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Still playing more games this year . . .
First play through of FAB Golan '73. The Syrian offensive bogged down on turn 6, Israeli Sudden Death Victory. We will try this one again, interesting system.
First play-through of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea with the Saturday Group. Pretty Euro-style, but good chances for chaos and back-stabbing due to Fate and Event cards. We got through 3 Epochs in our first learning game (basic scenario 4-player) and hope to try this again.
Our 3rd play of Sixth Fleet ended with a very close Draw. The Russians did a good job of capturing Istanbul, but airborne and amphibious assaults on Crete failed to control it at game end. Lots of Cruise Missile attacks, and a 3 squadron Blinder attack on a US CV TF that was intercepted and wiped out by F14s and F18s. I thought this was a fun magazine game and a worthy successor to the old Sixth Fleet game from 1975.
Saturday group did a "training session" of GMT's Clash of Monarchs. Pretty stiff learning curve and much checking the rulebook. We figured out most of how things work and decided it's worth another shot.
The Saturday Joliet group played Genesis Saturday, a close one between the Assyrians and the Hittites. The Babylonians got ambushed by Elam, and the Egyptians had religious and revolt problems. Just enough chaos for me! Our group enjoys this game, and paused for a moment to remember the designer, Richard Berg. RIP.
Gaming Session in Cedar Rapids: June10-13.
Pacific Tide (3rd US loss I have played!)
The US Civil War
No Trumpets No Drums
Wild Blue Yonder (3 campaigns)
Another play of Liberte' 5-player with the Saturday group. Here's the end of the game, the Royalists formed the final government!
The Thursday breakfast group played Liberte', a Euro-style game based loosely on the French Revolution. Clever design. we thought it was fun. would be good for the larger Saturday group.
Arquebus (GMT) Pavia 1525: Setup for the big battle. Looks like another tough one for the French!
Arquebus (GMT) Ravenna 1512: Another embarrassing loss by the French! They broke through the Spanish trench line in two places, but Spanish infantry counterattacks inflicted enough casualties to trigger the French Flight.
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Long Cruel Woman (new from High Flying Dice Games)
Battle of Moncontour
European Soldiers and Asian Armies
Ecuador and Peru, 1941
Luftwaffe preparations for the Ardennes Offensive
Interceptor Ace: Daylight Air Defense Over Germany (new from Compass Games)
Paper Wars, Issue 93: Wagram 1809 (new from Compass Games)
Wing Leader: Eagles Expansion (new from GMT Games)
Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942, 2nd Ed. (new from GMT Games)
Red Storm (new from GMT Games)
Red Storm Unboxing [video]
The Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180CE Play Overview
Field Commander: Alexander Review
Interview with Wray Ferrell & Brad Johnson
Interview with Ty Bomba
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