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I just bought PB/PL and AiW used off Ebay so I am new to the game. I read a lot about them even years after they have been out so they must be good games. I look forward to playing them...probably on VASSAL.
I am still waiting for my copy of Panzer Leader to arrive by slow boat to Hawaii. This was one game I always wanted in my teen years as i was an avid Panzer Blitz fan. I am playing Situation 12 from that game now.
Thanks for joining up Neal. I'm in the middle of a game of Patton's Counter Offensive at the moment which I intend to post on here but am having a bit of trouble getting a useable image from my opponent. When I do I'll put something up.
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sorry, I missed you saying there is actually a VASSAL module for Panzer Leader. I think I'll get our mutual pal, Steve Arthur, to teach me about VASSAL and get back to you with a game in a month or two. How's that?
I don't know about PBEM (not sure it would be that easy) or VASSAL (which I haven't got into yet). I'm in the lucky position of playing once a week at a friends house. Can it be better? However, when we move on to another game I might want to play Panzer Leader virtually. Is there, in fact, a VASSAL module for it?
Also, I must stress this group is for Panzer Leader, not Panzer Blitz. It's a bit tricky as I know some gamers love the Eastern Front, others the Western. However, the games are not equivalent. Panzer Blitz (Eastern Front) came first but Panzer Leader was the one I got hooked into. They are different games, and I now own both but Panzer Blitz seems primitive compared to it's successor. The intoduction of Indirect fire in the sequel opened up a whole new realm of possibilities. As did Airpower and the revised rules for H weapons firing at armoured targets. The opportunity fire rule which came with Panzer Leader I have never used. I think it would alter the system too much (which I like as it is) and complicate and lengthen play time. It was, though, touted as solving some of the perceived problems of the predecessor game (The PanzerBush syndrome)
I plan to use this group to post reports on my games of Panzer Leader and hope others will do the same. Hopefully, too, this might engender debate on the game and perhaps provide a pool of online opponents for when we might all need them.
As a start, here is a link to the games I posted on BGG before the mass migration from there: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/2639?userid=128247
I started this group by accident while learning the CSW interface. Very sorry but it does seems that I should run with it.
Main reason for this group (apart from serendipity) is that I LOVE Panzer Leader. There is something about it's speed and violence that keeps me coming back. At the start of your turn you can be confident or not. At the end of it you can be both but in reverse! Also, at the end when you turn your dispersed units back over, a small smile of relief might creep across your face. Not many games provide the surprises and the reversals of fortune within 10 minutes that this one can, or at least not those I've played.
I must also own up to Panzer Leader being the first game I ever bought. I was 12 or 13 and I spent years poring over it without actually finding anyone to play it with. I know every unit counter and page of the rulebook; each chart and situation card intimately. It's just in my bones and within the last few years I've found soemone who's happy to play it to death with me. Dreams do sometimes come true...
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