John Boone
  • 56, Male
  • Mckinney, TX
  • United States
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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Highschool Chess Club: I wasn't a member but played with guys who where. One guy introduced me to Warp War during lunch and I was hooked from then on. I went over to his house and he showed my his game collection, mostly stuff from Avalon Hill. I soon had catalogs from Avalon Hill and SPI, began ordering anything that looked interesting and then subscriptions to Strategy and Tactics and the Avalon Hill General soon followed.
Your favorite game(s):
My gaming phase came in two parts. I gamed in highschool and while I was in the Navy continuously with Starfleet Battles and the original Squad Leader series being my favorites. After the Navy, 1987-2000, and before the internet, my gaming died off for lack of opponents in my hometown. I'd buy a game every now and then at the only local store that sold them but then would not get to play them except solitaire. After I finished my EE degree I moved to Dallas; this was my rebirth of gaming once I found websites such as Consimworld and Boardgamegeek and was able to locate a group of local wargamers, North Texas Wargamers, in the DFW area. Now I'm partial to the card driven wargames by GMT, multi-player strategy games with some type of conflict from FFG, and block games by Columbia.
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
None at the moment
What game(s) have you played recently?
Angola!
Cityfight
Guns of Gettysburg
Crown of Roses
Sergeants Miniatures Game (BGG Con 2012 acquisition)
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Probably a couple of face to face games a month
How big is your game collection?
200+ titles. Not a collector - Only buy what I'm going to play(at least that is the intention) 8^).
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
North Texas Wargamers - Once a month game meetups.
About Me
The short list:
1. US Navy - Naval Nuclear Program Electrical Plant Operator, 6yrs.
2. Electrician for ten years while going to school. Finished school in 5 yrs.
3. Electrical Engineer working in defense industry.
4. Widowed(Dana) with 4 kiddos (Cody, Christine, Catherine, and Claire)
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Reading - Military History, Sci-fi, technical books
Obviously board wargaming
TV: History Channel, Discovery Channel, Fringe, Bones, The Mentalist
Movies: Nothing memorable recently, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Starwars Episode V, The Lord of the Rings movies
Music: All over the place - I'll listen to anything at least once.
Website:
http://sites.google.com/site/friscolibraryboardgamers/Home

On Board Wargaming

North Texas Gamers' March 12 2016 Game Day Photos

We had regular gaming and a Twilight Struggle Tournament with 10 entrants. North Texas Gamers' March 12 2016 Game Day Photos

August 24 Gameday

We had a good crowd at our Aug 24 gameday at Madness Games and Comics.




From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.

Cityfight - the S#@! Is about to hit the fan!

My M60s have just turned the corner onto the East-West road when they spot and are spotted by the enemy. The bad part is I'm using Bold movement so all my shots are at half-strength. Needless to say it did not end well for my side.


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Cityfight - Soviets get first kill!

The second part of my plan was to position units of my mech infantry platoon where I thought I could get good shots at the enemy if they came down the road. In the picture I had unloaded a squad split between the stone building and woods.  One of Kent's T-62s spotted and then killed one if the APCs before it had a chance to get off the road.  The road going North-South leads directlt towards my exit point. It became apparent as the game progressed that Kent had it heavily guarded. 

Use of light and medium anti-tank weapons from buildings is limited by the composition if the building (wood, stone, concrete) and the number of doors and windows (accessible hexsides) the building has. A building may be in a good location but be unusable if you can't fire from it.


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Cityfight - Modified Tank Battle at Metalwaren

Kent and I are playing our modified version of the Tank Battle at Metalwaren scenario for the second time. We started playing this past Sunday and have completed 14 of the 20 turns. 

I will post pictures from my point of view; Cityfight is a double-blind game using two identical maps. People who came up to us asking about it said it sounded like extreme Battleship on land.

The picture posted was taken at the end of turn 1. My goal is to defend the exit megahexes of 1G, 1H, and 1I and/or to try to exit undemoralized platoons off the map at any of the megahexes 0A, 9B, or 0C. The last time we played I did not try to exit any of my platoons. This time I decided from the start to attempt to exit my tank platoon off the map.

Rather than take the obvious most direct route I decide I will go around the right side of the map and then cut across the top of the map to the exit points. We shall see how that works out.


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Cityfight: Modern Combat in the Urban Environment

I have played two games of Cityfight recently and am scheduled to play it again this Sunday. I have really enjoyed our games. Not knowing where your opponent's units are really adds a lot of suspense to the game. We have been using the Basic and Intermediate game rules. The rules are really well written. We haven't found any problems with them.


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Angola! - Thoughts on Covert Military Aid

In the picture, we had just finished turn 5 and the FAPLA/MPLA Alliance has a 3VP lead. Earlier in the game we gave away 1VP when we over bid on Covert Aid and we would do it again later in the game. That is 2 free VPs for the other side! That got me to thinking in the future, if my Alliance is leading in VPs, it may be best to bid zero the majority of the time and one sometimes for Covert Aid.

Pros:
1. You are playing with the lead so probably have a good position and do not need aid as much as the other Alliance.
2. The other Alliance needs more help than you so may be willing to surrender VPs in the short term to build up their strength hoping to catch up with you eventually.

Cons:
1. You will not get any Equipment if your Alliance always bids zero or minimal equipment if you bid one.
2. Your opponents will, depending how willing they are to give up VPs, get more Equipment than you. This may eventuallt tip the advantage to their favor.

Since the VP differential seems to be tight in the couple of games we have played so far, I think if you can get a good lead it is best not to give it away during the Covert Aid phase by your Alliance bidding zero most of the time.

ANGOLA!

Ok, so what did I play at gameday you ask? "Angola!", with Nevin, Kent, and Steven. We decided from the start to play 8 turns as we know the game can run on the long side. The picture is of the end of the game. The Communist backed Alliance (FAPLA red chits played by me and the MPLA yellow chits played by Nevin) won by 1 VP. It was very close and could have easily ended in a draw or victory for the other side.

Nevin held on to Cabinda eventhough Steven (FPLA) made a concerted effort to take it. We managed to hold the middle third of the map feom the coast to the edge of the fluorescent light glare in the picture. On the last turn, the UNITA  faction, Kent, went for the weakly defended towns in the Eastern part of the map.

The two most important battles on the last turn were for Cabinda and Benguela. Benguela fell to the UNITA faction on their portion of the turn but the FAPLA managed to take it back on their turn.

This is a very fun game with the only downside being the length of time to play.

Again more gameday pictures for July 27 2013

"Napoleon in Europe" with Mark W, Troy,  and Mark B.

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1812: The Invasion of Canada

Played 1812: The Invasion of Canada with my son on Sunday afternoon. We played the full campaign which ended at the end of turn 6 when the Brits played all their truce cards to end the game with a Brit win. The game first favored the Brits and then swung in favor of the Americans so I decided to try to end it before it swung back in favor of the Americans. Only 5 pages of actual rules, it plays quickly, and it it fun.

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 7:12pm

BGG Con 2011

November is always a good time for gaming because I attend BGG Con. This year I managed to play 14 wargames at BGG Con between Tues evening to Sunday morning. Five of those games were games of Sekigahara; this was probably my favorite game of the con.

I created a BGG Geeklist of all the wargames I played during the con at the link below:

http://ning.it/s44vAE

Ones that come to mind include:

Hannibal: Rome v…

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Posted on December 11, 2011 at 10:44am

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At 6:51pm on April 8, 2011, Paul Lipps said…
Hi John. Thanks for the friend invite. I really hope to make it out to a game day soon! I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
At 2:44pm on March 16, 2009, Nevin Ball said…
LOL! You're right. I'm a bit late to the party.
At 9:10am on March 10, 2009, Smitty said…
It wasa fun read. I don't have time to do all that -or maybe I chose not to make the time...
At 8:36pm on March 9, 2009, Smitty said…
I sure enjoyed reading yer stuff this evening!
At 9:13am on December 27, 2008, Smitty said…
She's quite the cutie. Mine are 22 and 17. Hard to imagine some days.
At 7:56pm on December 26, 2008, Smitty said…
Who's the cutie - your youngest?
At 12:35pm on December 25, 2008, Smitty said…
Merry Christmas to a fellow warrior.
 
 
 

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