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The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships, and Planes by John Bobek

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Battlecry when I was in 7th grade, followed by Tactics II.
Your favorite game(s):
La Gloire de Guerre and Bloody Tarawa/Bocage from The Games of War. Favorite game that I didn't write? Kriegspiel chess.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Just did an Iwo Jima landing using Bloody Tarawa/Bocage from The Games of War
What game(s) have you played recently?
Hot Sand, Hotter Lead (Fr. Zinderneuf siege), Spears and Spells with Maces High (siege of Minas Guillen), Fighting Fleets (naval campaign evacuating the British from Crete), Cold War, Warm Conflicts and Combat Patrol (Marine patrol in Vietnam), among others this summer, all from The Games of War.
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
In the summer, about once a week, during the school year, about 1 to 2 x's a month including games after school with students.
How big is your game collection?
Most of the old AH games, Diplomacy, a bunch of lesser known boxed games, several CDG's and an out of control collection of miniatures of EVERYTHING!
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Basement of my house (sometimes referred to as the fuhrer bunker)
About Me
I'm a Catholic School teacher (half the pay, twice the work!), author of The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships, and Planes. I'm the coach of 3rd and 4th grade flag football team, 12 inch girls' fast pitch softball, school sports board, editor of the school paper, parish pastoral council, Chancel Choir member, cantor, chairman of the SCC, judging coordinator of Region 2 of the IJAS, membero Sports Car Club of America (timing and scoring).
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Wargaming, paintball, SCCA,, photography, action movies, cartoons (especially The Avatar), eclectic music tastes, but especially historical and Wierd Al Yankowicz!
Website:
http://www.geocities.com/rustyjb@prodigy.net/GamesofWar.html
Any photos you see involving miniatures are from games using miniature figures and my book, The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships, and Planes. Any markers, particularly red, indicate that either the figure resting on top of it is dead, or it is in lieu of a "dead body." Smoke is indicated by cotton. The typical time available to me for these games is from 2:45 till 4 after school, or from 3 till 7 pm at my house. If you have any questions about any game or picture, please ask.
The drawings were done by me for wargame magazines back in the late 60's or early 70's. I was for a time the editor of the International Federation of Wargaming's magazine, the International Wargamer. The old time photos are from games at UIC or at various conventions, most notably the Lake Geneva GenCon's.
Any photos with words stretched across them are available at CafePress.com as shirts, bags, hats, buttons, and various sundry items.

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At 3:02pm on June 18, 2014, Marc Guenette said…

John, I don't play miniatures, so it would be tough for me to answer that question from any angle. There are stuff on Flames of War that I know of, besides that, I know Nil.

At 3:26pm on August 3, 2013, Harry Warren said…
That's me at the controls, stil reading the rule book!
At 2:42am on January 24, 2012, Steve Trauth said…

Hi John:  :)  In my case, I re-engaged with CSW Social during the last round of releases that Tiller/HPS did, and was outside of anything happening at BGG. I had a group here that had links going over to my site that I wanted to change around. 

So here I am now, known as a BGG personality ( despite what I considered to basically be my version of glorified lurking), and I do see the humour in it.

In the end it is all about the hobby, isn't it?

At 9:36pm on July 10, 2011, Larry Walkley said…
i just got the games of war book and think it is great. the only question i had so far is on choosing armies. is there some way i didnt see or is it just bring an agreed upon amount of troops and tanks. my game of choice is the 54mm cold war, warm conflicts. since i spent so many deployments in the desert it seemed like an obvious choice to play.
At 1:10pm on August 26, 2009, Andy Brown said…
Wow just realized you were a published author - I feel honored! I gotta try to pick it up.
At 9:07am on April 18, 2009, Paul Healey said…
I am always looking for new systems.

I need to have look at your book, I remember seeing a copy for sale on Amazon whilst looking at some Heroscape stuff.

Do the rules run fast? I notice some youngsters in the pictures are they the players?
At 1:00am on March 26, 2009, Robert J. Kuntz said…
Thanks for the look John. Great pictures!

Robbie, indeed, as I was a wee lad then.

I will write you later via email.
At 5:31pm on February 17, 2009, Katie said…
I love the way Stukas "scream". That's just the coolest thing ever! And thanks to BOC I adore ME 262's :))
At 9:13am on February 15, 2009, Smitty said…
I need to get another order into them as well - he's is one heck of a nice guy.
At 11:35pm on February 14, 2009, Smitty said…
John:

http://www.bunkerhillgames.com/index.php?UID=20090214203452173.66.191.78
 
 
 

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