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The Caucasus Campaign: Demo TONIGHT!

Tonight at 8:30pm EST, Dave Stiffler and I will be showing off Mark Simonitch's latest game, "The Caucasus Campaign!"



This is probably the fastest playing of any of Mark's designs that I've played. It's loaded with replay capability and has just the right amount of chrome to make for a very rewarding gaming experience. If you're a tournament player, you definitely want to check this game out!







You can get all the details here:… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on December 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to Play Empire of the Sun (Part 2)

I'll be continuing the "HOW TO PLAY EMPIRE OF THE SUN" demonstration tonight at 10:00 pm Eastern.

In this second part we will will build upon the foundation of last week's lesson and get into the heart of the game: Combat Operations!

Added by Joel Toppen on November 30, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

How to Play Empire of the Sun

Have you been wanting to learn how to play "Empire of the Sun" but have been waiting for someone to teach you?

Well, now's your chance!


Tonight at 10pm Eastern I'll be teaching the first "How to Play Empire of the Sun" class.

You can get all the necessary information here on the GMT Ventrilo Voice Server page.

Added by Joel Toppen on November 23, 2009 at 12:24pm — No Comments

GMT Live Demonstrations News

Hey guys,



I'm finally catching up from being gone for a week.



Looks like we'll be running a demonstration of HELLENES next Thursday so if you've picked up the game and want a quick way to jump in, sitting in on a live online demo is a great way to learn FAST.







Due to popular demand I am also planning a series of demonstrations of EMPIRE OF THE SUN!

(I'll wait until the World Series is concluded as many guys are watching… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 29, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Online Pax Romana Demonstration Tonight

At 6:30pm Pacific. Brett Dedrick will be demonstrating Richard Berg's, "Pax Romana"







You can get all the details on GMT's Ventrilo Page.



I've also posted a recording of last night's PQ-17 demonstration on the Ventrilo page.



Sorry, I neglected to start a log file so you won't be able to follow along in VASSAL. :chagrin: But hey, there's an audio recording!… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 7, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

Online PQ-17 Demo Tonight!

At 9:30 Eastern, Chris Janiec and I will be demonstrating PQ-17!



You can get all the details here on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server page.

The Ventrilo page also contains a link to the Demonstration VASSAL module we will be using. Hope to see you there!

Added by Joel Toppen on October 6, 2009 at 11:53am — No Comments

Supreme Commander Demo on Ventrilo

At 4:00 pm Pacific time, Paul Majoram will be demonstrating Dan Holte's "Supreme Commander!"







Then, at 5pm, Paul and some playtesters will be playing a game in which Operation Barbarossa will be carried out. Observers are welcome to watch this game in progress.



VASSAL module available here. You can get all Ventrilo information… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on October 5, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Sun Of York Demo TONIGHT!

Tonight on Ventrilo, Mike Nagel will be demonstrating his very cool card game, "Sun of York!"


You can get all of the details here.

Hope to see you tonight!

Added by Joel Toppen on September 29, 2009 at 10:39am — No Comments

GMT Ventrilo Demo Schedule



Tomorrow Night at 8:30 Eastern Mike Nagel will be demonstrating Sun of York! This is a really cool game. Think "Up Front" meets Medieval warfare. Having had a chance to take a peek at "Sun of York," I have to say that I'm really excited about this game!





Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm Pacific Brett Dedrick will be demonstrating Richard Berg's, Pax Romana!





Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30pm Eastern… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on September 28, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Tonight on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server: FLYING COLORS!

Rob Doan will be demonstrating Flying Colors on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server. The demo starts at 8:30pm Eastern.

This is a great time to learn how to play a very cool game on naval combat in the age of sail. You can get all the details here on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server.

Added by Joel Toppen on September 22, 2009 at 10:51am — No Comments

Commands & Colors Demo on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server

Don Clarke will be demonstrating COMMANDS & COLORS: ANCIENTS!

Demo starts at 1930 hours GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) :) If my math is right, that works out to be 3:30pm in US Eastern TZ.

You can get all the details here on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server page.

Added by Joel Toppen on September 18, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tonight on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server: EMPIRE OF THE SUN

Pablo Garcia and I will be conducting a demonstration of EMPIRE OF THE SUN
at 9:30 eastern.

This is a fantastic game with some very unique mechanics. We hope you can join in on the fun! You can get all the necessary details here on GMT's Ventrilo Voice Server.

Added by Joel Toppen on September 15, 2009 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

AMDT's Interesting Player Aid Card Approach (please comment) :-)

"A Most Dangerous Time," MMP's new IGS game arrived! Woo hoo! This is the game I've been looking for to compliment "Samurai" and "Ran" (GMT), to put those battles into some kind of strategic perspective. The components to AMDT are fantastic: a beautiful Mark Mahaffey map, nicely cut colorful counters, full-color rulebook, and poker-quality playing cards.



But where's the standard player aid card(s)?



There isn't one. There's a dozen of them! About a dozen of the playing… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on May 15, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Living Rules, Play-By-Email Support, Does it Help or Hurt the Hobby? (Please Comment!)

I'm a big fan of living rules, VASSAL/Cyberboard/ADC support.



I'm a fan of the former because PDF files are searchable, making finding rules very easy. It's also nice to be able to print out a copy that of the rules and use that to write notes in, leaving the original rulebook in pristine condition. I also like to peruse a rulebook prior to buying a game--it gives me an idea of whether or not I'm going to find the game interesting. In a number of cases I looked at the rulebook to a… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on May 7, 2009 at 12:55pm — 10 Comments

Online HELLENES Demonstration Tonight! (9:00 p.m. EST)

Game designer Craig Besinque and I will be conducting an ONLINE demonstration of his block game,

b Hellenes (GMT)!



To join the demonstration, you will need to download the Playtest VASSAL Module.



We will be using GMT's Ventrilo Server for voice communications as well. See GMT's homepage or email me if you need help setting this up.



We Hope To See You… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on April 20, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Opening Moves: The Sicily Campaig in "HELLENES"

The Sicily scenario in Hellenes is the shortest of the campaigns. Starting in 415 and ending in 411 B.C., it is only 5 turns long. It also sports the smallest number of blocks, making it the most accessible to new players. It is also very challenging for both sides. The lessons learned in this campaign will definitely set players on the road to playing well in the other campaigns.



In this article I’ve put forth some tips to give both sides some ideas as to how to approach the… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on February 3, 2009 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Hellenes Game Report (by Mats Eden)

The following is a playtest report of the game, "Hellenes" by Mats Eden:



In the 46th year of our king Archidamos’ reign, the oppressive nature of our emeny showed it’s ugly face. This led to the people of Athens raising up against their masters during New Year festivities. Things soon got out of hand, and a civil war was raging in Athens. The corrupt rulers of Athens abandoned their people and instead turned to Hera, praying for revenge.…



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Added by Joel Toppen on January 29, 2009 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Life

Stumbled across this video this morning and couldn't resist placing it in my… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on January 29, 2009 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Hoplites of Hellenes (Part 6)

Capturing fortified cities is the great challenge that both players will face in “Hellenes.” Put in its most simple form, the object of the game is to seize and control as many enemy cities as possible and at the same time prevent the other player from doing likewise.



All cities in the game are fortified and provide refuge to the side controlling the city. A city may house a number of blocks equal to its prestige point value times two. Whenever a block or group of blocks enter an… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on November 18, 2008 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Hoplites of Hellenes (part 5)

In the past four articles, I’ve expounded on the various units—especially the hoplite units—found in GMT’s upcoming wargame on the Peloponnesian War: “Hellenes.” In this article, I want to talk about card play in the game.



Hellenes comes with 55 cards. Thirty-three of the cards are used in every scenario of the game. Eleven cards (and these are color-coded) are used only in the 431 B.C. campaign. Eleven cards (also color-coded) are used only in the 415 B.C., 413 B.C., and Sicily… Continue

Added by Joel Toppen on November 11, 2008 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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