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Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"A busy month of April: On the virtual table: Falling Sky - a delicate balance between all four factions. Aedui should help Caesar but to how far? Should Caesar deal with Arverni or Belgae first? Where Arverni should attack? And what Belgae should…"
May 3
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"I am a totally converted Vassal nerd now as I play many games at the same time with different distant opponents now via PBeM. The great thing is that you can get a lot more time to think through the next moves and browse through the rules before…"
Oct 6, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"Out of wrapper for the game Moscow' 41 from VentoNuovo Games in Italy. Although the components are nice, a huge disappointment to find none of the stretch goals of the Kickstarter campaign that are supposed to be in the game. Perhaps it is…"
Oct 6, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"Waterloo 1815: Fallen Eagles by Hexasim is definitely my current favorite as I am engaged in a total of four PBeM Vassal games with it. The simple command, movement, fire and melee combat systems are integrated well in a semi-ASL like sequence of…"
Sep 4, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"I have completed the game of the new magazine edition World War I quite some time ago via Vassal. One thing I am pretty darn sure: this updated version of World War I game is much better and far more like what was happening in the War than Avalon…"
Aug 30, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"I have also just started a Vassal PBeM game of Waterloo 1815 Fallen Eagles: Waterloo with Victor as well.  This game is absolutely awesome.  I have played this game two times face to face with Andzrej before. As he left for Malta for…"
Aug 11, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"Just completed a full game of scenario 3 Rolling Hot in World at War: Eisenbach Gap in 63 Vassal files.  Since the scenario lasts for 11 turns, it is a very reasonable game to complete in about two months time, with one file exchange per…"
Aug 11, 2016
Lawrence Hung commented on Lawrence Hung's blog post Diary of a Wargamer
"Last night I have done one of my wildest thing for years - purchase of 7 Matrix wargames at the same time at 30% discount off.  Their digital wargames have been the best in and the standard for the market and they seldom sell their games at a…"
Aug 8, 2016

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
I like to contemplate everything about conflict simulation, or simply put, wargaming!
Your favorite game(s):
Top 10 wargames:
#1: Peloponnesian War
#2: Storm Over Stalingrad
#3: Great Campaigns of the American Civil War
#4: Star Fleet Battles
#5: Fleet Series
#6: Advanced Tobruk System
#7: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#8: The Russian Campaign
#9: Air Force
#10: Warriors of God
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Red Storm over the Reich, No Retreat!, Axis Empires: Dai Senso!
What game(s) have you played recently?
#1: Panzer (second edition)
#2: Age of Aces
#3: Fire in the Lake
#4: Combat Commander: Resistance!
#5: Washington's Crossing
#6: Avec Infini Regret
#7: Napoleon at Waterloo
#8: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
#9: 1066: The Year of Three Battles
#10: Victory in Vietnam
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
40 hours per month
How big is your game collection?
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Hong Kong Society of Wargamers (
About Me
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)

The reason why I did not get into SL or ASL in the first place was exactly the idea of geomorphic map - the lack of but abstraction of historical sense in the use of the map. I believe the platoon leader commanding various squads certainly doesn't want a "geomorphic" map when doing the real things. "That was supposed to be clear there!" cried the platton commander when he recevied suppresion fire from that "supposed" direction" while holding the map.

I therefore prefer ATS historical maps more, although in the beginning the desert terrain and basic game terrain don't matter that much. But then, it is not only a game but an historical study. Admittedly, the geomorphic maps are more efficient and effective to play a game with based on a common system. But everytime I completed an ASLSK game, I was left with a sense that did I really fight that battle? It seems that I was in the cloud, knowing that I just won a game, not the historical battle. The sense of accomplishment faded away quickly.

Nowaday with more money at hand, I am less resistant to the geomorphic maps and bought many games and modules from the Combat Commander, Conflict of Heroes, Panzergranadier series etc. They are for gaming with people. When I study myself, I still prefer the "real terrain" on maps that much, although you never know whether they are that much authentic as claimed. But isn't that the value of a wargame with truely authentic maps?

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Today I find this new online game, free, medieval roleplaying game: Imperia Online. I have yet to find one satisfactory purely online game. My experiences with those WW2 FPS were not entirely appealing to me due to the lagging (Blitzkrieg) or clumsy installation (e.g. Red Orchestra). Ultima Online is too dump to spend time with to develop a meaningful charater. Everquest is pure fantasy and spending too much time just to wander around and recognize the way.

Another one look good on… Continue

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

Diary of a Wargamer

Tiring to back at home, I always wanted to pull out something about wargames from the closet and read. It is hard for me to keep concentrated on the reading of indulgence as my wife keeps calling me for something.

I am now into the system of ASLSK, WW2 tactical level wargame beginning in the '80s. I was not rich enough to pay for the hundreds of dollars on Squad Leader and its numerous modules at that time. Thus I paid those some crappy 3W wargames in S&Ts. When the "bible" of… Continue

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 8:30am — 114 Comments

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At 8:57am on August 16, 2009, Jim Werbaneth said…
Hi Lawrence,
Go back into the PollDaddy application, and click on the poll that you just created. If you did several, then choose the one that you want from the list.

You'll probably be in the "Edit Poll" window. From the links on the left, click on "Send Poll." They'll be a big "Send to Profile" button. Clicking on that will put the poll on your page.

I hope this helps.
At 12:13pm on June 21, 2008, Lawrence Hung said…

Great cool looking WW2 tactical wargame to download for free!!
At 11:38pm on March 13, 2008, B b said…
Hey Lawrence! I have seen quite a few of your reviews on BGG. You and I have similar tastes in games.

At 8:11am on March 12, 2008, Lawrence Hung said…
Hi Marcus,

It is good to hear you like the same kind of music and film like I do. I'll try to upload more music and film footage here later on.

I prefer board wargames. Check out my top 10 wargames list. I used to play only operational level wargames, and a bit strategic, but branch out to tactical level wargames recently. ASLSK, ATS, LnL, CC.....plenty of scenarios to load with.

There are not a lot of wargamers in Hong Kong. I estimate a few hundred only. But it is enough for you to find a wargamer to play against with because it is easy to meet people within the city of Hong Kong as this is a small place and the transport network is quite extensive. People seldom take more than an hour to travel to work and meet friends.

We have a local Hong Kong Society of Wargamers with about 40 members. Andrzej Cierpicki is our Chairman and he is in here too. You can learn more about us by visiting too.

Good gaming!
At 10:23pm on March 10, 2008, Marc Guenette said…
Hi Laurence !

I remember looking at your profile on BGG and thinking that we both like the same kind of music, even films...

What about game? What do you prefer? Lots of gamers in hong Kong?
At 4:25am on March 10, 2008, Gichin said…
It was a birthday gift. It's one of the best gifts I never have.
At 8:26pm on March 6, 2008, Andrzej Cierpicki said…
Hi Lawrence
Well, I was in WA for 3 weeks and had to work on the other occasions. Lots of new game arrivals though:
Bulge FAB
Bitter End
Price of Freedom
. . . just got to find some time to play them!
At 8:17pm on March 6, 2008, Alan Snider said…
I am not sure who'll publish Brian Train's "The Greek Civil War"...perhaps Fiery Dragon.

I can tell you it is a fantastic looking simulation.
At 8:08pm on March 6, 2008, Lewis Goldberg said…
There we go - Lawrence, and the wife as well. Beautiful bride, old man.
At 2:27pm on March 5, 2008, Andreas Ludwig said…
You do not look like Rommel - I knew it! :p

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