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Comment by Russ Gifford on July 28, 2009 at 4:30pm
Thanks Jim. Hope you enjoy it.
There is now a slide show demo version online at the same place you download the program. It is www.zettesworld.com/RussDB.htm

The demo 'walks' you through the some of the many things you can do with the database. (Since, well, I was too busy creating it to do any instructions, you know?)

Also, you'll see there are a few other articles in it. My goal is to load all the 'normal' articles from the General, now that I have the Moves articles. It won't be NEARLY as hard, since with MOVES I indexed EVERYTHING - adds, notices, letters, individual notes in columns, every single blessed 'Footnotes' - and tagged it as a scenario/varient, errata, tactical analysis, review, overview, or letter to the editor. Heck, some of the CONVENTIONS made it into this thing.

My favorite is the "Works in Progress' pages - you can now pull up which columns your favortie game was showcased in, so you can go back and read it. And, well, if I put in a link, you can READ the article itself....

But for the General, since most of the magazine was straight up articles, it will be quick and easy to knock of a volume in a no more than two weeks. Then as that comes online, you'll just download the new version, and see those games as well.

Ah, if only you could make a living doing this... sigh.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on July 28, 2009 at 11:50am
Russ,
I was just looking at the screencaps of your database, and it looks INCREDIBLE. I'm downloading it now.
Comment by Russ Gifford on July 27, 2009 at 10:43pm
Well, it is not EXACTLY finished, but the COMPLETE SPI game index, and complete MOVES magazine article index is together on one database now.

The Wargame and Article Tracker will allow you to call up any SPI game, see the year published, which era, who designed it and who developed it, and if it was a stand alone game, part of a series, in a Quad, in S&T or Ares - or if it was a monster!

Then, with one more click, and repeating a few letters from the name of the game, see the listing of all the articles on file about that game, from reviews, analysis, errata to scenario/varient data. Oh - and any ads the game might have appeared in, as well.

Right now, a few (very few) articles/ads are hot linked, but morewill be inthe future.

You can also simply search for articles of a certain type - or simply ask what articles were in Issue 20 of Moves!

The catch? You have to have Microsoft Access to use it.

The link to the download is here - http://www.zettesworld.com/RussDB.htm
Comment by Faith on May 24, 2009 at 7:24am
I was so pleased to see this group as I absolutely love all things SPI.
Comment by Chris Gammon on April 8, 2009 at 6:20pm
I got hold of CWiE II and I'm making notes about what doesn't appear to work and scouring the manual to see if it's me or the code. So far it's me, except for one thing that I need to reproduce and report on. On a small screen I was able to get all views to disappear by clicking the next/previous view buttons. But I'm having lots of fun and spending way too much time with it. It's rather addicting.
Comment by Chris Gammon on April 1, 2009 at 9:48pm
My wife tells me it arrived also. But I have to wait several days before I can get my hands on it. Tell me how it goes!
Comment by Smitty on April 1, 2009 at 8:56pm
I got CWIE in the mail today! :)
Comment by Adam Lid on March 28, 2008 at 5:14pm
Unfortunately, no. Made it halfway through until "Kitty Kong" put an end to the proceedings and giving the Germans a "victory" of sorts. :-)
 

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