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Just picked up my first OCS games and trying to come to terms with the system....any pointers for us beginners with rulebook in hand?
Latch on to a friend who is willing to help you learn. It's much easier picking up the system that way.
Alas, I live in a VERY rural area with no one to play with....I'm ok solitaire It's just hard to learn such a big system this way. Hoping Reluctant Enemies solves this for me...I love that supply makes the game.
I live in a VERY rural area also. I learned OCS via vassal. My teacher was in Tacoma, WA. I'd be willing to help you out. I wouldn't have a huge amount of time on a daily basis but I'd be glad to give back. Several people have surely helped me.
I might just take you up on that. I'm a cop and on call often so I have odd hours to set up and play... I'm trying to use vassal to learn to cut down on the wife's clutter obsession. :)
I try not to use vassal as a substitute for putting a real map on the table but the OCS games can be a challenge. Most are at least two maps. Many are much more. Just let me know. My game email is as follows: tawhicks at gmail dot com.
OCS lends itself pretty well to play by email although it might be better to do some live vassal, maybe on skype, in the early stages to clarify matters. OCS really has to challenges. (1) Learning the system. (2) Learning to use the system rightly in terms of tactics of play. I know the rules pretty well. I don't claim to be an expert in tactics but I've played it quite a lot.