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"Borg Fest" 2018 at Pacificon

I'll be among the dozen or so gamers running Command and Colors games at this year's Pacificon in Santa Clara, CA.  I'll kick it off with the traditional C&C:N game at 4:00 on Friday using 15mm miniatures and Kallistra Terrain, then Saturday at 1:00 it's C&C:A (using scenarios published in France's Vae Victis) and Sunday I'll be helping with the C&C: Great War.  Hope to see you there...

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Added by Dave Smith on July 18, 2018 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Paper Time Machine

Just a quick thought....   As I recall there was a game advertisement from the early to mid 70s (S&T?) calling wargames "paper time machines." "Relive the past," or some such promise lived in this full-page ad.  

A couple of months ago I managed to convince a fellow worker to give wargames another go; he was a lapsed gamer, having picked up the hobby in his youth (late-70s/early 80s).  He left the hobby after college.... work, marriage, kids....  the usual reasons I…

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Added by Dave Smith on February 4, 2018 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

There certainly was a good share of disappointments this year, and yet so much to be thankful for..... A big thanks to John and this great community of gamers.

Added by Dave Smith on November 23, 2017 at 11:12am — No Comments

Wargaming Scene in Eugene, other spots in Oregon

As my wife and I discuss retirement, we have considered returning to her roots in Oregon.

How much gaming activity is there in Eugene? Salem?

Thanks,

Dave

Added by Dave Smith on October 15, 2017 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Making a Magnetic Game Board

The Magnetic Game Board Conundrum….

If you’re like me, you’ve looked longingly at Marco’s magnetic game boards and wished you could somehow create one of your own. I’ve a busy work schedule and often don’t get much more time in than a few minutes here and there. A magnetic board would be ideal to keep the counters in position and store it away when the space was required for work.Unfortunately, those  lovely “counter Clips” now run  $129 for 50 half-inch…

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Added by Dave Smith on August 23, 2017 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Is it time to factor in the German use of Meth in wargames?

If you have not had the opportunity to read German historian Norman Ohler's  Blitzed, the least you can do is trek over to the (free) BBC History Magazine Extra Podcast website and give it a listen. It will change your view on the invasion of France.

Added by Dave Smith on December 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. While there are several things I'm not so thankful for this year, I am thankful for this community of gamers and John for making all of this happen.

Added by Dave Smith on November 24, 2016 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Gamers in Sedona, Flagstaff Arizona?

What's the war gaming community like in northern Arizona?

Didn't this site use to have a locator?

Dave

Added by Dave Smith on June 16, 2016 at 7:45pm — 6 Comments

A Tale of Two Magazines, Part 2

This late springtime brought another couple of wargame magazines: Battles # 10 and Paper Wars #82.  Both offered an interesting contrast, so I thought I’d just give my two cents on the matter.

First, Battles Magazine…..   What can be said about this chronically late, but always superb publication form Oliver Revenu.  Presentation is professional to the core; graphics invites the reader into each article. (I wasn’t intending to read the article on Pax…

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Added by Dave Smith on May 16, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Puzzle.... The Follow Up Report.

Thanks for all the suggestions given by Consimers (That should be a word, right?).  We had another student game night the other week and I brought with me a pile of games. (I had just sold a house and had to downsize my collection by getting rid of the duplicate games.)

The most sought after and coveted game?  Can anyone guess? (Keeping in mind that these kids are 15/16 y.o. boys....)   Got it it your mind? I'll hit the return a few times; you just scroll down the…

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Added by Dave Smith on March 28, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Puzzle...

Tonight I ran my monthly pizza and game night for my high school students here in San Jose. For the first time since I've worked here, a student walked up to me and asked if I didn't have any military strategy games that were more complex than castle risk. I said," You mean like those cardboard counter and paper map board games?" "Yes" responded the student.



This is a rare moment for me. I actually get to recommend someone's first wargame. In the old days, I could rattle off some of… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on February 5, 2016 at 11:42pm — 10 Comments

Year in review...

A Year in Review (of sorts…)

Now that the year has passed I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on what worked for me this year, and what didn’t.  First of all, the big hits of the year, neither of which was published in 2015.

Hits and Misses: 

After viewing a couple of videos by Marco and Kev, I decided to give GBoH a go using the Simple GBoH rules. I’ve tried this before, lured by the beautiful components of this series, but this time, using the…

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Added by Dave Smith on January 3, 2016 at 6:40pm — 3 Comments

Finally, I get around to my 2014 wrap-up....

Well, better late than never….  A brief wrap up of 2014 gaming.  I have to say that there were quite a few surprises for me last year. The biggest of which was that I enjoy card-based wargames.  I have always avoided these due to a general dislike for card games as a kid growing up in Yosemite N.P., California. (They were the only games that were portable enough to bring with us to the back-country ranger station my father manned.) It all started with Spearpoint 1943 by CEG; it was…

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Added by Dave Smith on February 8, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fastest Mail Order Ever?

Congrats to Bill Thomas and Compass Games for what must be the fastest mail order in the business...... I ordered a copy of Yalu (At 40% off. See Consimworld web page ad for details) at 8:00 on Tuesday Morning. Arrived at the P.O. box at noon today (Thursday). Coast to coast in about 48 hours... Wow.

Added by Dave Smith on November 20, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What do you grab when the ashes are falling on your house?

I had an interesting experience yesterday. About 4:30 pm, my wife came in the house to inform me that ashes were falling on the house; there was a wildfire nearby and headed our way.  It was probably time to pack up, grab the legal docs and wedding album, the laptops and iPads and maybe pack some clothes.  (we had  not received notice to leave, but the fire was only a 1/4 mile away at that point. After a few minutes of running around and packing, she brought in a couple of file boxes; "don't…

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Added by Dave Smith on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

GMT West

I'm thinking about attending GMT West for the first time. My better three-quarters (my wife) has agreed to travel to Hanford on her birthday weekend. Could someone who has participated in this event give me (and others) an overview of what can be expected? (start times, how late the gaming goes, quality of hotel accommodations, what sort of games get played, etc...)

Thanks,

Dave

Added by Dave Smith on July 3, 2014 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Happy Canada Day

Best wishes to all the gamers north of the 49th.

Dave Smith

Added by Dave Smith on July 1, 2014 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

Finally, a true "beginner's wargame"

I think in my very first blog I harped on people labeling games as "beginner's wargames" in spite of the fact they were priced at over $60 and had more than 20 pages of rules.  Now maybe price range and rules' length isn't the best way to determine whether a game is suitable for a novice, but for the teens I teach these features would make a poor selling points. To the rescue comes Steve Jackson's new offering: Ogre.  The same game (although with better quality materials) I bought over 30…

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Added by Dave Smith on June 25, 2014 at 9:34am — 7 Comments

Summertime and the gaming is easy...... The Summer 2014 "bucket list"

I'm finally seeing the end of an intense year of work with way too many 60-70 hour work weeks. The reward? Time over the next few weeks to get back to gaming. In fact, while I was slaving away at work, the mound of unplayed, recently purchased, games kept growing. Now it's time to prioritize, pull some out and punch some counters.



What's on the list? Here's the order I plan to play...



1. Status Pro Baseball..... Yes, I know it's not a wargame, but my nephew has been… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on June 14, 2014 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

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