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The first entry

So I take the plunge into CSW social!



It looks like a Facebook / Youtube interface type thingy. I've never really visited those types of sites often but guess this is the general idea of it.

Amazingly it's quite simple to do things. I was surprised. And this bodes well for my future projects having just bought two web domains which I need to figure out and setup, this should help me out a little with the whole CMS setup type stuff later.

Im not very learned in the computer… Continue

Added by Tim McCarron on March 12, 2008 at 5:14pm — 2 Comments

Latest Gaming: Red Star Rising

Played the start scenario of Red Star Rising with one of my local opponents last weekend. I enjoyed the system even if my Germans received the Stalingrad pocket making spanking they deserved. Seemed to flow well and we talked a lot about what strategies we'd use "next time."



The one thing I didn't particularly care for though was the attempt in the rules to come up with a new vocabulary for old concepts which I assume was to appeal to the mythical new to war gaming gamer. Offender… Continue

Added by Bob Mosdal on March 12, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Diary of a Wargamer

Tiring to back at home, I always wanted to pull out something about wargames from the closet and read. It is hard for me to keep concentrated on the reading of indulgence as my wife keeps calling me for something.



I am now into the system of ASLSK, WW2 tactical level wargame beginning in the '80s. I was not rich enough to pay for the hundreds of dollars on Squad Leader and its numerous modules at that time. Thus I paid those some crappy 3W wargames in S&Ts. When the "bible" of… Continue

Added by Lawrence Hung on March 12, 2008 at 8:30am — 119 Comments

My kingdom for some plexi!

I need plexi. A lot of plexi.

A lot of plexi.


Now I've bought the usual piece of plexi from Lowes to cover a mapsheet or two.

But this is a 9 by 7 table. What would be great is two sheets - one 7 by 4, one 7 by 5.

Who's got a good idea ...?

Added by Justin Rice on March 12, 2008 at 12:32am — 2 Comments

Games Wanted

Please keep in mind that I'm officially lower-middle class (that's not low class for you jokesters out there) and work for a living.



With that said I'm looking for:



The Gamers This Hallowed Ground (unpunched non-smoking environment preferred)

SPI War of the Rings Flat Tray (punched is okay as long as it is great condition and guaranteed complete)



If you have these animals and you're willing to part with them, send me a note and we'll… Continue

Added by Brian Blad on March 11, 2008 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

Just to say hi!!!!

Hi people around the world.

This is the first time I try to write a blog... let's hope I am perseverant :-)

Here you'll find info about my gaming activity and also any info the MMP SCS-Honcho thinks you might be interested in.

Please, forgive my language mistakes as English is my third language :-P

Best regards!!!!!

Added by Ernesto Sassot on March 11, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

A Game of DAK II

A few pictures from a game of DAK II we had a couple of months ago. Campaign game from January -42. Determined defense from the allied however stalled the Germans already west of Tobruk. With two Italian divisions annihilated in the desert south-east of El Mechili and Rommel stopped dead cold jusat east of El Chorma the allied got the chance to counterattack.



This was our first game of DAK II. I played the allied and enjoyed it alot but I am looking forward for a new game as the… Continue

Added by Peter Lindahl on March 11, 2008 at 12:53pm — 3 Comments

What's my Special Purpose?

As anyone who has seen Avenue Q knows, having a Special Purpose is important in life. I know cuz the muppets said so. ;-) But what's mine? Well, I realized that the one thing I have that I can share with others on CSW is my love for making wargames. I don't mean designing them (which I'm not terribly good at), I mean making them...creating the physical product, right from one's living room.



That's why I embarked on the whole Ellison die-cutter oddessey almost two years… Continue

Added by John Cooper on March 11, 2008 at 12:32am — 2 Comments

Historical Accuracy and Wargames - Some Thoughts

In the fall of 2000, I got into what I thought was an interesting discussion about the nebulous, never-to-be-solved discussion about what constitutes *accuracy* in a wargame. Because it was off topic on the CSW For the People page, I moved it to the “Coffee Table”, where it promptly died. However, I came across these notes while looking for something… anything… to add to this site. Enjoy!





October 18, 2000



… I am fortunate beyond words that I have been able to… Continue

Added by Don Chappell on March 10, 2008 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

How I spent my Sunday ...





War in Europe was under the Christmas tree this year .... but I've needed a table big enough to hold all nine maps!



Now - if only I could talk someone into driving to Fredericksburg once a week for the next two or three years ...…







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Added by Justin Rice on March 9, 2008 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

My first blog...ever

Confession time: I've never had a blog.



I've had my own website for over ten years, but I've never blogged. In fact, I didn't realize until a few months ago that CSW had member blogs. I'm really that blog-unaware. In general, I think this come from not having much to say to the world at large. But I have found over the last few years that I actually have quite a bit to say to the wargaming community.



The question is, who is gonna read my rantings? Who is gonna… Continue

Added by John Cooper on March 9, 2008 at 5:27pm — 5 Comments

Inkscape Boardgames Extensions 0.7

Earlier today I noticed that my Inkscape Boardgame Extensions (as mentioned in my earlier blog posts here at consimworld) did not work at all with Inkscape 0.46 (currently only available as pre-release). The API for making extensions has been alomst completely rewritten since 0.45.1 that I were using. To fix this I did a major rewrite of the… Continue

Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 9, 2008 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Drive on Paris - an after action report

I'm currently engaged in a pbem game of Drive on Paris (The Gamers/MMP). Below is a brief after action report.



The Gun of August



Belgium

Lorraine and Alsace



Emmerich's assault brigades have begun infiltrate around the Liege Fortress.



The Citadel of Liege lay in ruins.…

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Added by Jonas Multing on March 9, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Inkscape Hexmap Extension

My collection of Inkscape extensions for boardgame (read: wargame) design has now expanded from one effect (the Countersheet Generator mentioned in my two previous blog posts) to two effects. The new one is a Hexmap Generator. It… Continue

Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 8, 2008 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Yes.

I was born on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. and I am 5th generation grandson of Red Cloud (making him, I beleive....my Great-Grand Father or there might be another 'Great-' in there). I still have family on Pine Ridge, some living pretty much on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Last time I got out there was in Summer of 2006. For those of you keeping score, we are the Oglala, Lakota....and Red Cloud in Lakota is "Mahnpiya Luta"





" Luta" means Red or Scarlet; "Mahnpiya",… Continue

Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on March 8, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Inkscape Countersheets Extension, Pt 2 (bitmap export)

I added PNG bitmap export to my Inkscape Countersheets Extension, now with verion 0.5 available. Now I will not have to worry again that the counter graphics/values in my VASSAL playtest module will not be the same as on the printable countersheet for the same game.…



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Added by Pelle Nilsson on March 8, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

Forming a Wargaming Club

I am thinking of forming a wargaming club in the metro Atlanta town in which I live. For those that have formed clubs or are/have been a member of a gaming club - what worked and what didn't?

Added by Steve Dixon on March 7, 2008 at 8:44am — 7 Comments

When Wargames Are Not Enough

When in the course of my wargamng life I get bored or tired of wargames and wargaming in general, what to do? Hit the books.



I'm in a transition phase: My desire to play or purchase wargames has given over to reading, reading, and reading. Currently I'm reading Mao's China and After (Maurice Meisner), The Collapse of the Third Republic

(William L. Shirer), and The Viet-Nam Reader (Marcus Raskin and Bernard B. Fall).



Most of my book purchases are through Abe Books. I… Continue

Added by Alfredo M. Battaglia on March 7, 2008 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Well, this might be interesting....

as I have so far managed to resist ANY blogging, anywhere.



As a matter of course, I have not EVER kept a journal, diary or blog. I am afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis, very badly. So badly, in fact, that I have had my right hip replaced in 2004 and I will have my left hip replaced, as soon as my surgeons return from over-seas assignments. (I am a 13 year veteran of the US Army, so all my medical is done by the VA and the VA Medical center Ann Arbor, Michigan.) And once the hip is… Continue

Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on March 6, 2008 at 4:05pm — 5 Comments

Soviet surprise attack catches NATO off guard



FRANKFURT--Soviet-led armored Warsaw Pact columns have advanced across the West German border in a broad assault from Hamburg in the north to the American-held Fulda gap just east of Frankfurt.



The surprise attack was preceeded by a massive air battle, as wave after wave of Warsaw Pact Mig-21 fought for control of the skies over northern and central Germany.



In the town of Fulda, a small border hamlet guarded by the… Continue

Added by Justin Rice on March 6, 2008 at 1:54am — 11 Comments

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