Andreas Ludwig
  • 50, Male
  • Germany

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  • Hawkeye
  • Lisa Scheer
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  • Smitty
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  • Gary Krockover
  • Kevin Rohrer
  • Dale Larson
  • Jorge Arroyo
  • Dave Starry
  • Mark Herman



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james bailey joined Andreas Ludwig's group

Up Front! The Squad Leader Card Game

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Aug 29
Gary Krockover and Andreas Ludwig are now friends
Aug 27

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Your introduction to consim gaming:
My first contact with this hobby were tactical shooters on consoles because after that I wanted a 'general's view' on historical battles and that quickly led me to board wargames. I favor the tactical level but also enjoy strategical challenges. In the past I was strictly focused on World War II games, but today I enjoy the entire wargaming spectrum, from hypothetical games over Fantasy games, from the Ancients to Vietnam War. Wargaming for me includes games on PC and on consoles, but traditional wargaming has this special feel to it, this kind of 'magic' which is so extremely satisfying and that's so hard to explain to non wargamers. Since me and my better half learned a lot from veteran wargamers all over the world, we wanted to give something back to the community and after we realized that there's almost no information about THE HOBBY available in Germany (there are some websites and clubs, but usually miniatures and/or Napoleonic era, nothing really comprehensive and no stuff to help newbies getting into the hobby) we decided to change this. So I started the Homefront Wargame Center website with my partner Denny Koch to spread the word in Germany but over the years we had to face the fact that there's no real target audience for German information on wargaming. So recently we had a reboot of the HFC and did everything from scratch and in English only. Stop by and take a look :)

Wargaming is much more to me than games on the shelf or even on the table, it's a way of life.
Your favorite game(s):
Boardgames: Empire of the Sun, Totaler Krieg, ASL, Vietnam 1965-75, Imperium Romanum II, War of the Ring

Card Games: Up Front, Attack Sub, HoW

PC Games: Company of Heroes, Rome: Total War, HPS Games, Combat Mission, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

Dreamcast: Hidden & Dangerous, Starlancer

Xbox: Operation Flashpoint: Elite, Call of Duty 2, Halo 1 and 2, Gladius, Punisher

Xbox 360: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Halo 3, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II, Call of Duty:World at War, Sacred 2, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Series

Xbox Live Gamertag: Grimnirsson
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
ASL (table); The Russian Campaign (PbEM); Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Sacred 2 (Xbox 360)
What game(s) have you played recently?
X-Men Origins - Wolverine; Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1 (Xbox 360);
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
~20 hours a week
How big is your game collection?
Board/Card-Games: ~80 / Console/PC Games: 100+
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Ahrweiler, a 1200 year old town near Remagen (Germany)
About Me
Well, I'm a Scholar of Religious Studies (graduate degree/Magister) working in different fields of academic study (mainly occultism, neo-paganism, Shin-Buddhism). Currently I'm doing researches and writing first drafts for my next book which is about Shinran Shonin (the founder of Jodo Shinshu/Shin-Buddhism, the largest Japanese buddhist tradition) and his teachings. The first one dealt with the "infamous" Aleister Crowley and is a monograph on Thelema (the religion he founded) and his 'Magick', a path of self-realization, which he called 'Scientific Illuminism.'
Since it's not that easy to find an employment in Germany in my profession (which would usually mean academic work at research institutes/universities) and because I need enough 'free' time for writing, I'm currently doing freelance work for the oldest German opinion poll institute (Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach / IfD Allensbach).
I am a Shin Buddhist and have found my spiritual home in the Dharma, i.e. Buddhism. If you want to get to know Buddhism I highly recommend the largest anglophone buddhist forum 'E-Sangha' ( where I belong to the moderator staff.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
I do have a large library (1000+ of books actually) about many different topics, e.g. religion, buddhism, philosophy, spiritual teachings, magic, occultism, cults, (military-)history, fantasy, sci-fi, Tolkien, Marvel comics, astronomy, Blues, Harry Potter, Tom Clancy, and lots more. I'm actually a bibliophile and won't ever sell any books I own :-)
One of my recent addictions is the great world created by J.R.R. Tolkien and most books I'm reading at the moment are about 'Middle-Earth'.

Music I like - that's a mix of styles but 80% is BLUES, the rest is stuff like Tom Waits, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Rammstein etc. and sometimes classical music. Regarding movies, I do like old Hollywood gems with all these great actors like Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Bette Davies etc.., but otherwise I'm open to everything, classic or modern, as long as it's good. Peter Jacksons LOTR trilogy e.g. is a masterpiece imo and one of the best movies I've ever seen.
And I do really love whisk(e)y! I am a former nothing-but-Scotch-Single-Malt-cask-strength-without-water guy, but my partner Denny introduced me to American Whiskey and now I enjoy the best of both worlds, sometimes mixed up with a wee dram of Irish Whisky ;-) Sláinte & Cheers!

Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day!

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Cards of Cthulhu Review

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! Or in English: a new HFC review is online!

Check out what we think about Cards of Cthulhu by DVG :)

Cards of Cthulhu Review

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:22am

Battle for Stalingrad - a true Eastern Front gem of a game!

We have been playing this since release and still play it, unfortunately the game seems to have been under the radar for the majority of gamers, don't know why...but I do know that I rather love's why ;)

HFC Review: Battle for Stalingrad

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:57am

Hornet Leader - The Cthulhu Conflict review

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn...but Cthulhu is not dreaming anymore, the attack of the Great Old Ones happens NOW and you can help to defend the Hornet Leader – The Cthulhu Conflict by DVG. Check out our review of the HL expansion, the game is...insane ;)

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 3:15pm

Phantom Leader Deluxe Review Online!

HFC in Vietnam! Check out our brand-new "Phantom Leader Deluxe" Review - and find out whether the game is a splendid Christmas surprise or Napalm on your Christmas tree! Enjoy!

Phantom Leader Deluxe review

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 10:14am — 3 Comments

HFC in-depth review: Blocks in the East (VentoNuovo Games)

Hi folks,

we have a new review online! If you are interested in Block Wargames and/or WW2 East Front, then you might want to read it ;)

BITE Review

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:42am — 2 Comments

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At 2:23pm on December 4, 2011, Kai Jensen said…

Happy birthday again! Man, that goes quick!  LOL

At 2:02am on December 4, 2010, Kai Jensen said…
Happy birthday, Andreas! I'm figuring with the difference in time zones it must be your birthday by now. :0) I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and games!
At 1:37pm on February 17, 2010, Jim Werbaneth said…
Oh yes, the friendly eyes, and the lighting that makes it look like you're breaking into my house!

No kitty cat either. There's no substitute for animals in a pic.
At 1:25pm on February 17, 2010, Jim Werbaneth said…
Dude, that is a much scarier photo than the old one. :)
At 1:03am on April 27, 2009, Hawkeye said…
LOL! Yes, I'm back. Looking forward to doing some gaming very soon. Take good care ...
At 12:30am on April 27, 2009, Hawkeye said…
I haven't played anything for a while except UP FRONT, which I brought with me to Afghanistan and the new version of "A House Divided" that I ordered while I was there. Looking to get back into gaming and planning to pick up Conflict of Heroes, Lock n' Loads WWII Tactical series, L4's BITTER WOODS and anything else that looks like fun.
At 12:20am on April 27, 2009, Hawkeye said…
Thanks for the welcome. Glad to be here ...
At 6:13pm on February 1, 2009, Smitty said…
We love pic 1!
At 1:13pm on January 5, 2009, Smitty said…
How are the game mechanics?
At 7:48am on January 5, 2009, Smitty said…
Thanks - the last one looks really good. Which do you guys play?

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