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"Eric, Seems like we've been on similar paths in life. 1.  My uncle introduced me to wargaming when I was about 10.  Midway, Blitzkrieg, Bismark, Waterloo, Guadalcanal.  All of those lovely AH wargames he gave to me and we…"
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Your introduction to consim gaming:
When I was 14 back in 1974 I saw the old Avalon Hill MIDWAY game in a hobby shop where I always bought plastic model ships that I liked to build. Got that game instead of a TAMIYA light Japanese aircraft carrier model kit and it's not been the same since. Joined the Strategic Games Club in high school and started playing DIPLOMACY, NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION, PANZER BLITZ, PANZER LEADER, RICHTHOFEN'S WAR, FRANCE 1940, MOSCOW CAMPAIGN, FAST CARRIERS, SNIPER!, WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN, and THIRD REICH fairly frequently.
Your favorite game(s):
ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER/ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER STARTER KIT systems (AH/MMP) -- been a quarter of a century and it's still so fresh. Love the historical modules, even if I can't play the full campaigns! Yes, I do play both and enjoy both--better at Starter Kit than the full game, though.
PANZER/MBT Series (the re-issued versions from GMT). Yes, these feel so 1970s/1980s era games, but I can't get enough of them nevertheless! The GMT versions are just the way these game systems were meant to be!
PANZERGRENADIER Series. These games aren't for everyone, but I like the variety and historicity, particularly in the slow degradation of combat capability compared to other games. It's my favorite platoon-size WWII title!
EAST FRONT SERIES (GMT) -- Good balance between size and complexity. The first game in that series, TYPHOON, is my favorite, even though the rules have evolved a good bit since then. Well scratches my monster gaming itches.
CIVIL WAR BRIGADE SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- explains the crazy stuff that happened in Civil War battles more than any other sytem. Would love to see more battles covered--like Bentonville!
GRAND TACTICAL SERIES (MMP); Have played THE DEVIL'S CAULDRON and WHERE EAGLES DARE--one of my all time favorite systems and these two games are NOT to be missed! Am glad to see this system is being applied to D-Day and Crete...need to play more NO QUESTION OF SURRENDER, though!
ROMMEL IN THE DESERT, NAPOLEON, EAST FRONT II (Columbia Games) -- these are some of the best in the block games.
KORSUN POCKET (PWG) -- my favorite monster game of all time. I pray for its re-release!
OPERATIONAL COMBAT SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- best system to model this level of war. I haven't played some of the newer titles but hope to some day.
TACTICAL COMBAT SERIES (The Gamers/MMP) -- best tactical system ever; I love how the OODA loop is modeled here.
CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON SERIES--of various scales (Kevin Zucker/OSG) -- Another game system highlighting different command and control capabilities at the operational level
ASSAULT series (GDW) -- my favorite modern hypothetical tactical combat system and there's some really heavy competition. Still holds up well after nearly 30 years; just takes a long time to play. Best limited intelligence and command/control system for a modern tactical game.
AIRPOWER/FIGHTING WINGS series (Clash of Arms games) -- the ultimate tactical air boardgames. I still like the old GDW titles AIR STRIKE and AIR SUPERIORITY that got this started.
BIRDS OF PREY--admittedly this is the best of the jet air combat board games, at least for air combat maneuvering.
DOWNTOWN/ELUSIVE VICTORY series -- one of the few "grand tactical" air games and it feels just so "right" for the scale.
ADMIRALTY TRILOGY miniatures series -- best replication of tactical naval combat out there; I need to marry this to the Avalanche Press GWAS and SWWAS operational systems for the Russo-Japanese War, WWI and WWII eras.
BATTLES OF THE AGE OF REASON (Clash of Arms Games)--just seems to replicate so well the age of Frederick the Great battles.
LACE WARS (Red Sash Games)--the penultimate monster gaming experience to replicate wars of the 18th Century!
DIEN BIEN PHU: THE FINAL GAMBLE (Legion Games)--best game of this signature battle ever made. Period. Can't get enough of it!
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
I want to play nearly anything in the historical board game genre.
What game(s) have you played recently?
MBT (GMT), PANZER (GMT), ASLSK series, TURNING POINT: STALINGRAD (AH), Grant Tactical Series (GTS) games on Operation Market-Garden, LIBERTY OR DEATH (GMT COIN series), CATACLYSM (GMT), CHRUCHILL (GMT). There's so many more I need to play!
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
I write about games about an hour a day (on BGG and elsewhere); I play maybe 8-16 hours a month!
How big is your game collection?
Over 2,500 games and 500+game expansions, according to BGG. It counts scenario books as games/expansions, however. Sigh. Half of these are magazine games (XTR's COMMAND, SPI's STRATEGY AND TACTICS and WORLD AT WAR, 3W's WARGAMER, and the newer BATTLES and AGAINST THE ODDS magazines)
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Richmond Area Game Enthusiasts (RAGE) and Gerry Germond's Tuesday Night Regulars. There's far more gatherings/clubs here as well.
About Me
Married for the past 24 years to a lovely woman, Sue, who not only puts up with my weird hobbies, she actually supports me doing them! No children (we married relatively late in life). Love all sorts of historical periods and scales in my gaming, from ancients through contemporary hypothetical conflicts, even science fiction (and occasionally fantasy). Probably have wargaming ADD; I keep moving from game to game, system to system, and find enjoyment in most everything I play.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Writing military history, reading military history, fine pure malt scotch, bourbon, and cigars, modern classical music as well as "shoegazing" stuff, fine arts, and far too many other interests because I'm a naturally curious guy.Am a professor of strategy and operational art the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Lee satellite campus. Get to take the class on staff rides to the various civil war battlefields in the area--what's not to like?
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At 7:47pm on May 5, 2019, jo kussey said…

Eric,

Unfortunately, I sold my big collection of 100+ wargames back in 2000.  Stopped wargaming altogether until the last 5 years or so.  Some of them were definitely not solitaire.  Waterloo was a joke, compared to the games out there now on the subject.  Midway and Bismark, I remember that those games probably would still be fun to play...  But two player games!  Squad Leader was fun, but so many rules!

The Hexasim Austerlitz game is outstanding.  I really enjoyed the system, the components and had lots of replayability.  And the BCS series is great, I've spent many hours on that system, still playing Patton's counterattack.  Haven't gotten my copy of Brazen Chariots.  Funny, I'm more an East Front guy, so I'm learning a lot about the Western Front.  If you are into modern games, the GMT series Next War is really good, although I think they need to work on the EW part of modern warfare. It is amazing how much this facet of combat has changed even in the last 10 years with GPS spoofing, jamming of artillery and drones!

I don't know of anyone playing out here, but I haven't really looked.  To be honest, the vast majority of my gaming was solitaire.  I suppose I could start looking. I'll try my first wargaming convention in PHX in June and maybe I'll get the bug to play man-to-man!  Yea, I would think that there are many opponents out in VA, with Washington DC right there and the bases.  

Eric, nice talking to you, take care,

Joe

At 9:59pm on April 28, 2019, jo kussey said…

Eric,

Seems like we've been on similar paths in life.

1.  My uncle introduced me to wargaming when I was about 10.  Midway, Blitzkrieg, Bismark, Waterloo, Guadalcanal.  All of those lovely AH wargames he gave to me and we played a number of them.  That was about 1974!

2.  I see some USMC affiliation in the pictures.  I served the USMC 1982-1986.  I still work for them as an ATC maintenance supervisor at MCAS Yuma.  So my entire adult life has been with the USMC in some manner.

3.  Wargaming has been a passion with me lately.  I stopped playing in my 20's and 30's as I played hockey and then raised kids.  But now, I have a room and tables and I have returned to my childhood love.  I'm playing Last Blitzkrieg, the BCS system that I am very much enjoying.  I appreciate the welcome.

Regards,


Joe

At 3:23pm on January 31, 2019, John Reich said…

Thanks for the welcome, been on Consimworld for a number of years, primarily trolling the forum for GTS, TCS, and CSS.  I have done an admirable job of pissing on rules that could easily be amended such as the GTS spotting under a barrage rule....  you can only shoot out one hex, but can see to infinity, spot that lonely mortar unit in travel mode and call arty on it. Now you cant shoot at it even if your Tiger tank is nonsurpressed by the 81mm "barrage".... kills me, just modify the damn rule

At 2:57pm on January 7, 2019, John G Galloway said…
Simonitch has done outstanding - and consistently high-quality - work for years. Huge fan.
At 7:02pm on November 12, 2018, Steven Scott said…

Appreciate the welcome Eric. It was looking for a consolidated set of rules for Central Front (and I understand a revised counter-mix too) that lead me here. Cheers

At 3:03pm on August 21, 2018, William George Sterner said…

The favorites are cause the hold the most memories when I started playing these back in the day.  I like both Metz 1870 and Offensive a Outrance.  The latter of course is a "monster" '; however, that period has always intrigued me. Metz has the chit pulling system which I think adds to the "fog of war" what if's.  You wouldn't happen to know where I could acquire a copy (or at least pages 19-20) from GMT's Typhoon 1941 playbook.  I got a copy (in the shrink wrap) on Ebay but those pages were missing.  I contacted GMT direct but no joy there.  Cheers!

At 5:32pm on July 18, 2018, Stephen Weiss said…

Thanks Eric! Yeah, can't wait for Stalingrad '42 and the next game in the Next War series....

At 1:04pm on May 28, 2018, David Lubin said…

Anytime you want to play any of them let me know!

At 7:12am on April 19, 2018, john pysz said…

well i have all the BERGS ,TSS GAMES along The  Gamers, TCS,OCS.Don't play as much as i use to work.

At 8:37pm on April 2, 2018, Michael Borovsky said…

Thanks Eric,

I found Fall Blau a very interesting puzzle.  If the Soviets stand they will die but must make the Germans pay for their gains.  The Soviets must not be passive and can and should counter attack when they are given the opportunity.  The Germans of course must be very aggressive and use Mobile Assaults early to open things up.

I am eagerly awaiting the Before and After Kharkov sequel.

Mike

 
 
 

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