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Your introduction to consim gaming:
The Milton Bradley American Heritage series: Battle-Cry, Dogfight and my favorite, Broadside, were my introduction into consim gaming. I loved that history could be combined with board games.

Then my brother received Avalon Hill's Waterloo for Christmas one year. That was my first introduction into wargaming. He wouldn't play it with me but I remember watching him play it with a friend and being impressed by all of the counters and the combat results table which contained a matrix where players looked up the odds. My friends and I looked for Avalon Hill games at the local hobby store and found Guadalcanal and Battle of the Bulge. It was a fun summer of gaming. Later, in High School, I was introduced to Afrika Corps, Stalingrad and SPI, which was a new company just getting started. My first SPI game was Tannenberg and my first issue of S&T was #31, Flying Circus.
Your favorite game(s):
Changes all the time. Current favorites include the Napoleonic 20 series of games from Victory Point Games and World at War from Lock 'N' Load Publishing. Other favorites include Combat Commander, Atlantic Storm and Pacific Typhoon.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Napoleonic 20 games, World at War, B-29 Superfortress.
What game(s) have you played recently?
Red Dragon Rising, Napoleonic 20 series, World at War, B-29 Superfortress.
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Eight to twelve hours a week. (Wednesday nights and Saturdays.)
How big is your game collection?
Over 1400 games of all types.
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Loose affiliation of gamers in the Sacramento area. Nothing formal but we meet on Saturdays at A-1 Comics in Roseville, CA.

Kimbo's Blog

"Golden" Age of Wargaming

It may be obvious, but the Internet has certainly been a large factor in the current success (or continued existence) of the wargaming hobby. (It's been a big part in the resurgence of board-gaming as well, but that's not the point of this post.)

We are in a "Golden Age" of war-gaming. The Grognards among us look back at the late 70's when SPI was an active company as an important time in the hobby, but I suspect more war-games are being published today by more companies than we could… Continue

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 10:29am — 29 Comments

The Pacific

The Pacific, the new HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg (the team behind Band of Brothers) debuted last night. What did anyone think?

I particularly enjoyed the comments by veterans at the beginning of the show. The action starts at Guadalcanal and there were fewer battle scenes than I expected, but I find the episode compelling and look forward to more.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:58pm — 12 Comments

Hello again.

I've been in my "World of Warcraft" cave since last August, but the coming of spring and some new game titles are coaxing me into the sunlight.

GMT's Washington's War has me salivating a little bit. I'm looking forward to playing this re-make (re-imagining?) of We the People.

Also, the new Yalu! by Compass Games has attracted my attention.

I've played neither of these games, but would like to hear what anyone else has to say about them. What's the buzz on these…


Posted on February 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Some Thoughts on Dice Rolling.

Dice are an integral part of wargaming. In most wargames dice are used to resolve combat.

For most of my gaming life I have struggled to "not blame the dice". When things go wrong in a game, it's easy to blame the dice. But vocally blaming the dice just ruins the game for everyone. I know I dislike it when an opponent starts blaming the dice when a game goes "wrong". It really serves no purpose and makes the game not fun for everyone involved. Intellectually, I know the dice are not… Continue

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 11:00am — 23 Comments

Red Dragon Rising

Played Red Dragon Rising (S&T #250) for the first time yesterday. My first reaction upon hearing about the topic of this game was unfavorable. But when I heard the system was similar to War At Sea/Victory in the Pacific, I was immediately intrigued. After one play, I am not disappointed and you can count me as a fan of the game. The game is relatively easy to learn and once you get a feel for the system plays quickly. The system is a "kissing cousin" of the War at Sea system modified… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2008 at 4:46pm — 4 Comments

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At 7:25pm on July 15, 2009, Smitty said…
Dice Rolling - unless you played Stratomatic baseball with your brother! LOL

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Welcome, my friend! :-)

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