Mike Raymond
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What would be your Ultimate Gaming Experience ?
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I have dreamed for many years of being part of a group of war gamers who were all playing the same huge game, but at different levels, yet related. What I mean by related is that the action is…Continue

Tags: multi-player, pbem, ww2

Started this discussion. Last reply by M Watney Mar 6, 2012.

Doing away with dice
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Have you ever had all the advantages in your favor, more of everything, and lost it all with a bad die roll? That has happened to me quite a few times. It always bothered me, but even more when I…Continue

Tags: tactical, operational, strategy, ww2, pbem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Raymond Dec 20, 2017.

WW2 Command Opportunities

The war continues as we gear up for turn seven in WW2 The Big One. This is a decision-based command game recreating the war in great detail. Every battle means something in this team-based,…Continue

Tags: pbem, tactical, operational, strategic, ww2

Started Dec 7, 2010

Command Anxiety

WW2 – The Big One, perhaps the most interesting and complex game you will ever find. Note that this is a text-based email game.   This is not a battle game, although combat is part of it. This is a…Continue

Tags: Tactical, Operational, Strategic, WW2

Started Jul 8, 2010


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Mike Raymond replied to Mike Raymond's discussion Doing away with dice
"I guess some people like that "if only" feeling. Even with the advantages system, there can be player mistakes. For instance, not knowing or failing to notice advantages that your opponent does pick up on.  Overlooking your supply…"
Dec 20, 2017
David Lent replied to Mike Raymond's discussion Doing away with dice
"There has got to be some type of way of representing "complete goof-ups" in combat.  A bad dice roll does this nicely.  However, the old micro game "One World" uses something similar to rock, paper and scissors instead…"
Dec 19, 2017

Profile Information

Your introduction to consim gaming:
Numerous players in my own pbem game are members.
Your favorite game(s):
WW2 The Big One, Global War, ASL, Flattop,Armed Assault,Silent Hunter
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Silent Hunter, Armed Assault, WW2 The Big One
What game(s) have you played recently?
As above
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
Hours dailly
How big is your game collection?
About Me
Single Dad, widower, old fart, author
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
writing, reading, hiking, biking,TV

Mike Raymond's Blog

Snippits from the game rules

Hi All,


Folks are missing a great game opportunity, so I decided to paste some of the rules here, in a serial kind of blog, and work through all nine manuals. Interested people can get the full rules, all manuals, at the game web site. We want more players, nuff said.

WW2 The Big One Game Site




Battle takes place in Fronts that are geographic locales that players…


Posted on February 15, 2011 at 3:23pm


WW2 The Big One needs 20 players as the war just expanded. May 1940 and Italy just joined Germany by invading France.  That opens up the Med Sea Front. 

We don't have enough people to fill all the roles.

Strategic, Operational, Tactical, Espionage, Army, Navy, Air

Decision-making roles… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 10:16am

If I write it, will they read it?

Recently I've been pondering actually publishing the rules of my game WW2 The Big One. There are nine manuals plus additional material and enough of that to equal a tenth. The current method of delivery is in the form of MS Word documents. It occurred to me that this work deserves to live beyond the playing of the game.

Thirty years of work has gone into this project, writing and revising. That is four or five complete re-writes as new ideas and concepts come up. I think the finished… Continue

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 9:59am — 5 Comments

Recruiting players for WW2

WW2 is starting again. We need Tactical Level players. Those are Lt. Generals in the army, Squadron Leaders in the air, and Captains at sea. TAC players handle all combat in the game via email.

The new game is starting this month, August 2010, so contact me soon.

This is not just a Tactical game. You can earn promotions to Operational and even Strategic Levels as the war progresses.

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 6:32am

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At 1:48pm on December 7, 2010, Joey Sabin said…
What positions are currently available, if its not too much trouble to ask.
At 12:57pm on December 7, 2010, Joey Sabin said…
Is this a roll player game as a commander?
At 1:34pm on July 11, 2010, brian s. b. said…
will do!

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