I am way up north near Fox Lake. I have not done any miniatures in years (since about 91-95ish).
I saw your old photos of the old days and also saw your book. I have four kids ranging from 8 to 20 and two of them are learning and interested in war games (vis a vis their dad). The closest we have been to miniatures is Axis & D-Day, they both have been able to grasp the concepts well both for minis and war games.
Yes, I have gone paint balling at Challenge Park. I'm actually trying to find gamers in this area! I've found a couple guys from Plainfield and another from Kankakee... do you live in the area, or Chicago proper?
This might be a stupid question, but are you familiar with The Armchair General (the book, not the magazine) by K. Mike Hill? I just happened to order both TAG and your book at the same time. TAG is a nice companion to Games of War because it is mostly a brief description of historical battles. It is almost a scenario book to your rules book.
I'll let you know next time I'm heading to Chicago.
I read through the air war rules in your book. Very thought provoking. You've abstracted air warfare in a way I've never seen it done before. Most air combat rules are very detailed and IMHO spend WAY too much time on the maneuver rules and too little time on the combat. Air War by SPI is a good example of that....it takes 3-4 turns and 30 minutes of play to complete a 180 degree turn. On the other extreme is GMT's Down in Flames series that abstract maneuver and position very simply using cards which are played and countered. Your rules are somewhere between, much closer to DIF than Air War. They are almost "operational" level rules and I could see easily playing dozens of aircraft at time, perhaps even tied into a ground or naval game. I have a collection of 1/600 scale aircraft that I might try using your rules.
Bob, I will try your air-to-air rules in Games of War with my 1/72 models and let you know.
Since you are not too far away, consider coming to Rochester for our convention next year. We had a nice turnout this year for a first year con (~180). The date for 2009 hasn't been settled yet but will be in September.