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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Kochan Oct 13, 2010.


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Tour de Force

Since Computer War in Europe Two (CWIE-2 or CWIE-II) is due out in a very short time I thought I would give a Tour de force.

I have been part of the play-testing team for the last two years and thought it might be a good time to share some images, screen play and insight into the game.

CWIE-2 in my opinion is a very excellently designed game. We tried to incorporate as much as the original SPI game as well as the most current DG version. We also added a lot… Continue

Posted on December 7, 2008 at 2:30am — 23 Comments

C4 Cutter!

Well after many years of the same normal routine of using my X-acto knife to slice out the counter sheets and then using a finger nail clipper to clip the corners of a thousand edges, when I first saw the C4 I was amazed and then I bought it.

My life is forever changed! Okay, joking aside this tool is totally awesome and radical. It only costs 19.95 (or about 23.00 with shipping) and Dave ships it super fast. It's small and lightweight and it clips the corners off of counters at… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 10:09am — 8 Comments

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At 7:10am on August 28, 2017, sgminfo said…

Don Wrote:-

Here you can see I changed the name of the Game Id to Tour de Force, and left everything else as is. I could have let the Soviet player be active while at peace and if this was a PBEM game the Email edit boxes would have allowed me to place mine and my opponents email address into the box (this way the game will automatically create an email with yours and your opponents email address filed in and some default text and the attached file. We have tested the following email clients and they all work; Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sea Monkey (that is what I use) and I am not sure what Steve uses because he is running this game on a LINUX machine using WINE emulation, so I am not sure if he is using Knopplex email clients or if he is using a LINUX version of Thunderbird.


Steve's reply:-

Actually, the linux idea was because of my shaky confidence in the consequences of an MS upgrade that upset our compilers and runtime environment, obsoleting the product before we got a chance to play with it.

After initial release, I picked up the issue from the other end. If you can't modify the code to run on a platform, why not find a platfor that can run the code?

The objective expanded somewhat after this:-

I had thought that one of the major obstacles to wargaming in this environment was the 'heavy' price we pay as the younger 'newbie' recruit to the whole Wargamer environment. I sought new, inexpensive platforms to run the wargaming experience. i.e. limited pocket money should not limit your aspirations.


From the Software Angle I found a FREE linux OS that seemed to run quite well with WarinEurope under a type of emulator called wine.

This OS can exist on a live USB stick, or, a CD/DVD without messing with your computer

But some people are still 'unhappy ' with the risk of that....

So I've now solved the hardware issue with a more radical solution.

An SOC (system on a chip) computer at $35 powered by a non intel processor  -    ARM

The one I'm trialling now is


A quad core 64 bit offering at 1.2GHz.

To run the intel code on an ARM processor is no mean feat...

This is done by using a piece of saftware from called

EXAGEAR. priced at about $35 (you can see a pattern here).

Machine uses an HDMI lead and most other stuff is cheap SD cards and USB, 

Runs War in Europe Well,

But more significantly here, SPWAW etc will also run.

Its cheap and cheerful, but runs most intel wargaming product on the intel stable, and is about the size of a standard credit card.

Hopefully it may revolutionise club nights for gamers...


At 6:48am on August 28, 2017, sgminfo said…

Hi Don..

Steve says hi!, and please contact me at the usual address


At 4:08pm on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
Been invited to a meeting at Bielefeld...

a Morane-Saulnier meet up over there
Look up in Google EDLI

and MS880b
At 11:03am on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
In answer toyour previous comment 'turning the knob'

That is how we'd do it in the Ju-67...
At 10:02am on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
Mixture to full rich
Carb heat on
prop set to fine
dive brakes
speed brakes
stick forward...
At 3:38pm on April 26, 2009, Fred Schwarz said…
Yep the D = Detroit.
At 12:32pm on April 26, 2009, Fred Schwarz said…
Don, if you ever get over to the "D" let me know and we might be able to get in an ASL game. We have a group that meets at my house every Thursday night.
At 11:02am on April 3, 2009, Steve Williams said…
Hi Don, been a while. not with Motorola any more. Something totally different, I'm ER receptionist at McHenry Hospita (just started and still learning). Now have a 4 1/2 year old son, Gareth. Got CWIE2 so was thinking of you.
At 10:37pm on January 27, 2009, Chris Gammon said…
I ordered two copies of CWiE-II and look forward to many hours of play, though I'll never have time to get through an entire 1939 campaign. Thanks again for your Tour de Force blog entry.
At 5:19pm on January 21, 2009, John Bobek said…
Don, If you saw the pictures, the Helm's Deep game had 4 kids playing 3 adults. The youngest was a girl, 9 years old. Some of the rules sets are more easily grasped by younger kids than others. Maybe during the summer, a game would be a possibility.

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