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OK, so first blog post, expect poor organisation as I blurt out stuff to introduce myself and what I've been doing, forget what I was saying and go in a random direction to talk about something totally different.......... *cough* where was I?
Who be me???? Me be English geezer, fairly old, living in tropical Malaysia teaching the local youth how to be Engineers and Managers, and constantly hurling abuse at the local drivers.........
Someone put a forum post on BGG today asking "Why Wargames?".......
My simple answers:
- I'm getting fed up painting tons of miniatures, and then only using them a few times before the next game/period/ruleset comes along and I need to paint up another mountain of lead.......
- I usually don't wanna swap sheep for wood, compete to see who grows the most crops, builds the most structures or transports the most wooden cubes around a board...... though once in a while it is acceptable.............................. I really just wanna roll dice, make gun noises and blow stuff up!!!!
Its been a while since I played/bought any hex & counter wargames.... my usual drug of choice being miniature/tabletop gaming (Malifaux, Rules of Engagement, Dark Age, Infinity etc). However, for the reasons given above I am making a shift back towards H&C (though heaven forbid that I give up on the miniatures, good grief no!!!) and looking to expand my collection of sexy boxes with tonnes of card bitz inside.
Currently, as far as non-miniature wargames go, I have Memoir 44 (does this count? LOL), Lock n Load Forgotten Heroes 1st Ed (plus Anzac), Paths of Glory, Bomb Alley, Burning Blue, Whistling Death, Pax Romana.
A week or so ago I picked up the PnP version of Corps Command: Totensonntag, and have ordered (waiting not-very-patiently for) Combat Commander: Pacific, Fighting Formations: GD, and World at War: Blood & Bridges. I'm hoping that these, along with my current stock, will also help to get more of the tabletop crowd to join me in some cardboard counter pushing fun.
Right, intro blah blah done, here's what I did this weekend:
Saturday - played two games of Memoir 44 with my two eldest kids (10yrs, 8yrs). My boy was especially chuffed as he wiped my Germans from the board with ease....... Then I zoomed off to a local music venue to watch "The Oppressed" with some ex-students and new friends!!
Sunday - played two more games of Memoir 44 with the kids and got my revenge hehehehe. They then proceeded to play a couple of games of 10 Days in Asia, while I brought out my newly printed and mounted PnP Corps Command: Totensonntag for a solo practice/playtest game before the footy came on TV.
How did I find CC:T??? Pretty damn good actually.
It would be a good game for Memoir 44 players to take the next step without being overawed by some of the more complex/larger games out there. I reckon my kids are nearly ready to gve it a go.
Once the initial rules checks and queries were done in the first couple of turns, the rest of the game went very fast, with the final victory only confirmed in the final impulse. Gonna have another game tonight methinks. Thumbs up!!
Whats up next? Well, while waiting for my wargame package to arrive from the states, I might print and mount up the Valor & Victory or Zaibatsu games I downloaded...... plus play more CC:T, maybe even try with my Memoir-addicted kids!!!
|Scott 'Shinobi' Kirby|