Volko Ruhnke
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Your favorite game(s):
Combat Commander, COIN Series
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
A Distant Plain
What game(s) have you played recently?
Combat Commander, Next War: Korea
About Me
Game designer with several published titles with GMT Games; US Government analyst and instructor.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Game design, beer, rum, grilling, exercise, Latin music.

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At 1:03pm on July 17, 2015, Jim Lacey said…

Greetings,

 

I am looking for wargamers in my local area (Burke VA) and am sending notes to a few people who appear close on CONSIM.

I used to play wargames a lot in the glory days of SPI-Avalon Hill… but work and family forced me to put further playing off for a few decades (57 years old now).  I am looking for two things.

-          I teach at the Marine Corps War College and I plan to use a few games in the classroom.  I need some folks who will help explain some of the new games that I am not yet familiar with (Polis, For the People, Washington’s War, Fire in the Lake, Churchill, and a few others)

 

-          Persons interested in getting together on a regular or semi-regular basis for friendly games.

 

It would be great to link up with folks who would also enjoy having a football game on in the background (once in awhile) .

If anyone is part of a regular group and is looking for a new member (I will bring cupcakes) please let me know.  Also, if anyone is interested in forming a group (rotating play between homes) I am also interested.

I can be contacted at jimlacey1@msn.com

Thank you for your time and attention.

Jim

At 7:45am on January 15, 2014, Jay Bachar said…

Thanks for your response, Volko! When the time comes for a game on Rhodesia, I would like to volunteer as an unpaid research assistant. I'm very keen to see a game on this topic and have had a lifelong interest.

At 7:49am on January 14, 2014, Jay Bachar said…

Volko,

Have recently read the Washington Post article and have ordered A Distant Plain. Cannot wait to play it!  As I look at the games that you have produced and will in the future, have you ever given thought to doing a game on Rhodesia? To my knowledge it's never been done and I think with the system that you have developed that it would be a doable proposition.

At 6:55pm on July 29, 2012, Eric Walters said…

Well, some of the problem with DoD--and government in general--is the fascination with "black boxes" (as you well know) and a distrust of manual simulations.  I often support the Marine Corps with wargaming advice, but it's sad that the customer knows so little about the subject.  Have turned to passing out copies of Phil Sabin's book when trying to get requestors smart on the topic.  Am sure you have some of the same experiences in your organization (John Hill used to ask me up when he was there to help him pitch wargaming and training ideas--alas, to little avail....)

At 11:19am on July 29, 2012, Eric Walters said…

Volko, glad to see you here (at last!).  Enjoyed reminiscing about my counter-drug op days seeing you run the ANDEAN ABYSS playtest session at PrezCon this past Feb.  Looking forward to that and DISTANT FIELDS when they finally are published!   Maybe you can start a group here entitled "COIN Series Games."  

 
 
 

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