I've been wargaming since my brother and I thought about having more rules to our rock throwing at the green plastic US army soldiers. He was 10 and I was 11. First game - Panzerblitz, ToysRUs, 1971, $7.50. My Dad thought the concept was interesting but the rules too complicated. Are you kidding? Fastforward, ORCCON, Cal St. Fullerton, age 16, size 4'10" 85lbs. I was made gamemaster of the Panzerblitz tourney. The tourney ended with pieces and boards flying. I used to hang w/ Tim Dekker, John Reynolds and Fred Webster, and played 1/285 minatures on Friday nights, War in the East on Saturdays and go down to the Armchair Strategists Cal St., Fullerton on Saturday night. These days I'm married to Sheila (looking good as usual in the above photo), and live in Enfield, CT. I work as a librarian at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.
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I'm an old AH type grognard, but these days I've been into naval stuff. I like anything the guys throw at me Friday nights at the Wilson, CT Firehouse. A big plug here for Central CT Wargaming Club, 6:30pm-2:30am. We go for wargames, but not all the time. I like a lot of APL stuff, and I've got all the PG games and supplements, as well as GWAS and SWWAS (yes, everything.)
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Quite possibly. But I can't remember you specifically or Andy. Brookhurst Hobbies was the main wargame store for me at the time. I don't remember Gamesmanship. I lived and grew up in Covina, not OC, but was always down in OC, as the 57 Fwy provides a hop, skip and jump. I'm sure we must have bumped into each other. Dennis Bishop, who I do not know, resides on this list.
Maybe Tim's memory is better. I remember the group moved to a church and played tag football a couple times. That was fun. At the church, I started playing StratoMatic w/ Bryan Brumby, Jeff Guy and Tim Curran. Then I moved on up to Diamond Bar w/ my gaming and just played Strato for years. We finally disbanded around 1990.
We may have run into each other as kids. I went to CSUF Friday game night a couple of times with a guy named Andy Newbre - he was the manager of Gamesmanship in South Coast Village, and lived just a few blocks from me. Another contemporary whose name you might know is another Gamesmanship employee named Dennis ... I think his last name was Bishop. He also lived a few blocks from me in the opposite direction as Andy. I was surrounded. :-) Bought most of my games at their store, AH, SPI stuff. For the Mags and "other labels" (GDW, and some of those bagged, mimeographed, mystery games that were so fun in that era) I went to Brookhurst Hobbies.