I found Fall Blau a very interesting puzzle. If the Soviets stand they will die but must make the Germans pay for their gains. The Soviets must not be passive and can and should counter attack when they are given the opportunity. The Germans of course must be very aggressive and use Mobile Assaults early to open things up.
I am eagerly awaiting the Before and After Kharkov sequel.
Gathering Storm rules have been problematic but I think after many reads there is a game present. Still not sure how to play best for transition into a World at War yet. I loved TI3 too but have not played TI4 but hear good things about it.
Thanks for the welcome Eric. I appreciate it. Hope things are well with you. Yes I do quite a bit of my wargaming solo. Hoping to get a buddy that I game with to play some wargames soon. We will see. He is not much of a gamer, being new to gaming but we will see. Otherwise, I am thinking of reaching out to a few people. I think I can probably find someone close. Anyway. again, appreciate the welcome.
Thanks for the welcome. Sorry I could not reply sooner but the fact the MCEN network blocks this site it turning into quite a problem. Regarding my previous life as a wargamer, I played most of the Avalon Hill games (Afrika Korps, D-Day, Stalingrad, Anzio, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Squad Leader, Panzerblitz, Jutland & even Tactics II), many SPI games (such as War in the East, a really outstanding post-WWII fighter combat game that I can't remember the name of, PRESTAGS series etc.) and even LaQuinta Games, whose "Ironclad" game was outstanding. There was a Napoleonic game you could play on the floor using counters provided or miniatures. I frequently had to play solitaire because it was so hard to find opponents and even harder to leave games set up over any period of time. I never got into computer games, however. I still have a few SPI games that I have not played in a long and time and have not inventoried so I can't give you a list yet.
I am looking forward to being a part of this community.
Thanks for the welcome Eric. I do hope to be able to find some people up here around DC to play ASL with. If I don't find people for some F2F games, I'll definitely be looking for some Vassal opponents.
Thanks for the welcome, Eric! Must be interesting teaching there. I was an NCO, so I've never been to there. I started in the regular Army, but later transferred to the National Guard. I was working on a Ph.D. in Soviet History at Georgetown, but after September 2001, the Guard had other things for me to do.
SF:AC was amazing for what they portrayed in such an elegant manner. A fairly realistic 3D space map and an innovative way of using it. And the background material was very unusual for the time as well. I really enjoyed Outreach just for the sheer scale of the project, and with a bit of rules tweaking some other fans have done over the years, it's quite enjoyable. I made a Cyberboard module for it nearly a decade ago, so I could always get back to the unending game when I felt the desire to do so.
I got my Kickstarter copy of T5 a couple of weeks ago, and it is packed with so many options it's nearly mind-boggling. The 650+ page book has very little setting to it, but if you ever wanted an updated Traveller Toolkit, T5 is it! Looking forward to the upcoming Player's Book as well, just to see what Marc thinks is really important. Did you ever consider buying FFE's CD collections of the old Traveller system books?
Yeah, that desert thingy is a bit of an obstacle. I did my sailing in Iowa (lake racing scows) and in Philly (505's). Just not in that season of life right now, but it'll never leave me.
Lindenau: Its unique in that the French enter battle by traveling a long narrow road over virtually impassable swamp. Once off the road they have good reason to cluster about Lindenau so they might not maneuver like typical French. This may mean the battle will follow an Austrian cadence for a change. Pay attention to the Austrian deployment tips offered in the special rules. I do not use the Martial rules, but a personal blend of Regs XXII & XXX.
I've only recently been playing miniatures.. dabbling, really. No time or patience to paint or assemble. I enjoy monster games but trying to carve a weekend and assemble two teams has been daunting. I enjoy World in Flames as such but it turns to be three or four years before I can assemble crowd from gamers scattered around the States. Same fpor Gamers OCS Series. I've played Hells Highway a few times. It never Snows looks good as well. So when and where is your Winter Offensive? Tidewater is not too far to go for some dedicated gaming.
I just opened It Never Snows. Actually I've been thinking of starting Hells Highway (again). I have a fascination for airborne games having served in the 82d in almost ever grade and two tours. I am considering going to PREZCON. Haven't been to a tournament in years.
Hi Eric! Takes one to know one! :-) I've been a member of the Forum for a long time but only now took the plunge on the hi-falootin' Social side. In fact, I didn't realize till last nite that I needed a separate 'membership.' I'm a little intimidated. I'm not a whiz-bang technical guy like all the 'kids' that work for me. But I'm lookin' forward to diving in. My boardgaming is primarily solo. I play for relaxation and for learning; usually in conjunction with a book I'm reading. I play miniatures with a diverse group of characters from around the Severn-Columbia area. I usually attend all 3 major HMGS Conventions but unfortunately missed this past Historicon. Only the 2nd time that's happened since it's inception. I go back to the days when the miniatures conventions were at New Carrolton.