another guy in town, Brian Blume, who is not a gamer.  Starting out with just one third ownership is a big red flag in the small business world.  When you do not have a majority ownership it’s easy to lose control of your company.  The second red flag is the absence of an agreement to buy out owners who want out.  Sometimes this is combined with insurance on the partners so that if one dies, the insurance pays off the spouse of the deceased.  Unfortunately for Gary Gygax both of these issues come back to haunt him.  He is in fairly good shape with his best friend and himself owning a majority.  Then tragedy strikes, as his best friend partner dies in January of the second year, 1975.  Then Don Kaye’s widow sells to Brian Blume’s father Melvin as he outbids Gary.  Now Gary is in the precarious position of minority ownership to the Blumes.  In the summer of 1983, Kevin Blume, Brian’s brother assumes control of the company after Gary’s divorce and Gary is relegated to an entertainment subsidiary and goes to Hollywood.  In late 1984 Gary comes home to oust Kevin for poor performance and seize control of the company in March 1985 using long held stock options.  Then he hires a professional manager Lorraine Williams to run the company who seizes control ousting Gygax after seven months on October 22, 1985.  For a second time he makes the mistake of trusting strangers as his chosen business manager Lorraine Williams buys majority control from the Blumes.

After Tactical Studies Rules

When Gary Gygax took his talents elsewhere, he went on to develop other role playing games, but the spark of imagination that lead to Dungeons and Dragons opened up a whole new field of role playing games with levels of achievement, and eventually much of today’s $100 billion video games industry owes him for this development.  Where would “Grand Theft Auto” and the many war fighting video games be without the basic structure of applied imagination individual role playing games begun by Gary Gygax in 1974?  All these subsequent developments come from the rich imagination of the medieval ages of Western Civilization.  Anthropology and fantasy like JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, combined with things like “Star Trek” left the door wide open for Gary Gygax to earn the label #1 Nerd of all time in Sync magazine’s 2002 poll.  A lifetime Camels smoker, Gary Gygax died at the early age of 69 in 2008.  Steven Colbert paid tribute to him on his passing.


Had I known my friend Gary Gygax needed money in December 1973 I might have invested in his business.  Had that happened, I would probably have ended up rich, but as a second fiddle.  I would not have blazed my own path in Oregon politics that lead to the inventions of my macroeconomics and global warming theories that lead to my recent nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  The world does not always beat a path to the door of the person who develops a better mousetrap, it takes marketing.  My work is only gradually getting recognized thanks to my doctorate in 2009, one year after Gary died.  I regret not seeing him in those last years, especially after I moved back to Wisconsin in 1993.  I had experience with others becoming rich and famous around me, such as “Clan of the Cave Bear” author Jean Auel, who I met and shared campground experiences with in Longbow Campground.  That was the annual retreat place of the Oregon Mensa group in the Oregon Cascades just East of Salem.  So although recognition is slow so far, at least it is not posthumous as in the case of Copernicus.  I do not regret blazing my own path and creating two theories each of which is about an order of magnitude improvement on the fields of macroeconomics long term accuracy and global warming temperature forecasting.  That would not have happened in the shadow of Gary Gygax, much as I love him.  His oldest son told me how he would talk about me a lot, so I underestimated his friendship and esteem for me.  I feared he would think of me as another high school classmate that tries to get in with the rich man, rather than an old friend.  One of many mistakes I have made in life.

More on the Reuschlein Gygax story is here in these past releases and findings on the internet:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Telos Institute Lessons

Lessons of Three Great Conferences,  By Professor Robert Reuschlein

Asymmetrical Warfare, Telos Institute, NYU, January 14-15, 2017  

I had great success with the presentation, “Goal of Terrorists: Raising the Cost to Society” at the Telos Institute in New York University.  Asymmetric Warfare raises the cost to society of warfare.  Those in the military industrial complex believe that warfare can enhance themselves and their society.  This belief led to the Iraq War.  Those employing asymmetric warfare believe they can punish the military society’s population enough to make them give up.  This was the strategy that won the Vietnam War.  The asymmetric warrior (aka “terrorist”) believes a militaristic society will implode when enough pressure is put on them.  These so-called terrorists are even more right than they realize.  The eight years of the Reagan Military Buildup tripled the national debt (quadrupling if you add in the 4 Bush years).  The seven years of the second Bush military buildup wars led to the Great Recession, thanks to the surge in military spending in fiscal 2008 and overheated real estate markets in the corruption prone high military states.  Blowback was immediate and internal and escalates over time.  This is exactly what Osama Bin Laden wanted out of the Western response to his provocations, saying in a 2005 speech:  “So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.”

In my empire economics speech I outlined the true cost of militarization on America, depleting our capital and research resources leading to economic and social decay, including high crime.  Empire stagnation includes the stagnation of the political process in America.  Militarization leads to the direct depletion of the manufacturing sector much faster than the more obvious and visible trade treaty losses of factories.  In the decade after 2001 terrorism has quadrupled.  Goading us into attack has been a goal of the terrorists.  I gave the keynote speaker a copy of my 24 page booklet after his opening speech; he was not impressed but politely took it.  After hearing my speech he keeps reading it while others spoke.  At the end of the conference, he approached me in the cloakroom speechless with a puppy dog look in his eyes, so I said a few words to him.  His speech could have been used for a dozen footnotes to my speech, but he knew I had the big picture down cold.  Telos Institute is a great place that welcomes new ideas, so a colleague has been encouraging me to present there for some time.  That colleague was right on, they loved me there and I fit right in.


Ethics and Mental Health Conference, Viterbo U., La Crosse, WI, April 6-8, 2017

The best presentation here was “Gun Deaths and Public Health: What is the Mental Health Connection?” Steve Miles, University of Minnesota Medical School.  Dr. Miles major finding is that gun ownership is proportional to gun deaths.  Handgun suicides are ten times as likely for a kid from a gun household.  You are 4.5 times more likely to be shot when carrying a gun.  Gun owners are eight times more likely to threaten murder. Gun households have four times the homicide rate, seven times the suicide rate, and sixteen times the accidental gun death rate.

This compares to my finding that murder rates and crime rates are proportional to the military spending of a developed country.  The inference is that a militarized society is more likely to murder, all kinds of murder, but suicides are not proportional to military spending.  Perhaps the more militarized portions of a military society are conversant with guns and inclined to own guns.  Are these the people with military training we are talking about?  I do not know that particular evidence, but it does seem likely that those familiar with gun use would be inclined to either join or be from the military.  Military training has advanced since the fifties into a very effective trainer of killers.  Past wars had as many as 78% of soldiers who never fired guns, and in one case a dozen musket rounds were found in a soldiers gun, so reluctant to kill other people that person was.  That changed in US military training in the fifties.

More detail at this link:


Geospatial Summit, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 26, 2017

My presentation was videotaped by WKOW TV for a climate voices unit Greg Jeschke plans to produce in the near future.  My talk was titled “How Climate Change trends impact humans, the economy, and politics.”  Temperature studies by industrial engineers have long shown that human performance is reduced at above normal temperatures, reducing productivity on hot days.  There are at least three other sets of evidence that show this effect on economics:  geography, stock market, and US history.  The major war cycle also comes from economic cycles that come from global warming cycles.  Sharp cooling trends of two or three years duration often precede major wars, and volcanoes can trigger this process.  Economic differences expand in the high growth half of the cycle, leading to peak wealth, a new world order, and a major war about three years into the next slow half cycle.  That economic change at the end of the growth cycle may encourage politicians to look for a way to distract the public from the slowing economy with a war.

This talk explored explanations of these various linkages with temperature and climate change, showing that the three types of cycles are all linked and start with the climate changes.  Environmental determinism is in my opinion a baseless pejorative narrative to paint a rational theory as something it is not, as racist and colonialist.  The proof of this is that human performance, economic history, and the stock market are all confirming the cool improves and heat stifles narrative.  You have to ignore those three other proofs to come up with a racist and colonialist narrative that only sounds plausible in one school of thought, imperialism, not in an interdisciplinary context.  Triangulation from at least three different directions is the standard of proof I seek in all my work on these two great theories of economics and global warming.



These three issues are the main issues in my research.  Empire Economics is my best presentation and a version of that was used at Telos.  With military spending the prime cause, empires decay from a lack of productivity coming from the military resources.  That in turn leads to the social decay of empires, included murder rates, health problems, and lack of social mobility.  In America it is obvious that many celebrities are now sons or daughters of other celebrities, as America has traded places in the last generation or so with Europe in terms of being a class based society. Crime and corruption is strongly correlated with military spending both internationally and within the American states, including the poor mortgage practices leading up to the Great Recession.  Crime is the easily identified exemplar of the social decay of empire concept.  The right wing thinks moral decay is bringing down America, but my work supports the opposite theory, that the self inflicted wound of wasting too much military spending at the expense of manufacturing and construction economic growth sectors causes the long term rise in crime, poor health, stagnant politics, and class divergence in America.

But the key to perfecting the long term 60 year US economic model is the 54 year Kondratiev cycle.  And the key to proving the existence of that cycle is linking up the three versions of the cycle, the natural cycle, the economic cycle, and the political war cycle.  I’ve always sensed it was absurd to consider these three cycles separately.  I’m convinced that the order of those cycles is natural, economic, then political, both by the logic of the linking mechanisms and the slightly diminishing accuracy of the proving phenomena in my 56 events chart.  As always, I’m looking for multiple proofs of concept along multidisciplinary lines of seeing past the silos of isolated thinking into the broader concept of looking at events from multiple points of view to grasp the correct essence of it all.

Link to the actual Telos Institute and Geospatial Summit powerpoint slides are here:

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Living the Creative Life


What does it take to make a person creative?  Endless experimentation, trying new things, and varying the way one absorbs knowledge.  Aim for the top, and you might not get there, but you will at least get near to the top.  In the words of Carlos Castaneda, choose a path with a heart and follow it.  Early on, I chose the path of truth.  Math and science were logical extensions of that path.  I did not understand some things, but I would note them in my mind and sooner or later an explanation would emerge.  When some would call it black and others call it white, I looked for the underlying truth, the gray area where both were partially true in certain ways, where one fit better in certain circumstances and the other fit better in other circumstances.  Ambiguity was not to be tolerated; exploration would clear up the ambiguity eventually.  How the world worked was an endless process of discovery.  Each of the major areas of life was meant to be mastered eventually, leave no stone unturned.  I had no sense of self worth until I got a 100 in an arithmetic exam in the 3rd grade.  Later I tied for highest in the state on a Mathematics Association of America exam in high school.  So I asked for the toughest four year program at the University of Wisconsin, Electrical Engineering, and made four honor societies graduating from the 3rd ranked such program in the nation.  Following a fiancé to Oregon, I fell out of love for her and into love of that state.  Out of work, I got an MBA at Oregon State University because of low tuition and a required Econometrics course.  After a year in LifeSpring trainings I decided on a career leading to the US presidency.  Five years later, I discovered the bar chart that began Peace Economics.  I wrote Peace Economics in 1986, three years after the bar chart discovery, developing the next theory of macroeconomics in the process, with a .999 correlation of a simple sixty year model of US economics.  So I changed my goals to science and by May 1991 I had published the theory of the global warming and cooling cycle.  The world has still not beaten a path to my door, so now I’ve been marketing ever since.  I earned a doctorate in 2009, and got a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in early 2016, and wrote two Encyclopedia of War entries in October 2016.


It began with my mother reading to me at bedtime.  Then it went into Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, and American Bricks, and of course Building Blocks.  Then my uncle said he might become an engineer.  Then I beat my older brother and cousin at checkers, even though grandpa, a law school valedictorian and politician had taught them the game. Then there was the wonderful Time Life Mathematics book, and World Book Encyclopedias. The four of us kids would play board games together, like Monopoly and Careers.  We would play baseball and football out in the street with neighbor kids, and build fox and goose trails in the snow in winter.  In summer we would explore the local parks and arboretum, and sometimes bike five miles out in the country to catch frogs in the back of the state fish hatchery property.  Toads were found in the arboretum near the Wingra Park lagoon.  Estes rockets would sometimes parachute into the top of a tree.  In kindergarten I loved art, and in the third grade developed a lifelong love of arithmetic and mathematics.


Then my love of games took a leap upward with the discovery of Avalon Hill wargames at age 11.  At first I played my older brother at these games, never letting him win, and then I discovered the opponents wanted ads in the Avalon Hill General and soon played many people older than me, never losing.  For ten years I averaged 15 hours a week in wargames in the high school college age years.  I developed a specialty in World War II history by age 16, stunning my high school American history teacher in the final exam on exactly that topic. Then I won the art, science and mathematics awards in my class of 210 in my college prep Catholic high school.  I developed the philosophy of doing my homework and getting good grades, but stretching my mind with new things outside of the schoolwork in the rest of my life.

Young Adult

I had been mistaken for a priest, a lawyer, and a political science major in my twenties.  A dutiful Catholic, I went to church every Sunday until age 23, and then tried four other religions, Baha’i at age 25, Religious Science founded by Ernest Holmes who wrote the book “The Science of the Mind” about metaphysics in the late twenties, Nichiren Shushu Buddhism, the top religion of Japan, at 32 for two years of morning and evening chanting.  Then at age 36 I settled on Unitarianism.  I studied the “Teachings of Jesus” for four years of Sunday afternoon studies at the Quakers around age 50.  I ended up agreeing with Marcus Borg of the Jesus Seminar scholars that Jesus primarily opposed the domination systems of the rich and the Pharisees.  Elitism alienates those in power from the rest of us in a way that ends up self limiting them.  My twenties were very experimental years of consciousness raising.  Listening Exercises at 21, Social Liturgy Wednesdays at the Newman Center at age 23, Experimental College courses taken or taught at age 25, YMCA Singles Association age 27-29 becoming a certified group leader and elected president, 400 hours of LifeSpring trainings at age 28, and then a leap into politics at age 29 to 43 in Eugene Oregon.


My politics began with 400 meetings of events in the Community Calendar and Political Calendar at age 29, where I learned a little bit about everything in that world, from the Citizens Party and Libertarians to the Jailers Convention.  I attended all four political weekly discussion groups, Demo Forum, Labor Forum, Rubicon Society, and Republican Roundtable. I got involved in local government, state legislatures, and county, congressional, and state levels of the Democratic Party of Oregon.  I was elected or appointed delegate or chairman or executive committee at many levels of the party, including writing the National Delegate Selection plan for the state and later being elected National Convention Delegate under that plan.  I was on the Electoral College slate in 1984, and invited to the Clinton Inauguration in 1993.


Social scientists and academics are a very skeptical crowd.  Peace Economics was very popular until the end of the Cold War.  Not knowing academics before my dissertation in 2009, I made a lot of mistakes and missed a lot of opportunities to accredit my work.  Doing work an order of magnitude beyond the Economists and Global Warming scientists does not sit well with the powers that be.  My in depth interdisciplinary background in nine fields essential to the development of Peace Economics left me without a peer group primed and ready to understand me.  There was so much the academic community needed to learn to catch up with me, yet I didn’t have time for several dissertations in the arcane details of several fields trapped in silo thinking.  Just as five religions helped me triangulate better to the see the real truths, so did the nine fields of math, wargaming, science, engineering, accounting, business, politics, peace economics, and global warming.  Looking at things from the overall picture is just not the same as looking as things from the bottom up.  Triangulating from a variety of fields is not the same as mastering the arcane details of any one field.  Both economics and climate change theory have huge blind spots.


Throughout this time I was guided by honesty, dislike of bullies, and the search to understand everything about how the world works.  Building a scientific model of the world was my North Star.  Endless experimentation and experiencing were my methods.  Along the way I learned to identify key facts, to take one good new understanding from every new experience, meeting, or lecture.  This gave me excellent long term memory sometimes at the sacrifice of short term memory.  It also explains how I’m better at math, science, and vocabulary, than at reading comprehension.  Thus I’m good at abstract thinking and especially good at summarizing.

Links to Resume and peer reviewed Technical Peace Economics respectively:

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Hottest Downloads All Time

Particularly since my SAGE Encyclopedia of War Entries came out in October 2016, my international downloads from my website have tripled.  Here are the hottest papers, mainly since then and since my Nobel Peace Prize nomination in early 2016.  USA interest has stayed about the same, but international interest has exploded.  These are listed by title first, then downloads, then views, then percentage of downloads per view.  Ranked by downloads, some long standing articles have as many downloads as the end of the list, but rank low on percentage so are not included.  These eight are the hotties that you may have missed and want to take a second look at.  They cover a good cross section of my most important work.


Military Economy, Direct 11, 15 pages, 54/65=83%

Here are the realities of the military economy, simply by studying the historical data looking for the obvious patterns, with a huge boost from Ruth Sivard’s bar charts.  Economists have talked themselves out of the scientific method as a physicist or engineer would understand it.  They are unfortunately convinced that a scientific analysis of the historical data can never lead to a science of economics.  Their belief system has stopped them from making the progress I easily made as an engineer.



Releasing this last October 2016 lead to a tripling of the rate of international downloads the last six months, as the combination of peer review and the Nobel Peace Prize nomination boosted my international credibility.  I am holding back some of my best work for release in a comprehensive book, as piecemeal release only benefits certain specialized publications and not the general understanding.


High Interest Releases, 12 pages, 23/36=64%

Readers have scoured the older releases for a few good gems.  Here they are, a motley lot, but with very interesting implications for understanding our world and my discoveries better.  I especially like the one on how civilizations evolve with temperature changes.


History Presidents Military Economy, 3 pages, 21/34=62%

I received multiple requests for an article on this subject, but I have refrained to accumulate more interest in a book.  Nevertheless, this is a good beginning on why one advisor has recommended that I concentrate on publishing with the economic historians.  The Great Depression and World War II are especially significant.


Framework for Academic Class, 6 pages, 20/60=33%

This outlines the basics of a class taught around this material, including subjects for about 30 class periods, my own multidisciplinary background that made this all possible, and a summary of the 13 key high correlations that define the general subject matter.


Militarism Control Empire Social Decay, 6 pages, 18/50=36%

This is where I begin the discussion of the social decay of empire, linking the multiple lines of fracture of the society with the whole process of depleting the economic engine of the society as the first domino in a series of important dominoes that fall together.


SAGE Military Keynesianism, 5 pages, 10/27=37%

This second SAGE encyclopedia of war entry has been recommended by an oil country former finance minister with one million views on his website.  Explains the main flaw in Keynes’ theory, the assumption that non-productive work still can stimulate the economy.


Wars, Coldest Year, 2 pages, 8/21=38%

Looking over several of the earth cycle press releases, this one has stood out as a very interesting finding that major wars tend to break out at the end of two or three year cooling spells.  Of course, this also happens after the 27 years of plenty have creating a new world order, and, as that prosperity begins to fade tensions are at a peak.

Still, I personally recommend these 9 pages for better understanding about the global warming cycle:


Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Wargaming With Gary Gygax

I learned a lot from Gary Gygax, creator of the “Dungeon and Dragons” game.  From 1964 to 1974 I had a close association with Gary Gygax as we were two of the leading wargamers in the International Federation of Wargaming.  When I look back over six decades of life, probably my most profound mentor of all, Gary Gygax, was named the number one Geek in America in 2002 by Sync magazine.  Here are some of the articles I’ve written about wargaming, defense strategy, and Gary Gygax:

Wargames, Defense Strategy 4-5-14

Lessons learned from war games and various games were many and varied, an important asset to my early education.  Principals from that experience later show up in the peace economics path to discover a better way of understanding Keynesian theory and national defense.  Short term thinking and lack of cycle theory understanding have long hampered the effort to re-educate economists and policy makers.  Few understand the exclusive nature of the choice between military power and economic growth.

From Wargamer to Dr. Peace 5-30-14

This encompasses the long journey from war gamer and military history reader to peace economist and peace activist to eventually getting my doctorate.  I almost got my doctorate twenty years earlier but found out the economists just weren’t capable of understanding and appreciating my achievements as an electrical engineer and accountant with a political and war gaming background.  The conviction is widespread that economics will always be a social science, never a real science.

Low Level Military Defense 12-5-15

This is my key press release on the topic of the national strategies to follow to keep a nation defended best by keeping the nation economically strong and prosperous.  Military strength, if excessive, leads to long term economic national decline along with political capture and social decay.  This lead to the titled of my second book, in 1989, “Strength Through Peace.”

Meeting Geek Number One   3-18-17

This is the story of the interactions with and shared purposes of Reuschlein and Gygax as members of the International Federation of Wargaming 1966 to 1974, and as players and followers of the Avalon Hill war games line.

Emergence of the Role Playing Games Industry in the US 5-25-17

This is the abstract approved for my presentation yet to come at the Economic and Business History Society in Oklahoma City May 25, 2017.  Gary fell into some common business traps that our good lessons for all of us.  Don’t be undercapitalized, don’t give away majority control of your business, and bring in only trusted partners that share your love and devotion to the game.

Gary Con IX  3- 23-17

This section includes several magazine references that came up when I searched google for both names together, Reuschlein Gygax.  In my wargaming period, 1964 to 1974, Gygax was constantly in the magazines with new articles and eventually the Geneva Convention he started.  I followed suit in some ways, not nearly matching the prolific devotion of this young family man, twelve years my senior, as I was in high school and college at the time.  I fondly remember many visits to his house, 90 miles away, 330 Center Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  I shared his interests in game invention, publication, and events coordination.

Link to the full text of these articles and press releases:

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Meeting Geek Number One

When I look back over six decades of life, probably my most profound mentor of all, Gary Gygax, became the number one Geek in America in 2002.  From 1964 to 1974 I had a close association with Gary Gygax when we both were two of the leading wargamers in America.

Beginning With Avalon Hill

In the beginning there was the Avalon Hill Company of Baltimore, who gave us games that took us to the next level up in complexity from chess.  In 1958 Gary Gygax started with their game Gettysburg, and in 1961 Bob Reuschlein started with Chancellorsville.  Both were games of the Civil War, the conflict of America’s greatest president.  When I got tired of playing just my older brother and he got tired of losing to me, along came the Avalon Hill General magazine in 1964.  Those first issues of that great Christmas present allowed me to advertise for and find opponents wanted in Madison Wisconsin.  There was one article writer that stood out from the crowd with a barrage of articles in those magazines, and that was Gary Gygax, who I soon found out was also from Wisconsin.  Reuschlein was not nearly as active as Gygax in those magazines, but he won three of their contests, wrote about three articles there and one popular one called “Simultaneous Movement” for Strategy and Tactics magazine.  Bob was constantly in the opponents wanted column and wrote several letters to the editor.  These activities became the outside activities that helped him win the Math and Science Award in his Catholic college prep high school, Edgewood of Madison.

Finding Community

Wargaming helped him break out of his shell as a quiet shy young man.  He learned to play games like Diplomacy with others from the Madison area that responded to his opponents wanted ads.  A gamers group in Madison developed not unlike Gary’s Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Group.  When Gary Gygax founded the International Federation of Wargaming in 1966, many of those in Madison were ready to join when asked.  That club became the largest one in America during the Vietnam War years.  With two self starters like Gary and Bob in the same state, Wisconsin became one of eight Senate districts and Bob was elected unanimously in that district.  Furthermore, Reuschlein was asked to fill the special office of Coordinator of Wargaming, becoming the Ratings chair.  Gary challenged Bob to a play by mail game of Battle of the Bulge, Walter Cronkite’s favorite game.  Gary loved offense and took the Germans, Bob loved defense and took the Americans.  After a long hard fought game, a massive Reuschlein counterattack got lucky and ended the game as Gary resigned.  Impressed by this game between Gary age 28 and Reuschlein age16, next year Gary invited Reuschlein over one Saturday to play Waterloo with a friend from Chicago.  Gary thoughtfully watched and circled the table in his living room as this time the patented Reuschlein counterattack ran into consistent worst possible luck, became depleted, and ended in a loss.  This would be Reuschlein’s only loss in 20 official games played in the International Federation of Wargaming from 1966 to 1974.  Using a chess like scoring system, starting at 1500 points, Reuschlein became the highest rated player in the IFW with about 1905 points to the second highest score of 1720.

Wargaming Conventions

After a convention in Pennsylvania went bankrupt in 1967, the first successful wargaming convention was launched by Gary Gygax in Lake Geneva in August 1968 with one hundred people in attendance, including, of course, both Gary Gygax and Robert Reuschlein.  With Avalon Hill Boardgames, tabletop miniatures, and Diplomacy being played all over the Horticultural Center, all had a good time in the one day long Saturday meeting ending at dinner time.  The next year Reuschlein tried to emulate this success with his own Madison wargaming convention in June 1969.  Attendance that first year in the Madison Community Center on Doty Street, one block over from the downtown state capital building, was Gary Gygax among the 24 that gathered that day.  Three years later attendance at the Madison Wargaming Convention peaked at 98.  Reuschlein graduated from college that June in 1972, and the convention collapsed to 23 again under new leadership in 1973, never to be heard from again.  That first convention was covered by Gary Bender of the local ABC affiliate, who later became a fixture on ABC Sports for the national broadcasters.

Moving On

When Robert Reuschlein left Wisconsin for nineteen years in the State of Oregon from June 1974 to May 1993, he also left wargaming behind.  Gary Gygax agreed to sell Reuschlein’s remaining games at Gen Con in 1974.  After spending about 15 hours a week playing wargames from 1964 to 1974, Reuschlein worked about three years full time equivalent at wargaming those ten years.  Gary probably doubled that workload.  Gen Con with now about 300 in attendance finally offered a tournament in Avalon Hill Wargames in 1973, where Reuschlein defeated the editor of the Avalon Hill General, based in Baltimore, to win that first three game single elimination tournament.  That was using the game Waterloo and the next year, 1974, Reuschlein came back to Wisconsin to play in his final wargaming tournament at Gen Con, winning the first two games of Afrika Korps, settling for co-champion when time did not allow the championship game to be played.  Gary was moving on as well, as Bob played a prototype game of Dungeons and Dragons on Gary’s porch.  That last convention featured Gary Gygax in a sand box with wizards and the like playing something the rest of the wargamers thought was a little bit crazy.  Crazy like a fox, that was the first year of Dungeons and Dragons game sales.  Just a thousand games that first year, 1974, soon to be millions of games by 1978 sold each year.  1974 was the last year Bob Reuschlein saw his friend Gary Gygax.


Had Bob known Gary Gygax needed one thousand dollars to launch his new project, Bob had the money then, and life could have been so different for both of them.  Gary needed a friend and gamer to invest with him, not a stranger.  But then Bob would not have invented Peace Economics in 1986 and the Global Warming theory in 1991, both born out of his political career in Oregon.  Interestingly enough, both Gary and Bob started their great inventions at age 35, twelve years apart just as the age difference in that first play by mail game.  Gary Gygax’s idea for a role playing game with levels has sparked a new industry and made him millions of dollars with millions of fans.  Bob Reuschlein’s ideas have yet to be monetized and mass produced:  many a spark has been lit, yet many do not appreciate the very real importance of his inventions.  Reuschlein has finally turned to credentialism, earning a doctorate late in life in 2009 and starting a blogging campaign in 2013 reminiscent of the many articles Gary Gygax wrote for magazines for many years before the money started rolling in.  Just as Gary Gygax’s ideas seemed a little goofy to the traditional wargamer, Reuschlein’s ideas seem goofy to the Peace and Justice academic crowd.  Gary Gygax turned the corner by moving into fantasy, perhaps Reuschlein will turn the corner by moving into the fast paced financial investment arena, rather than the slow paced academic arena.  Peace academics are into social movements, not business opportunities.  Politics is a black hole that swallows all but a few.  Honesty is dangerous in both politics and academics, yet essential in good science.  But to “one’s own self be true and to no one else canst thou be false.”  Ageism also confronts Bob, as does the idea that economics can never be a science.  Global warming scientists are similarly slow to comprehend the meaning of real accuracy.

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