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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 Donald R Garlit
"Welcome Donald, to the CONSIMWORLD Social website!  Would be interesting to hear what you are learning by comparing your history reading to the games that cover those topics.  A lot of us also don't know much about THIS WAR WITHOUT AN…"
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"Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social website, Nuno!  You should find the group for Combat Commander; don't yet have one for Hannibal/Hannibal & Hamilcar.  Maybe you can create one!  Also don't have one for Napoleon 20…"
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"Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social website, William!  You should have no problem finding the groups on UP FRONT and ASL.  Right now I don't think there's one on the original SQUAD LEADER and "game-ette" sequels, but you…"
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"GMT's AWAW is indeed a lifestyle, and that's even without the GATHERING STORM and STORM OVER ASIA prelude expansions!  A buddy of mine and I have been talking about getting into playing that game for years (we were old THIRD REICH and…"
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"Will, I hear you on the press of responsibilities (family and work).  That's very much like my situation at the moment!  So I can relate.  I've not played the Compass version of FATAL ALLIANCES but thought a great deal of…"
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"Hi Eric, and thank you. I work full time and have a big family, so it would be most accurate to say I only have headspace for one game at a time. Right now, it's TUSCW. I have GMT's AWAW too, but as another gamer said, that's not a…"
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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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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.

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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 12:55pm on September 29, 2020, Rob B said…

Thanks for the welcome!

At 5:59pm on September 28, 2020, Will Kohudic said…

Hi Eric, and thank you. I work full time and have a big family, so it would be most accurate to say I only have headspace for one game at a time. Right now, it's TUSCW. I have GMT's AWAW too, but as another gamer said, that's not a game, its a lifestyle. Compass Games' Fatal Alliances and the old classic Air Assault on Crete are both on my short list for "maybe someday soon." The rest of my collection is all in mothballs...

At 6:42am on September 24, 2020, Zachary Miller said…

Thanks for the hearty welcome, Eric. I really like COH 3rd edition. The extra roll really adds that element of unpredictability. As you could see, my gaming lately has focused on solo oriented entries, as face-to-face gaming has been a struggle with the pandemic and living in rural Iowa. Thanks again for the welcome!

At 7:40pm on September 21, 2020, Jerry Drake said…

Thank you for the nice welcome. I used to have time for more than ASL, but now with virtually no face-to-face gaming and time really only for VASSAL a couple of times a week I have to limit myself to series I can pick up and put down quickly. I guess ASL is the best match. And I have virtually no flat space in the house anyway!!

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

 
 
 

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