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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Jimjams Feb 14, 2012.

Origins: Did Anyone Attend?

Started Jul 2, 2009

 

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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
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
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
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
Dave Smith commented on Markm1767's photo
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"That looks like a classic; GDW?"
Jan 1
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Happy Thanksgiving

There certainly was a good share of disappointments this year, and yet so much to be thankful for..... A big thanks to John and this great community of gamers.
Nov 23, 2017
John Kranz commented on Dave Smith's blog post Making a Magnetic Game Board
"I grabbed counter magnets from this kickstarter. They are okay, but I think they could be improved still a bit. I don't think he's selling them anymore. The web site has no storefront."
Nov 7, 2017
John Kranz commented on Dave Smith's blog post Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon
"Here's a link that searches our member directory here by state "Oregon" http://social.consimworld.com/profiles/members/?q=oregon"
Oct 27, 2017
Dave Smith commented on Dave Smith's blog post Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon
"Thanks. I suspected a fair amount of Euro gamers."
Oct 25, 2017
BoardTactical commented on Dave Smith's blog post Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon
"The gaming and community in Oregon is great! You may want to travel toward Portland at times for the larger majority. Oddly, I feel like there are a lot of Euro gamers in the area too...so be weary of that! ;)"
Oct 23, 2017
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon

As my wife and I discuss retirement, we have considered returning to her roots in Oregon.How much gaming activity is there in Eugene? Salem?Thanks,DaveSee More
Oct 15, 2017
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post Making a Magnetic Game Board
"This would be such an excellent tool for the classroom. Honestly I could see getting some students into gaming just using a tool like this but it would certainly help some of my students understand the key battles we study; Salamis, Marathon,…"
Sep 14, 2017
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Making a Magnetic Game Board

The Magnetic Game Board Conundrum….If you’re like me, you’ve looked longingly at Marco’s magnetic game boards and wished you could somehow create one of your own. I’ve a busy work schedule and often don’t get much more time in than a few minutes here and there. A magnetic board would be ideal to keep the counters in position and store it away when the space was required for work.Unfortunately, those  lovely “counter Clips” now run  $129 for 50 half-inch clips. Yikes!  So how can one create the…See More
Aug 23, 2017
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Aug 9, 2017
Dave Smith posted a photo

The Great War: Vimy

Getting ready to play a scenario from TPSC The Great War (Richard Borg).Game "pimped out" with custom terrain tiles and 15mm painted FoW WW1 minis.
Feb 22, 2017
Dave Smith commented on Markm1767's photo
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"Didn't see that option on kickstarter."
Feb 20, 2017

Profile Information

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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Dave Smith's Blog

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

Happy Thanksgiving

There certainly was a good share of disappointments this year, and yet so much to be thankful for..... A big thanks to John and this great community of gamers.

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 11:12am

Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon

As my wife and I discuss retirement, we have considered returning to her roots in Oregon.

How much gaming activity is there in Eugene? Salem?

Thanks,

Dave

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Making a Magnetic Game Board

The Magnetic Game Board Conundrum….

If you’re like me, you’ve looked longingly at Marco’s magnetic game boards and wished you could somehow create one of your own. I’ve a busy work schedule and often don’t get much more time in than a few minutes here and there. A magnetic board would be ideal to keep the counters in position and store it away when the space was required for work.Unfortunately, those  lovely “counter Clips” now run  $129 for 50 half-inch…

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Posted on August 23, 2017 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Is it time to factor in the German use of Meth in wargames?

If you have not had the opportunity to read German historian Norman Ohler's  Blitzed, the least you can do is trek over to the (free) BBC History Magazine Extra Podcast website and give it a listen. It will change your view on the invasion of France.

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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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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