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I've Been Diced! episode 59: Jon Compton, modern wargames, and gaming taboos

Jon Compton of One Small Step and the MCS Group tells a gripping story of the trials and tribulations of being a small wargame publisher. We also muse about the popularity of modern wargames. Plus, our regular panel discusses gaming taboos: What behavior elicits gasps of horror from fellow hobbyists?



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Added by Kingdaddy on September 17, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Critical Mass reached with buying games

At the start of this year, I had made a decision not to buy anymore games, except for those on pre-order. Apart from few exceptions (ahem), I have stuck to this pretty well, and I have even cancelled some pre-orders!

Over the past few months, I have come to realise that this was indeed a good decision on my part, as I feel I reached a point where there are very very few games which I want to add to my collection, and that I have reached CRITICAL MASS with my game buying.…

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Added by Roger Morley on September 16, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

its still alive

Hi Jim, yes it is alive, I just haven't found anyone interested in playtesting this.

The game is NOT PZL/PZB/AIW although it originated as such. I have made a new game based on some of the concepts and feel of the game, but the game is designed around being an internet/network hosted game with a completely different set of combat rules and mechanics, taking advantage of FOW and theoretics of combat.

The latest version is 0.29.8 which can be downloaded at…

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Added by panzerfuror on September 7, 2014 at 4:36am — 4 Comments

Connections UK 2014 conference reports

Two reports on the recent Connections UK interdisciplinary wargaming conference are now available on PAXsims:

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Added by Rex Brynen on September 5, 2014 at 3:12am — No Comments

Inside GMT Blog



Only just caught on to GMT's blog, it is wonderful in my opinion.

If you have not yet had a look please do.

http://www.insidegmt.com/

I am catching up reading all the designer submitted articles and "inside GMT" articles by…

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Added by DiCerasi on August 31, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 75 Ready to Go

The seventy-fifth edition of Line of Departure is printed and in the house, literally.  This one profiles Americans at War, and is actually the second to have that theme.  The articles are all by me.

Civil War on…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 58: Mike Nagel on Flying Colors and more

Mike Nagel talks about his Flying Colors series of Age of Sail wargames, his new "captaincy" game covering the same era, Sun of York, and what drew him to design a game about the battle of Attu. Plus, Tom lunges headfirst into the subject of what is a wargame. Actually, he talks about when the question is worth asking, and when it isn't.



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Added by Kingdaddy on August 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Quite a coincidence that both arrived today. :)

Added by Paul Lipps on August 21, 2014 at 8:47pm — No Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 57: Greg Smith on The Hunters and computer wargames

Greg Smith, the designer of The Hunters and the upcoming Silent Victory, talks about his games, solitaire wargames in general, his work on computer wargames at HPS Simulations, and why boardgame design can be more challenging than computer wargame design. Plus, Tom gives advice to wargamers visiting Paris, and he proves beyond a doubt that he cannot do impressions.

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Added by Kingdaddy on August 18, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments

Cards of Cthulhu Review

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! Or in English: a new HFC review is online!

Check out what we think about Cards of Cthulhu by DVG :)

Cards of Cthulhu Review

Added by Andreas Ludwig on August 12, 2014 at 5:22am — No Comments

Ebola: The Nightmare Scenario

Here is my real nightmare scenario for Ebola. It has nothing to do with one or two people getting the early symptoms as they get on an airplane, and then debarking to spread it into new population centers. It is much worse than that.  There is the possibility that this could turn into the modern equivalent of the Black Death.

The real nightmare, as I see it, can happen in…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 10, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

OPFIRE now in wartactical on indieDB.com

If you goto indieDB.com and do a search for wartactical you will find v626 with opfire. Its turnbased free topdown

Added by Mark Ainsworth on August 8, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

combatdomination free PC game

http://www.zen166938.zen.co.uk/misc/CombatDomination24.zip free Free game about unarmed combat, I have put this online with great difficulty with my cheap phone, any help storeing it online somewhere gladly received. Its a top down turnbased wargame simple bit of fun but enjoyable

Added by Mark Ainsworth on August 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Jesse Ventura's "Win"

Legally, Jesse Ventura was entirely correct in his lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, and he surmounted a pretty high barrier in order to win. Yet, what's legal and what's right are entirely different things, and as my old legal history professor at Duquesne University used to say, when they meet it's a happy accident. So yes, the court and the jury were probably in the right.



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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 3, 2014 at 9:46am — 7 Comments

What do you grab when the ashes are falling on your house?

I had an interesting experience yesterday. About 4:30 pm, my wife came in the house to inform me that ashes were falling on the house; there was a wildfire nearby and headed our way.  It was probably time to pack up, grab the legal docs and wedding album, the laptops and iPads and maybe pack some clothes.  (we had  not received notice to leave, but the fire was only a 1/4 mile away at that point. After a few minutes of running around and packing, she brought in a couple of file boxes; "don't…

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Added by Dave Smith on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Special on Line of Departure Back Issues -- Japan at War

Currently, I'm working on the next issue of Line of Departure, and in anticipation of its publication, I'm offering a special on five back issues of the magazine.  The theme is Japan at war, from the Russo-Japanese War through World War II in the Pacific.  These are five issues, with articles and player's aids for the following:

Red Sun Rising (SPI)



U.S. Navy War Plan Orange (Avalanche Press)



Storm Over Taierzhuang…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 17, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Revised Tactical Wargamer's Journal Issue 1 now available in electronic and print form

After requests to make Issue 1 of Tactical Wargamer's Journal available in electronic form, I'm pleased to announce I've finally been able to do so. Video above is a preview of the content and additional content available in the expanded Issue 1. This expanded issue is available in both print and electronic form. For those who purchased the original Issue 1 in print form, a print supplement with just the additional material of the revised edition is also…

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Added by Michael Dorosh on July 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

GMT West

I'm thinking about attending GMT West for the first time. My better three-quarters (my wife) has agreed to travel to Hanford on her birthday weekend. Could someone who has participated in this event give me (and others) an overview of what can be expected? (start times, how late the gaming goes, quality of hotel accommodations, what sort of games get played, etc...)

Thanks,

Dave

Added by Dave Smith on July 3, 2014 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Battle for Stalingrad - a true Eastern Front gem of a game!

We have been playing this since release and still play it, unfortunately the game seems to have been under the radar for the majority of gamers, don't know why...but I do know that I rather love and...here's why ;)

HFC Review: Battle for Stalingrad

Added by Andreas Ludwig on July 2, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

Happy Canada Day

Best wishes to all the gamers north of the 49th.

Dave Smith

Added by Dave Smith on July 1, 2014 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

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