John, thanks for the welcome. I have not played "Breakout Normandy" yet, but i will play it a few days before i depart to CSW Expo 2008 in May. I've heard about Hexacon, but since it is quite a ride to Braunfels, i avoided going there. So, this might change this year - if i come back from CSW Expo, Braunfels will be just a short trip, i guess.
I found it at a hobby shop back when (I was 15 years old). The topic was intriguing so I saved up and bought it. I actually learned how to play it as well. Then I saw another game called Squad Leader, and so it went.
Well that's a really good question. In my region I'd say 5-10 people. But we play regularly at small conventions and then it'r not regional anymore - but national. But the hangarounds at those occasions vary from 20 to 50 people I'd say.
I've a problem with the support page John. I have added two questions to the EotS section, but only one appeared. The second one was posted wrongly in the general section and therefore closed by me. I then added the question again in the game section, but it didn't show up in the open questions box. I thought it might be possible that using the same title as the closed question could be a prob, so I did post it again with a different title - it still doesn't show up. What's my mistake here?
Oh, I have very fond memories of SPI's OPERATION TYPHOON. I remember getting it in the mail and not being all that impressed with the map (felt too generic to me, kind of like the ATLANTIC WALL map), but once the pieces were punched out and set up, the game came to life. And what a pleasure to play. So glad to see the system make a comeback with NES's KILLING GROUND and OPERATION OVERLORD add-on, but it was OPERATION TYPHOON that got me into playing the smaller WESTWALL games (none of which were as good as TYPHOON was, however, although SICILY came close). Not too many monstergames have that kind of breadth, size, and scope with such a relatively small cost in playing time--as you say, you can get a game done over a three-day weekend (or two very long days on a normal weekend if you have four players).