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At 7:10am on August 28, 2017, sgminfo said…

Don Wrote:-

Here you can see I changed the name of the Game Id to Tour de Force, and left everything else as is. I could have let the Soviet player be active while at peace and if this was a PBEM game the Email edit boxes would have allowed me to place mine and my opponents email address into the box (this way the game will automatically create an email with yours and your opponents email address filed in and some default text and the attached file. We have tested the following email clients and they all work; Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sea Monkey (that is what I use) and I am not sure what Steve uses because he is running this game on a LINUX machine using WINE emulation, so I am not sure if he is using Knopplex email clients or if he is using a LINUX version of Thunderbird.


Steve's reply:-

Actually, the linux idea was because of my shaky confidence in the consequences of an MS upgrade that upset our compilers and runtime environment, obsoleting the product before we got a chance to play with it.

After initial release, I picked up the issue from the other end. If you can't modify the code to run on a platform, why not find a platfor that can run the code?

The objective expanded somewhat after this:-

I had thought that one of the major obstacles to wargaming in this environment was the 'heavy' price we pay as the younger 'newbie' recruit to the whole Wargamer environment. I sought new, inexpensive platforms to run the wargaming experience. i.e. limited pocket money should not limit your aspirations.


From the Software Angle I found a FREE linux OS that seemed to run quite well with WarinEurope under a type of emulator called wine.

This OS can exist on a live USB stick, or, a CD/DVD without messing with your computer

But some people are still 'unhappy ' with the risk of that....

So I've now solved the hardware issue with a more radical solution.

An SOC (system on a chip) computer at $35 powered by a non intel processor  -    ARM

The one I'm trialling now is


A quad core 64 bit offering at 1.2GHz.

To run the intel code on an ARM processor is no mean feat...

This is done by using a piece of saftware from called

EXAGEAR. priced at about $35 (you can see a pattern here).

Machine uses an HDMI lead and most other stuff is cheap SD cards and USB, 

Runs War in Europe Well,

But more significantly here, SPWAW etc will also run.

Its cheap and cheerful, but runs most intel wargaming product on the intel stable, and is about the size of a standard credit card.

Hopefully it may revolutionise club nights for gamers...


At 6:48am on August 28, 2017, sgminfo said…

Hi Don..

Steve says hi!, and please contact me at the usual address


At 4:08pm on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
Been invited to a meeting at Bielefeld...

a Morane-Saulnier meet up over there
Look up in Google EDLI

and MS880b
At 11:03am on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
In answer toyour previous comment 'turning the knob'

That is how we'd do it in the Ju-67...
At 10:02am on May 24, 2009, sgminfo said…
Mixture to full rich
Carb heat on
prop set to fine
dive brakes
speed brakes
stick forward...
At 3:38pm on April 26, 2009, Fred Schwarz said…
Yep the D = Detroit.
At 12:32pm on April 26, 2009, Fred Schwarz said…
Don, if you ever get over to the "D" let me know and we might be able to get in an ASL game. We have a group that meets at my house every Thursday night.
At 11:02am on April 3, 2009, Steve Williams said…
Hi Don, been a while. not with Motorola any more. Something totally different, I'm ER receptionist at McHenry Hospita (just started and still learning). Now have a 4 1/2 year old son, Gareth. Got CWIE2 so was thinking of you.
At 10:37pm on January 27, 2009, Chris Gammon said…
I ordered two copies of CWiE-II and look forward to many hours of play, though I'll never have time to get through an entire 1939 campaign. Thanks again for your Tour de Force blog entry.
At 5:19pm on January 21, 2009, John Bobek said…
Don, If you saw the pictures, the Helm's Deep game had 4 kids playing 3 adults. The youngest was a girl, 9 years old. Some of the rules sets are more easily grasped by younger kids than others. Maybe during the summer, a game would be a possibility.
At 12:55pm on January 21, 2009, John Bobek said…
Hi Don, Are you a north or south sider? I'm near Midway Airport (O'Hare Lite). If you're ever interested in a miniatures game, I can do nearly anything. Have game, will travel. Only caveat is I'm very busy during the school year!
At 10:35pm on January 4, 2009, Katie said…
Don -

Ok - will do - thanks!
At 9:42am on January 4, 2009, Katie said…
Don -

Send me some pics of your Golden!
At 7:50pm on December 18, 2008, Dave Starry said…
Don, "Get Thrashed" is a new 99 minute documentary about the thrash metal scene in the 80s. Tons of great live clips, music and interviews. Check it out.
At 6:19pm on December 17, 2008, Dave Starry said…
Don, check out this new documentary called "Get Thrashed -- The Story of Thrash Metal"...

I just watched the DVD last night...great stuff!
At 8:18am on December 16, 2008, Smitty said…
Great Falls MT - it was -27 at bed time. Unsure what the final was in terms of coldness.
At 9:36pm on December 15, 2008, Smitty said…
-24 at 1935
At 3:54pm on December 15, 2008, Tom Meier said…

I had great success with the Glary Utility, thanks for posting.
At 8:56am on December 15, 2008, Smitty said…
-4 this morning with the real temperature -20 to -40 with the wind chill! (It's blowing outside). (Kalispell). Nada in Tacoma.
At 12:55pm on December 13, 2008, Tom Meier said…

Were you the one that posted about Glary Utilites on MMP page? If so I'd like to hear more about it. I've been to cnet and did not find much, and I found their webpage but wonder how they make any money if they develop and give away 'free' software. Can you enlighten me?

I'm using a hp pavilion ze4300, which is fairly old, but i have added ram and new batteries. It was stable for me in Iraq and I have been surprised by how it is still doing so well two years later. It actually functinos better than my desktop we bought after I came back.

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