March 2012 Blog Posts (24)

Crassus play by play sample game pdf

The Designer of "Crassus in Aquitinina" put together a very well done play though of the game and covers background and some of the rules, tactics and strategy.  The pdf (8 pages, 3.1 mb)  is attached here.  Crassus example game.pdf  Crassus is available for $12 from…


Added by Thomas A Stevenson on March 31, 2012 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Punching Guderian's Blitzkrieg II - UPDATED

Punching Task Complete. Now to play the game. Setting it up now. 

After admiring the box for almost a year, I finally got down to punching out the counters for GBII. These are only the Soviet counters. …


Added by Anthony Hicks on March 30, 2012 at 5:55pm — 13 Comments


A few recent zombie apocalypse games, courtesy of my local gaming group's homebrew rules (click the links for the full AARs). The Area 52 game (last link) was especially fun.…


Added by Rex Brynen on March 27, 2012 at 1:38pm — 3 Comments

Why I am moving back towards H&C....... and this weekend's exploits

OK, so first blog post, expect poor organisation as I blurt out stuff to introduce myself and what I've been doing, forget what I was saying and go in a random direction to talk about something totally different.......... *cough* where was I?

Who be me???? Me be English geezer, fairly old, living in tropical Malaysia teaching the local youth how to be Engineers and Managers, and constantly hurling abuse at the local drivers.........

Someone put a forum post on…


Added by Scott Kirby on March 26, 2012 at 11:17pm — 10 Comments

Review: Sabin, Simulating War

My review of Philip Sabin's excellent new book  Simulating War: Studying Conflict Through Simulation Games (London: Continuum, 2012) can be found at PAXsims.

Added by Rex Brynen on March 26, 2012 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Crassus in Aquitinia now available at

For computers with Windows OS (XP or later), 800x600x32 or screen resolution, 8mb disk space, 1mb RAM.  Between the playtesting of the designer (Craig Johnston) and myself we must have played 150 games (solitare) to the end yet the games stayed entertaining and engaging every time thaqnks to the secert variable setup and OBs and battleboard system.  The game was also blind (i.e. no help from me on the interface) tested successfully. 

  The interface has (hopefully) been improve over…


Added by Thomas A Stevenson on March 25, 2012 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Battle for Stalingrad..

After a few weeks delay we finally got started last night..

The game is 'only' 7 turns long but each turn is actually made up of a myriad of little turns as the action switches back and forth between the sitting around for non-phasers here..slow going at first as we absorb the rules but expect the game to speed up somewhat as we get into it..massive initial German air and artillery bombardment cleared some hexes of Soviet defenders..Alan (Germans) chose to start at the…


Added by Steve Arthur on March 22, 2012 at 5:24pm — 22 Comments

Peter Rabbit Tank Killer

Read the "book" but never saw the narrated video before!

Hats off to Robert Wilson on BGG for his post on this.

Added by Bill Wood on March 20, 2012 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

Boardgaming gets a "TV" show.


Added by Bill Wood on March 20, 2012 at 8:48am — 5 Comments

Conversion of Jagdpanther Games to PC format

I am almost done with a highly revised computer version of Stephen Cole's "Siege of Leningrad".   "March on India" or Jacksonville: Beaches of Doom" have been suggest as the next candidate for conversion to PC format.  What would like to see?

Added by Thomas A Stevenson on March 19, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

Fun with the Finns..'Arctic Storm...

The Winter War a fascinating campaign and this GMT game not a bad effort on the topic..thought I'd give it a bit of a soloing again using the non-historical Variable Set-up..


Added by Steve Arthur on March 18, 2012 at 8:11pm — 7 Comments


This is one of my cats. Do you see any resemblance to anyone?

Added by Roger Morley on March 15, 2012 at 3:06pm — 7 Comments

Seven sided dice

A interesting thought experiment, what would the results look like from 'rolling' a 7 and 5 sided dice together as oppose to using two d6's.



One 2 and 12

Two 3's and 11's

Three each of 4 and 9

Four each of 5 through 8!

And only 35 total outcomes.


Of course this would have to be done with a computer rather than physical dice (unless your willing to re-roll a higher sided…


Added by Thomas A Stevenson on March 11, 2012 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

Reaction and opportunity fire Games

I am currently playing panzerblitz hill of death, from MMP. I enjoyed a lot the reaction fire and opportunity fire rules for it allow the inactive player to play a little and as a result, it is not so boring to wait for his/her turn. Would any of you guys suggest more games with such kind of rules?

Added by Rafael Moreno on March 8, 2012 at 6:57pm — 6 Comments

Gettysburg book recommendation..

Can anyone recommend a really good book on the battle and the circumstances immediately surrounding it?

Added by Steve Arthur on March 7, 2012 at 4:23am — 12 Comments

OCS vassal Tutorial Logfile -Korea the Forgotten War


Vassal 3.1.17


Added by Bill on March 6, 2012 at 10:12pm — 6 Comments

What is on YOUR War Planner? Here is my War Planner....

THE FALL OF ROME. I have started reading the original S&T #39 rules to this game, and I also have a copy of S&T #181 rules, so it will be full steam ahead on this game. This game has been heavily slated, especially for it's poorly written rules, so for some odd reason, it has given me cause to set this one up and find out what all the fuss is about. Another reason for setting this one up is because it is a solo game, which is always a plus with with me.



Added by Roger Morley on March 6, 2012 at 10:42am — 13 Comments


A couple of my friends have been trying to get me to write something about Vassal and why I think its the best thing (combined with skype) that has happened to this hobby in years (or for me the best thing ever).

For starters I know many, many gamers who will not buy a wargame unless there is going to be a Vassal mod. I don't know anyone who won't buy a game because there is a vassal mod.

There are lots of games now days on many topics. It used to be very hard for me to find…


Added by Bill on March 3, 2012 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

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