Wayne Rotella
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  • Richmond, VA
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Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post Making a Magnetic Game Board
"This would be such an excellent tool for the classroom. Honestly I could see getting some students into gaming just using a tool like this but it would certainly help some of my students understand the key battles we study; Salamis, Marathon,…"
Sep 14

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
I found the site while browsing for anything wargames...that is BOARD wargames, call me a purist. Found this site and think it's the best thing I have seen in a while for gamers.
Your favorite game(s):
Squad Leader
SPI West Wall specifically Arnhem module
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Advance Squad Leader Starter Kit #1
What game(s) have you played recently?
Advance Squad Leader Starter Kit #1
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Not enough, 2 month old and 8 year old really cuts into time.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Military history and World War II games. Have been looking for the Squad Leader equivalent for modern warfare. Also like hypothetical US/Soviet confrontations.

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Favorite Designer?

Wondering if anyone has a favorite designer out there?

I ordered France '40 last year. I fell in love with the components and the design of the game. I also have enjoyed several plays thus far, all solo. I am not sure how much can be attributed to GMT and how much to Mark Simonitch but I immediately pre-ordered his other titles through GMT. I was able to get a shrink-wrapped copy of The Caucasus…

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Posted on April 13, 2014 at 8:43am — 10 Comments

10,000 Hours?

I saw a news piece on CBS Sunday Morning Show about practice and athletic success. Some have theorized that people, if they spend 10,000 hours practicing, can become accomplished at an activity.

So, if we apply that to war gaming...how many of us consider ourselves experts/accomplished because of our time in? Despite the protestations of my spouse I have not spent the requisite amount of time (but would love to try!).

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 6:53pm — 3 Comments

Snow day in Richmond!

So I was wondering, does anyone ever get motivated to play a game based on weather? Whenever it snows I want to watch Battleground or the Band of Brothers episodes about Bastogne. As a consequence now I want to break out a Bulge title (wish I had Ardennes 44 right now) and play in front of a window while the snow comes down.

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:31am

Wargame Journal

A question for one and all. I was just entering another title read in my book journal as I began another year of the record. I have been keeping this journal since 1991 when I was discharged from the Marines. I have faithfully recorded books read in a year for 23 years so far. I was struck with the thought of doing something similar for my military games.

Does anyone keep a journal of games completed or just played? How does that look? Is it better to NOT have a record of time spent…

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:35pm — 6 Comments

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At 8:35pm on December 23, 2013, Kim Kanger said…

Thanks for your praise! I hope you will like Cheren

At 11:31pm on November 2, 2013, Christina Kahrl said…

GMT's France '40 and Caucasus Campaign are locks. Also need to get ATO's Morgan's A Comin' and Lilliburlero on the table.

At 4:39pm on September 12, 2009, Smitty said…
Wayne:

Welcome to an awesome site with cool folks!

V/r,

Smitty
 
 
 

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