Akiva
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  • Wheaton, MD
  • United States
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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Playing the old Eastern Front computer on an Atari 800 circa 1981.
Your favorite game(s):
The Russian Campaign; Paths of Glory; Barbarossa to Berlin; A Victory Lost
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
PBEM: AVL, BtB, PoG, TS
What game(s) have you played recently?
Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes
How big is your game collection?
Far too many; I'm a bit scared to count!
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Washington, D.C. Suburbs
About Me
With Martin Burke, I do the Contact With The Enemy podcast about wargaming.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Books: Brothers Karamazov, Beyond Good and Evil, The Republic

Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Amadeus, Murder by Death

Music: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Midnight Oil, the Clash
Website:
http://contactwiththeenemy.blogspot.com

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Congress of Gamers

I know I'm posting this a bit late, but I will be attending Congress of Gamers outside of DC this weekend. I think I'll only be able to make it for Saturday, but I'm not sure yet. I may join the Here I Stand game, depending on what time I arrive. There are also a number of games I'd love to try (I own them but haven't played them yet): Afrika II, Red Star Rising, and Corps Command: Totensonntag.



Drop me a note if you'll be there. I'm looking forward to going. And this year, I get to… Continue

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 6:27am

AVL Game Ends

Just yesterday, one of my PBEM games of A Victory Lost came to an end. As the Axis, I conceded with about 2 turns left. Several of my most powerful units were out of supply and out of command, and two of my most important HQs had been bounced so that quite a few crucial units were out of command. This is only my second completed game, so I'm not surprised that I lost--I made more than my share of mistakes.



Some thoughts:

--The Vassal mod for AVL is so good that it makes its very… Continue

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 2:15pm — 4 Comments

Lock 'n Load: BoH Redux: The Alamo

Last night, Dean and I played LnL: BoH again, this time tackling the Alamo scenario (based on the final battle scene from "Saving Private Ryan." I took the Americans again, and faced a very tough situation. My objective was to keep the Germans from crossing a bridge for at least 5 turns (the scenario has a variable end point). I only had about 4-5 squads and one ordnance weapon to oppose numerous squads and three vehicles (including a Tiger tank).



Ultimately I lost the game--the… Continue

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 2:07pm

Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes

On Thursday evening, I played a couple of games of LnL: BoH with my friend Dean. I had played it a couple of times before, and Dean hadn't played it at all. The first scenario--"Rebecca, can you hear me?" (I may have the name wrong)--is a bit odd because of the night rules and the victory conditions. There was very little fighting because of the night rules--Dean (as the Germans) just wandered around the board (as per the rules) for a few turns 'til he ended up right next to a fire team. So I… Continue

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 3:33pm

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