September 2010 Blog Posts (26)

CSW Forward Observer Activity

Just a heads-up in case you missed it. We are going to give the CSW newsdesk a long-overdue and much-needed overhaul and redesign. In the meantime, we've launched the ConsimWorld Forward Observer. We've posted 54 items in the past 5 days alone, which is what we basically take two months to accomplish at our newsdesk. If you haven't checked out CSW Forward Observer yet, we encourage you to check it out. We… Continue

Added by John Kranz on September 29, 2010 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Cold War Veterans



Our local WW2 roundtable is, for obvious and painful reasons, running out of WW2 veterans who are willing and able to tell their stories to our audience (averaging 300+ each month).



We would like to expand our scope to include veterans of the Cold War era (1946-1991, for want of a better definition). The Korean Conflict is of

course one source, and Viet Nam will be covered eventually, but I'd

like us to consider other veterans of uniformed and civilian…

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Added by David Allen on September 29, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

a possible solution

my difficulties with vassal are well documented. i even started a pbem group for others that prefer "easier" approach. HOWEVER, I REALIZED THERE may be one game i could "start" to learn/play on vassal-AFRIKA KORPS! it dawned on me that with it's low counter count this may be a good game to start with. any experiences with AK on vassal or opinions are welcome........

Added by brian s. b. on September 29, 2010 at 1:05am — No Comments

HFC on tour: Visiting Speyer, the 2000-year-old Imperial City!

This July, Andreas and I visited Speyer, a 2000 year old city in Southwestern Germany, founded by the Romans. During the Middle Ages, Speyer was the Imperial City where kings and emperors ruled over Germany.



The city has a rich history, the oldest and largest Romanic church world-wide (which is even an UNESCO world heritage site) with… Continue

Added by Denny Koch on September 26, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

GAMES FOR SALE

This is not an advertisement, more of a comment. On the other Consimworld I posted a list of the games I have remaining for sale. In 5 hours there have been 133 downloads - with the net result of one email.

GO FIGGER!

Added by Smitty on September 25, 2010 at 3:03pm — 11 Comments

1648: Design & Historical Notes

I wrote the below article for DIPLOMACY WORLD a good year ago. Since then 1648 has undergone further changes, yet the below nonetheless serves as a good introduction to the game. For the game's rules, and maps visit http://www.dipwiki.com/index.php?title=1648…

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Added by Charles Féaux de la Croix on September 25, 2010 at 5:30am — 11 Comments

DOUBLE-BLIND PANZERGRENADIER "UMPIRE-LESS" SYSTEM!

Over at PanzerGrenadier Headquarters, there's an innovative system to run a double-blind game of PanzerGrenadier without an umpire. Both players have their own boards/pieces and are separated by a screen, or this can be played online with a chat window or VOIP connection to converse in simultaneous play. The key to the game is a system of Observation Points (OPs) that both players work with to "see" enemy forces. To quote… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on September 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

To punch or not to punch?

I received Bloody Kasserine & Race for Tunis today (yes, another copy of Race for Tunis, got it at a good deal when I bought Bloody Kasserine), and both games are in absolute mint condition and unpunched.
The dilemma is that I want to play Bloody Kasserine on it's own and combine it to the Race for Tunis game to make one big campaign, but this means punching out the counters etc.
Should I punch or should I scan in order to keeps it's value, should I ever sell?
I…
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Added by Roger Morley on September 24, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Thanks to Jo Bader of HexDraw!


Thanks to Jo Bader for helping me out with an installation problem (my fault, not his). HexDraw is a super product. I am especially fortunate to have access to a large format plotter (100 cm maximum width!), so I use HexDraw to generate large maps for my air-to-air games using Check Your 6! rules. I can generate a new map in literally minutes, using historical aerial photograph or current satellite imagery as a background. Works great!

Thanks, Jo!

Added by David Allen on September 22, 2010 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Battle of Britain - The True Story

This past week or so over here in Blighty, there has been a lot of celebration and remembrance of the Battle of Britain, as it is the 70th anniversary this year.
I have just sat down and watched this brilliant documentary on BBC2 called Battle of Britain - The True Story.
You should watch it if you can using the BBC iPlayer, it runs for 1 hour.…


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Added by Roger Morley on September 22, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

just wanted to thank kim

(again,one quickly learns what a generous spirit he is) he graciously converted my volgagrad stalingrad variant into doc form. here it is for those interested. the variant is the product of not being able to get to sleep right away and mulling things i would like to add to this classic.… Continue

Added by brian s. b. on September 21, 2010 at 12:42am — No Comments

HOMEFRONT WARGAME CENTER reboot: new language, new interface, new games

Hi folks,just to inform you that our once German site is now completely in English and we have rebooted the site with everything done from scratch.

We are primarily a wargame site but will cover many different games in the future, also off-topic games like LCGs and the like. We write about what we have on our table and that can be ASL or Space Hulk-Death Angel depending on our mood :)



go here: … Continue

Added by Andreas Ludwig on September 20, 2010 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

VOLGAGRAD

STALINGRAD variantions-

STUKA "NUKES"-1 PER TURN UNTIL OCT 42-SNOW TURNS EXCLUSIVE-ger. get a d-day 65 style strat nuke-must be within 2 hexes of ger. unit. defender must be in clear square. stuka nukes are done after movement but before combat-ger. units not otherwise engaged may enter hex if emptied by attack,BUT must attack any russ. units it enters the ZOC of

FUEL-AIR BOMBS-as revealed by otto skorzeny and confirmed by released russ. document's in the 1990's.ger. used some type of… Continue

Added by brian s. b. on September 19, 2010 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Race For Tunis (GDW) Update...

I am still playing this game, (I don't always get the opportunity of loads of time for one sitting, so I play it over several nights, as and when the chance permits. It is not difficult to keep track of what goes on, I have a notepad which I use to keep track of game turns, what units have made contact etc.) and the more i play it, the more I love it.
The terrain on the map makes for such interesting tactics, with plenty of roads and high ground, a few wadi's and some interesting placed…
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Added by Roger Morley on September 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — 20 Comments

CSW Forward Observer (BETA)

http://consimworld.tumblr.com

I've got something in beta that will serve as a daily information source for CSW and also look to cover tidbits coming from other sources (forum, BGG, etc.) -- hence the name, forward observer. Again, I'm just kicking the tires for now to see how much more quickly I can post news stories and to see if I can easily keep it up on a daily basis. If I can and it gets some legs under it, I'll consider it as a…

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Added by John Kranz on September 17, 2010 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

OK WHEN DID THIS "DICE TOWERS" THING START?

i've been away from the hobby for nearly 30 years and was wondering who/where/why/when this started?

Added by brian s. b. on September 16, 2010 at 3:25am — 11 Comments

Goodbye to a Man of Substance

I can be pretty hard on the news media. Often it is for ideological bias, as too many reporters seem to consider partisan cheerleading as part of their jobs. Sometimes too, it is for sloppiness and stupidity, such as trying to see how many times they can insert the word "actually" into one sentence. Then there are the bubble-headed pretty boys and beauty queens who cannot ever seem to get the point that a news story should include the when,… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 15, 2010 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

Favourite Games

I have managed to secure the purchase of Blitzkrieg (AH) and the very rare expansion pack for it, and unpunched Race for Tunis & Bloody Kasserine.
I am playing Race for Tunis at the moment, as it is a game I bought from ebay, and I find it a fantastic game to play. I was desperate to lay my hands on Bloody Kasserine as you can combine the 2 maps from both games, but I was never able to win a copy of it on ebay, as they went for some silly money. But I got offered these two games at a…
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Added by Roger Morley on September 12, 2010 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

Shipping Charges are a disgrace

I went on the Avalanche Press website and I was looking to buy Bitter Victory which is one of their quick play games, similar to Alsace 1945 which I bought off ebay.


The game itself cost $19.99, but to ship it to the UK, they want $24.95!!!!!!


I maybe missing some point here (and if I am please let me know), but I have had games shipped to me (from ebay sellers)vfrom the US that are bigger and heavier than this game and it cost half the price for…
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Added by Roger Morley on September 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

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