April 2010 Blog Posts (23)

gaming innovations

I've been reflecting recently on the last 30 years or so of wargaming--miniatures, boardgames, and electronics alike--and the important innovations over that period. Has gaming become qualitatively better, or are we reinventing the wheel? With regard to the latter, there's no value judgement implied. It might be that the "wheel" already works well enough, and certainly no reason to innovate for innovation's sake alone!


Regards miniature gaming, there was a shift away…
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Added by Rex Brynen on April 30, 2010 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

Your Favorite Game Designer Right Now

As I was going over the nominees for this year's Charlies, I was drawn to the awards for people who are involved in bringing us the games we love so much. Of course, some of the names I hoped to see aren't there now because they've won these various awards in the past and are therefore not eligible. But they continue to bring us some stellar designs. Certainly there is no shortage of design and developer talent out there and the quality of the goods we see today is light years beyond what we… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on April 27, 2010 at 6:39pm — 4 Comments

Gavutu-Tanambogo, turn 5

Turn 5 saw the last units from the LC's disembark. The Marines were able to finally root out the last squad from the remaining buildings, and technically have won the scenario by the end of turn 5. However, the hill at the back of the island still has a large group of dug-in Japanese defenders. The one hold-out in the Japanese bunker has decided to move back through the jungle to positions on the hill with its MMG. The death toll so far has been tremendous. The Marines have lost 8 squads…

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Added by Brett W Avants on April 24, 2010 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

Gavutu-Tanambogo, Turn 4

The Marines have now consolidated on the tip of the island, and are pressing forward to clear and occupy the buildings on the island. On turn 4, there is one building left to clear, but a combined effort roots the Japanese squad from the building. The Japanese small arms and MG fire still takes its toll on the Marines. Next turn the remaining Marines in the landing craft will disembark and aid in the occupation efforts. The photo below is the situation at the end of turn…

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Added by Brett W Avants on April 24, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gavutu-Tanambogo, Turn 3

Well, as in war and war games, the tide can turn in a second. The Marines were able to withstand some withering fire from the Japanese entrenched machineguns and small arms fire. They were able to establish a beachead with a couple of worn-down platoons. One squad threw a satchel charge and took out a couple of Japanese squads, while leader-directed MG fire did some damage on some of the forward defenders. More landings will occur on turns 4 and possibly 5. The Marines may be able to secure…

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Added by Brett W Avants on April 24, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Gavutu-Tanambogo Turn 2

The Marines had a tough time on turn 2. The Japanese with heavy gun fire and well-placed machineguns were able to eliminate 4 Marine squads and a BAR gunner, leaving only one sole NCO to hold the beach. ATS is bloody, but even more so with a beach landing. Hopefully turn 3 will turn out better for the Jarheads.…

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Added by Brett W Avants on April 24, 2010 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Strategy & Tactics magazine

I am well happy, as I have managed to lay my hands on more issues of this magazine - and they do come with some really interesting and obscure games. Must be about 10 in total I have now.

I have already printed off 2 of the games onto card and I am really looking forward to giving them a good play test.

Added by Roger Morley on April 23, 2010 at 2:36am — No Comments

ATS Gavutu-Tanambogo

I love ASL, and I am really beginning to love ATS. Don't call me a heretic, but I think I like ATS better than ASL. I have converted one of the cooler ASL mini-campaign games to ATS, and am playing it to see what it is like. This mini-campaign came from the ASL Journal 93b. I enlarged the map to accomodate the larger ATS counters. I will post the converted scenarios and campaign game later. Since I have been watching the HBO series Pacific, I have been in a Pacific mood, so I decided to see…

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Added by Brett W Avants on April 22, 2010 at 6:31pm — 1 Comment

The Newest Human Right, Free Vacations!

According to the European Union, going on vacation is now a human right. In order to assure that access to travel for the poor and disadvantaged is not infringed, the EU will implement a scheme to subsidize their vacations, with European taxpayers footing about 30% of the cost.



The new policy was announced by… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 19, 2010 at 2:55pm — 6 Comments

50 Worst Cars of All Time



Time magazine came out with this fascinating list of automotive suckitude. Read the list for your favorites, or maybe a monument to bad that you once owned.



Time's 50 Worst Cars of All Time



So, which car gives you nightmares? Or is there something you consider worse, that should have… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 18, 2010 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Star Wars Miniatures Graphic Novel

Hey Folks:

I just finished writing-up a report using a comic book program, of a Star Wars Miniatures battle we played a while back.

http://sternrakestudio.blogspot.com/search/label/Stern%20Rake%20Publications

Enjoy!

Ted

Added by Ted Henkle on April 17, 2010 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Free Ebooks

Without trying to cause too much controversy, I found this book at a website that does free Ebooks.




It is quite a good reference book for those interested in WW2 and contains some good photographs and maps.



I found this book through this…

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Added by Roger Morley on April 15, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

CSR Awards

CSR Awards voting has started for the 2009 games. May I humbly suggest "Ici, c'est la France!"
http://charlesrobertsawards.com/voting.php


Added by Kim Kanger on April 15, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Strategy & Tactics Issue128

I have just downloaded Issue 128 of Strategy & Tactics Africa Orientale. Looking forward to printing off the game it contains, as after reading the mag, it looks like a well good game to play.
If you ever get the chance to grab a copy of this issue from a store or even a bookshop, you will be glad you did.

Added by Roger Morley on April 14, 2010 at 9:05am — No Comments

Strategy & Tactics April 2010 edition

A very good subject they have picked for this new season Fredericks War: 1741-1748.
Get yours for only $30 from Decision Games!



Frederick’s War: War of the Austrian Succession (FW), is a wargame of intermediate complexity…
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Added by Roger Morley on April 12, 2010 at 8:31am — No Comments

Would You Buy an Operating System From... North Korea?

North Korea has created its own homegrown personal computer operating system. Dubbed Red Star, it is based on Linux, possibly acquired via China, but includes versions of Microsoft's Office applications. It also comes with the Firefox search engine, and not coincidentally has the North Korean government web site as its… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 11, 2010 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Strategy & Tactics

Hands up who all remembers this magazine!

I would imagine that any grognards would have at least heard of this historic magazine. Old issues are very hard to come by, and those issues that you do find are expensive, well read and will probably have the game missing.



Yesterday, I…

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Added by Roger Morley on April 11, 2010 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments

Anatoly Dobrynin, Cold War Ambassador

Long-time Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin died on Tuesday, aged ninety. He first arrived in Washington in 1962, and was instrumental in the negotiations that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis, forming a back-channel communications channel with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 8, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

TONKIN

You can download the Tonkin rules 2.2c here:

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?50@946.pM21fSDAkTa.6@.1dd17eb3


Added by Kim Kanger on April 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Charleston Area Wargame Society (CAWS) Game Day 53 April 3, 2010 Geeklist

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/53663

Our next game day is April 17th. Please see our Yahoo! group for more details.

http://tinyurl.com/58ekh4

Added by MichaelDC on April 4, 2010 at 7:37am — No Comments

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