Wayne Rotella
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  • Richmond, VA
  • United States

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Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Political Panel
"This story reminds me of my time at Borders Books. I worked with a man that was always critical of the government, the company, and sometimes even the country. What was his favorite holiday? July 4th! He loved America and all it stood for and…"
Jan 11
Eric Walters commented on Wayne Rotella's status
"I have to go in, but it's a four hour delay so I teach at noon.  So....what title are you going to game?"
Jan 8
Wayne Rotella posted a status
"4-8" of snow means no school on Monday for RVA! Mother Nature wants me to game!"
Jan 7
Wayne Rotella posted a status
"Playing France "40: Sickle Cut Scenario solo. I love this game. Now I want to read more about the campaign."
Oct 15, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post Graduation
"Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! "
Sep 27, 2016
Wayne Rotella replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"When you are done it would be awesome if you share that too. I teach Ancient History for high school and I am always looking to enhance my knowledge for the classroom."
Jul 20, 2016
Wayne Rotella replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Thanks for the link David. This is now on my reading list for the year."
Jul 20, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Ric VD's album


"Thanks for the pictures! This is one of my Holy Grails; to attend Expo."
Jul 3, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Paul Lipps's blog post Just arrived!
"Paul, my wife is about to put a parent lock on your account here. Every time you post one of your new games I feel compelled to reach for my credit card and order it too. This looks like fun."
May 6, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post A Puzzle...
"Then I think Revolution games is the best bet. Low counters, nice graphics, minimal rules, fun topics. Most games in the $20 to $30 range. Noble Knight is great for deals you just need to know what to look for and a beginner would have trouble…"
Feb 6, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post A Puzzle...
"This gave me a big grin and a little chill!  I would recommend any Mark Simonitch but GMT currently has Normandy 44 and Ukraine 43 available. I don't think they are overly complicated but have chrome that make them fun and more advanced.…"
Feb 6, 2016
Wayne Rotella posted a status
"Snow in Richmond. No school so I MUST play a game!"
Jan 22, 2016
Wayne Rotella left a comment for Shaun A Frost
"Welcome aboard Marine! Would love to see pics of your minatures when you get a chance."
Jan 17, 2016
Wayne Rotella commented on Dave Smith's blog post Year in review...
"Hey Dave. Thanks for the post. I am now reading the Simple GBoH rules with the idea of getting into the system full bore. Your post inspired me!"
Jan 8, 2016
Wayne Rotella posted a status
"Happy Thanksgiving to all!"
Nov 25, 2015
Wayne Rotella commented on Roger Morley's blog post Not many posts
"Glad to hear from you Roger. Things have been slow this summer. I am putting it to the possibility of so much gaming going on. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you."
Aug 10, 2015

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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…


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…


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…

Welcome to an awesome site with cool folks!



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