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I've Been Diced! episode 66: Combat systems

Our panel discusses combat systems in games — many of which we like, and a few that we don't like. Air battles that are genuinely exciting, deck-building games that lead to interesting results, the genius of Dune's commitment mechanic, a defense of hex-and-CRT wargames — all these topics, and many more, in the course of our discussion. Plus, a recently-published game off the beaten path that takes traditional wargame mechanics in an interesting direction.…



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Added by Kingdaddy on April 23, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 76 Released

The newest issue of Line of Departure has been released, and most customers should have their copies by now.  The lead review is of Ogre: Designer's Edition (Steve Jackson Games), with analysis of Frederick the Great (Avalon Hill) and the French and Indian War Battle Collection (Two Buck Games, along with two new scenarios for MBT (Avalon Hill).  Finally, the magazine…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

GAMES FOR SALE

I HAVE GAMES FOR SALE OR TRADE

I AM LOOKING FOR 'RAID ON ST. NAZAIRE'…

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Added by John P. Caccioppoli on April 3, 2015 at 6:20pm — No Comments

AFTERSHOCKing the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program

AFTERSHOCK is an educational game that examines interagency coordination in a humanitarian crisis, designed for university and professional audiences. We recently ran several games for the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program--you'll find the results here.…

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Added by Rex Brynen on April 2, 2015 at 9:01pm — 1 Comment

Avalon Hill game group Atlanta

I have not played in long time. Children never took to them. Now have time to play any time, any place in Atlanta Metro.

Added by J R Turner on March 15, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Rommel at Gazala News

I have some big news; my World War II desert game Rommel at Gazala is now available in a professional edition from Lock 'n Load Publishing.  This is really the culmination of twenty-five years of game history, as it was originally designed for professional publication in Command magazine, but for various reasons, that came to naught.  Now, LnL is issuing it in a really good-looking and more functional version, featuring larger counters and a much larger map.

Look for this…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on March 14, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

EURO FRONT II

I have been thinking about investing in EURO FRONT II from columbia games.  I am afraid it  will end up as one of those monster games on my shelf that I never get to play.  I figure I don't have to set the WHOLE thing up.  I could just play the smaller scenarios.  Does anybody have this.  How does it play in sections?

Added by Dom on March 11, 2015 at 6:14pm — 3 Comments

  okay...it's been rough, the usual problems with the legs, a whole bunch of trouble with my eyes, and the arthritis has now entered my hands. large counters are now my friends.

  okay...it's been rough, the usual problems with the legs, a whole bunch of trouble with my eyes, and the arthritis has now entered my hands.

large counters are now my friends.

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Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on March 7, 2015 at 3:36am — 1 Comment

I've Been Diced! episode 65: Andy Loakes, designer of Toulon 1793

Andy Loakes, designer of Toulon 1793, takes us behind the scenes of his first published wargame. Why hasn't someone done a game on this topic before? Andy and Tom ponder that issue, along with other questions about Napoleonic history and wargaming. Plus, this episode's Game Off The Beaten Path is a little wargame on a major event in military history, previously thought to be ungameable. (c) 2015 Tom Grant…



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Added by Kingdaddy on March 2, 2015 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Revisiting the “ISIS Crisis”

Recently a group of us assembled at the University of Ottawa to matrix-game the current conflict regarding the self-styled “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria. For practical reasons and to limit the number of players/teams, the game largely focused on Iraq. The purpose, as with an …

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Added by Rex Brynen on March 1, 2015 at 11:10am — 21 Comments

The Hunters........bad counters....grrr

I have finally decided to play this game, as I bought it direct on it's first P500 listing.

Just started to punch out the counters, only to realize that the quality of the die cutting and/or printing alignment is awful.

Letters have been cut off either from the side or right across the top, boats and subs have their afts cut off.

I have not seen something this bad for a long long time. Surprising since it came from GMT.

Has anyone else had this…

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Added by Roger Morley on February 27, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 64: Richard Borg

Richard Borg talks about everything from the Command & Colour wargames to the X-Men games from Pressman (with a cameo from Stan Lee). We also discuss the Kickstarter for his new World War I game, Mutant Chronicles: Siege Of The Citadel, and much more. Plus, a game off the beaten path that should have an electronic version, but doesn't, really. © 2015 Tom Grant



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Added by Kingdaddy on February 24, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Empires of the middle ages at CSWExpo - grand campaign:

I'm planning on running this as a drop-in event, though it would be great if I could get a couple of people

interested in playing at least a couple of days worth of it.

Right now, there are a handful of folk signed up for it - but looking at the list,

I'm guessing most aren't planning on playing for a large part of the con. Spread the

word - this can be a lot of…

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Added by Enrico CS Viglino on February 24, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

A Distant Plain

A Distant Plain

Learning this game. Got in some play This week learning with  Tracey and Barry and we are catching on anybody any skill level is welcome to join us and rotate in on Government or Taliban or just hang out. Tracey and I be playing again on Friday 2/27/15, 11a PST. My Skype is lancerunolfsson. I would be interested in starting another game Sunday 3/1/15, 11a PST.…

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Added by Lance Runolfsson on February 22, 2015 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Finally, I get around to my 2014 wrap-up....

Well, better late than never….  A brief wrap up of 2014 gaming.  I have to say that there were quite a few surprises for me last year. The biggest of which was that I enjoy card-based wargames.  I have always avoided these due to a general dislike for card games as a kid growing up in Yosemite N.P., California. (They were the only games that were portable enough to bring with us to the back-country ranger station my father manned.) It all started with Spearpoint 1943 by CEG; it was…

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Added by Dave Smith on February 8, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Important Personal Announcement

I can make this public now. The news is that I resigned as staff developer with Turning Point Simulations, and that they are putting the remaining games in the hands of the able Lembit Tohver. The sad fact is that with a full-time online teaching job at APUS, a part-time job in the classroom at La Roche College, and the homestretch of my work on a second Masters degree at APUS, I just ran out of time. There was no way that I could devote the time to the projects that they deserve, or meet…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 2, 2015 at 9:28pm — 3 Comments

I've Been Diced! episode 62: Our 2014 in review

Our regular panel looks back on 2014 in gaming — the ups, the downs, the pleasant surprises, the grave disappointments. Where do games like Dead Of Winter, Fire In The Lake, Nations, and The Hunters fit into this picture? Plus, the recent arrival of Cthulhu Wars inspires Tom to muse on the value of our games, and why recent developments in the game market is making it even harder to figure out the relationship between the real value to the owner and the price it costs to buy a…

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Added by Kingdaddy on February 1, 2015 at 11:48pm — No Comments

5 player Warfighter this weekend

Full blog post located here

http://hudsonshideout.blogspot.com/2015/01/5-player-warfighter.html

This weekend I took part in a 5 player game of Warfighter. Warfighter is a card game for 1 to 6 players. Command the world's best Special Forces operators and complete…

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Added by Hudson on January 26, 2015 at 10:46am — No Comments

The Dark Valley and getting started

After a lengthy setup we finally started playing The Dark Valley today. I wasn't too up on the rules and didn't pay attention to the special German abilities in the 1941 start so when I setup I did not stack my units optimally. Since we are learning this one I took it in stride and opened the war and so far I really like how the game plays. We just finished turn 1 and are about to start turn 2. I need to reorganize a bit and use those special rules the German's have to their full…

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Added by Hudson on January 14, 2015 at 8:26pm — No Comments

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