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At 10:47am on June 14, 2011, Clair Conzelman said…

yes, HOD, but a co-worker and I play "PB3", a variant using my in-house rules. Main changes are:

1. A unit has to spend its move to go into "overwatch." So you either move, or you stay put and are eligible to fire opportunity/overwatch fire (tanks can move half and still overwatch).

2. Units are grouped in "formations," usually battalions, and draw a chit for that battalion. This way you don't need any "spent" markers which drive me crazy. When your battalion's chit is drawn, you just move that unit (it still has a command range...this keeps the unit together).

3. When a platoon is destroyed, the battalion's ability to rally is reduced by one (introduces loss of morale and fatigue).

4. AFVs have facing as they move, into the hex they move into, so that opportunity fire against their flanks has a -2 advantage.


Creates a much more realistic feel to the game, we feel.



At 7:43am on June 14, 2011, Clair Conzelman said…

Just accepted your friend where do you live?


I'm on the east side of Louisville...been playing PB2 lately (modified), and like Lord of the Ring games (I have a miniature LOR army I use for tactical games).



At 9:06pm on January 1, 2011, Dick Sauer said…

Tried the link to AH. Got in ok but would not download. Any ideas?


Also, tried your email and it bounced back.

At 6:26pm on January 1, 2011, Dick Sauer said…



Found the D Day download. Thanks. Are there more on the same site I might like to get?

I'm reviewing a setup on Stalingrad and remember from reading the rules it is not clear as I remeber if the Germans can set up next to a Russian unit on the border, in their ZOC and because they are on the border not in a ZOC, thus allowing them to move across the border through the ZOC and thus surround the Russian unit. How do you play it?


At 8:19pm on December 31, 2010, Dick Sauer said…
I could not find them in the ZT files. What is it titled as? Not in the D section.
At 6:23pm on December 31, 2010, Dick Sauer said…
Got both. Will look for more D day modules as well. Are they AH or???
At 4:17pm on December 31, 2010, Dick Sauer said…
OK Brian, as soon as the holiday crush subsides I'll get to work on the Stalingrad move. First have to see if I have that module on ZT. You may have to lead me to the link for it. Also, I love D-Day. One of my favorites.
At 3:50pm on December 31, 2010, Dick Sauer said…
Your talking to right right guy. The first two games I learned to play were Stalin grad and Waterloo. Won a convention at GENCON playing Waterloo. As for a scanner I have one but do not know how to do the ZT game, maybe together we can figure it out. John Kranz is a close friend and he may be able to give some guidance as well as Bill the fellow in the UK who runs it. I also have Descent, both versions the older from SPI and the newer one.
At 2:57pm on December 31, 2010, Dick Sauer said…

Hi Brian,


Sounds great by me. I can play any way you want. My freind and I use a combination of emails and on line using Skype for communications. Both work equally well. We don't have the die roller system so we do that on line. Would be happy to use your method. I'm a long time gamer and have played all the AH games many times. It was all we had in the 60's. So choose your game and let me know when you want to start. Holidays are pretty busy, so agree we should wait a while before we start.



At 9:56pm on December 30, 2010, Dick Sauer said…



I'm open to most any game. New to this site however and may not find your replys. Best to contact me on aol at

At 8:01am on December 24, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Merry Christmas Brian:


Best Wishes for the Yuletide Season; and may it be a safe one for your and yours!


Happy Holidays, Joe

At 3:27pm on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Greetings Again Brian:

May you and yours also have a merry and safe Christmas and New Year's Holiday Season , as well!

Best Regards, Joe

At 2:55pm on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Greetings Again Brian:

Super!  Actually though, when it comes to theme music, my taste runs more towards Sibelius or maybe Schostokovitch's (spelling?) "Leningrad Symphony."

Best Regards, Joe 

At 2:36pm on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Greetings Brian:

Thank you for offering an extension on your offer.  Who knows, maybe your example will finally be enough to get me off the dime when it comes to online gaming.  If we do get the opportunity to play, I would like you to consider BATTLE FOR GERMANY; most of the other titles that you mentioned I get an opportunity to play periodically, but 'BFG' is a fun little game that I have not had the opportunity to try in years.  Although, I should warn you that in times past, I usually volunteered to take the Germans and let my opponent command the Allies on both the Eastern and Western Fronts.  There is just something about the hopelessness of the German position that appeals to the masochist in me, I guess. 

Best Regards, Joe

At 11:08am on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Greetings Again Brian:

Thanks for the 'heads up' regarding zuntzu; I will definitely check it out, although to be honest, I still have a deeply-ingrained distrust of the on-line 'drag and click' gaming platforms.  I don't know what it is, but I just don't feel right unless I have the actual map and counters in front of me.  I know that this attitude is a bit on the 'old fashioned' side, but there it is; moreover, my peculiar prejudice in this area has been an ongoing source of frustration to many of my long time opponents who all migrated to one of the online gaming sites a long time ago.  In any case, I will look the 'zuntzu' site over.  Thanks also for your offer of a match or two; I will, however, have to take a raincheck (for the time being, at least) as I have a number of blog-related projects that I would really, really like to get done before the start of the New Year.  Maybe we can try something after the Holidays have come and gone.  In the meantime, good luck and

Best Regards, Joe

At 10:37am on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…

Greetings Brian:

I don't know about the zuntzu sustem, but VASSAL has yet to develop an online platform for WATERLOO.  So far as NATO (the original SPI version, not the newer attempt) is concerned, I expect to start work on a 'game analysis' of this interesting -- if somewhat eccentric -- early attempt by Jimmie Dunnigan at simulating post-World War II conflict, fairly soon.  It is not a great game; but I like the scale and, although it has a few more unit counters (400) than some players prefer, I don't personally find it either cumbersome or overly time-consuming to play.

Best Regards, Joe Beard

At 10:17am on December 20, 2010, Joseph C. Beard III said…


I don't know whether your "challenge" matches are going to be FTF or PBeM, but if you are planning a few PBeM games, you can obtain downloadable PBeM game templates (in spreadsheet form) for both WATERLOO  (the old AH version) and AFRIKA KORPS at my blog 'Map and Counters.'   Good luck with you impending Holiday matches and

Best Regards, Joe Beard

At 1:21pm on December 9, 2010, Roger Morley said…
I love Normandy.....want to have a game when a module is available?
At 4:54pm on November 15, 2010, Roger Morley said…
I cannot buy anymore this year, I have bought 3 recently and they were all "cheapies" - Wargamer 34 Kyhber Rifles, Lee vs Grant by Victory Games and Panzerkrieg.
Get yourself a printer for christmas and you will have the chamce of lots of other game, if you know what I mean:-)
At 3:34pm on November 15, 2010, Roger Morley said…
LMAO...sorry...he he he.
I could not believe I won a game like that for £4.70 (actually). It looks an awesome game with 9 scenarios (I think).

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