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Games You Sold or Gave Away and Now Wish You Hadn't
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Sages, Rages, and Flashes In the Pan
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Walters May 5, 2008.

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Eric Walters left a comment for Larry Belmont
"Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website, Larry!  Yes, one doesn't hear much about this particular Gettysburg game compared to more recent monster treatments, but I've found it quite elegant and it looks really good laid out on the…"
yesterday
Eric Walters commented on Jon Compton's group Gaming Modern and Hypothetical Conflict
"World War III is back!  A slew of games published on the long-abandoned topic with many more in the pipeline?  What of the new titles are your favorites?  Which ones haven't you played that you want to? For me, the top of the…"
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Eric Walters commented on Eric Walters's group FIGHTING WINGS series games
"So happy with WINGS OF THE MOTHERLAND and the LPS/ATO Kickstarter campaign to reprint an updated version of BUFFALO WINGS!  The Eastern Front is finally getting its due!  Of course, the "Fighting Wings" series Third Edition…"
Sunday
Eric Walters commented on Manabu Matsuura's group Talkin' GTS
"Still awaiting RACE TO BASTOGNE with baited breath, and then the game on Utah beach and the airborne division fights inland from there.  Am starting to dive into Compass Games's CSS as a diversion (MONTELIMAR).  "
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Eric Walters commented on Eric Walters's group Monster Mash
"What battle, campaign, or war deserves monster game treatment that's never gotten it?  Here are my topics: -- The American War for Independence/the Anglo-French War, running from 1775 to 1783.  Covers not just North America but also…"
Saturday
Eric Walters left a comment for Michael Forte
"Mike, I hope to take you up on that someday.  Right now I'm caring for my father-in-law with my wife Sue, living out of suitcases for the foreseeable future.  He's 93 and in relatively good shape, but we took him out of his…"
Sep 8
Michael Forte left a comment for Eric Walters
"Eric: Thanks you for the nice note.  If you ever want to get a game going on Vassal PBEM send me a note.  I've been thinking of looking for a game of AGC, AGS, BfN lately. Mike Forte'"
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"Michael, you have my admiration for getting through THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY, even if just some scenarios.  I have a copy but have yet to play it.  I also like the Revolution Games titles you mention, particularly across the Narva because I…"
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Your introduction to consim gaming:
When I was 14 back in 1974 I saw the old Avalon Hill MIDWAY game in a hobby shop where I always bought plastic model ships that I liked to build. Got that game instead of a TAMIYA light Japanese aircraft carrier model kit and it's not been the same since. Joined the Strategic Games Club in high school and started playing DIPLOMACY, NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION, PANZER BLITZ, PANZER LEADER, RICHTHOFEN'S WAR, FRANCE 1940, MOSCOW CAMPAIGN, FAST CARRIERS, SNIPER!, WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN, and THIRD REICH fairly frequently.
Your favorite game(s):
ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER/ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER STARTER KIT systems (AH/MMP) -- been a quarter of a century and it's still so fresh. Love the historical modules, even if I can't play the full campaigns! Yes, I do play both and enjoy both--better at Starter Kit than the full game, though.
PANZER/MBT Series (the re-issued versions from GMT). Yes, these feel so 1970s/1980s era games, but I can't get enough of them nevertheless! The GMT versions are just the way these game systems were meant to be!
PANZERGRENADIER Series. These games aren't for everyone, but I like the variety and historicity, particularly in the slow degradation of combat capability compared to other games. It's my favorite platoon-size WWII title!
EAST FRONT SERIES (GMT) -- Good balance between size and complexity. The first game in that series, TYPHOON, is my favorite, even though the rules have evolved a good bit since then. Well scratches my monster gaming itches.
CIVIL WAR BRIGADE SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- explains the crazy stuff that happened in Civil War battles more than any other sytem. Would love to see more battles covered--like Bentonville!
GRAND TACTICAL SERIES (MMP); Have played THE DEVIL'S CAULDRON and WHERE EAGLES DARE--one of my all time favorite systems and these two games are NOT to be missed! Am glad to see this system is being applied to D-Day and Crete...need to play more NO QUESTION OF SURRENDER, though!
ROMMEL IN THE DESERT, NAPOLEON, EAST FRONT II (Columbia Games) -- these are some of the best in the block games.
KORSUN POCKET (PWG) -- my favorite monster game of all time. I pray for its re-release!
OPERATIONAL COMBAT SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- best system to model this level of war. I haven't played some of the newer titles but hope to some day.
TACTICAL COMBAT SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- best tactical system ever; I love how the OODA loop is modeled here.
CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON SERIES--of various scales (Kevin Zucker/OSG) -- Another game system highlighting different command and control capabilities at the operational level
ASSAULT series (GDW) -- my favorite modern hypothetical tactical combat system and there's some really heavy competition. Still holds up well after nearly 30 years; just takes a long time to play. Best limited intelligence and command/control system for a modern tactical game.
AIRPOWER/FIGHTING WINGS series (Clash of Arms games) -- the ultimate tactical air boardgames. I still like the old GDW titles AIR STRIKE and AIR SUPERIORITY that got this started.
BIRDS OF PREY--admittedly this is the best of the jet air combat board games, at least for air combat maneuvering.
DOWNTOWN/ELUSIVE VICTORY series -- one of the few "grand tactical" air games and it feels just so "right" for the scale.
ADMIRALTY TRILOGY miniatures series -- best replication of tactical naval combat out there; I need to marry this to the Avalanche Press GWAS and SWWAS operational systems for the Russo-Japanese War, WWI and WWII eras.
BATTLES OF THE AGE OF REASON (Clash of Arms Games)--just seems to replicate so well the age of Frederick the Great battles.
LACE WARS (Red Sash Games)--the penultimate monster gaming experience to replicate wars of the 18th Century!
DIEN BIEN PHU: THE FINAL GAMBLE (Legion Games)--best game of this signature battle ever made. Period. Can't get enough of it!
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
I want to play nearly anything in the historical board game genre.
What game(s) have you played recently?
MBT (GMT), PANZER (GMT), ASLSK series, TURNING POINT: STALINGRAD (AH), Grant Tactical Series (GTS) games on Operation Market-Garden, LIBERTY OR DEATH (GMT COIN series), CATACLYSM (GMT), CHRUCHILL (GMT). There's so many more I need to play!
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
I write about games about an hour a day (on BGG and elsewhere); I play maybe 8-16 hours a month!
How big is your game collection?
Over 2,500 games and 500+game expansions, according to BGG. It counts scenario books as games/expansions, however. Sigh. Half of these are magazine games (XTR's COMMAND, SPI's STRATEGY AND TACTICS and WORLD AT WAR, 3W's WARGAMER, and the newer BATTLES and AGAINST THE ODDS magazines)
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Richmond Area Game Enthusiasts (RAGE) and Gerry Germond's Tuesday Night Regulars. There's far more gatherings/clubs here as well.
About Me
Married for the past 24 years to a lovely woman, Sue, who not only puts up with my weird hobbies, she actually supports me doing them! No children (we married relatively late in life). Love all sorts of historical periods and scales in my gaming, from ancients through contemporary hypothetical conflicts, even science fiction (and occasionally fantasy). Probably have wargaming ADD; I keep moving from game to game, system to system, and find enjoyment in most everything I play.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Writing military history, reading military history, fine pure malt scotch, bourbon, and cigars, modern classical music as well as "shoegazing" stuff, fine arts, and far too many other interests because I'm a naturally curious guy.Am a professor of strategy and operational art the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Lee satellite campus. Get to take the class on staff rides to the various civil war battlefields in the area--what's not to like?
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Connections 2013: 22-25 July in Dayton Ohio

Connections 2013 will be held 22 through 25 July 2013 at the Tec^Edge, Dayton, Ohio – and virtually worldwide.

Connections is the only national conference dedicated specifically to wargaming. Since 1993 Connections has worked to advance and preserve the art, science and application of wargaming by bringing together all elements of the field (military, commercial and academic) so that practitioners can exchange information on achievements, best practices and needs.

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 7:24pm

PrezCon 2013--the 20th Annual Convention of the Winter Nationals

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 8:00pm

Initial Impressions of GMT's revisions of Jim Day's PANZER board wargame--plus expansions.

You can check out my review of the "Basic" PANZER game here.

Here are the reviews for Expansion #1 and…

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Posted on September 11, 2012 at 1:15pm — 2 Comments

WHERE EAGLES DARE at WINTER OFFENSIVE 2012

You can read my "First Impressions" multi-part review of the game at Board Game Geek here.

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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At 7:30pm on September 8, 2020, Michael Forte said…

Eric:

Thanks you for the nice note.  If you ever want to get a game going on Vassal PBEM send me a note.  I've been thinking of looking for a game of AGC, AGS, BfN lately.

Mike Forte'

At 12:19pm on August 27, 2020, John Barclay said…

Thanks for the welcome.  Don't worry about the old account, it was years ago.  I recommend Imperial Struggle, it's rich and interesting and full of surprises.  Fighting on four fronts in three different modes gives a great sense of the complex interactions of the big empires.

At 9:59pm on August 26, 2020, Jeff Frye said…

"I sold my copy of 'Bloody April' a long time ago, regretted it, but got lucky and found a seller in Canada with a mint copy for a good $."

At 7:28pm on August 22, 2020, Jeff Frye said…

Just saw the former military and GIS reference. Former Army Cav Scout here, like 13 years. Wonder if that's why I like mapping?

At 7:26pm on August 22, 2020, Jeff Frye said…

Eric

Thanks for the Welcome. I started in the 70's with TSS, but took a long hiatus from gaming, until I opened my closet door 1 day and noticed TSS on the shelf. It did not take long to get bit again, next thing I know I am spending every extra penny to get games I have missed over the last 16 or so years. Now I am broke, lol, but I own all of Mr. Berg's GBACW Games. Currently at the 14400 Turn an Day 1 in 3 DoG. Poland Defiant, I have it set-up, but have not started yet. I did just finish Rock of the Marne by MMP, my first SCS Game, and enjoyed it. Poland Defiant is next.

Thanks again for the Welcome!

At 8:20pm on August 17, 2020, Timothy E Harrison said…

Hi Eric, thank you for the hearty welcome.  Looking forward to 'reading' what other players think of the old, but classic PB/PL system.  A lot of them that input info at BGG, or at the former yahoo groups, are actually the folks who got me to thinking of a much needed update to PB/PL, instead of shining up the chrome as my best friend always called it.  I let Byron H look at what I had come up with, and he thought I had actually stumbled onto a differing game system than what PB/PL system was.  My friend was Lt Col Rick Murphy, USAF (ret), but he was an intelligence guru, who spoke at many national, and european WW2 historical societies and veteran orgs.  He was the key helper for me in my 'project', but he passed away a couple of years ago, and 6 months later i had my accident.  I haven't messed with it since.

I look forward to talking war board-gaming or even sports gaming on the side, whenever the chance appears.  Meanwhile, I'll just be reading the blogs, and discussions of my favorite games of yor.

In Christ

Tim

At 5:35pm on August 13, 2020, John Kane said…

Hi, Eric.

Thanks for the welcome. I'll have a wee look around shortly. Family life is a bit hectic at the moment, but I'm looking forward to getting a bit more gaming done.

Kind regards,

John.

At 4:55pm on August 13, 2020, Brian Dodge said…
Hi Eric. Thank you for the warm welcome. I am sure I will be able to find some great groups to join.
At 2:06am on July 3, 2020, David Wilkinson said…

Hi Eric

Thanks for the warm welcome .

Getting more time to enjoy my favorite hobby of wargaming looks like it is something that is likely to happen pretty soon, as I am about the same age as you (based on reading your profile) and I work in the oil & gas industry (in Australia), so getting laid off before the end of the year is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

Not that it bothers me at all as I'm actually looking forward to having a lot more time on my hands to play more games!! :)

At 10:56am on June 26, 2020, Jeffrey Zeiser said…

The welcome is appreciated. I am just entering wargaming, finishing my transition out of video games.

I teach history in a state university, but my warrant is a large writ so I can cover what I like. The more I teach, the more I see no one knows war history. Wargaming really helps teaching the dynamics of a conflict and explaining causality. At the very least the professors should understand it. 

Sekigahara has good reviews and seems popular, it is also a history I teach every year. I will put it on my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation.

Kurosawa does great films, and I am also a fan. One of my occasional classed I get to teach is class on Kurosawa, it is a great time. As in war history, most do not know their film history either.

It is encouraging, that once students learn from a teacher who knows and is invested in the subject matter, they find the value in it too.

 
 
 

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