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The Most Underrated Game of the 1970s?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Mar 29, 2013.

The Fire Five...... Five Games you can't live without!
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Origins: Did Anyone Attend?

Started Jul 2, 2009

 

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A bit of a mystery.... who can solve this one?

When I returned to board wargaming in 2000 I started buying up used games and magazines from our local game shop. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it was a time when people were bailing out of the area and selling off games “as cheap as chips.” A few dollars would buy an AH or SPI classic (punched) or a few magazines. You’d see they guys name and address (i.e. John Smith, 11 Elm St. Santa Cruz, etc..)  and I always wondered about the previous owners.  Here’s the mystery: I’m not quite sure how…See More
Wednesday
Dave Smith commented on Daniel Red Cloud Brown's blog post Back, after a LONG WHILE.
"Good to see you back. It's been quiet in this corner of CSW, which is a shame. Was the Arnhem anniversary yesterday? I dropped the ball on that one. I'll have to pull out my copy of Target: Arnhem and give it a go.  I also bought the…"
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Arizona Wargamers

Does not matter what you play. If you're an Arizonan stand up and be counted!
Sep 10
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Time Enough at Last

Lately I’ve been thinking about the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” where the character, Henry (played by Burgess Meredith), finally has the time to read all he wants as he is finally without interruptions (being the last man on Earth). Then he breaks his glasses…. Labor Day weekend has traditionally been my weekend to play wargames at our premier SF Bay Area wargame convention, Pacificon. Cancelled this year because of COVID, of course. I’ve been attending this convention in its…See More
Sep 7
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Leipzig Box from the 1980's

"This takes me back to 1977 and the local SF Bay Area convention held at the Villa hotel somewhere up the peninsula ( San Carlos?) A group of guys playing La Bataille with hand painted counters.  That turned my head and got me going. I think…"
Sep 2
Dave Smith commented on John Kranz's blog post change in site name
"I’d prefer community, but whatever works for you is fine.  "
Jul 27
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Lock 'n Load

This is the place to discuss Lock 'n Load tactical system.See More
Oct 14, 2019
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Pavia Initial Set up

"Who produces this game? "
Sep 7, 2019
Christian A. Strasser commented on Dave Smith's blog post Was I the only one?
"I'm surprised about SPR being so under watched. I see you have two of my bucket list games by NES."
Jul 7, 2019
Dave Smith commented on Dave Smith's blog post Was I the only one?
"Nice job, Chris.  Very cool of you to do this. Hey Wayne. Just finished marking my essays and I'm off for my seasonal period of unemployment, if you know what I mean.... Next year will be my last. Then it'll be a good old clean out…"
Jun 8, 2019
Dave Smith posted a status
"Nice, Chris, very cool. Ah, the youngsters...."
Jun 8, 2019
Chris Easter commented on Dave Smith's blog post Was I the only one?
"D-Day...Lunch-n-Learn for our Corporate Staff.  Very attentive group of young folks who asked many great questions.  Like, Why Normandy?  Why did we wait until 1944?  I also showed a few clips from Saving Private Ryan.…"
Jun 8, 2019
Chris Easter commented on Dave Smith's blog post Was I the only one?
"I set out most of my D-Day games on the table in my War Room for this shot.  Ended up playing some Normandy 44 solitaire in the days leading up to D-Day.  Then on D-Day itself, I took my games into the office and gave a…"
Jun 8, 2019
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post Was I the only one?
"Sadly not time right now! I certainly picked up several games and am looking forward to at least doing Normandy '44 next weekend. We are in final exams next week and my schedule opens up for the summer.I could game this all summer and not get…"
Jun 8, 2019

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
My first "serious" game was AH's D-Day (after playing the American Heritage series from MB and PB's 1863), a gift my brother received for his birthday, but didn't play..... I started in miniature wargaming (Wesencraft's Practical Wargaming) and strayed into RPGs for a short time, but always played SPI and AH titles. I love older miniatures and the games designed for them. Too bad there's not a "vintage wargaming" group.... perhaps I need to start one.
Your favorite game(s):
Askari, Cry Havoc (Standard Games), Simple Great Battles of History, The Command and Colors series, LnL:T. Any SPI QUAD, Games from the 70s.... and IGS series games from MMP
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
LnL: Day of Heroes
What game(s) have you played recently?
LnL:T: Heroes of Normandy and Day of Heroes
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
About two hours per week, much more during the summer months
How big is your game collection?
~300+ games
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Not involved in a club; considering starting one, though.... Anyone up on the Mendocino Coast should give me a shout!
About Me
I've taught history for 34 years, at every level including university. Lately I've developed an interest in games from the 70s and games from LnL. I'd like to see more interest in the history of the wargame hobby and some sort of organization devoted to the discussion of the topic. Perhaps a vintage or classic wargames society.
Live on the Mendocino Coast and in New Almaden, California.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
I enjoy hiking, reading history and science fiction, music from the 70s, and I'm involved in park management issues/state parks preservation. I also have an interest in radio, having once built and managed an FM station.
Married 29 years to a very tolerant lady.

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A bit of a mystery.... who can solve this one?

When I returned to board wargaming in 2000 I started buying up used games and magazines from our local game shop. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it was a time when people were bailing out of the area and selling off games “as cheap as chips.” A few dollars would buy an AH or SPI classic (punched) or a few magazines. You’d see they guys name and address (i.e. John Smith, 11 Elm St. Santa Cruz, etc..)  and I always wondered about the previous owners.…

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Posted on September 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

Time Enough at Last

Lately I’ve been thinking about the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” where the character, Henry (played by Burgess Meredith), finally has the time to read all he wants as he is finally without interruptions (being the last man on Earth). Then he breaks his glasses….

 Labor Day weekend has traditionally been my weekend to play wargames at our premier SF Bay Area wargame convention, Pacificon. Cancelled this year because of…

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Posted on September 7, 2020 at 12:24pm

Was I the only one?

I was wondering what people set up to play this week with the 75th anniversary of D-Day so very much in the news.

After some consideration I passed over Conflict Games’ Overlord for LnL:T Heroes of Normandy, especially the “Flash,Thunder” scenario which gives a good solitaire game.

What’s on your table? 

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 6:47pm — 5 Comments

The Best Reason I Know to Give Away a New Wargame

As a high school teacher, one of the things I've never heard (in 31 years) is a 16 y.o. female student describe a wargame as (and I quote) "The most awesome game ever...."  She was talking about Napoleon (the AH version) that she played at game club "pizza and games" night. (see my last blog....)  

How would one react?  Well, I just so happened to have a new copy of the CG version I'd picked up last summer at a store clearnace in Santa Clara (for $5!). So student "K" is now the proud…

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Posted on March 28, 2019 at 10:27pm — 6 Comments

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At 9:41pm on July 10, 2016, Jay L. said…

Flagstaff - by the 17/40 interchange, so in town.

At 10:39am on November 17, 2014, Eric Lee Smith said…

It's moving ahead, announcements will be made soon.

Eric

At 12:33pm on February 24, 2010, John Kranz said…
Dave -- just read your profile. I love your idea about a Vintage wargame club...I'm pretty much identical in wanting to play these old games as well.
At 9:31pm on September 13, 2009, Smitty said…
Allied Production chart, right?
At 8:57am on August 21, 2009, Smitty said…
Dave:

Look for it Sunday or Monday perhaps. I forgot to grab it this morning at home - had a leak in the basement that "caught" my attneion instead.

Smitty
At 6:15pm on August 20, 2009, Smitty said…
Do you need a scan of the production chart?
At 2:09pm on January 4, 2009, Smitty said…
It was -27 and generally 0 to 5 above the whole time with a major storm that left 2 1/2 feet going back into Idaho and 3 feet in Spokane - then when I got into the mountains and passes in central Washington, it was the same story!
At 8:25am on January 3, 2009, Smitty said…
Smith's always need to stick = Welcome, which I would have said sooner but I was busy in Montana!
At 11:36am on December 14, 2008, Andreas Ludwig said…
Welcome Dave, enjoy the social side of things :-)
 
 
 

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