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91  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Too much for you? on: July 14, 2014, 12:44:02 pm
Fields of Fire. I like solitaire games, and this seems so cool, but I just can't get through the rules. I just don't have the chunks of time I need to sit down and plow through it properly. So I've set it up, then promptly packed it back up and picked something else that I knew how to play.
92  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Game - A.B.C.'s of Wargame titles on: July 13, 2014, 04:18:57 pm
Dare I be the first one to pull it off in The Game Box?

I Shall!

CASE BLUE
93  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Solo - and lots of little breaks on: July 12, 2014, 10:10:07 pm
Absolutely.  It takes me a week to finish a single GBoH or M&P scenario.  My solo games are set up in my little office off of our bedroom on the second floor, so its pretty secluded.  Unless they're all busy with their own things, I don't really like to isolate myself from the lovely bride and kids for long periods.  So, I just nab a turn or two when I can get up there.  I use my tweezers to point to the next step in the turn sequence or the next dude to activate.  I might go downstairs and grab a coffee, and never make it back up.

It's interesting that you say "dreaded" in regards to the "game day" because I can relate.  We have some really good friends that I enjoy hanging out and gaming with, but its really draining to be honest.  It's probably selfish, but most of the time I'd prefer just to solo something.  But then they get here, we have an absolute blast playing something like Battlestar Galactica, and all is well.

It's not all that different from going to the dentist.  I dread the build up to it, but once I'm in there it's not so bad.

94  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Why game? on: July 12, 2014, 08:40:52 pm
I used to be a huge computer gaming nerd, particularly before the kids came around. I don't do the computer games a heckuvalot anymore either. There is something extremely therapeutic with tabletop games. I like punching and clipping counters as I listen to podcasts or baseball games on the radio. During play, particularly playing solo, I actually do thoroughly enjoy just going through all the motions of wargames... flipping units, stacking counters, sorting through trays, rolling dice, flipping through books and charts. It might take me like half an hour for a turn in SPQR, but its relaxing as all get out.
95  Gaming Stuff / Sports Games / Re: Baseball Games on: July 12, 2014, 04:42:54 pm
If you're looking of the kind of that today ... Out of the Park Baseball is insanely good!

Word up. I probably played through 20-25 seasons with OOTP 6.5 alone. I think 15 is on sale right now for the all star game. It kinda got a bit too detailed for me so I fell out of it.

Back in the 80's I made my own boardgames for both baseball and football. Actually, they were really just spreadsheets and charts. For both games, each player simply picked a play or pitch and dice were rolled on a chart for the results of the interaction. Individual players had a couple of attributes that modified the rolls.
96  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Thinking about on: July 11, 2014, 05:12:11 pm
I'm still a little meh with WWII at the moment, so I'm the same way... If GMT has the usual Fall sale with 50% discount game per delivered pre-order, I might just snag it.
97  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Why game? on: July 11, 2014, 05:05:08 pm
Gaming, like just about anything else, has its place. It fits within my list of priorities, along with worshipping the Lord, loving my wife, raising my boys, doing my job, paying my bills, etc. As long as I keep gaming in its place, I can enjoy it as the blessing that it is.
98  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: when pets attack the wargame boards... on: July 11, 2014, 04:50:41 pm
wow so youre saying that you would actually have a cat killed simply because he or she wanders up on your game?

Not me. Ammo is too expensive to waste on a cat.
99  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Joseph Miranda? on: July 10, 2014, 11:25:19 pm
The only game I have is The American Revolution: Decision in North America, which I nabbed on Bill's recommendation somewhere. Haven't played it yet, but looks cool. Lotsa niggly little errors, but those are probably due to the magazine publishing... I'm guessing that S&T has more misses than hits.
100  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: 'Dead' wargame systems - why does it matter? on: July 10, 2014, 10:45:36 am

I love Musket & Pike, but if they killed it, I'd be fine with the three games I have.


I'd be fine if M&P stopped - I've been less impressed with the recent designs.
Same rules, but the scenarios aren't as clean to play.

But here's the thing - I'm very sad that NBS stopped. There are so damned many
Napoleonic battles that I want to play out with my favorite system. So, I feel as
though I need to find a new favorite. I have to give up a design that I was fully
committed to.

Hm, you've got me thinking now. I'm probably happy with M&P because there's a lot more of it. And, the rules were up to 5.0 when I got in with NGBG.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I may not even have anything to contribute to the conversation because I've never really been engaged with a new system as it came out and was developed over a series of releases. I just got back into gaming in 2009, so the stuff I've fallen in love with (GBoH, M&P, OCS, etc) were already established and never in danger of being killed off.
101  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: What has happened to BGG Wargaming General Forum on: July 10, 2014, 08:11:44 am
I'm ok with the same valid questions popping up. I view BGG as a community, and not just a database. It's always cooler to talk with people than a search engine. And quite frankly, search functions aren't all that great anywhere.

The humorous stuff is fun, but we inevitably jump the shark every time.

And I agree with the up-tightness for sure. Heck, I'm an evangelical, fundamental, Bible-believing Christian, and I don't get anywhere near riled up as most folks over there.

P.S.  I posted this response, which was wiped out when I hit submit because I got logged out of the site with a "you can't post in this forum" message. I thought "man, I'm already banned for being the Christian!"  Grin
102  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: 'Dead' wargame systems - why does it matter? on: July 10, 2014, 07:44:52 am
"Dead" or not has no bearing on me whatsoever. I stopped believing that I'd ever "master" any one "system" anyways!
 
I love Musket & Pike, but if they killed it, I'd be fine with the three games I have.

I nabbed Talavera during the holiday sale last year, I think it was like $15. I haven't played it yet, but I'm sure I've gotten my money's worth from a dead game already.
103  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: If you love a topic... on: July 10, 2014, 07:29:23 am
I'm definitely lenient on rules/complexity/design philosophy if I love the topic. Hornet Leader is certainly no simulation, but I love it because I'm an old A-6 Intruder guy.

I got into GBoH with SPQR a few years ago just because I thought the formations of dudes on an open map was pretty cool. I didn't have a clue about the era, so I wouldn't have even noticed if something was wonky in the rules.
104  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Board Game ****es! on: July 10, 2014, 07:10:21 am
Hey there pals.
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