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Since I fit right in with the age group of long time wargamers I see it only fit to ask the question: Are you a traditional board gamer or, since Vassal arrived, do you prefer that?
Now I find Vassal a great tool when time and space is required.
I was just curious if there are those of us out there who still break out pencil and paper, or graph paper?
agree with the others here. part of the appeal of a physical board game vs even a computer wargame is the board and pieces. not being able to see the entire board at once is a huge detriment to vassal games vs physcal games. but vassal is great to get an opponent you would not otherwise have access to
Vassal for me is not a replacement but a complimentary option. Particularly valuable when f2f isn't practical (large boards, long games, nasty wives.), but nothing will replace that face-to-face in-your-face physical pieces action.
Not just wargames, my wife and I play a lot of Mahjong and no one on the planet would prefer a networked game compared the visceral physical experience. Same with other forms of gambling and wargaming.