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What Gaming Gifts did you receive?

Thought it would be nice to share any stories of games folks received over the Holiday season. Whether you treated yourself or bought from a loved one, share your story with us. I'll kick things off by stating I received one game this year to help bring our kids together for the holiday -- Ticket to Ride. Yup, not a consim title, per se, but something the kids really enjoyed. 

What new games are you now enjoying at your home? And are you…

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Added by John Kranz on December 26, 2011 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

FINAL DAY of the CSW Fundraiser Drive and Our Free Gift to You!



We appreciate everyone's consideration in helping support CSW!

It's time to end the drive, and I figure there is no better time to end it than on my Birthday!

Added by John Kranz on February 27, 2011 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

New Features Added

I've added some new features to our social network:

  • Map -- map your location. Don't worry about privacy, your street address won't appear.
  • Answers -- ask questions (and answer questions from others)
  • Ideas -- got ideas on how to help us improve? We're all ears!

Added by John Kranz on February 5, 2011 at 11:08pm — 3 Comments

Cardboard Wars in Tempe, AZ

Special thanks to Joseph Beard for his coverage of CSW Expo 2011. Here is a special announcement which we encourage everyone to forward to their gaming colleagues who may not frequent the internet (just…

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Added by John Kranz on January 23, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

CSW Expo 2011: Register Online Today!

We've launched our CSW Expo 2011 site and we invite you to register today!

Added by John Kranz on January 9, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Happy New Year from CSW!

Just a quick thank you to everyone for all your support in 2010. We are definitely looking forward to an exciting year. Read our 2010 Year in Review Message

Added by John Kranz on January 1, 2011 at 12:39pm — 5 Comments

New Features

I've gone ahead and added two new features to our site: Leaderboards and Chat. You will be able to enter these areas by clicking on the new navigation tabs added. Try them out and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Added by John Kranz on November 8, 2010 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

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

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

Game Tutorial Screencasts

I've begun posting some game tutorial screencasts in support of BEDA FOMM. My goal is to cover the major rule sections first, and then get into actual game play and strategy/tips. Obviously this is an amateur effort on all counts -- I'm simply shooting these clips on a single take and not really doing any editing. Still, I'm hoping the quality is good enough to assist players with… Continue

Added by John Kranz on August 23, 2010 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Final Countdown to CSW Expo

We are only days away from our 10th Annual Anniversary event for CSW Expo. We are approaching the 200 attendee mark. For those who think they can slip away for an extended weekend, we do offer 3-Day Passes that will let you drop in and experience one of the top gaming venues offered. More details available here!

Added by John Kranz on May 28, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

CSW Expo 2010 Reminder

Hi folks. I'll keep it short because we already have a news story on this. I just wanted to remind anyone on the fence and thinking about attending CSW Expo 2010, our 10th Anniversary event, that the deadline to receive your free Rodger MacGowan Expo tshirt design expires after May 7, so if you are thinking about attending, please get your registration in before May 7 passes us by. So far we… Continue

Added by John Kranz on May 5, 2010 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Read CSW News and You May Be Able to Win a Free Game!

Based on publisher participation, when you now visit the CSW Newsdesk, you may have the chance to enter a drawing to win a free game. This is a test-run we are trying out for any of our new product release stories...publishers will have the option to opt-in. Check it out!

Added by John Kranz on February 3, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

CSW Fundraiser Drive...Help Support CSW and Receive Publisher Specials Today!

ConsimWorld asks for your support during its Fundraiser Drive. To thank you for supporting CSW, select publishers are offering special incentives and savings to all who donate. And to sweeten the pot, more than 25 raffle prizes are being provided for those who make donations! Again, just our small way of thanking you and helping you recoup some or all of your donation made.… Continue

Added by John Kranz on January 4, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

New Membership Review Policy

Given the recent upsurge in spammers as new members, I'm testing functionality that requires new membership requests be first reviewed and approved by me before they can officially join this network. This will hopefully cut down in the amount of annoying spam posts we have encountered recently. Let see how this feature works out....

Added by John Kranz on September 11, 2009 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

CSW Request: No Political Postings, Please

Folks, I've decided it is best that we leave purely-pollitical or economic type posts off this social network so we can focus on gaming discussions and hobby-related matters instead, please. A lot of our members wish to have an escape from such topics. If you do post something political here, please post as "private" access only so not everyone can see it.



We do have a political topic for discussion on the CSW Forum, so let's please stick to that venue that is already available to… Continue

Added by John Kranz on August 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

2008 CSR Awards Ballot

I'd like to put in a special request that everyone please submit their CSR Awards ballot no later than this Wednesday so I can get all results tallied to announce the nominees. The news story below provides more info including where you can see a list of games published in 2008. If you all can knock out your ballot this weekend, as you read this -- that would be perfect. Thanks!…



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Added by John Kranz on May 16, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Remembering James Murphy...



I was trying to enjoy a long weekend vacation in San Diego, CA despite being under the weather, but one hobby-related thought entered my mind while cruising along and taking in San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, etc....



James Murphy



He was the man behind Command Perspectives which published Sharpsburg and Road to Washington, part of the "War of the Rebellion" series. The games made quite a splash given its detailed treatment of… Continue

Added by John Kranz on September 17, 2008 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Refraining from Political Postings

I'd like to ask everyone's indulgence to refrain from political postings on our social network. There are plenty of other online venues for this, including the Literary Corner of our Discussion Forum, so I think it would be best for all involved if we kept such a sensitive matter off the social network airwaves to the collective relief of all. Thank you for your understanding...I'm sure there is plenty of gaming and hobby-related discussions we can all focus on here!



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Added by John Kranz on September 17, 2008 at 12:12pm — 7 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:…

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

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