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And they need proper attire. I haven't seen a Grognard T-shirt in decades, so I want to do a print run of some description this Fall, before Winter Gaming sets in.I'd appreciate some ideas for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Johnson Jun 30, 2012.

 

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"Looks like the link to the gamebox site is dysfunctional........can you please post it here?"
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Mark IV dice tower

I got disgusted with cheap crap towers! Utter garbage. So, I designed a line of towers for myself and friends.....then more and more friends......Precision made; highest quality you've ever seen. Soft maple and birch ply, built like a bank vault…
Jul 6, 2014
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"Dice towers. Dozen's of 'em."
Jun 23, 2014
Rob Johnson replied to Eric Walters's discussion Timeless SPI Games in the group All things SPI
"StarForce. Unmatched to this day- a shining example of the works of Analog Man."
Feb 26, 2014
Rob Johnson replied to Eric Walters's discussion Timeless SPI Games in the group All things SPI
"I'll second that. With a few judicious mods, the game really has no equal. It's a Classic in every sense of the work. I don't want the Parthenon replaced by something newer and shinier......."
Feb 26, 2014
Wayne Rotella left a comment for Rob Johnson
"I like those trays. Nice work"
Nov 23, 2013
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"I should have maple trays ready to ship end of January. Your choice glass covers or Lexan/Optix. Trying mahogany and cherry, too."
Nov 23, 2013
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"Three bloody weeks without Net contact ......now I know how those old NORAD radar operators in Greenland felt when snowed in......"
Jul 23, 2013
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"Had Dunnigan left by then? I don't see him in the pic."
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Enrico CS Viglino commented on Rob Johnson's photo
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"I think '79 is right. I remember that pic from my subscriptions."
Jul 20, 2013
Gideon Marcus commented on Rob Johnson's photo
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"What year was this?  I'm guessing '79ish.  (I have a pic from '76)"
Jul 20, 2013
Rob Johnson posted a status
"I relocated to Greater Minnesota, meaning I have plenty of space to set up shop again. Meaning maple counter trays. St Simonsen be praised!"
May 1, 2013
Rob Johnson replied to Eric Walters's discussion Timeless SPI Games in the group All things SPI
"I'll have to play this sometime, as a homage to my Dad, who fought through Hue. ASL, Patrol, Sniper, etc just never gave me the right feeling. This looks good!"
Mar 17, 2013
Rob Johnson replied to Eric Walters's discussion Timeless SPI Games in the group All things SPI
"Too bad there's no Voting mechanism on this- StarForce was my first thought, too."
Mar 17, 2013

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Paul Borchers
Your favorite game(s):
SPI: StarSoldier, StarForce, Outreach, BattleFleet Mars, October War, War in the Ice, Viking/PRESTAGS, Gondor, Sauron, War of the Ring
CoA: Brandywine/Germantown, Monmouth, Epic of the Peloponnesian War
VG: Peloponnesian War
Finland in WWII is a major passion Talvisota & Jatkosota (waiting til after XMas Madness for Mikugames "The Finnish Trilogy"-)
Greco-Persian Wars
Campaigns of Thutmose III, Ramses II
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Epic of the peloponnesian War
What game(s) have you played recently?
EPW
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
typically about 15 hours a week
How big is your game collection?
very small, 25
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
"Paynesville Game Days" group, Paynesville MN
About Me
Jackpine Savage, engineer/machinist, optics (E&W Optical Vet), gunsmith/Black Powder muskets, small arms engineering, Arctic combat technologies, Ham Radio products
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
The usual Grognard affectations..... science fiction (pre-Empire), general History Freak, plus camping/hiking, XC skiing, shooting/reloading, astronomy/astrophysics, Rev War re-enactor., Mycenaean and Classical Greek civilization

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The Siege of Syracuse

Any thoughts on this new TPS game? The cover at least is superb. I've never played a game on this operation, but I know Vae Victus has something out there.......this is definitely something I could sink my teeth into. I've been supremely hacked off at Phormio since I first read Thucydides: Idiot!!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments

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At 8:06pm on November 23, 2013, Wayne Rotella said…

I like those trays. Nice work

At 7:46pm on June 24, 2012, Robert Fanelli said…

Not really. We've been playing Wargods of Aegyptus, a fantasy ancient miniatures rules set, and they have a classical greek mythology segment. I have a unit of about 20 satyrs painted, but that's about it. I did play several ancients games years back, like the SPI Pre-Stags series, and have down some Alexander games, but nothing recently. Did you get to play ion Matt Hinkle's game? He is an outstanding ref.

At 8:41am on June 24, 2012, Robert Fanelli said…

Hey, Rob! Looks like you're a Rev War fan, as am I. I've played CoA's Germantown a few times, including one excellent play-by-email game reffed on this site about a year or two ago. The game system is worth learning, because the games play very well. Also played Brandywine and Monmouth but not extensively. Haven't played their 1777 game but would like to.

My gaming is mostly miniatures, role play and beer & pretzels level games. Just don't seem to have enough free time for face-to-face war-games. And the counters are getting harder to see!

I do run 25mm Rev War miniatures scenarios, mostly using a simple home brew rules set. Have run about 20 different scenarios, mostly from the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777-1778.

Like your photos!

Bob

At 7:49am on June 20, 2012, Brent Cooper said…

Rob, Thanks for asking me to become your friend. As far as "The Epic of the Pelopponesian War" goes, I visit that forum everyday just because I own the game. I have never played it though since there is no one around where I live (Leavenworth, KS) that plays board wargames. For that matter I don't play any games that are in my collection for the same reason.

 

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At 1:05pm on June 19, 2012, Robert O Brown said…

OMG! What a small world, Rob. I live in Shoreview. I bet we've met at the Source or possibly Castle Games. I am a huge Redmond Simonsen fan, and really love the StarForce mileu (I incorporated it into my Traveller game back when I was doing that).

Currently I'm spearheading a group of people to reprint Vietnam 1965-75, including the designer himself.

Let's meet for a beer sometime and network

 

 
 
 

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