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How to Spend Christmas Vacation

I have 2 weeks of vacation from work starting next week, so I need to decide how I am going to relax. :)

I plan on finishing my reading of Dupuy's Genius For War , and a couple of fiction books I am reading, but I haven't decided which game(s) I should dig into. At this point my wargame collection, with the exception B-17 QotS, is all pc based titles. I am thinking I will spend some time with Squad Battles: Falklands, and also…

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Added by Gerard Snitselaar on December 16, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

New book on conflict simulation being published

 

I ran into this on amazon. Supposedly due out in April 2012. Here is the description from the publisher:

 

Simulating War explores the theory and practice of conflict simulation, as applied in the many thousands of wargames published over the past 50 years. It discusses the utility of this form of conflict simulation by setting it in its…

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Added by Gerard Snitselaar on October 13, 2011 at 3:06am — 3 Comments

HPS Midway - The death of the Saratoga

I finally broke down and purchased the downloadable version of Midway from HPS last night. I have been messing around with the getting started scenario, which is a hypothetical battle at Wake. As the US you control a group centered on the Saratoga. Last night when I played I managed to lightly damage the Japanese CV, while avoiding their strike due to time running out. I played again tonight to try and understand the aircraft handling better. Here is a picture of what the screen looks…

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Added by Gerard Snitselaar on October 13, 2011 at 2:28am — No Comments

Getting back to gaming

It has been a while since I have played any non-computer wargames, but I have been in the mood lately. In the last couple of years I sold off a lot of my collection due to lack of space and lack of time. I am going to be flying in Mike Lam's B-17 campaign again this week which is always fun. I will probably also play around with the 1st 2 ASL starter kits, Patton's Best, C&C Ancients, and Combat Commander in the near future.



I have been playing a lot more computer wargames lately… Continue

Added by Gerard Snitselaar on March 16, 2011 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

The War Managers

I just finished reading this earlier in the week. It looks at US Generals views on the conflict in Vietnam. It was written by a General who served there. He sent a questionnaire to all the generals that served in the conflict, and then organized all the data and this book was the result.

It is a very interesting read, and gives a lot of insight into the problems of the conflict.

Added by Gerard Snitselaar on August 17, 2008 at 5:47pm — 4 Comments

Chess Night

I got in a few games of chess tonight at our club here in Chandler. I ended up 1-3, but I was playing people who on the low end were rated about 350 (1765 vs 1416) points higher than me. I almost won a second game, where I was up an exchange and had a good time advantage on the clock, but then blew it by hanging a knight. Oh, well.



So do people here think chess qualifies as a wargame? It obviously is an abstraction of ancient warfare. Growing up I never really played the game. I knew… Continue

Added by Gerard Snitselaar on April 8, 2008 at 3:56am — 2 Comments

What I have been doing lately

I haven't spent much time gaming lately, except for chess. I did spend some time last week and finished putting the stickers on the blocks for C & C: Ancients.



I've spent a lot of time recently reading McPherson's history of the Civil War Battle Cry of Freedom. I have just finished the section on Antietam. It has been a good read so far.



After I don't know how long I have finally caught up on reading the posts in the Military History Books &… Continue

Added by Gerard Snitselaar on April 5, 2008 at 5:51pm — 2 Comments

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