July 2008 Blog Posts (19)

July 31 - Preparations for WBC

We bought a used mini-van this week in order to make sure I'd have the room for about 10 boxes of games, luggage, and 4 humans! It was well worth it, as the mound of games has really piled up. At least the nieces and nephew are in town at this point, so logistics shouldn't be too much of a nightmare getting to Lancaster. Karsten is emptying out game storage boxes for me so that I'll be able to get everything packed in the van for departure tomorrow.

Added by Kaarin Engelmann on July 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

May Justice Be Done

I just saw the word that one of the worst men on the face of the planet, Radovan Karadzic, was just arrested. For those with short memories, he was one of the most shameless perpetrators of genocide in my lifetime; as President of the Republika Srbska, he officiated over the Bosnian Serbs' policies of ethnic cleansing against their Croatian, but especially Moslem, neighbors. In the most infamous incident in 1995, the Serb… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 21, 2008 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Combat Patrol - combat example

Here is an extended combat example from the upcoming game ‘Combat Patrol’ by Compass Games – the proviso is that this game is now being developed under the experienced eye of Neil Randall and so the system is likely to end up a little different (improved!) at the end of that process.

Ranged fire in Combat Patrol uses an opposed die roll system and all combat is resolved by each player making a single set of die rolls. The effects of combat… Continue

Added by Dave Murray on July 19, 2008 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

How Deep is the Crossover?

During a discussion on gaming in general, I wondered what percentage of wargamers also willingly play Euros. And, of course, everyone had a completely different guess with their attendant theory on how that number came to them.

Based on comments overhead at CSW Expo, the games I saw being played in the Annex at the Expo, what gets talked about in the "On The Table" and "Out of the Wrapper" folders on CSW, my guess was that 50% or more of the wargamers also play Euros. The other… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on July 19, 2008 at 4:45pm — 17 Comments

Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes

On Thursday evening, I played a couple of games of LnL: BoH with my friend Dean. I had played it a couple of times before, and Dean hadn't played it at all. The first scenario--"Rebecca, can you hear me?" (I may have the name wrong)--is a bit odd because of the night rules and the victory conditions. There was very little fighting because of the night rules--Dean (as the Germans) just wandered around the board (as per the rules) for a few turns 'til he ended up right next to a fire team. So I… Continue

Added by Akiva on July 19, 2008 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Formula De

My son and I have been playing a lot of Formula De - pretty fun game. We have been trying to find extra tracks. Any one know a good source to get them? Looking at ebay -- they are pretty expensive. They seem to be a hard to get item!

Added by Steve Dixon on July 19, 2008 at 8:24am — No Comments

Paths of Glory: Hassard Variant

Here are the rules for the variant:

1) Incentives for the CP to fight aggressively in France and Belgium and not retreat to the Rhine.

a) +1 replacement point for GE each turn if a CP unit is entrenched in Cambrai, Calais or Amiens. Applicable only when CP is at TW.

b) -1 replacement point for GE if no CP units in France or Belgium.

c) U-Boats Unleashed can be played without the H-L Take Command pre-requisite. This will help the attrition ratio… Continue

Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on July 18, 2008 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Drive on Frankfurt

I pulled out this game this weekend to play. Truely a relic of the 80s...

First impressions: It's trying to be the Central Front Series on a bit larger scale. The map graphics are ghastly in that early 80s style (Redmond A. Simonson, it's NOT). Also, the order of battle for NATO is somewhat questionable (TWO US cavalry companies to cover the border? What happened to the others? Go on leave to Paris?) and the rules are a bit ambiguous… Continue

Added by Adam Lid on July 16, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

20K Games for $150K...

One Helluva Buy! I became acquainted with The Weekend Warrior and Ken Fonarow when growing up in So. Cal. Someone just scored HUGE in securing his entire game collection which is truly one of a kind. Here's the article:…


Added by John Kranz on July 12, 2008 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Because You Asked for it...Back in the USSR

OK, you asked so here it is:


Added by Adam Lid on July 9, 2008 at 1:10am — No Comments

HexDraw 1.1 Released !

I released HexDraw Version 1.1 today !

Get the Trial Version at : http://www.hexdraw.com/HexDrawSetup.exe

Hexdraw Version 1.1 comes with these new Features:

- secondary Roads

- random Road

- Top Text

- improved Hexside fitting

- shift Hexside

- random Hexside

- random Rotation Buttons separately for Overlays, Text and… Continue

Added by Jo Bader on July 8, 2008 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments

Red Dragon Rising

Played Red Dragon Rising (S&T #250) for the first time yesterday. My first reaction upon hearing about the topic of this game was unfavorable. But when I heard the system was similar to War At Sea/Victory in the Pacific, I was immediately intrigued. After one play, I am not disappointed and you can count me as a fan of the game. The game is relatively easy to learn and once you get a feel for the system plays quickly. The system is a "kissing cousin" of the War at Sea system modified… Continue

Added by Kimbo on July 6, 2008 at 4:46pm — 4 Comments

Hexdraw 1.1 on going work , todays results

finished Hexdraw Manual 1.1

The Manual is ready for download at:

http://www.hexdraw.com/Hexdraw Manual.pdf

I plan to release the new Version 1.1 of Hexdraw on Tuesday, 8, July

Added by Jo Bader on July 6, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Cold War Oldie...

I'd forgotten about this one from the 80s but stumbled accross it while crusing… Continue

Added by Adam Lid on July 6, 2008 at 2:06am — 7 Comments

Happy Independence Day

If you're an American, happy Independence Day. If you're not, then this is still a good day to celebrate freedom, liberty, and even healthy defiance. You can't have the two former without the latter on occasion, whether it's telling telling some petty manager or bureaucrat or manager to go tapdance on a landmine, or taking up arms against an oppressor. Standing up for yourself is a prerequisite of freedom, and going along and getting along all the time makes one a subject.

This is… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 4, 2008 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

Hannibal AAR: 2007 Wargameroom Finals 4th game

The Wargameroom Finals are won by whoever first manages to win three games. I went into this game having won two, while Kevin had one victory under his belt. So, in effect, I was "serving for the match". It's now been a week since we played this game, so I'll be relying to a considerable extent on my notes, data and situational screenshots in writing this account.

Rome: Charles Féaux de la Croix

Carthage: Kevin Worth…


Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on July 3, 2008 at 7:24pm — No Comments


Pulled out this old SPI game after a 30-year hiatus. Interesting system. Sure, it's a little dated but it does an excellent job of presenting the strategic/operational problems facing both sides.

In the game I'm been playing solitaire (seems to be the only way these days), I've played 9 turns and while the Egyptians have made some progress in pushing accross the Suez Canal and even reaching the Milita Pass, it's still pretty much of a… Continue

Added by Adam Lid on July 2, 2008 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Out of the Wrapper--WORLD AT WAR magazine and BARBAROSSA

Truth be told, I wasn’t going to subscribe to WORLD AT WAR (WAW) magazine. I’ve been a subscriber to STRATEGY AND TACTICS (S&T) since 1976 and am also a subscriber to AGAINST THE ODDS (ATO) magazine. I’ve got more games that came with those issues that I’ve not played, to say nothing of old WARGAMER and COMMAND magazine issue games. So I wasn’t thinking that I needed yet another military history magazine with a game in it… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on July 1, 2008 at 7:55pm — 3 Comments

New graphics for future games

I would like to do a Dien Bien Phu game. Perhaps this graphics would do. For example this trench

Added by Kim Kanger on July 1, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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