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A couple of my friends have been trying to get me to write something about Vassal and why I think its the best thing (combined with skype) that has happened to this hobby in years (or for me the best thing ever).
For starters I know many, many gamers who will not buy a wargame unless there is going to be a Vassal mod. I don't know anyone who won't buy a game because there is a vassal mod.
There are lots of games now days on many topics. It used to be very hard for me to find opponents, now it is easy because of vassal. I buy games because I want to play them. In my particular case I have no opponents living closer than an hours drive away and they don't always want to play the same games that I do (but they do like mostly the same stuff).
Also in my case I like to play big complex monster games. For reasons of space and finding opponents these were not getting played. I needed a tool to do that. Now I have it. Its called Vassal. I don't have to worry about company coming over or cats or kids. I just keep it saved on my computer. I don't have a problem finding guys to play these games with because I find them on CSW or BGG or Facebook!
The gaming companies should really take a look at Vassal and take advantage of it (I know several that do and they are doing quite well GMT, MMP).
The monster games that have vassal mods are getting played, talked about, and seen online by lots of gamers and customers! There are a couple companies that were against vassal and have still not embraced it (I'm trying not to mention names, we know who they are). These companies are really missing out on all the free advertising they would be getting on these games if people were able to play them! Why worry about the tiny amount of games that might get played by folks that don't buy them? The overwhelming amount of gamers that play on vassal BUY the games first.
I'm sending this out to those companies that have yet to embrace vassal and have released few or no mods.
You have some great games! I own them ! I want to play them! I am not alone! The last time I looked there were 294 members on Face Book vassal gamers alone! I think these companies would be doing themselves a huge favor if they started releasing mods.