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I just preordered Phantom Leader Deluxe (DVG). I've heard good things about it. Hope I like it.
Meanwhile, I've picked up a copy of Firepower (AH). Owned it years ago, when it was new, but never did much with it. Thought I'd give it another go.
If I had to pick a favorite it would be Raid on Saint Nazaire. I have to have the rulebook in my hand every time, but but its tough as nails. I have to play most stuff solo, my buddies since high school and college can't show up too often and I'm an agoraphobic. Strange how that crept up on me. Well, that problem is why I'm a solo player.
Solo on the PC (Vassal, Cyberboard, Zun Tzu) is my only way to play, due to time limitations and lack of space to set up a FTF table game.
I find many standard two-player wargames play just fine solitaire, especially if they have some mechanisms to limit command-control (chit-pull activation systems, etc.) I also incorporate some house rules to get around things like the placement of mines and wire obstacles.
Some current and recent favorites include:
Saint-Lo (West End Games 1986)
Where Eagles Dare (MMP, 2012)
Death Ride Salerno: 16th Panzer (Grognard Simulations, 2011)
I thought Vassal was just for playing games via the web? I was on their site trying to investigate and it looked as complex as the thing there was for DOS many moons ago. The download seems free but heck how does the whole interface work. with modules.
They have a help manual I think but reading stuff on the screen is hard for some reason. For example when I had the DOS 5 manual on my lap I could figure out anything. If I had a manual telling me how to build a 386, I could turn my XT into a 386. But reading things off a screen seems seems much harder. It is as if it doesn't register. I've never bought any readers because I don't think I could use them.
I've drifted a bit far, but I thought Vassal was only for internet play.