What memories are your fonest in terms of receiving and playing games on Christmas? My favorite Christmas in game terms had to be the year I received both Panzerblitz and France 1940 - I vaguely believe that year also saw Origins of WW II come into the house that same Christmas. Other years would see Fortress America and Battle Cry (I was maybe 8). I also need to add in when Katie got me a new version by L2 of Russian Campaign after I came back from Iraq in 2003 - how time flies. Or when my ex got my SSI's Kursk PC game and we had to drive to Williamsport, PA to get the proper disk drive for it! At Christmas we often play a cuthroat version of Uno Smith style (usually blood on the table and floor in the process) or five state rummy, a kids educational game we have played since my boys were very little.

What I since came to the conclusion of is how important our games are to us. It mattered to me sitting in a comfy chair of lying on the living room floor gazing upon the map or punching out counters. I would also need to include the game Rich Uncle, electric football and table top hockey as additional Christmas but non-wargaming games.

How about you?

AS the Red Baron said to Snoopy "Merry Christmas Mein Friends(s)

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Comment by John Rainey on December 29, 2009 at 11:22am
My first wargame (PanzerBlitz) was a Christmas gift. 1976 I think. I lived in a small town and a locally owned bookstore opened up. They stocked about 10 wargames. I was fascinated by them! At the time our High School had a open lunch. So three of us would walk to the bookstore a couple times a week at lunch. I thought long and hard before I decided to ask my parents for PB instead of Third Reich.

Next biggest wargame Christmas was when SPI released the Lord of the Rings 3 pack near Christmas ini 79 or so. Great times!
Comment by Eric Walters on December 26, 2009 at 11:13am
Not my favorite Christmas in terms of games, but I did get WALLACE'S WAR by Clash of Arms this Christmas. It will be interesting to contrast the Falkirk game with the one in GMT's MEN OF IRON!
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on December 25, 2009 at 8:20pm
I didn't get any wargames when I was growing up, though my Aunt Mary gave me the 3M edition of Feudal. My dad as totally opposed to the hobby.

However, I got tons of cool stuff once I grew up. Back in the DOS days, I got Crisis Middle East and Phantasy II, and in the last ten years at least four games per Christmas. GMT, Avalanche and Decision probably owe a vote of thanks to my family and friends for putting lots of cool games under the tree.
Comment by Eric Walters on December 25, 2009 at 8:18pm
I have two: Christmas 1975 when I got the first edition of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH (Avalon Hill), along with RICHTHOFEN'S WAR, PANZERBLITZ, and SPI's FAST CARRIERS. It was a wargame Christmas indeed and I played all these games a lot over the following year. If that wasn't enough, Christmas 1976 saw SPI's WAR IN EUROPE under the tree. I think it retailed for about $44.00 back then. You can imagine my joy at that--the rest of my high school senior year saw it set up in the attic (the 1939 campaign game, of course!).
Comment by Smitty on December 25, 2009 at 2:54pm
Oh that's funny Matt.

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