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DunDraCon War College

Monterey Room

Dana Lombardy’s War College returns! Dana’s 50-year career as a historian, author, editor, and game designer enables him to bring some new seminars and updates on previous ones to DunDraCon again in 2023. Prizes are awarded at nearly every seminar! Here is the schedule of speakers and topics. New room for 2023: The War College will be presented in the Monterey Room at DDC’s new Santa Clara Marriott hotel venue.

War College Schedule

Saturday, February 18

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Getting Your Game Published Dana Lombardy
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Teddy Roosevelt versus Woodrow Wilson James O’Donnell
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Waterloo Myths & Secrets Dana Lombardy

Sunday, February 19

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Update on the Continuing War in Ukraine James Armstead and Victoria Juharyan
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Strategic U.S. Planning with a War in Ukraine, an Aggressive China, and Control of the Moon Surinder Rana and Larry Martinez

Seminar Information

Getting Your Game Published

Saturday 11:00 AM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours
Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy
Submit your game to a publisher or self-publish? Dana Lombardy has published his work through different publishers, established and ran several companies, and now self-publishes through Lombardy Studios. The pluses and minuses to each path to getting your idea published will be discussed, including how to budget a Kickstarter release. At least half of the time allotted for this seminar will be devoted to questions from the audience.


Teddy Roosevelt versus Woodrow Wilson

Saturday 1:30 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours
Presenter(s): James O’Donnell
Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson’s presidencies kicked off the 20th Century. They both had lasting influences on the development of the United States, probably more so than any two presidents. While both were considered progressives, they each had different takes on it politically. James O’Donnell’s presentation will explore their backgrounds and ultimate rivalry for power, influence over America’s economy, its military, and the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914.


Waterloo Myths & Secrets

Saturday 3:00 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours
Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy
Dana presents the backstory on the creation of a new Waterloo art book featuring 20+ years of research in French Army archives and 10+ years of paintings by Keith Rocco. This is the most accurate collection of images to date on Napoleon’s Army of the North as it actually appeared in 1815. This book also includes descriptions of episodes that question some of the previous assumptions about the battle that the Duke of Wellington called “a near run thing.” We may never be able to look at Waterloo in the same way again.


Update on the Continuing War in Ukraine

Sunday 10:00 AM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours
Presenter(s): James Armstead and Victoria Juharyan
Retired Naval War College Professor J. Holmes Armstead, Jr. and visiting Assistant Professor of Slavic languages at UC Davis Victoria Juharyan will examine the current situation in the Ukraine War and its implications for NATO and the rest of Europe. Is Russia slowly grinding down Ukraine? Are there hopes for peace?


Strategic U.S. Planning with a War in Ukraine, an Aggressive China, and Control of the Moon

Sunday 2:00 PM in the Monterey Room for 1.5 hours
Presenter(s): Surinder Rana and Larry Martinez
Professional teachers and policy experts Rana and Martinez will explore contemporary issues about Europe, India, the Pacific and the new U.S. Space Force. What does the future hold for the United States and its allies? Is the war escalating? Does the U.S. have a strong coalition or are there signs of a growing dissent?



Dana Lombardy

Dana Lombardy began his graphic and game design career in 1972 when he started Simulations Design Corporation (SDC) in San Diego while he was still in college. He has worked on board games, card games, role playing supplements, magazines, books, battlefield guides, videos, and educational exhibits. These hundreds of projects all required collaboration with other designers, historians, and artists. Dana will share his experiences, suggestions, and explain how good art can enhance User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX). Dana will show his most recent game published at the end of 2021: MacGowan & Lombardy's THE GREAT WAR™️ fast-playing 2-player and solo card game, along with examples of his current game projects.


James O'Donnell

James O’Donnell has a background in managing sales and marketing projects at high technology companies. He has designed standup as well as online courses for adult education and business curricula for junior and senior high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he is a guest lecturer in American history and business management for historical and civic groups. He is a member of San Francisco City Guides, presenting San Francisco history for tourists.


J. Holmes Armstead, Jr.

A retired professor of Strategy and International law from the U.S. Naval War College. He has taught international law, strategy and national security policy for nearly 50 years. He has lectured at the British Joint Services Staff College and at senior staff colleges in Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia and Malawi as well as the US Army War College. Jim served as a research associate at the RAND Corp and has been Chief of Staff to a Member of Congress. Working for the Department of Defense he served on negotiation teams enlarging NATO with the accession of Poland, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Jim assisted in drafting constitutional reforms in Montenegro, South Africa, Poland, the Congo, and Estonia and has served Of Counsel to the American Bar Association Office of Human Rights and served legal adviser to the US–Canadian Acid Rain Treaty negotiations.


Larry F. Martinez

Larry F. Martinez is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the California State University at Long Beach. After completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, he joined the Federal Government where he participated in developing the “rules of the road” for the first private international satellite networks and commercial launching services. From 1988-2021, he was a member of the Department of Political Science at the California State University, Long Beach, where his scholarly focus examined outer space/cyberspace law and policy. Currently, Martinez is authoring The Great Transformation: Cyber in the Space Security Domain for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Space Security.


Victoria Juharyan

Victoria Juharyan is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Russian and German at UC Davis. Victoria completed her PhD in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 2018. She also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth Colleague and a BA in Literary Editing from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. In addition to completing a manuscript on Tolstoy's philosophy of love titled The Cognitive Value of Love in Tolstoy: A Study in Aesthetics, Victoria is working on two other long-term projects: one on Hegel's influence on Russian literature, titled German Idealism and Russian Realism: Hegel's Philosophy in Goncharov, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy; and the other on the eighteenth-century Ukrainian philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda.


Surinder Rana

Dr. Surinder Rana is an Indian Army veteran where he held important command and staff positions. He is a graduate of the prestigious Defense Services Staff College (DSSC) and earned an MS in Defense Studies from Madras University in India. Dr. Rana was a founder member of Center for Contemporary Conflict at the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and has participated in national and international conferences and workshops related to international security, ethnic conflict, counterterrorism, and asymmetric warfare. Currently he is an active member of the international advisory board at Global Majority, a research and policy forum on conflict resolution, affiliated to Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, California.