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Fields of Despair Vassal Demo

Here is the Vassal Demo produced by Joel Toppen and narrated by the game's developer Mike Bertucelli.  This is our first demo.  Comments are welcome.

Added by Kurt Keckley on April 14, 2014 at 6:53pm — No Comments

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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Added by Wayne Rotella on April 13, 2014 at 8:43am — 10 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 55: Jim Day

Jim Day, designer of Iron & Oak and Panzer, talks about these two recently-released games, cross-pollination between miniature and board wargaming, and possible new versions of MBT and IDF. Plus, we look at a key requirement for the success of any tactical wargame. What is it? I'll lay out the scenario for you.



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Added by Kingdaddy on April 8, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Hannibal: Rome Vs Carthage another golden (not too) oldie hits the table

Played game of Hannibal Rome Vs Carthage (Avalon Hill version) with my son (nned to make use of him whilst he is home) tonight and another topsy turvy but exciting card based game it proved to be.

Tactics/Strategy from us both a bit…
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Added by Gary Barr on April 8, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Sword Of Rome 3 player game

Got to try Sword Of Rome with my Dad and son (home for a few weeks from University) and to find out what a fun and interesting game it is.

I had the Etruscan/Samnites, Dad had Greeks and Steven had the glory that is Rome.

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Added by Gary Barr on April 7, 2014 at 6:25am — 2 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!).

Added by Wayne Rotella on April 6, 2014 at 6:53pm — 3 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 54: Kim Kanger

Kim Kanger, designer of Ici, C'Est La France! and Tonkin, discusses France's counterinsurgency wars, and how differences between these wars led to different game designs. We also discuss Kim's upcoming game on the siege of Dien Bien Phu. Strap in for another deep discussion of insurgencies and insurgency-related games.



The typhoon of wargame designer interviews continues! Coming up in future episodes: Jim Day (Panzer, Iron & Oak) and John Poniske (Lincoln's…

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Added by Kingdaddy on April 5, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

My great plans are laid to waste....

By the end of last year, I felt that my wargaming hobby had become complete.

I had all the games I had wanted, numerous feeds and "following" other wargamers like Kev Sharpe and others, I had written up a list of games which I aimed to play in 2014, and I had decided to stop buying anymore games apart from those on pre-order with Legion Wargames.

All of this has become undone.

As 2014 started, so did playing Lost Battles. A great game and I played…

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Added by Roger Morley on April 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 53: John Gorkowski on WWI wargames and a future WWI-like scenario

John Gorkowski, designer of WWI-based games like Guns Of August, Guns Of Galicia, Red Poppies, and In The Trenches, as well as the upcoming The Great Game. We talk about what fascinates us about WWI, the need to take a fresh look at a conflict before dropping game mechanics on them, and why a future conflict in the South China Sea might look a lot more like WWI than WWII. (That future scenario is the subject of John’s Game, Breaking The Chains). Plus, your host’s recent eBay purchase…

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Added by Kingdaddy on April 1, 2014 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Blocks in the East

Ok, ok.... Any input on this game? It's expensive, it's beautiful and obviously someone's labor of love, but is it worth the price? How does it compare to Columbia's game on the same topic?

Dave

Added by Dave Smith on March 31, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

I’ve Been Diced! episode 52: Steve Kendall of Ragnar Brothers

Steve Kendall gives us a brief history of the Ragnar Brothers and the games they’ve produced. Ponder why Angola may have had more successful innovations than any other single game. Hear about the playtest of a new epoch for A Brief History Of The World. Learn why Viking Fury / Fire & Axe is a more accurate depiction of the Vikings than that History Channel series with Gabriel Byrne. Find out about the careful word choices and interesting design decisions behind Promised Land. Get the…

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Added by Kingdaddy on March 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Breakout Normandy another blast from the past

Played this Avalon Hill game with my Father after it languishing unloved since acquiring it back in 1993 i!

Do not really know why I never played it especially as it has…
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Added by Gary Barr on March 30, 2014 at 8:38am — 3 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 74 En Route to the Readers

I mailed the latest issue of Line of Departure today, so most subscribers should have theirs by early next week; those overseas will be getting theirs a little later.  But all are on their way.

The main thrust is on modern war, with articles…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Why wargames?

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Added by Bill Wood on March 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Why do we game?

First, before the howls of derision, let me say I did check to see if anyone had posted a similar blog here. I couldn't find one, so hence this blog. That doesn't mean to say there isn't one, just that perhaps I missed it...

Yesterday, I was waiting for a relative’s plane to arrive at an airport. As usual, her plane was delayed. So, looking to ‘kill some time’, I sauntered over to a nearby retailers, ignoring the drinks and chocolates, heading towards the book section. Half-heartedly,…

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Added by Brendan Clark on March 18, 2014 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

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.

Added by Wayne Rotella on March 17, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

East Front board Wargame played after 20 or so years !!

Played recently acquired East Front by Columbia Games (original version) with Dad tonight.

Last played this some 20 or more years ago with Stephen ! 
Have been on look…
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Added by Gary Barr on March 17, 2014 at 9:35am — 5 Comments

Two book recommendations for people who love the history of games...

And now back to the "blog"…..

Part of my new year's resolutions was to spend some time writing on this social site, trying to pry myself away from the usual 60-65 work weeks.

I'd thought I'd start with two strong book recommendations, books about ,the history of this hobby gaming that we pursue.

This first is David Ewalt's excellent Of Dice and Men. Yes, it is the story of D&D , its creation and its creators, but let us remember that back in the 70s those "rpg's" were…

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Added by Dave Smith on March 9, 2014 at 10:23am — 4 Comments

Siege of Syracuse

I recently read Donald Kagan's excellent history of the conflict between Athens and Sparta - 'The Peloponnesian War'. I was gripped by the critical events that became the tipping point in the long struggle: the siege of Syracuse. Today I came across a real gem that has somehow passed me by until now...

Yes, you guessed it. The game called 'Syracuse' by Vae Victis. Having seen a video summary of the game, I was then lucky enough to come across the rules in English and also a…

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Added by Brendan Clark on March 8, 2014 at 3:38pm — 5 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 51: The PrezCon 2014 edition

We're at Prezcon 2014, where we talk about the games we played, such as A Distant Plain, Theseus: The Dark Orbit, Coup, Cosmic Encounter, Napoleonic Wars, and the recent favorite A Study In Emerald. Plus, wargames that give a little extra historical something.

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Added by Kingdaddy on March 8, 2014 at 3:22pm — 3 Comments

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