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 bugging me to learn this game (his favorite) so we can get together and play a few innings. There's a reason why this game is over 50 years old; it's a great game. Now if only they made a Canadian Football game....
2. Tide at Sunrise (IGS). This seems like a good place to start. An easy game with interesting mechanics. It doesn't hurt that it's a beautiful game as well.... Very easy on the eyes!
3. Blood and Roses (GMT). Next week it's back to GMT games with Blood and Roses. I've developed a recent fascination with the War of the Roses and this game should scratch that itch. I'm also hoping to construct a C&C: WOR game for a future convention game.... More on this later.
4. World at War: Eisenbach Gap (LNL). Thanks to Kev Sharp's enthusiasm over at BigBoardBaming.com I've recently welcomed the deluxe version of this game into my home. The quality of the game.... Rules, counters, maps.... Are as nice as any game I've ever bought. We'll have to see how it plays.
5. Saratoga. (GMT). Gilbert's Video Blog and the half off sale at GMT finally made me break down and buy this one. Again, we'll see how this one plays.
6. Storm over Series (IGS). I've got quite a few non war gaming friends who will play a game with me as long as it's easily explained. Card driven games always seems to fit that bill and this series (Stalingrad and Dien Bien Phu) provides a couple of games that are not too difficult for my RPG/euro inclined friends.
7. Guicard. This game was produced by the Cry havoc fan site and is an outstanding adaptation of the original game, fixing many of the problems that existed. Also, an amazingly beautiful game to look at...
8. Combat Commander (GMT). Thanks to everyone this year for reminding me what a great game this is and I've got to pull it out and relearn the system. This is one of those games I kept buying modules for but never quite get around to playing. It's time to correct that.
Whew well that should keep me busy for the next month. In addition I'm running some C&C ancients and napoleonic games at Pacificon 2014 using my pimped out hex boards (four inch Kallistra terrain and 15mm miniatures) and I'll have to pull that together before things start getting crazy in August. By the way, Richard Borg, the designer of C&C, will be at Pacificon. So if you're in the area drift on by, play a game and chat with the man himself!