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The Most Underrated Game of the 1970s?
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Origins: Did Anyone Attend?

Started Jul 2, 2009

 

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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
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"Nice, Chris, very cool. Ah, the youngsters...."
Jun 8
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
Eric Walters commented on Dave Smith's blog post The Best Reason I Know to Give Away a New Wargame
"What a terrific and inspiring story!"
Apr 6
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post The Best Reason I Know to Give Away a New Wargame
"That's absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Mar 30
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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 owner of…See More
Mar 28
Eric Walters commented on Dave Smith's blog post Not Dead Yet.....
"This is simply outstanding and I like this particular edition of the rules for your purpose.  Gratifying to see you bring new blood into the hobby through this game club!"
Dec 1, 2018
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C&C:N

One of the games I'll be running at this year's Pacificon
Jul 18, 2018
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"Borg Fest" 2018 at Pacificon

I'll be among the dozen or so gamers running Command and Colors games at this year's Pacificon in Santa Clara, CA.  I'll kick it off with the traditional C&C:N game at 4:00 on Friday using 15mm miniatures and Kallistra Terrain, then Saturday at 1:00 it's C&C:A (using scenarios published in France's Vae Victis) and Sunday I'll be helping with the C&C: Great War.  Hope to see you there...Dave…See More
Jul 18, 2018
John Kranz commented on Dave Smith's blog post Paper Time Machine
"Wow, what a great story, Dave. Reminds me of how I rediscovered the hobby on my own after a lapse of 10 years or so only. It is very excited when one "re-discovers" the hobby."
Feb 8, 2018
Eric Walters commented on Dave Smith's blog post Paper Time Machine
"That's what the hobby is about!  How much fun it must have been to be witness to his rediscovery!  Thanks for being an agent of change for wargamers everywhere!"
Feb 5, 2018
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Paper Time Machine

Just a quick thought....   As I recall there was a game advertisement from the early to mid 70s (S&T?) calling wargames "paper time machines." "Relive the past," or some such promise lived in this full-page ad.  A couple of months ago I managed to convince a fellow worker to give wargames another go; he was a lapsed gamer, having picked up the hobby in his youth (late-70s/early 80s).  He left the hobby after college.... work, marriage, kids....  the usual reasons I hear.After a few hours of…See More
Feb 4, 2018
Dave Smith commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Rulebook - all the muses about it
"I have to say that I’ve recently got into LnL tactical and I’ve found that between the rules and the cheat sheets provided, all questions have been answered.  Mind you, I think it is on the 4.1th edition.  "
Jan 1, 2018
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"That looks like a classic; GDW?"
Jan 1, 2018

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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, Squad Leader, 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?
SGBoH: Alexander the Great
What game(s) have you played recently?
Spearpoint 1943, Down in Flames, SGBoH Hoplite
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
About four 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 30 years, at every level including university. Lately I've developed an interest in games from the 70s. 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 24 years to a very tolerant lady.

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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 — 4 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

"Borg Fest" 2018 at Pacificon

I'll be among the dozen or so gamers running Command and Colors games at this year's Pacificon in Santa Clara, CA.  I'll kick it off with the traditional C&C:N game at 4:00 on Friday using 15mm miniatures and Kallistra Terrain, then Saturday at 1:00 it's C&C:A (using scenarios published in France's Vae Victis) and Sunday I'll be helping with the C&C: Great War.  Hope to see you there...

Dave…

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Posted on July 18, 2018 at 9:43pm

Paper Time Machine

Just a quick thought....   As I recall there was a game advertisement from the early to mid 70s (S&T?) calling wargames "paper time machines." "Relive the past," or some such promise lived in this full-page ad.  

A couple of months ago I managed to convince a fellow worker to give wargames another go; he was a lapsed gamer, having picked up the hobby in his youth (late-70s/early 80s).  He left the hobby after college.... work, marriage, kids....  the usual reasons I…

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Posted on February 4, 2018 at 11:30pm — 2 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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