January & February - Red Star Rising: Intereresting and different approach to The Great Patriotic War.

March - Montrose Triumphs (TCS) : Fun little DTP battle game, like 30 Years War Quad, sort of.

March - Holy Roman Empire: Also fun. Struggling with the rules. Want to try this four-player.

March - My annual trip to Cedar Rapids to play a long weekend of games with one of my old gaming buddy. We played Manouver (GMT), C&C Ancients, Twilight Struggle. Luftwaffe 2007, Tide of Iron & Twilight Imperium. Ten games total in 72 hours! Great time, as usual!

April - 4-player Holy Roman Empire. We finished this on May 18. Great unexpected finish with an Ottoman total victory on the last turn!

May - Caesar XL. Fun little campaign for only $20. Great value & I would like to play it again. Drive on Metz - My Americans lost 43-0!

Monstercon - We played Red Star Rising again. Pretty much German victory (again). Also The Campaigns of King David. Also played in the Strike Force One and Showtime Hanoi tournaments. Didn't go anywhere in those.

June - First B-29 Superfortress mission. Will fly some more of these. Then we started SPQR-Barbarian (Cremona).

July - Played my son in The Queen's Gambit, an AH Star Wars game with some simularities to Battle Cry. Lots of cards, plastic droids, gungans, jedi, etc. on three map boards, including a three-floor Naboo palace. Great fun. Hoping to get my son interested in these sort of games, maybe he can get into Battle Cry or C&C Ancients.

July - Finished our epic game of Cremona (SPQR). Went right down to the wire. Both sides reached their withdrawal level, but the Romans were 20+ over compared to the Gauls 10-15+ or so. It looked like the Romans could win right up to the end, but they lost. Great action in this one. We will be setting up Sentium next. Also played the TCS DTP medieval battle game Legnano to try out the system. It's pretty simple, but there's more to it than you think with the "optional" rules.

August - Started Sentinum (SPQR) from the Barbarian module. The barbarians my right have routed most of the Roman velites. My Samnites have not engaged the Romans on the left. More later.

September - Continued our Sentinum GBOH battle. On my right, my Senomes are about 50% to their withdrawal level. Opposite them, the Romans under Publius Decius Mus are about 40 rout points away from breaking. On the left, my Samnites are fighting the first line of Quintus Fabius Rullianus and are taking the wort of this initial clash.
Back to M&P Battle System - Edgehill. Ah. . . .

October - Started Barbarossa 2008 (WaW #1) a couple times, and the Germans failed to get past Turn 4 both times. We'll take it up again next time.

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Comment by Dave Conn on January 3, 2009 at 2:35pm
Hi, Steve! Great blog. And thanks for the Christmas card; you are a lot more organized than me!
Comment by Steve K on December 28, 2008 at 9:20pm
December 28 - Warriors of God, the Lion in Winter scenario. France (me) lost after 65 years. Fun game. Robin Hood almost shattered one of the King of France's armies. We will play the 100 Years' War scenario next.
Comment by Steve K on December 27, 2008 at 10:41am
December 26 - Two games of Lighting: Poland and Midway. These are fun card games. Two games in less than two hours and the cards went my way in both of them. That's why I like card games!
Comment by Steve K on December 7, 2008 at 7:20pm
December - Joe & I finished our third shot at Barbarossa 2008. I made it to January 1943 with only 26 VPs, so it was not a surprise that my Russian opponent was able to blow a whole in the line and occupy 3 VP cities behind my lines to win the game. I guess I need to Garriaon those! Very tense little game. I would like to try it again sometime.

Since Barbarossa finished early, we set up and played Russia Defiant. Switched sides and the Germans gave up after September 1941. Very tough game for the Germans.
Comment by Steve K on November 30, 2008 at 10:43am
Thanksgiving - Visiting with my 2 nephews and played Queens Gambit and 1960:Making of the President with them & my son. The older nephew is a take-no-prisoners gamer, that's for sure.
Comment by Steve K on November 9, 2008 at 9:43pm
November - Finished up The Queen's Gambit with my 9-year-old son, Dave. Then we went to a local one-day game con ("Kit-Con") yesterday and played two games of Battle-Cry, the old 1961 version. Dave saw some guys playing 1960 The Making of the President and thought it looked like fun so we stopped off at the local game store and picked up a copy. We finished our first game tonight - 356 electoral votes for Nixon! Dave is very interested in the elections right now, and we both liked the 1960 game. He will want us to return to this one again to get revenge for JFK.

Joe & I returned to Barbarossa 2008 today. I actually made it to the end of Turn 6 as the Germans this time with 21 VPs so far. This game is really tense, and for having simple rules you really have to really be careful where you put your units and where you attack and defend. This is a tricky little game, very satisfying. Without ZOCs there is little margin for error. At least I kept the Russians from marching into Germany so far in this game!
Comment by Joseph on April 6, 2008 at 6:25pm
I'm playing the Muslim Player in Holy Roman Empire with Mr. Keifer. The Muslims have a auto-win if they take Vienna. (Only side I believe that have this.) Using diplomacy I grabed Hungary for my side which opened the door to Vienna. This was on the first turn. I was already to take Vienna(odds in my favor) when a rule was found that prevented the Muslim player from doing this on the first turn. I had thought this ploy was too ahistorical and it was; now its down to the slow approach. Though its nice to see the kaffirs fighting amoung themselves, divide and conquer. Steve Keifer and I play ftf most of the time.
Comment by Steve K on April 6, 2008 at 5:24pm
Started our 4-player Holy Roman Empire (GD) today. Went pretty smoothly, biggest problem is that it is very expensive to campaign and players are always short on resources. Which is probably as it should be. You can't just build big armies and march them all around the map - you run out of money!
Comment by Steve K on April 3, 2008 at 1:10pm
John: Thanks for reading my blog! Yeah, there was a lot more to Manouver than I expected. We played two battles and thoroughly enjoyed them. I have played Twilight Struggle before and it is one of my favorites. They really nailed the Cold War in that one.
Comment by John "Tex" Teixeira on April 3, 2008 at 10:49am
Red Star Rising-one of the worst maps in a long time....Manouver is a fast and fun game as is Twilight Struggle...nice post, Steve.

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