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?
Too many games, not enough time! The Poland Defiant looks interesting because it is one of those subjects that gets little attention. It would seem a hopeless situation, given the terrain that the Poles have to try to defend behind, but with a strict timetable, maybe the Germans will have a tough time if the Poles can stop them somewhere, temporarily.
Unfortunately, Pendleton and Phoenix are long drives from here, so it's not in the cards to do that to play a game. So I'm pretty much a solitaire gamer. Unless I run into a USMC club here. Not yet. I haven't seen advertisements for it. Right now, OCS and Tunisia II is on the table. I like it a lot because the supply rules really make you act more like a general, rather than every unit attacking every turn.
Unfortunately, I sold my big collection of 100+ wargames back in 2000. Stopped wargaming altogether until the last 5 years or so. Some of them were definitely not solitaire. Waterloo was a joke, compared to the games out there now on the subject. Midway and Bismark, I remember that those games probably would still be fun to play... But two player games! Squad Leader was fun, but so many rules!
The Hexasim Austerlitz game is outstanding. I really enjoyed the system, the components and had lots of replayability. And the BCS series is great, I've spent many hours on that system, still playing Patton's counterattack. Haven't gotten my copy of Brazen Chariots. Funny, I'm more an East Front guy, so I'm learning a lot about the Western Front. If you are into modern games, the GMT series Next War is really good, although I think they need to work on the EW part of modern warfare. It is amazing how much this facet of combat has changed even in the last 10 years with GPS spoofing, jamming of artillery and drones!
I don't know of anyone playing out here, but I haven't really looked. To be honest, the vast majority of my gaming was solitaire. I suppose I could start looking. I'll try my first wargaming convention in PHX in June and maybe I'll get the bug to play man-to-man! Yea, I would think that there are many opponents out in VA, with Washington DC right there and the bases.
1. My uncle introduced me to wargaming when I was about 10. Midway, Blitzkrieg, Bismark, Waterloo, Guadalcanal. All of those lovely AH wargames he gave to me and we played a number of them. That was about 1974!
2. I see some USMC affiliation in the pictures. I served the USMC 1982-1986. I still work for them as an ATC maintenance supervisor at MCAS Yuma. So my entire adult life has been with the USMC in some manner.
3. Wargaming has been a passion with me lately. I stopped playing in my 20's and 30's as I played hockey and then raised kids. But now, I have a room and tables and I have returned to my childhood love. I'm playing Last Blitzkrieg, the BCS system that I am very much enjoying. I appreciate the welcome.
Thanks for the welcome, been on Consimworld for a number of years, primarily trolling the forum for GTS, TCS, and CSS. I have done an admirable job of pissing on rules that could easily be amended such as the GTS spotting under a barrage rule.... you can only shoot out one hex, but can see to infinity, spot that lonely mortar unit in travel mode and call arty on it. Now you cant shoot at it even if your Tiger tank is nonsurpressed by the 81mm "barrage".... kills me, just modify the damn rule
The favorites are cause the hold the most memories when I started playing these back in the day. I like both Metz 1870 and Offensive a Outrance. The latter of course is a "monster" '; however, that period has always intrigued me. Metz has the chit pulling system which I think adds to the "fog of war" what if's. You wouldn't happen to know where I could acquire a copy (or at least pages 19-20) from GMT's Typhoon 1941 playbook. I got a copy (in the shrink wrap) on Ebay but those pages were missing. I contacted GMT direct but no joy there. Cheers!
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.