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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 replied to Eric Walters's discussion POLAND DEFIANT (2019) in the group Revolution Games
"Am slowly documenting a solitaire play-by-play of the game on BGG here.  See what you think.  Will try to post more frequently on this; had some health issues distracting me for a while but those are now resolved and I aim to chug along on…"
11 hours ago
Eric Walters replied to Eric Walters's discussion Letting Go: Games We've Parted Ways With
"With all these reprints of older games coming out, I'm putting away the original versions and will likely give them away or auction them for a song.  Games like AH's original FORTRESS EUROPA now that Compass Games has re-released it.…"
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"Randy, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website!  Hope you find some groups that you are interested in--if not, create your own and invite your friends to join it!  Are you playing CONFLICT OF HEROES with the new rules/system?  What…"
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"Dave, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social website!  You seem to be a serious old school Great Battles of the American Civil War monster gamer!  I hope you can find some groups you like and want to join here.  If not consider starting…"
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WW II Russian Front Games

If you are writing about GMT's Eastern Front Series, check out that Group. This is for all the other games on the topic--strategic, operational, and tactical!See More
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Marine Maneuver Warfare Wargamers

A group devoted to studying and practicing Marine Corps maneuver warfare doctrine through wargaming.  A place to talk about wargames that best support maneuver warfare practice, networking for online and/or face-to-face sessions, and more.See More
Sep 11
Eric Walters replied to Eric Walters's discussion Kriegsspiel Resources in the group Marine Maneuver Warfare Wargamers
"Thanks, Bruce!  "
Sep 11
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"Welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website, Rich!  Oh, you are hardcore grognard if ever there was one, judging by your favorite games and what you are currently playing.  I've got all of these but have only played ANZIO and nibbled…"
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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.

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 9:52am on September 9, 2019, Frank Hall Allen said…

Thanks for having me. Glad to be here.

At 12:46pm on August 18, 2019, Scott Martin said…

Sounds like a plan.

At 7:33pm on August 14, 2019, Scott Martin said…

I have been recently replenishing my collection of AH and SPI games.  AK or Stalingrad (or The Russian Campaign) would be good Vassal games to start with since they're familiar.  Let me know if you ever slow down and want a game.  Have to confess most of my gaming is computer now.  Playing folks from all over in Matrix and John Tiller games of WW2, American Civil war, and Napoleonic's.

At 7:30pm on August 14, 2019, Scott Martin said…

Well it was current about 15 years ago, give or take... I've been in the SF Bay Area for the last 9 years.  I revamped the pocket logo and made the one for the back and took it to a T-shirt maker to have the screens made.

At 5:05pm on August 12, 2019, Scott Martin said…

We should set up a Vassal game sometime of a SPI or AH game.

At 5:03pm on August 12, 2019, Scott Martin said…

T-shirt we designed years ago off the original logo of yours.

At 5:03pm on August 12, 2019, Scott Martin said…

At 8:38pm on August 10, 2019, Scott Martin said…

Thought it might be you.  Phoenix now?  Last remembered you were going to the East Coast.  You should look on that wargamer locator on Google for that area.

At 2:16pm on August 10, 2019, Wayne Downey said…

Despite buying and even playing :-) some newer games I continue to fall back on my old favorites. The newer games sure are nice to look at but many of them rely on a complexity that saps the fun out for me.  But that’s one of the many great things about our hobby, there are games for every taste.  Are you a Marine?

At 9:31pm on August 4, 2019, jo kussey said…

Eric,

Too many games, not enough time!  The Poland Defiant looks interesting because it is one of those subjects that gets little attention.  It would seem a hopeless situation, given the terrain that the Poles have to try to defend behind, but with a strict timetable, maybe the Germans will have a tough time if the Poles can stop them somewhere, temporarily.  

Unfortunately, Pendleton and Phoenix are long drives from here, so it's not in the cards to do that to play a game.  So I'm pretty much a solitaire gamer.  Unless I run into a USMC club here.  Not yet.  I haven't seen advertisements for it.  Right now, OCS and Tunisia II is on the table.  I like it a lot because the supply rules really make you act more like a general, rather than every unit attacking every turn.

Take care,

Joe

 
 
 

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Eric Walters replied to Eric Walters's discussion POLAND DEFIANT (2019) in the group Revolution Games
"Am slowly documenting a solitaire play-by-play of the game on BGG here.  See what you think.…"
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Eric Walters replied to Eric Walters's discussion Letting Go: Games We've Parted Ways With
"With all these reprints of older games coming out, I'm putting away the original versions and…"
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"Randy, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social Website!  Hope you find some groups that you are…"
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Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"I just saw my surgeon this afternoon, and everything is coming along nicely.  The pacemaker…"
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