Dave Smith
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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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Jan 15
Dave Smith commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Well done! I've done a masters degree course in history and know it's no small thing. Congratulations."
Sep 27, 2016
Dave Smith posted a photo

OST

Running through the first couple of scenarios. This one may be a real winner
Jul 29, 2016
Dave Smith posted a photo

Tactical Eastern Front

Since Panzerblitz and the original Squad Leader (Purple box!), I've looked for an eastern front game that is "just right". Is OST the answer?
Jul 24, 2016
Dave Smith posted a photo

BorgFest

Here's the scenario I'm running Friday afternoon/evening at Pacificon on Labor Day Weekend. If you're in attendance, drop by and say "howdy."Saturday's game will be C&C:N using 15mm French and British/Portuguese figures. The new "two-deck"…
Jul 23, 2016
Jay L. left a comment for Dave Smith
"Flagstaff - by the 17/40 interchange, so in town."
Jul 10, 2016
Dave Smith left a comment for Jay L.
"About where are you in Arizona? Flagstaff area or Sedona?"
Jul 10, 2016
Michael Day commented on Dave Smith's blog post Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?
"OK"
Jul 8, 2016
Jay L. commented on Dave Smith's blog post Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?
"Super quiet up here. Moved from the north east a few years ago and not found any locals yet (miniature war gaming or board gaming). If you do come out, definitely look me up!"
Jul 7, 2016
Michael Day commented on Dave Smith's blog post Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?
"Yes, but south of Black Canyon City."
Jun 20, 2016
Dave Smith commented on Dave Smith's blog post Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?
"Cousins are encouraging re: retirement in Northern Az. I'm not sure I could take the Phoenix heat. Anthem is north of Phoenix, yes? I'll be attending CSWX next year."
Jun 20, 2016
Dave Smith posted a blog post

Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?

What's the war gaming community like in northern Arizona?Didn't this site use to have a locator?DaveSee More
Jun 16, 2016
Dave Smith posted a blog post

A Tale of Two Magazines, Part 2

This late springtime brought another couple of wargame magazines: Battles # 10 and Paper Wars #82.  Both offered an interesting contrast, so I thought I’d just give my two cents on the matter.First, Battles Magazine…..   What can be said about this chronically late, but always superb publication form Oliver Revenu.  Presentation is professional to the core; graphics invites the reader into each article. (I wasn’t intending to read the article on Pax Porfiriana, but after gazing at the two pages…See More
May 16, 2016
Dave Smith posted a blog post

A Puzzle.... The Follow Up Report.

Thanks for all the suggestions given by Consimers (That should be a word, right?).  We had another student game night the other week and I brought with me a pile of games. (I had just sold a house and had to downsize my collection by getting rid of the duplicate games.)The most sought after and coveted game?  Can anyone guess? (Keeping in mind that these kids are 15/16 y.o. boys....)   Got it it your mind? I'll hit the return a few times; you just scroll down the page.As a filler I just have to…See More
Mar 28, 2016
Curtis H. Baer commented on Dave Smith's blog post A Puzzle...
"Dave, Any Standard Combat Series game, The Gamers, by MMP. CHB"
Mar 28, 2016
Timothy J. Smith commented on Dave Smith's blog post A Puzzle...
"Roger about the DG folios/minis, at least from the p.o.v. of a grognard historian/mil theorist.  For purposes of introducing young people to the hobby/discipline, however, they have potential.  Even bad models offer teachable moments…"
Feb 29, 2016

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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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

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. While there are several things I'm not so thankful for this year, I am thankful for this community of gamers and John for making all of this happen.

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?

What's the war gaming community like in northern Arizona?

Didn't this site use to have a locator?

Dave

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 7:45pm — 6 Comments

A Tale of Two Magazines, Part 2

This late springtime brought another couple of wargame magazines: Battles # 10 and Paper Wars #82.  Both offered an interesting contrast, so I thought I’d just give my two cents on the matter.

First, Battles Magazine…..   What can be said about this chronically late, but always superb publication form Oliver Revenu.  Presentation is professional to the core; graphics invites the reader into each article. (I wasn’t intending to read the article on Pax…

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Posted on May 16, 2016 at 11:00pm

A Puzzle.... The Follow Up Report.

Thanks for all the suggestions given by Consimers (That should be a word, right?).  We had another student game night the other week and I brought with me a pile of games. (I had just sold a house and had to downsize my collection by getting rid of the duplicate games.)

The most sought after and coveted game?  Can anyone guess? (Keeping in mind that these kids are 15/16 y.o. boys....)   Got it it your mind? I'll hit the return a few times; you just scroll down the…

Continue

Posted on March 28, 2016 at 11:00pm

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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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