There are seven impulses/sub-impulses (each one of which one could suppose are a day long) per TWW turns which are one week long. Each Fleet hex accommodates three TWW hexes very closely. About all I really change are the Fleet zones which are made symmetrical instead of irregularly shaped and which are then identical to the various theaters (Balkan et cetera) in TWW. They are 32 TWW hexes in diameter. So new maps are necessary, unless one would take a set of pencil crayons to the old maps. The neat trick I realized in a moment of inspiration was to center the Fleet hexes on every second TWW hex. I'll post up some images of this in a week or so.
Eric, I'm getting to the point where I have to force myself to not gallop after all the new and interesting games pouring into the market. Besides approaching the limits of storage I just don't have the time to invest in games, particularly those with an unfamiliar system. And of course there is the issue of what the local group wants to play. (Vassal sometimes works out well but sometimes not so much.) After 6 decades of gaming I need to grow up and show some discipline, difficult as that will be. To paraphrase what I think is correctly attributed to Frederick the Great, "Who wants to play everything will play nothing very well".
I should mention that I had to play these monster games by myself. Sigh. Not much has changed since my teens except now my wife and kids look at me funny when I go down to the basement to play with 'my games'.
I retire next year. Thirty years in the Navy, your sister service. Only in my case, I will have approximately fourteen years of active service and fifteen or so years of reserve services. I started my career as active, then switched to the reserve side after eight years. I am currently attached to Military Sealift Command, but reside in Maine.
Interesting parallel, I also teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law. I would prefer to be teaching full time so that I could devote more time to writing about conflict simulation design, as well as playing. Perhaps in a few years I will be able to switch to part-time along with teaching, so that I may pursue game development more seriously, which is my other area of interest.
Eric, I got into Panzer Grenadier early so now I've got about 3 lifetimes worth of scenarios to play. I'd at least like to make a small dent in that before my brainpower fades. And on Thursday I might get a playing of SpaceCorp in with a group of my colleagues on a business trip, in the evening after our daytime meeting. This may sound strange until I reveal that my business is Planetary Science and my colleagues are all NASA-funded Planetary Scientists gathering for a Venus advisory group!
Thank you, Eric. Like you, I enjoy a variety of games, be they smaller faster games or monster games. I started in this hobby over 40 years ago thanks to my mother and her purchase of the 1965 version of Avalon Hill’s Battle of the Bulge. I still have that game. I am blessed with a large old sea captain’s home that affords me the room for two large game tables. This luxury enables me to have two or three sometimes more games going at once depending on the game and availability of time.
I have been recently replenishing my collection of AH and SPI games. AK or Stalingrad (or The Russian Campaign) would be good Vassal games to start with since they're familiar. Let me know if you ever slow down and want a game. Have to confess most of my gaming is computer now. Playing folks from all over in Matrix and John Tiller games of WW2, American Civil war, and Napoleonic's.
Well it was current about 15 years ago, give or take... I've been in the SF Bay Area for the last 9 years. I revamped the pocket logo and made the one for the back and took it to a T-shirt maker to have the screens made.
Despite buying and even playing :-) some newer games I continue to fall back on my old favorites. The newer games sure are nice to look at but many of them rely on a complexity that saps the fun out for me. But that’s one of the many great things about our hobby, there are games for every taste. Are you a Marine?