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COIN system

Just discovered the joys of the COIN system games from GMT stable.

Ran shy of these as did not seem to be 'proper' wargames and the fact that they were generally 4 player but after acquiring Fire In The Lake, and being pleasantly surprised that they generate a good 2 player experience, I am now a firm believer (cue Monkees song) having not been this enthused by a game system/series since Combat Commander ! 

What a heady mix  of combat, politics, resource management, events,…

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Added by Gary Barr on October 7, 2019 at 7:34am — 2 Comments

Bagration June 27

I got through the June 27 Operations Phase and 11th Guards Army's 2nd Guards Tank Corps, and 5th Guards Tank Army was exploiting beyond the Drut River and historically ran head long into the arriving 5th Panzer Division with the 505th Heavy Panzer Battalion between Berezino and Krupki.

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 7, 2019 at 9:48pm — No Comments

News, and It's Not Good

I have some news for Line of Departure subscribers especially. Unfortunately it's not good. Today I got a bad diagnosis at a doctor's office, and my driving will be curtailed for the foreseeable future. No, it's not a DUI, nor is it connected with substance abuse. It's my heart, and it's been malfunctioning in a frightening manner. I have to get on the schedule with my invasive cardiologist, yes that's a…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 3, 2019 at 1:39pm — 7 Comments

June 23, 1944

11th Guards Army is breaking through the seam between 4th Army's XXVII Corps and 3rd Panzer Army's VI Corps. 

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 9:36pm — 5 Comments

End of June 22nd, 1944

And at the end of June 22nd, only 2nd and 3rd Belorussian Front attacked (1st Belo presence felt on the 23rd). Here is the first and only breakthrough made in the 49th Army area of operations. The Germans made local counter attacks and a successful barrage (78th Sturm Division's Nebelwerfer unit)…

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Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Soviet 11th Guards Army and yet again parts of German 4th Army at start.

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Soviet 49th Army at start and parts of German 4th Army.

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Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Soviet 3rd Army and parts of German 4th Army at start

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Soviet 3rd Army and parts of German 4th Army at start

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Soviet 28th and 65th Armies, and German 9th Army at start.

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:40pm — No Comments

BagratioTesting Continues

Set up Soviet 1st, 2nd, and most of 3rd Belorussian Front vs German 9th and 4th Armies ( need to make a half sheet map extension north of Vitesk-Polotsk). 

Here is the map looking west  

Added by Pete Maidhof on September 2, 2019 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Bagration Project

Recently I have been able to replicate the 1st Belorussian Front's encirclement of Bobruisk.  Photo has 3rd Army's 9th Tank Corps breaking out into the open.  System is derived from the old GMT title Lost Victory.

Added by Pete Maidhof on August 25, 2019 at 9:28pm — 3 Comments

Free Time to Work on Line of Departure Issue 83

I'm still working three jobs at the moment, teaching at two, and consulting for another company.  So unemployment isn't giving me more time, far from it.

What's giving me extra time is that I keep on getting sentenced to Facebook Jail.  I got a day before, for posting a meme of a cat that looked like Hitler, then after my suspension was lifted, they decided that there was nothing wrong with it.  I was also suspended for a day, for a cartoon that made fun of the Ku Klux Klan.  This…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 20, 2019 at 7:57pm — 8 Comments

Line of Departure at Origins!

For those of you who will be attending Origins this week, I will be there, and doing some presentations for Armchair Dragoons.
 
These are:
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Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 10, 2019 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Was I the only one?

I was wondering what people set up to play this week with the 75th anniversary of D-Day so very much in the news.

After some consideration I passed over Conflict Games’ Overlord for LnL:T Heroes of Normandy, especially the “Flash,Thunder” scenario which gives a good solitaire game.

What’s on your table? 

Added by Dave Smith on June 7, 2019 at 6:47pm — 5 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 82 Available

Line of Departure Issue 82 (Spring 2019) is now available for purchase.  The articles include a review of Forgotten Legions (Compass Games), along with analysis of Oil War (SPI), Acre (Decision Games), Ring of Fire (Moments in History), along with Tobruk (Avalon Hill).  To read the Bully Pulpit editorial and see the full table of contents,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 14, 2019 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Great War Commander - two Verdun scenarios played

Been a goodly while since I have posted on here (keep forgetting) but here are some pics from my latest gaming session with the excellent Great War Commander game.

all on my regular Blog at https://sgtsteiner.blogspot.com/…

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Added by Gary Barr on April 8, 2019 at 7:03am — No Comments

The Best Reason I Know to Give Away a New Wargame

As a high school teacher, one of the things I've never heard (in 31 years) is a 16 y.o. female student describe a wargame as (and I quote) "The most awesome game ever...."  She was talking about Napoleon (the AH version) that she played at game club "pizza and games" night. (see my last blog....)  

How would one react?  Well, I just so happened to have a new copy of the CG version I'd picked up last summer at a store clearnace in Santa Clara (for $5!). So student "K" is now the proud…

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Added by Dave Smith on March 28, 2019 at 10:27pm — 6 Comments

First Looks at the Deluxe Edition of ‘SPQR’ and ‘Poland Strikes!’ on The Daily Dope for February 27th, 2019

Tonight I unbox and take a first look at the new reprint of the deluxe edition of the ancient warfare game SPQR from GMT Games and, as a wargame Wednesday bonus, take a first look at …

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Added by Jeff McAleer on February 28, 2019 at 12:36pm — No Comments

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