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Games You Sold or Gave Away and Now Wish You Hadn't
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Sages, Rages, and Flashes In the Pan
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Walters May 5, 2008.

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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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Connections 2013: 22-25 July in Dayton Ohio

Connections 2013 will be held 22 through 25 July 2013 at the Tec^Edge, Dayton, Ohio – and virtually worldwide.

Connections is the only national conference dedicated specifically to wargaming. Since 1993 Connections has worked to advance and preserve the art, science and application of wargaming by bringing together all elements of the field (military, commercial and academic) so that practitioners can exchange information on achievements, best practices and needs.

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PrezCon 2013--the 20th Annual Convention of the Winter Nationals

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Initial Impressions of GMT's revisions of Jim Day's PANZER board wargame--plus expansions.

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WHERE EAGLES DARE at WINTER OFFENSIVE 2012

You can read my "First Impressions" multi-part review of the game at Board Game Geek here.

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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At 12:59pm on January 14, 2021, Kevin Duke said…

I'm with you. We actually hosted the "Team Squad Leader" tournament at Origins the same year GI came out. (210 entries), so you could say we were an enthusiastic and supportive group.

We had a solid 5 playtesters for Cross of Iron and Crescendo, down to 4 for GI, but I was the only one who went into ASL. (I also worked on the first "Deluxe SL" and supplied a group of scenarios that I don't think they used).    I was sad to see it go. It went from "play more than all other games combined" to "don't play at all" in the space of about a year, though things had been slipping. Did we really need reindeer sleighs and ski troops? Prisoners, escaped prisoners, and "escaped prisoners scrounging for weapons"?  Nah, I haven't looked back. Need to find a home for my purple base game box and the 11 lbs of stuff that went with it.

At 10:26pm on January 10, 2021, Shannon said…
Thanks for the welcome, Eric!

I very much hope to grow into the community, once things return to normal!
At 8:47pm on December 31, 2020, monty bradley said…

Eric, I hope you can help me. I downloaded the Hexdraw program after paying through Paypal. I kept getting an Error message, so I deleted the program and reloaded it from a lead on the Consim forum. I thought all was well since I no longer got the error message only to find that after drawing a map and attempting to print it, I got a message saying, "This feature is disabled on the trial version of Hexdraw 1.1"

How can I get the full version I paid for?

Thanks for any help you can offer. MontyBradley

Email:mbrad1958@yahoo.com

At 4:44pm on December 25, 2020, Daniel Windham said…

Hi Eric,

I actually have Tonkin, Dien Bien Phu, and C'est Algiera by Kim Kanger...to be honest I find those games more difficult to understand then ASL. If only because they are not played as often. 

Cheers.

DW

At 1:06pm on November 28, 2020, Phil Buczkowski said…

Thanks Eric.

At 10:09am on November 12, 2020, William Broadhurst said…

Thanks.  That wiki page was great but Im not seeing anything anymore..... 

At 3:09pm on October 29, 2020, Donald R Garlit said…

Dear Eric,

Thanks for the welcome.  I have played war games for decades.

One observation as you asked about games and history: I have found that sometimes book view of history is that losing generals were bad generals.  Often they have been constrained by forces, geography, civilian leadership, etc. and are not as bad as everyone thinks.  Examples are that Soviet leadership had some effective generals yet many bad decisions were bad by party leadership.  Another example: Not everyone in Italian army in WW2 was a bad soldier.

BGG is a great website.  I use it all the time!

Sincerely,

Don

 

At 7:22am on October 26, 2020, Stephen A Fliss said…

Thanks Eric!

At 9:58am on October 24, 2020, Paul Brown said…

Hi Eric, Thanks for the welcome. I am totally bought into the GDW Ruleset from 1975 for La Bataille games....suits my aging brain against the more complex recent rulesets....am solo replaying the full Moscowa battle just now as it happens but have recently completed Ligny (1st end) with them quite successfully. 

BTW I have been a longtime member of the normal CSW Forum...did I really need a new logon for the Social Forum? or have I just duplicated myself on CSW?

At 5:31pm on October 23, 2020, MONTE GRAY said…

Hi Eric,  I think the last time I played my friend and I used the rule book in Moscova.    I was wondering, did anyone ever publish any scenarios for Gunslinger besides what were published in the General?  A couple of friends and I are playing the role playing game right now and it would be nice to have some more choices for scenarios!  The next time I go to Monster Con I will have to set up a game of Gunslinger and see how many die hards sign up!

 
 
 

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