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At 8:00pm on August 24, 2011, Joseph A. Angiolillo Jr. said…

Hi Chris,

I just got back from a three month series of seminars and came in third in a Waterloo tournament. I cannot find a lot of the materials right now so will have to just make a ruling on the fly but this is what I would have chosen in the first place: Among leaders with the same rating, the last one to arrive has the highest number, etc. If from different countries on the same turn use the following order: Brit, French, Russ., Pruss., Austrian, Ottoman, Spanish. Am I forgetting a country?

As for re-publication, I have no one to publish the game and very few friends to playtest it with. I would like to become involved if you have a group and even travel to meet you if possible. So the answer is yes. I am working on the next generation of WWII Russian Front corps level game with monthly turns, so the effort could be turned into a line of games by adding the Civil War game I showed to and played with Mike Gray of MB reviewed in 1975?

Please write back. By the way, I have a lot of other unpublished games but I like to strategic level games the best and these three would make a great opening set. The Napoleon series and the American Civil War game are area movement with leader ratings being the game mechanic. The Russian Campaign uses hexes and combat during movement.

The reason the Napoleonic set did not get the attention it deserved is because I was designing and developing three games at once during the same year: 1939 Axis & Allies (I have the prototype and development of Axis and Allies may have been my crown jewel), design and development of Coleco's WarGames while working for them (best selling video war game of all time based on the movie with Mathew Broderick and Ally Sheedy - 110,000 copies sold the week of Christmas 1984), and starting a the new company GTD where I did everything myself - including the layout and printing. At least 2 of the 3 were block-busters.


At 11:40am on February 17, 2010, Chris Fawcett said…
Yepper! A Block Game Vassal League, mainly for online play on a "scheduled" basis via Vassal/Skype. Right now, there are pretty strong Eastern and Central Divisions (from numbers anyway, skill will be determined later, I guess), and the Western Division is starting to take shape. I see mostly intra-divisional play, with some inter-divisional games thrown in to keep things interesting.

One thing to note. I'm being a block game "purist" for this league, meaning the games that will be in play are those that use the wooden pieces to provide for step reduction and fog of war. Just because a game comes with wooden pieces (CC:A, for example), it is not a block game as I define it. I'll let those games get their attention at the NBP, but for the BGVL we're sticking with the original concepts. It'll be nice to create a master list of what games are possible for the league, and I'll probably create a couple of categories of games (length/complexity, etc.) for player to choose from.
At 3:54pm on December 28, 2009, Michael Gustavsson said…
Chris, that Bulge game of yours looks very interesting.
At 10:50am on April 21, 2009, Charlescab said…
1000+ games??? Your wife must love you haha
At 1:05pm on March 25, 2009, Charlescab said…
Star wars WIngs of War

Google star wars wings of war variant for more
At 8:55pm on July 20, 2008, Ray said…
Chris -- What version of Mem'44 for the tournie? Basic game I assume? Will you publish the scenario in advance or will it be random? Finally, I assume each player needs to bring a copy?

Thanks, good idea. See you there.

At 6:08pm on June 9, 2008, Fred Schwarz said…
How are you doing Chris? Did you know that the Red Devils will give up their F-16s this fall? They are transitioning to A-10s.
At 10:08pm on June 7, 2008, Fred Schwarz said…
Red Devils!
At 1:49pm on May 5, 2008, Alfredo M. Battaglia said…
Thanks Chris. Happy to be aboard! Been out of the wargaming loop for several months. Slowly, ever so slowly am I making my way back into it.
At 10:49am on May 5, 2008, Rich Wright said…
Nice job with the promo for Barracks Battles. Thanks for posting it...hope we get to those who we haven't contacted as yet. Yep, anyway we can get us all together is a GOOD thang.
At 11:53am on May 4, 2008, Gerry Palmer said…
ok....figured it out! hehe. Yeah, I haven't played since you and I did. Seems like forever ago. Pretty busy even though retired but we need to try to do that sometime.
At 11:50am on May 4, 2008, Gerry Palmer said…

Saw that you left a comment for me this morning, but it's too far down your page for me to read it. I'm still trying to learn how to navigate this site, so forgive me for not responding. Of course, if I can figure out how to find it/read it, I'll respond :-)
At 11:13pm on May 2, 2008, Gerry Palmer said…
Thanks for the invite. This forum looks like it will be a very good place for gamers to meet and greet.
At 10:41pm on May 2, 2008, Rich Wright said…
Chris, thanks for inviting me as a friend on ComSimW...perhaps you can help me with this site. Seems that I am somewhat 'handicapped' in utilizing it to its fullest. Look forward to meeting you at Barracks Battles.
At 6:58am on March 19, 2008, Lewis Goldberg said…
Chris, you mentioned in another discussion a game called "System 2007" available for download? Where might one acquire that?
At 10:45am on March 14, 2008, John Rainey said…
Chris I'd love to be involved in a TWW game. going over to join the STL group.
At 12:14pm on March 3, 2008, Andy Loakes said…
Hi Chris,

Good to be here. Another CBDO? Unlikely I fear. It was Fritz's baby - I just helped out, much as you did - but it was shed loads of work and not as well subscribed as I/we had hoped; though the quality of submissions was fantastic.
At 7:21pm on March 2, 2008, Chris Fawcett said…
Skip, we moved this past summer, but only this past week did we sell our house in Iowa. Tomorrow we close on our house down here.

As for hosting any visiting gamers, "If you come, I will build it." (With apologies to W.P. Kinsella)
At 10:12am on February 29, 2008, Robert Wiersma said…
Oh, also, I am done with my dissertation in the next 10 months. Mike Ochsner, some other gaming colleagues, and I will probably be looking to go to some Cons. Maybe we could meet up at a some regional (or national?!?) Cons sometime, too.
At 10:09am on February 29, 2008, Robert Wiersma said…
Chris said: "What, no fantasy gaming? :-) "

The only gaming fantasy that I have is of you coming up to Dordt with you big ole box of games. I hope your new digs don't mean that you never will stop by again! Remember, if work takes you to Sioux City, we would love to see you up here. My students still talk fondly of your visits.

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