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Thomas Beach commented on Nate's group Victory in the West series and related games
"As a fan of this series as well, I too would like to know where the Vassal mods are for the original three games? I can't find them under either their titles or the VITW series name or acronym. Please advise. Thanks! Tom"
Aug 23, 2014
Thomas Beach commented on John Kranz's blog post Remembering James Murphy...
"And thanks, Adrien for the insights into who Jim Murphy was.  It is very much appreciated."
Aug 23, 2014
Thomas Beach commented on John Kranz's blog post Remembering James Murphy...
"I just spent the greater part of today re-sorting and reorganizing counters from my Sharpsburg. I discovered they have seeped out of the old AH counter trays due to the vertical storage of the games ziplock bag. So I decided to make a day of it…"
Aug 23, 2014
Thomas Beach posted a status
"Our group begins The Blitzkrieg Legend this month! Very excited to play this game."
Oct 14, 2013
Thomas Beach updated their profile
Jul 26, 2013
Thomas Beach joined Manabu Matsuura's group
Feb 21, 2013
Thomas Beach commented on Nate's group Victory in the West series and related games
"A great system.  I appreciate your dislike for Grenade, Nate.  For my part, I really liked it.  In fact, I enjoy all three original games.  Speaking of Med. I presume you also have the Sicily game, Nate?  Look forward to any…"
Feb 21, 2013
Thomas Beach commented on John Madison's event Winterfest XVI
"Really looking forward to attending Winterfest for the first time.   Tom"
Jan 17, 2013
Thomas Beach is attending John Madison's event

Winterfest XVI at Best Western Plus

February 8, 2013 at 6pm to February 17, 2013 at 11am
Winterfest XVIFebruary 8th - 17th, 2013Best Western Plus, Sandusky, OH 44870 - (419) 627-9595--This will be our 16th gathering for a week of monster gaming. Featured games this year will be Wach am Rhein/Hurtgen by Decison Games, GMT's EFS and some OCS by MMP.See More
Jan 17, 2013
Thomas Beach joined Nate's group
Jul 3, 2012
Thomas Beach and Peter are now friends
Feb 24, 2012
Thomas Beach joined Kim Meints's group

WWII North Africa games

Discussion of all games on all levels during the War in North Africa
Feb 23, 2012
Thomas Beach replied to Eric Walters's discussion The Old Days in the group All That is Avalon Hill
"My wargaming path was a bit circuitous. Both of my parents loved The Civil War, and as such, took my younger brother on trips to visit battlefields, large and tiny, all throughout the centennial years.   During that time he bought The Civil…"
Dec 18, 2011
Thomas Beach joined Eric Walters's group

All That is Avalon Hill

Recalling everything that was the old Avalon Hill Game Company and playing the new stuff since Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast
Dec 18, 2011
Thomas Beach joined Chris Fawcett's group

Heartland Wargamers

If you wargame and live in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, or Iowa, you're a Heartland wargamer!
Mar 27, 2011
Eric Walters left a comment for Thomas Beach
"I honestly consider TCS to be the best tactical system out there (in terms of "realism"--or perceived realism might be a more accurate term).  OCS is the best operational system out there by far; I can't go back to playing EUROPA…"
Jan 23, 2011

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
I discovered wargaming at an early age. My parents were both Civil War fanatics. And my father bought Gettysburg '64 during our centennial Civil War vacations. I just remember being mesmerized by it all.
Your favorite game(s):
GCACW - Can't claim to have any single favorite as every game in this amazing series is fantastic.
OCS - I have enjoyed Tunisia and DAK. Can't wait to break out Blitzkrieg Legend.
Devil's Cauldron - What a great system. I only initially pre-ordered this game because I saw that the game system for this title was a strong adaptation of Eric Lee Smith's, Panzer Command which I had loved back in the '80's. Turns out to have been a great move.
VG's The Civil War - Yet another Eric Lee Smith game, and a personal favorite in my collection.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Wacht Am Rheim (2012); CWB; Over There
What game(s) have you played recently?
Three Battles of Manassas
The Killing Ground/Overlord
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
10 hours p/week
How big is your game collection?
290 games
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
We have a Milwaukee-based bi-weekly game club which consists of five, middle-aged core members. We have varied tastes and interests, but we stick to monster games almost exclusively. We love gaming and although we love the competition and winning, we celebrate good sportsmanship all the way... well... most of the time anyway.
About Me
I work as a freelance sound recordist in the film and TV industry. I am also a produced screenwriter, filmmaker and documentarian.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Wargaming; Military History (especially Civil War)

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At 10:03pm on January 23, 2011, Eric Walters said…

I honestly consider TCS to be the best tactical system out there (in terms of "realism"--or perceived realism might be a more accurate term).  OCS is the best operational system out there by far; I can't go back to playing EUROPA now because of it.  EFS is fun but does not have the incredible versatility that OCS does.  

Yeah, I love Civil War too and just don't get to play all that much of it.  VG's CIVIL WAR is also a favorite.  I am a huge fan of the CWBS and have the RSS games...and am looking forward to the LoB revision that comes out.  Got to watch the new rules in a playtest of Essig's take on Antietam a couple of years ago at PrezCon.  Sure, I'll play the GBACW series by GMT, but RSS is my favorite system because of the command rules.

I get to play ASL and ASLSK off and on.  Am planning to foray into Stonne in Critical Hit's module on that place in a couple of weeks.  Love the early war stuff, particularly the French!

At 2:10pm on January 23, 2011, Eric Walters said…
Welcome to CONSIMWORLD Social Website, Thomas!  Your favorite games are some of mine as well.  Indeed, I got a chance to play THE DEVIL'S CAULDRON, Intermediate Scenario #1 "Race to the Bridge" at MMP's WINTER OFFENSIVE 2011 a week ago.  Have you played any of the really big OCS games?  Which GCACW title is your favorite?

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