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Games You Sold or Gave Away and Now Wish You Hadn't
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen G Jun 25, 2010.

Sages, Rages, and Flashes In the Pan
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Walters May 5, 2008.

The Dogs--Games You Hate (and Love to Hate)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Werbaneth May 26, 2010.

 

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Eric Walters left a comment for Loke «Old Dust» Borgersen
"Loke, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website!  Oh, I well understand the fascination with THE LAST HUNDRED YARDS (GMT); quite a different tactical treatment!  Hope you find some iterestering groups here in this website and if not, think…"
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"In the west, the dam is about to break!"
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"This was a such a unique game using the Panzergruppe Guderian system; if I had a complaint, is was that balance seemed to rest on the weather rolls.  The German really needs a few of those overcast results to make a go of it.  It's a…"
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Steve replied to Eric Walters's discussion SPI Games I So Much Wanted To Love (But Didn't) in the group All things SPI
"I just got S&T 37 and heres the back page."
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"I think you do the best reviews of GTS games I've yet seen.  You hit this one squarely on the head!"
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Triumph of Chaos (v.2 Deluxe Edition) [Overview]- [Clash of Arms Games, 2019]

"Terrific overview.  You are right about embracing the chaos--playing this game is like riding a roller coaster with your eyes closed!"
May 20
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Fall Blau Grand Campaign Extension

"We can't wait for this one!"
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Eric Walters left a comment for Eggito Reimann
"Eggito, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social website!  Looks like you are WW II junkie, although I see you also play DIENBIENPHU: THE FINAL GAMBLE (which I love) and NEXT WAR.  I actually auctioned off my last unpunched copy this past…"
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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

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so it's better to check out the full album here.  

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.

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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 11:00am on May 18, 2020, Bob Kendra said…

Hi Eric. Thanks for the comments. I started gaming in 1967 when my cousin Dave introduced me to the AH games from back then. Been gaming on and off since but really have gotten back into it since 2016 when I retired and am enjoying it to the max. I really like the chit pull games also since things never go the same way each game and new decisions must be made each game. Playing A Victory Lost right now. Have play Poland Defiant and like it a lot. Another one I enjoy playing is Longstreet Attacks. This past December I think it was the only game I had on the table. Kept replaying it. I get on CONSIMWORLD every so often to see whats new. My cousin Dave is a member here also. Take care during these trying times. Lots of time for gaming with all these restrictions but I for one am ready to get back to some kind of normality.   All the Best.  Bob

At 9:54pm on April 28, 2020, Alexander Kasanof said…

Many thanks, Eric.  Very kind of you.  I'm definitely looking forward to perusing the site.  A long time ConsimWorld follower, but now that I have a little extra time for gaming, I thought it was time to actually get on the forum.  Always fun to pull off an oldy but a goody from the shelf and PAA definitely fits the bill.  I'm really enjoying it.  Hope you have a blast with OST III, a friend and I are looking to get there soon working our way through I and II via PBEM.  Best regards.  -Alex

At 6:55pm on April 28, 2020, Bud Nicola said…

Thanks, Eric, for the welcome.  It's good to be among gamers.

At 11:45am on April 16, 2020, David Hoster said…

I love the OCS system.  Planning to spread out Beyond the Rhine when I make the space to add gaming table.  I haven't played CSS yet, so waiting with great anticipation for Fulda Gap to arrive.

At 7:05am on April 10, 2020, Réda said…

thank you eric for your welcoming me.

I hope i will have interresting things to tell about ! :)

Cheers

At 9:22pm on April 6, 2020, michael ring said…

Hi,Eric,I'm currently doing play testing for  Vance von Borries for the new AGC2nd edition-so am kinda busy.We are almost reay to send everything to GMT for production!

Do you play on Vassal?

At 12:41pm on March 28, 2020, Tomo Moriwaki said…

Thanks for having me!

At 11:41am on March 19, 2020, Justin D Leingang said…

Thanks, Eric! Looking forward to slipping into some groups and discussions.

At 5:28pm on March 9, 2020, Robert Hastler said…

Thanks for the Welcome Eric!   I needs some more plays with CoH 3rd edition, but it feel like there is a lot more die rolling for all of those spent checks!  So many games, so little time.   As far as ASL goes, I'm considering that a longer term learning process, having played several of the Starter kit scenarios, I'd like to graduate to full ASL as time allows.

At 11:55am on February 17, 2020, Robert M Carroll said…

Eric, thanks for the warm welcome!  I updated my profile, which addresses some of your questions.

 
 
 

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"I just got S&T 37 and heres the back page."
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