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Your introduction to consim gaming:
Battle Cry! (Milton Bradley - 1960)
Your favorite game(s):
GBOH, Command & Colors Ancients, Great War at Sea, Musket and Pike Series, Wings of War, Down in Flames, Air Leader Solitaire Series (DVG), Flying Colors, Bomber Command, Wing Leader
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
Zeppelin Raiders
What game(s) have you played recently?
See my blog on this page.
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
About 10-12 hours a month FTF. About 12-16 hours a month PBEM.
How big is your game collection?
Probably 200 plus or minus. I occasionally sell off titles that I haven't played much.
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Elgin Area Gamers League (EAGLEs). They play a lot of Euros, etc. but there are wargamers who show up as well.
About Me
Born in Iowa & attended Catholic schools. Played many of the Milton Bradley war games. Received "Stalingrad" (AH) as a Christmas present as age 12. In college (University of Iowa) discovered Panzerblitz & Luftwaffe. After college I moved to Des Moines and took up public accounting. There I met the first actual "wargamers" Some of those guys I still play games with to this day.

The 70's and '80's in Des Moines were my "golden age" of wargaming. I was single, shared a house with a fellow wargamer for much of the time so we played lots of games. SPI & Avalon Hill in the '70s, Victory Games, GDW, Battleline in the '80s. We went to GenCon in Milwaukee most years. Big games of World in Flames, multi-player Flat-Top, War in the Pacific, Air Force/Dauntless, etc.

In the 90's my company moved me first to Minnesota and then to the Chicago area. I also got married to my wonderful wife who graciously allows me to carry on with my gaming hobby. I made wargaming friends in both locations and usually was able to continue FTF gaming on a weekly (or so) basis. These were the years of GMT Games (GBOH and DIF) and Avalanche (GWAS) for me. In 1999 my life changed again when my son was born. Right now he is more interested in Star Wars and learning to play the guitar than his old man's war games, but there is hope for him in the future.

In the 2000's I started to gravitate to more "lite" fare: some Euro games, Memoir '44, C&C Ancients, Twilight Struggle & other CDGs, etc. Maybe getting older means I don't have the stamina for the hard-core grognard stuff, maybe it's just a trend in the industry. I'm always up for some SPQR though!


2018: Retired from the workforce, so have time for more gaming!
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Movies: "Apocolypse Now", "300", "Elizabeth -The Golden Age", "Watchmen", "Inglorious Basterds", "Red Tails", "American Sniper"
Books: "Guns of August", "Bomber Command" by Max Hastings, "Atlas Shrugged"
Music: The Rolling Stones.
Activities: Biking on the Illinois Prairie Trail. Monstercon

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Steve K's Blog

Games I'm Playing 2019

Still playing more games this year . . . 

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 4:19pm — 18 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2018

Continuing the Record . . . 

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 10:30am — 29 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2017

2017 game record . . . 

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — 29 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2016

More game reports for the new year . . .

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 6:25pm — 31 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2015

Continuing to document gaming experiences . . .

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 8:44am — 36 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2014

Continuing to document my gaming obsession . . .

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:03pm — 40 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2013

Bomber Command (GMT): Played Downfall with all the optional rules. Targets were Stettin and Duisburg. Both cities had "oil target" areas, so the aimpoints were kind of on the outskirts of town, which did not help the bomb scoring. The British player conceded since after bombing both targets Bomber Command only had around 10+ VPs. 

This one of GMT's 2012 games that I enjoyed the most, I think.

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 3:48pm — 36 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2012

Another year (I hope) of wargames . . .

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 5:37pm — 56 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2011

Continuing my gaming blog for 2011. . .

Posted on January 1, 2011 at 2:37pm — 39 Comments

Games I'm Playing 2010

Keeping a record on games played in 2010.

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 8:32pm — 49 Comments

 
 
 

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