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Comment by Eric Walters on April 18, 2010 at 10:51am
Russ and Bill, I just can't go back to TSS, but part of the reason for that is there are three excellent monster games on Gettysburg (THREE DAYS OF GETTYSBURG, SUMMER STORM,and HALLOWED GROUND). Breaking out TSS to me is like breaking out PANZERBLITZ--I get nostalgic until I actually start playing the game and remember why I moved on. BLOODY APRIL still stands the test of time as it's a bit less frustrating to play than FEARFUL SLAUGHTER (but I confess I sold my copy of the SPI game to Peter Perla last February, knowing I'd never play it again). WACHT AM RHEIN left me cold even the first time I played it. Now, CITY FIGHT is awesome and there's really nothing else like it. COBRA is good (I think it's in its third edition now), HTTR 2nd Ed scenarios are good (the campaign game a little less so, but I've not done the 3rd Ed yet). And I am still keeping my copy of NATO in the flat box!
Comment by Russ Gifford on April 17, 2010 at 11:04pm
My list is closer to Bill's. I find I can put Mech War 77 Panzer 44 on the table (using some of October War's rules) any time and enjoy it.

Of course, I will play TSS or any of the GBACW games anytime. I am thinking of actually trying Bloody April again. Highway to the Reich still calls to me as well. And for some reason, Wacht Am Rhein. I would be up for StarSoldier any day of the week - and would really like the chance to play CityFight again after all these years....
I have lately had a feeling of wanting to play Wacht Am Rhein
Comment by Bill Clancy on April 17, 2010 at 10:26pm
You can play the SPI Arnhem, Napoleon's last Battles, some of the Blue and Gray quad through the Hexwar website (www.hexwar.com), although its kinda expensive when you may already own the game.
For my list:
Mech War 77 and Panzer 44
Cobra
NATO
PanzerGruppe Guderian
Whact Am Rhein
Highway to the Reich
Panzerarmee Afrika
Comment by Eric Walters on April 17, 2010 at 3:31pm
Chris, which ones do you think are the most "classic" that you find yourself playing (or wanting to play) these days? My list has varied over the years, but off the top of my head, I could easily be convinced to play these:

ARNHEM (from WESTWALL QUAD)
CHICKAMAUGA (from one of the BLUE AND GRAY Quads, I can't remember which one)
NAPOLEON'S LAST BATTLES QUAD
BATTLES FOR THE ARDENNES QUAD
PANZERGRUPPE GUDERIAN (even the 1st Edition)
MECH WAR 2 Red Star/White Star
"Old" Central Front series (FIFTH CORPS, HOF GAP, BOAR)
CONQUISTADOR
SNIPER! and PATROL!
FREDERICK THE GREAT (even the old edition!)
PANZERARMEE AFRIKA (even the old edition)
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (an oldie but goodie)
STARFORCE: ALPHA CENTAURI (now there's a Sci-Fi Classic!)
BATTLEFLEET MARS

There's probably a few others I've just forgotten about. Others have had the state of the art pass them by, but we never would be where we are now without some of the ground-breaking designs that led up to them (TSS comes to mind...)
Comment by Chris Easter on April 17, 2010 at 1:43pm
SPI was my introduction into wargaming. So many classic games that still are very playable today.
Comment by Russ Gifford on July 28, 2009 at 4:30pm
Thanks Jim. Hope you enjoy it.
There is now a slide show demo version online at the same place you download the program. It is www.zettesworld.com/RussDB.htm

The demo 'walks' you through the some of the many things you can do with the database. (Since, well, I was too busy creating it to do any instructions, you know?)

Also, you'll see there are a few other articles in it. My goal is to load all the 'normal' articles from the General, now that I have the Moves articles. It won't be NEARLY as hard, since with MOVES I indexed EVERYTHING - adds, notices, letters, individual notes in columns, every single blessed 'Footnotes' - and tagged it as a scenario/varient, errata, tactical analysis, review, overview, or letter to the editor. Heck, some of the CONVENTIONS made it into this thing.

My favorite is the "Works in Progress' pages - you can now pull up which columns your favortie game was showcased in, so you can go back and read it. And, well, if I put in a link, you can READ the article itself....

But for the General, since most of the magazine was straight up articles, it will be quick and easy to knock of a volume in a no more than two weeks. Then as that comes online, you'll just download the new version, and see those games as well.

Ah, if only you could make a living doing this... sigh.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on July 28, 2009 at 11:50am
Russ,
I was just looking at the screencaps of your database, and it looks INCREDIBLE. I'm downloading it now.
Comment by Russ Gifford on July 27, 2009 at 10:43pm
Well, it is not EXACTLY finished, but the COMPLETE SPI game index, and complete MOVES magazine article index is together on one database now.

The Wargame and Article Tracker will allow you to call up any SPI game, see the year published, which era, who designed it and who developed it, and if it was a stand alone game, part of a series, in a Quad, in S&T or Ares - or if it was a monster!

Then, with one more click, and repeating a few letters from the name of the game, see the listing of all the articles on file about that game, from reviews, analysis, errata to scenario/varient data. Oh - and any ads the game might have appeared in, as well.

Right now, a few (very few) articles/ads are hot linked, but morewill be inthe future.

You can also simply search for articles of a certain type - or simply ask what articles were in Issue 20 of Moves!

The catch? You have to have Microsoft Access to use it.

The link to the download is here - http://www.zettesworld.com/RussDB.htm
Comment by Faith on May 24, 2009 at 7:24am
I was so pleased to see this group as I absolutely love all things SPI.
Comment by Chris Gammon on April 8, 2009 at 6:20pm
I got hold of CWiE II and I'm making notes about what doesn't appear to work and scouring the manual to see if it's me or the code. So far it's me, except for one thing that I need to reproduce and report on. On a small screen I was able to get all views to disappear by clicking the next/previous view buttons. But I'm having lots of fun and spending way too much time with it. It's rather addicting.
 

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