Joel Toppen
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At 4:08pm on October 31, 2012, Dave Burgess said…

I enjoy your videos and find them very informative.

At 11:34pm on December 27, 2010, Joe Gandara said…
Joel, I recently received my copy of steel wolves and noticed that you were credited with play testing the game on vassal. I know you have built the silent war mod, but was wondering if you had one for steel wolves too.

I would love to get my hands on the mod if it is done. If not, any aspirations of building one?


Joe Gandara
At 6:39pm on September 28, 2009, Smitty said…
Right now Elusive Victory is on the table!
At 12:00pm on August 8, 2009, Lewis Goldberg said…
Joel, a hearty 'amen' to ye!
At 7:57am on May 3, 2009, Smitty said…
Great avatar.
At 6:17pm on January 14, 2009, Smitty said…
Axis and Allies - I got the new Guadacanal game of it today, but first comes walking and Bowflex!

Profile Information

Your introduction to consim gaming:
Axis & Allies (MB) then Flight Leader (AH) which led to Gulf Strike (VG) and I was hooked. Squad Leader followed and by my senior year of High School I was playing ASL...
Your favorite game(s):
Great Battles of History series (GMT), Commands & Colors (GMT), just about any CDG.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Omaha Beach (DG)
What game(s) have you played recently?
Red Star Rising (MMP), A Most Dangerous Time (MMP), Devil's Cauldron (MMP)
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Too much!
How big is your game collection?
~100 games
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Gallup, New Mexico (USA) --you won't believe how many people don't know NM is in the USA...
About Me
I'm the Associate Pastor at my church (Gallup First Assembly of God). Happily married to a wonderful woman who supports--or puts up with--my hobby. She won't play wargames though... Have a 4-year-old son who loves to roll dice for me!
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Reading (The Bible--especially the Bible! * ancient history * USA history * World War history--both of them * well, pretty much any history actually)
Working outdoors, landscaping

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The Caucasus Campaign: Demo TONIGHT!

Tonight at 8:30pm EST, Dave Stiffler and I will be showing off Mark Simonitch's latest game, "The Caucasus Campaign!"

This is probably the fastest playing of any of Mark's designs that I've played. It's loaded with replay capability and has just the right amount of chrome to make for a very rewarding gaming experience. If you're a tournament player, you definitely want to check this game out!

You can get all the details here:… Continue

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 1:30pm

How to Play Empire of the Sun (Part 2)

I'll be continuing the "HOW TO PLAY EMPIRE OF THE SUN" demonstration tonight at 10:00 pm Eastern.

In this second part we will will build upon the foundation of last week's lesson and get into the heart of the game: Combat Operations!

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 2:46pm

How to Play Empire of the Sun

Have you been wanting to learn how to play "Empire of the Sun" but have been waiting for someone to teach you?

Well, now's your chance!

Tonight at 10pm Eastern I'll be teaching the first "How to Play Empire of the Sun" class.

You can get all the necessary information here on the GMT Ventrilo Voice Server page.

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 12:24pm

GMT Live Demonstrations News

Hey guys,

I'm finally catching up from being gone for a week.

Looks like we'll be running a demonstration of HELLENES next Thursday so if you've picked up the game and want a quick way to jump in, sitting in on a live online demo is a great way to learn FAST.

Due to popular demand I am also planning a series of demonstrations of EMPIRE OF THE SUN!

(I'll wait until the World Series is concluded as many guys are watching… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 10:13pm

Online Pax Romana Demonstration Tonight

At 6:30pm Pacific. Brett Dedrick will be demonstrating Richard Berg's, "Pax Romana"

You can get all the details on GMT's Ventrilo Page.

I've also posted a recording of last night's PQ-17 demonstration on the Ventrilo page.

Sorry, I neglected to start a log file so you won't be able to follow along in VASSAL. :chagrin: But hey, there's an audio recording!… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:36am


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