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Title: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 27, 2012, 07:51:52 PM
What are you playing these days?

I've had a lot of Tank on Tank from Lock'n'Load Publishing - a fast and fun rocking' great wargame.

Also played a few games of Manouevre.  It's not historical, but it's darn entertaining.

And finally, I've been wanting to get any of the Battles Magazines games on the table for a while now.  Hoping that once I'm in my new house, I can get the game table up in the mancave and get some gaming going on.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on January 27, 2012, 08:02:10 PM
I've got a bunch of minis on the forge ready for painting.

Dystopian Wars and Flames of War.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 28, 2012, 06:26:48 AM
I've got a bunch of minis on the forge ready for painting.

Dystopian Wars and Flames of War.

do you mix & match the two?  b/c that would be a hell of a game!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on January 28, 2012, 07:39:06 AM
Ha! True dat.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 28, 2012, 08:06:13 PM
I've got a bunch of minis on the forge ready for painting.

Dystopian Wars and Flames of War.

photos!  or it's all in your head
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on January 28, 2012, 08:25:23 PM
I've got a bunch of minis on the forge ready for painting.

Dystopian Wars and Flames of War.

photos!  or it's all in your head

Yeah, working on it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on January 28, 2012, 08:26:26 PM
I've got a bunch of minis on the forge ready for painting.

Dystopian Wars and Flames of War.

photos!  or it's all in your head

Yeah, working on it.

<=====

Mind you, the guy on the left is a product of the forge. ;)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Steelgrave on January 28, 2012, 08:41:47 PM
I find myself surfing the net for old Avalon Hill games. Haven't pulled the trigger yet and I haven't played one in 25 years, but nostalgia is a bitch!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on January 28, 2012, 08:44:45 PM
I find myself surfing the net for old Avalon Hill games. Haven't pulled the trigger yet and I haven't played one in 25 years, but nostalgia is a bitch!

Minis are my new love. When I can successfully pull off a decent looking one it's immensely satisfying. And they look good on a shelf even when you're not playing. The trick is to find something that's worth looking at over and over. I can't have too many Tigers or Panzers. Steampunk is always cool, and then there's some Games Workshop stuff. It's outrageously expensive but the scuplts are amazing.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on January 28, 2012, 09:35:37 PM
I find myself surfing the net for old Avalon Hill games. Haven't pulled the trigger yet and I haven't played one in 25 years, but nostalgia is a bitch!

Look into the reprint of Nexus Ops. It is a "light and fluffy" AH game, but one the wife might play and certainly something you can get 12+ year olds to play.

I'm hoping to have it on the table soon. We are also really enjoying Risk Legacy, which takes the normal Risk format, but has you permanently alter the board when you win or lose the game. It is really really awesome, one of the most innovative games I have seen in a long time!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 29, 2012, 05:52:19 AM
I find myself surfing the net for old Avalon Hill games. Haven't pulled the trigger yet and I haven't played one in 25 years, but nostalgia is a bitch!

Look into the reprint of Nexus Ops. It is a "light and fluffy" AH game, but one the wife might play and certainly something you can get 12+ year olds to play.

yes, but it's not a real AH game - it's from the post-Hasbro assimilation when they were just whoring out the AH name to try sell non-wargames through wargame channels.

Doesn't mean it's not a good game.  But it's not from the ASL / PB / 3R world of bookcase games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on January 29, 2012, 09:24:57 AM
I find myself surfing the net for old Avalon Hill games. Haven't pulled the trigger yet and I haven't played one in 25 years, but nostalgia is a bitch!

Look into the reprint of Nexus Ops. It is a "light and fluffy" AH game, but one the wife might play and certainly something you can get 12+ year olds to play.

yes, but it's not a real AH game - it's from the post-Hasbro assimilation when they were just whoring out the AH name to try sell non-wargames through wargame channels.

Doesn't mean it's not a good game.  But it's not from the ASL / PB / 3R world of bookcase games.

Bah! Avalon Hill elitism doesn't interest me in the slightest.  ;D IMHO, the games produced during the post-Hasbro assimilation were some of the finest casual-play boardgames that helped people get into the war gaming scene. I know that was my entry point, at any rate. Well... and then there was AH-Hasbro's Diplomacy... but my friends and I still don't talk about those days...

Speaking of, Steelgrave, I have a couple of the bookshelf box AH games, one on the Civil War and one of Napoleon in Italy. I've tried to sell them, but to no avail. I can dig them up, if you are interested, and maybe send them your way?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 29, 2012, 10:06:35 AM
Does Backgammon count?  I've go some serious backgammon matches coming up.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: TheCommandTent on January 30, 2012, 07:25:06 PM
I've got several Dark Age minis and terrain pieces in various stages of completion on my table.  More importantly I have terrain laid out on my gaming table ready to fight the second skirmish in my solo campaign.  You can see a sneak peak of the table set up here on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/01/game-table-setup-sneak-peak.html
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on January 30, 2012, 09:06:56 PM
I've got several Dark Age minis and terrain pieces in various stages of completion on my table.  More importantly I have terrain laid out on my gaming table ready to fight the second skirmish in my solo campaign.  You can see a sneak peak of the table set up here on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/01/game-table-setup-sneak-peak.html

I don't know what Dark Age is, but that setup looks amazing!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on January 31, 2012, 05:10:22 AM


I don't know what Dark Age is...

It's Paradox France's new Eye of Sauron DLC for the forthcoming Nappy game...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: TheCommandTent on January 31, 2012, 06:58:59 AM
I've got several Dark Age minis and terrain pieces in various stages of completion on my table.  More importantly I have terrain laid out on my gaming table ready to fight the second skirmish in my solo campaign.  You can see a sneak peak of the table set up here on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/01/game-table-setup-sneak-peak.html

I don't know what Dark Age is, but that setup looks amazing!

Thanks!  The post should have said 'Dark Ages' minis.  Basically your Vikings, Saxons, Celts etc.  Actually the campaign I am creating I am calling my 'Dark Age Fantasy Campaign' so I can add some fantasy elements to it and get away with not being totally historically accurate. you can read about my plans for it here   http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2011/08/dark-age-fantasy-campaign-intro.html

I hope to get the next battle report up sometime this week.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on January 31, 2012, 10:22:40 PM
The last boardgame I played was Castle Ravenloft which is a D&D minis type boardgame.  It was fun, but my wife's eyes rolled back into her head while we were playing it.

I think I've successfully overcome my urge to buy monster wargames that I know I'll never play and I find myself focusing on collecting games with a solo component that I might actually get to someday.

I've been eyeballing a boardgame called Mage Knight that should be up for reprint around May as my next purchase.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 01, 2012, 04:41:52 AM
I've been eyeballing a boardgame called Mage Knight that should be up for reprint around May as my next purchase.

If you're ever at one of the cons, you can pick up scads of the MageKnight click-base figs for dirt-freakin'-cheap there.  You can usually get them at $1-3/booster box.  I pick up truckloads of them, and shave the ones I want off their bases and glue them to smaller ones to use for D&D games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 01, 2012, 08:55:44 AM
I've been eyeballing a boardgame called Mage Knight that should be up for reprint around May as my next purchase.

If you're ever at one of the cons, you can pick up scads of the MageKnight click-base figs for dirt-freakin'-cheap there.  You can usually get them at $1-3/booster box.  I pick up truckloads of them, and shave the ones I want off their bases and glue them to smaller ones to use for D&D games.

Other than the name, the new Mage Knight boardgame has nothing to do with the old click-base figure game. It is a new grand adventure RPG game that is sort of set in the same universe. I, too, wanted to get it, but it told out before I could grab it. Not that anyone would play it with me anyway!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on February 01, 2012, 11:35:13 AM
@Brant, yes, I've been eyeballing lots of MK figures on ebay for that specific purpose.  But, the thing is, I don't really need any figures for D&D right now, so I'm not sure why I was looking at picking up figures anyway!

The boardgame is what I was actually referring to.  It's pretty pricey now since it went out of print, but I'm definitely planning on picking it up when it reprints again.  I've seen it referred to as a lite version of Magic Realm. 

I understand you can play it solo.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 01, 2012, 11:37:26 AM
so I'm not sure why I was looking at picking up figures anyway!

c'mon - you know why!  You're a gamer - it's what we do  :o
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 01, 2012, 12:12:10 PM
@Brant, yes, I've been eyeballing lots of MK figures on ebay for that specific purpose.  But, the thing is, I don't really need any figures for D&D right now, so I'm not sure why I was looking at picking up figures anyway!

The boardgame is what I was actually referring to.  It's pretty pricey now since it went out of print, but I'm definitely planning on picking it up when it reprints again.  I've seen it referred to as a lite version of Magic Realm. 

I understand you can play it solo.

Not only can you play it solo, but the buzz is that MK:tBG is one of the BEST solo-play experiences to be had with tabletop gaming. I intend to get the reprint, as soon as I can swing it.

I saw that they released a Pathfinder Battles pre-painted minis. I don't think there is a "game" attached to them, but you can use them when playing the PnP RPG Pathfinder or just incorporate them into any fantasy game with minis. Personally, I think they should have created a loose tactical system based on the RPGs rules so you could play mock battles.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 01, 2012, 12:20:28 PM
Personally, I think they should have created a loose tactical system based on the RPGs rules so you could play mock battles.

so, uh...  D&D minis.  ;D

http://ddmguild.com/rules-and-cards
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jack Nastyface on February 01, 2012, 12:38:48 PM
I'm tinking with creating a scenario (very suitable for solo play) for Lock n' Load Day of Heroes that is based on a US rescue of hostages held by Somali pirates.  I started off not wanting to create any special rules / conditions but I have since migrated to a format that requires a bit of unit and mapboard randomness.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 01, 2012, 12:45:21 PM
I'm tinking with creating a scenario (very suitable for solo play) for Lock n' Load Day of Heroes that is based on a US rescue of hostages held by Somali pirates.  I started off not wanting to create any special rules / conditions but I have since migrated to a format that requires a bit of unit and mapboard randomness.

And you're gonna feed that to us over at GN, right?! ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jack Nastyface on February 01, 2012, 03:23:00 PM
Not only will I float that over your way...I was also thinking I might submit it for publication with LnL themselves.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: J P Falcon on February 01, 2012, 06:58:21 PM
Have 2 solitaire games set up right now that I'm learning...."Field Commander Napoleon" from DVG and for stranger fare, "All Things Zombie" from Lock n' Load....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 01, 2012, 09:56:07 PM
Personally, I think they should have created a loose tactical system based on the RPGs rules so you could play mock battles.

so, uh...  D&D minis.  ;D

http://ddmguild.com/rules-and-cards

Yes, only less sucky.

Did you all see there was a release of Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes on Tuesday? A Vietnam one.

http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/Board%20Games/Lock+%5C%27n+Load%3A+Forgotten+Heroes+-+Vietnam/Acc-LLPLocknLoadForgottenHeroes2/#Lock%20%27n%20Load:%20Forgotten%20Heroes%20-%20Vietnam
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jack Nastyface on February 02, 2012, 12:26:07 AM
Yeah...LnL:FH was the game that started it all for them.  This is V2...much nicer graphics, latest rules, and some tweaked units, I think.

definately recommend this series.  As much as I wanted to get into ASL, I just couldn't bear the multitude of rules.  LnL simplies things (which means you give up detail and variety) but gameplay becomes straightforward. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on February 04, 2012, 02:01:39 AM
Going to be reading through the rules for 2 solitaire games : Field Commander Napoleon and Space Infantry. I'm hoping to get one out on the table this weekend as well.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 04, 2012, 09:08:50 AM
Does anyone remember this gem?

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic184442_md.jpg)

Crappy paper cards, cheap cardboard chits, but excellent crazy-fun gameplay?

Well, FFG just reprinted it and it looks like this:

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1214018_md.jpg)

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1214022_md.jpg)

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1211296_md.jpg)

And I intend to play it today!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 04, 2012, 11:09:17 AM
Does anyone remember this gem?
(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic184442_md.jpg)


Not only that, but I remember in 05-06-07 they had a live-action WizWar game out in the hallway at Origins.  The stuff that players had to do to win "combat" was a riot: fencing match with feather dusters; pop-lock dance-off; play classical music on a kazoo, etc.

I was working a booth all 3 of those years, so I didn't really have time to mess with it, but it looked like sooooo much fun
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 04, 2012, 02:54:36 PM
^ Awesome! The art for the 1993 box looks like Phil Foglio, who did several M:tG cards and has his own web comic (Girl Genius). Tom Jolly, who is well known for his wacky ideas, designed it. We barely played the 1993 version, but I sold it this year for about $80... right before news of a reprint hit. I felt bad for the buyer, but I had no clue it was going to happen.

Anyway, we just finished playing and it was a hoot! Better yet, the wife LOVED it (and won, which is good). Certainly a bit random, but there is some deeper M:tG-like strategy here. I highly suggest this one to people who love "gotcha" games where you actively work to trump your opponents strategies with clever use of cardplay and board movement.

Brant, I think your son would really love to play this with you. It isn't too hard for a younger player to pick up, from what I see. The rules are pretty streamlined and the card text isn't too much worse than Dominions.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 04, 2012, 05:02:45 PM
^ Awesome! The art for the 1993 box looks like Phil Foglio, who did several M:tG cards and has his own web comic (Girl Genius).

Phil Foglio got famous for "What's New with Phil & Dixie" in Dragon Magazine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What's_New_with_Phil_%26_Dixie).  The .\\tG art came much later.

You can find them online here: http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: son_of_montfort on February 04, 2012, 10:37:48 PM
^ Awesome! The art for the 1993 box looks like Phil Foglio, who did several M:tG cards and has his own web comic (Girl Genius).

Phil Foglio got famous for "What's New with Phil & Dixie" in Dragon Magazine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What's_New_with_Phil_%26_Dixie).  The .\\tG art came much later.

You can find them online here: http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php

From the same site you can get to their other comics, Girl Genius (very good) and Buck Godot (also good, but defunct now I believe).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on February 05, 2012, 12:50:45 AM
Have Wiz War pre-ordered...unfortunately, I pre-ordered the Hades expansion for Cyclades on the same order and the release of that one was pushed back AGAIN. It's now due out at the end of this month. If it doesn't appear by then, I think I'll be asking the store to just ship Wiz War.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 22, 2012, 07:21:59 AM
What's on my table right now?  Well, a lot of moving boxes.  But underneath all of that, I'm looking forward to getting HeroScape back out and playing with my son now that he's old enough to fully understand the rules.  And with the new ManCave over the garage, we've got room to leave the table up as long as we want, with no stray/wandering toddlers to take it out for us.

After that?  Probably trying to (finally) finish testing the rewrites and updates to Asian Thunder and Orange Crush.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on February 22, 2012, 11:33:44 PM
Order finally shipped and I got Wiz War yesterday...just finished unboxing and packaging everything for it and reading the rules. Also got my first ever order from NWS on the same day, so I'm currently awash in new games. Expensive shipping from them to Central Alberta (no fault of theirs...just that damn geography!), but I wanted to give them a try.

I have no idea how the Hell I'm going to choose what to play first.  :o
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 23, 2012, 04:51:55 AM
^ roll a freakin' die!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on February 23, 2012, 11:15:31 AM
I've moved back to the Pacific theater of operations.

I have been giving Carriers at War (computer) a go again, but I keep feeling like I'm missing a level of detail that I need for a tactical CV warfare game. 

Carrier (VG) has that level of detail, but it's so hard to get the mental energy up to invest in a game like that when I get home from work...especially if I put a few hours into the surf during the day.  But, I broke out the rules, again, and I think I'm ready to try.

I know I'm going to love the game if I invest the time to learn it.

I also have Flat Top out for a potential Grog Heads refereed game via Vassal.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on February 23, 2012, 11:29:03 AM
...
I also have Flat Top out for a potential Grog Heads refereed game via Vassal.

Ohh... that might be cool. Never played Flattop but always wanted to learn.......
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on February 23, 2012, 08:32:50 PM
^ roll a freakin' die!

Dammit...such an obvious solution!

And the winner is...

We Must Tell the Emperor!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on February 23, 2012, 09:25:12 PM
I just cleaned up Silent War this afternoon before work (I got canned at then end of the second quarter of the 1941 campaign due to poor tonnage production). I started setting up Patton's Best in its place. I enjoy playing with myself as you can probably tell  ::)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 24, 2012, 04:40:53 AM
^ check out the VASSAL thread.  There's a few of us starting to organize some learning/playing times.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on February 24, 2012, 12:42:10 PM
White Star Rising, and now waiting for the Cobra expansion,

Normandy '44

Storm over Stalingrad

a great pile of WaW games as yet untouched..............
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Captain General on February 25, 2012, 10:33:35 AM
Paths of Glory on Vassal.

As Central Powers was able to bag three Russian Armies and two Corps in Poland during Fall of 1915.

The Armies were permanently eliminated since they were out of supply.

If I could figure out how to do a screenshot on Vassal I'd post one.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on February 25, 2012, 12:37:55 PM
Although I'm trying to thin out my boardgame collection- just no room here in the new house- I'm definitely picking up Mage Knight, and I think I'm ready to preorder both Next War: Korea and Bloody April.   I love the whole Downtown system.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on February 26, 2012, 01:32:11 AM
Ended up tracking down a copy of Space Empires 4X. I'll hopefully get to play one of the solo scenarios from that tomorrow. And hopefully also get a chance to mess around with either Strike of the Eagle or 1812 in advance of a games night.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: MengJiao on May 17, 2012, 11:06:40 AM
White Star Rising, and now waiting for the Cobra expansion,

Normandy '44

Storm over Stalingrad

a great pile of WaW games as yet untouched..............

Packing up Battle for Normandy and Gringo!  and Prussia's Glory II
Getting out: Roads to Leningrad and Rising tide (Harpoon 4.1)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 17, 2012, 11:11:46 AM
just got a few in from VPG for the review locker.

First up is probably Nemo's War (http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=94), followed closely by Empires in America (http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=104&acategory=19&secondary=&keywords=).  I've got Crisis 2020 (http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=80&category=13&secondary=&keywords=) in, too, but will need to find time / opponent for that one.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: MengJiao on May 23, 2012, 08:16:26 AM
White Star Rising, and now waiting for the Cobra expansion,

Normandy '44

Storm over Stalingrad

a great pile of WaW games as yet untouched..............

I got a very smoky, punched and clipped (but never played?) copy of Roads to Leningrad from Yuma.
First day of Staraya Russia, the despised 11th army went over the top with massive support and
knocked the German X Korps halfway back to the main object.  Meanwhile 34th army drives west and
Manstein gets ready to klobber them.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 25, 2013, 12:30:38 AM
The last boardgame I played was Castle Ravenloft which is a D&D minis type boardgame.  It was fun, but my wife's eyes rolled back into her head while we were playing it.

I think I've successfully overcome my urge to buy monster wargames that I know I'll never play and I find myself focusing on collecting games with a solo component that I might actually get to someday.

I've been eyeballing a boardgame called Mage Knight that should be up for reprint around May as my next purchase.


Hey Toonces (or anyone else).. how much replayability does Castle Ravenloft have?

I've heard good things about it, and decided to pick it up for playing with some of the close family (all indoctrinated geeks, though no wargamers) but was wondering how randomized it is.  Will I be looking to buy one of the other two or three similar ones in no time, due to repitition, or is it something good for playing weekly for a long stretch?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 25, 2013, 09:17:18 AM
I haven't played it but I have spoken to folks about it.

IIRC the end game is somewhat broken. I can't remember exactly how, but I do remember people telling me it has some problems.

If you're thinking about getting it, you might want to do some research.

BGG doesn't think it's broken, but some reports I've heard suggest otherwise.

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/673055/adventure-4-daylight-assault-broken

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 25, 2013, 09:51:52 AM
Well I have wrath of az.    It's a fun game.   The replayability is in the fact that the tiles, monster cards, treasure are randomized.    So in general no two play through a are the same.   Plus if you get the other sets the tiles and cards can be mixed together for more variety.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on March 25, 2013, 11:43:19 AM
Yep, I've got Wrath as well...and actually just ordered Ravenloft.  ;D There are quite a few different scenarios in each box, and a few more on the Wizards site as well.

With the random tile draws, and (in Wrath, anyway) random Chamber card mission draws, there really is a lot of re-playability. Just go in knowing that you are NOT getting an RPG board game. You're getting an action dungeon crawl game. If you're looking for something more adventure or campaign oriented, you need to look elsewhere.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 25, 2013, 01:44:57 PM
Wrath of Az, Bison? Might want to clarify that one.

I have Wrath of Ashardalon, too. Never played it. But glad I've got it....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Grimnirsson on March 25, 2013, 01:50:55 PM
Julius Caesar by Columbia Games while we wait for our copy of Blocks in the East to arrive  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 25, 2013, 03:25:34 PM
Thanks for the Ravenloft info. 

Being a dungeon crawler, it's exactly what I was looking for.  Someone here had recommended it to me in the past and it looks to be a quality one.   It's good to know that the other games in the series are interchangeable so getting more variety into it, if played enough, is an extra option.

I may also pick up a solitaire DVG game sometime - you guys have any personal preferences out of that selection?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Grimnirsson on March 25, 2013, 04:39:19 PM
Quote
I may also pick up a solitaire DVG game sometime - you guys have any personal preferences out of that selection?

Well, we only play solitaire games that are also good coop games (so in fact we don't play them solitaire ;) ) and speaking of DVG we own two - both of them great and highly recommended. Here are our reviews:

http://wargamecenter.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/review-hornet-leader-carrier-air-operations-dvg/ (http://wargamecenter.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/review-hornet-leader-carrier-air-operations-dvg/)

http://wargamecenter.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/review-thunderbolt-apache-leader-gmt/ (http://wargamecenter.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/review-thunderbolt-apache-leader-gmt/)

We only have the older version of TAL and now since DVG has the modern version made available one should probably see to get the latter one. But the 'classic' version is the same game actually and quite cheap to get so... :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 25, 2013, 04:40:56 PM
Wrath of Az, Bison? Might want to clarify that one.

I have Wrath of Ashardalon, too. Never played it. But glad I've got it....

Yeah wrath of ashardalon.  I couldn't remember how to spell so I abbreviated.  It's pretty sweet.  There's a dragon end boss.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 25, 2013, 04:42:47 PM
I'm looking at picking up either Field Commander: Alexander or Field Commander: Napoleon from DVG.  I'm leaning toward Alexander, because most of the ancients stuff I've seen is not too solo gamer friendly from what I've read.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 25, 2013, 08:04:17 PM
Thunderbolt Apache Leader is a great game. Lots of tough choices. Very good solo mechanics.

I have Uboat Leader too. It's fun as well.. but not as well done as TAL.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 25, 2013, 08:13:59 PM
Interesting.

They're pretty pricey but I was eyeballing Thunderbolt Apache Leader.  Maybe next payday..

Been in & out of computer game apathy quite often lately.   So a solitaire-capable tabletop would be good.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 25, 2013, 09:24:07 PM
Interesting.

They're pretty pricey but I was eyeballing Thunderbolt Apache Leader.  Maybe next payday..

Been in & out of computer game apathy quite often lately.   So a solitaire-capable tabletop would be good.

It is pricey, but there's a lot of game in the box. Also buy from NWS Online as their price is hard to beat. Nice people too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 26, 2013, 07:11:37 AM
Interesting.

They're pretty pricey but I was eyeballing Thunderbolt Apache Leader.  Maybe next payday..

They've got some cool looking minis to go with that - I'm thinking that could be a big win :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 26, 2013, 07:15:11 AM
Interesting.

They're pretty pricey but I was eyeballing Thunderbolt Apache Leader.  Maybe next payday..

They've got some cool looking minis to go with that - I'm thinking that could be a big win :)

Yeah, I've got the mini's but have yet to paint/mount them. Any ideas for mounting such tiny helo's and planes? I was looking at some kind of magnet system since the aircraft can move between 2 altitude settings and for packing away....

If I had the time, I'd try to make 3D terrain tiles as well.... it would look really cool......
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 26, 2013, 11:49:55 AM
Fantasy Flight's plane minis have extendible stands. You could probably drill a hole to make those work.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 26, 2013, 11:58:51 AM
Fantasy Flight's plane minis have extendible stands. You could probably drill a hole to make those work.

Do yo umean the Wings of War mini's? The TAL mini's are really tiny... 1/600...

(http://www.picoarmor.com/img/products/1386/ah-64a_500h.jpg)

from here:

http://www.picoarmor.com/pages/home.php

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 26, 2013, 03:00:12 PM
Yes, Wings of War.

I'm not suggesting to use the models - just use their stands:

(http://www.cliftonroadgames.co.uk/products/miniatures/images/wingsofwar.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 26, 2013, 03:20:25 PM
I know what yer saying... but I don't think it's a viable option.....  ;)

(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/5779/img0902af.jpg)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on March 26, 2013, 03:27:26 PM
That doesn't look too bad.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 13, 2013, 10:49:07 PM
Finally finished putting the stickers on the Roman army.  Whew!  It took a few more months than I figured it would!  :P

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo_zps5cea44d3.jpg)

Next up is the Carthaginian army and the other odds and ends like the dice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 12:37:53 AM
I finished stickering the base game for CC:A a little while back but still have the Spartans to do.  Have yet to actually play this one yet.  G'Damn this stupid thing called "work" keeps getting in the way all week long.  I'd love to have the time to get in some more ASL, some CC:A, some Force on Force, WW2: ETO, Carrier and a boatload of other games that I've been itching to play. 

Would CC:A play ok via pbem?  If so, maybe we could try a game using VASSAL. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on September 14, 2013, 02:19:33 AM
Ya need a big table for this one. plus a few sides. Axis & Allies 1940 Global
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kxWYisT6zG0/UjQXhGZG4II/AAAAAAAAA5Q/t51Bv1fLjIM/w903-h677-no/Untitled+Photo)

played until 3am tonight  8)
Four turns into it and the Germans have just managed to pull off Op Sealion. The Royal Navy was distracted by the Italians battling for Gilbraltar but got some revenge by destroying the entire kriegsmarine. US just landed in Europe. Germany and USSR...still at peace?!?
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kf2kkRkHag0/UjQXm_9KDrI/AAAAAAAAA5Y/viZGQ3nipSY/w960-h720-no/Untitled+Photo)

The green monster grows. Wouldn't want to be Japan in a few turns...
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yJm0tIBasi8/UjQXoSWJEfI/AAAAAAAAA5g/_XSJvowicl0/w960-h720-no/Untitled+Photo)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 08:11:59 AM
That is a HUGE Axis and Allies map.  Wow.

@GJK  I think I saw a module of CCA for Vassal.  I'll need to look again and set it up again on my desk top.  I cleaned a bunch of programs off a month or so ago.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 08:43:44 AM
The plan is to setup a scenario from ASLSK 1 on the counter this afternoon during my free man time.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: LongBlade on September 14, 2013, 09:24:40 AM
Ya need a big table for this one. plus a few sides. Axis & Allies 1940 Global
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kxWYisT6zG0/UjQXhGZG4II/AAAAAAAAA5Q/t51Bv1fLjIM/w903-h677-no/Untitled+Photo)


How big is that map? I've been thinking about making a gaming table and I'd like to know the upper end of something like that.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 10:12:28 AM
The table looks to be in the 8' X 4'  or 8' X 3' range.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 11:00:51 AM
Let MAN TIME begin!

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo_zpsc479bcb5.jpg)

This is the project I've got ahead of me this afternoon.  That right it's a bunch of sorting out ASLSK chits.  Now if I only knew who the hell the grey chits represent in the expansion #1 set.  All I know is it isn't the Germans they are blue.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on September 14, 2013, 11:46:56 AM
Poles or Slovaks? Italians? Finns? What are the vehicle types in the same color?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 11:56:12 AM
I'm thinking Italian.  There is a scenario with Italian coastal units, which coincides with the grey counter numbers.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 12:06:30 PM
The Germans are lt. blue.  Finns/Italians would be lt. gray.  Axis minors are dk. green.  Allied minors lt. green.  All of the blue counters in Exp pack 1 are Germans. This is a good close up of the countersheet included with Exp pack 1:  http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/961151/advanced-squad-leader-starter-kit-expansion-pack-1?size=original
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 12:08:14 PM
I'm actually working on my Starter Kit travel kit as well for gaming later tonight.  You need to have yours looking like this by the end of the day Bison:

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/Starter_Kit_kit1.jpg)

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/Starter_Kit_kit2.jpg)

 ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 12:17:12 PM
LMFAO!   OK buddy will do!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on September 14, 2013, 01:02:18 PM
Does he also have to have then all clipped by then as well?  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 01:12:41 PM
Does he also have to have then all clipped by then as well?  :D

Well duh...you can't play ASL with unclipped counters!  ;)

I clipped my Starter Kit set with a nail clipper and a jig that I had made from a CD jewel case.  I've since gotten the corner rounder tool from Oregon Laminations that I posted about some time ago.  I'll use it to clip my regular ASL set (which is 5 times the size of the SK set).  Not in a big rush to start that project just yet....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 01:25:37 PM
Finished to semi-GJK standard ASLSK1 and Expansion #1 counter organization project.  I still need to seperate the various markers and of course clip my counters.  Sorry for being so lazy boss.
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo-1_zps238589d1.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 01:29:18 PM
Next man time project today:
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo-2_zpsc814e235.jpg)

Cut out and organize counters of MMP's South Mountain, which fittingly enough happened on this day in 1862.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 02:24:04 PM
Wow, some serious man-time for you today!  Good job on the SK counters.  Now we just need to get some games in for you!

I'm a huge fan of the CWBS (Civil War Brigade Series for those unfamiliar) games; I did a number of VASSAL modules for them.  I never played the RSS (Regimental) games - just too big for me.  It would be awesome to watch a group play it though.  Have a number of commanders for each side, each receiving and writing orders.  That would quite awesome actually. 

I do have Dean Essig's game from his newer LoB series (which updates the brigade series).  I didn't pre-order the Gettysburg game though but kinda wished I had.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 02:42:24 PM
South Mountain was actually recommended to me by several guys who were beta testing Last Chance for Victory (the Gettysburg game) at Prezcon.  They said because of it's limited scope and few counters that it was the best way to learn the RSS games.  Also they recommended it over the CWBS mostly because newer games in the series will be Regimental games.  I don't know because you still have to learn the CWBS rules plus the RSS rules. 

Anywho the initial project is done.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo-3_zps8792bd3d.jpg)

The one thing I'd note is that the Confederate counters shades of brown can be very hard to discern from each other after they were cut out of the counter sheets.  But on the bright side there are only a few dozen counters for each of the various Reb commands, so if they do get mixed up it shouldn't take too long to sort.  The same is true of the Union counters, but to a lesser extent.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 02:52:30 PM
Now I'm not sure what I want to do.  I think man time is almost over, so I don't want to take on another counter or CC:A sticker project.  /sigh/  I feel good about it all, but I still didn't actually play anything!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 02:55:31 PM
See if you can get VASL going.  Inside my ASLSK dropbox folder, I have instructions for getting VASL installed.  I forget, did you say that you have access to the ASL dropbox folder?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on September 14, 2013, 02:56:25 PM
Ya need a big table for this one. plus a few sides. Axis & Allies 1940 Global
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kxWYisT6zG0/UjQXhGZG4II/AAAAAAAAA5Q/t51Bv1fLjIM/w903-h677-no/Untitled+Photo)

That is a thing of beauty!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 02:57:04 PM
See if you can get VASL going.  Inside my ASLSK dropbox folder, I have instructions for getting VASL installed.  I forget, did you say that you have access to the ASL dropbox folder?

I did, but I need to install dropbox on this computer too.  /sigh/  Haha.  This might be a midnight oil project tonight.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 08:15:03 PM
And so it begins...

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo_zps592df2ed.jpg)

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo-1_zpsba6aa6e1.jpg)

I have no idea what I'm doing, but I do know that this battle will be my midnight project of attempting to learn ASL and all of it's 10,000,000,000 acronyms.

[ELR:3] enter on turn 1 along east edge. 

I get along east edge, but what the hell is ELR?  I have no idea therefore I've decided it is of no importance!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 09:11:45 PM
ELR= Experience Level Rating.  It's quite important actually.  If a squad or HS or leader fails a MC (Morale Check) by > it's ELR value, then it is reduced in experience level.  For example, say you have a 2nd line German 4-4-7 squad with an ELR of 3 and it needs to take a 1MC (1 morale check).  It will need to add one to the die roll.  Say you whiff the roll and roll a 10.  Adding one to the 10 gives you an 11.  11 is > 3 more than the squads morale of 7 so it "ELR's".  That means that the squad breaks and is also reduced in experience levels; in this case from a 2nd line squad to a "c" (Conscript) - the 4-3-6 squad.  See the Nationality Chart for experience level reductions.

Now suppose that you really whiffed and rolled a natural "12".  The squad would not only ELR but it would CR (casualty reduce) because you rolled the 12 so the 4-4-7 squad would reduce to a conscript 2-3-6 HS (half-squad).  Ouch!

See SK rule 5.1 for more details.

And you really, really need my ASLSK ebook - it makes looking this stuff up so much easier than flipping through the paper rulebook!

P.S. You have some of your leaders rotated 90 degrees clockwise on your scenario card.  [anal!]  heehee
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 09:24:57 PM
P.S. You have some of your leaders rotated 90 degrees clockwise on your scenario card.  [anal!]  heehee

The funny thing is after I took the photo I actually thought GJK is going to say something about my leaders being mis-oriented.

Thanks for the ELR description. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 09:27:16 PM
P.S. You have some of your leaders rotated 90 degrees clockwise on your scenario card.  [anal!]  heehee

The funny thing is after I took the photo I actually thought GJK is going to say something about my leaders being mis-oriented.

Thanks for the ELR description.

LMAO - yeah, I'm very anal about counter orientation.  Drives my son crazy as I'm constantly organizing his stacks for him after each move.  I think that he does it to piss me off now.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 09:30:54 PM
P.S. You have some of your leaders rotated 90 degrees clockwise on your scenario card.  [anal!]  heehee

The funny thing is after I took the photo I actually thought GJK is going to say something about my leaders being mis-oriented.

Thanks for the ELR description.

LMAO - yeah, I'm very anal about counter orientation.  Drives my son crazy as I'm constantly organizing his stacks for him after each move.  I think that he does it to piss me off now.  :)

Household 6 gave me the "you're a Geek!" look while I was setting up the game.  You should have seen the look when I told her I'm going to need some tools to play this game: Tweezers, ID Card holder w/ respooling string, scalpel.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 09:41:01 PM
You (we) are geeks but don't let that stop you.  I repair equipment in dental offices so I have a nice collection of dental tweezers which are great for picking out counters from a stack.  Dice cup or dice tower - you'll need one of those.  Can't have a stray roll of the dice ruining your battle.  Our local ASL group prefers a nice round glass cup that allows your hand to easily reach in and pick up the dice.  Has to be a flat bottom too.  Wifey will get pissed though because of the "jingle" each time that you roll.  Drove my girlfriend batty. 

I too have the retractable ID card holder/string.  Works great for a LOS tool.  Not sure what you need the scapel for unless it's to clean the cuts on the counters.  You might look in to getting one of Oregon Laminations newer corner rounding tools and clip them counters clean in that case.  :) 

Man, wish I was there - this is great - keep the posts coming!  Start an AAR!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 09:43:34 PM
By the way - good article on S1.  I've reproduced a copy of it on my website here:

http://garykrockover.com/ASL/articles.html
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 10:16:54 PM
Well I'm in the middle of turn 1.  Lots of page turning and reading and re-reading passages in the rulebook.  Scratch head.  Drink some coffee.  Re-read the rules.  Pretend I know what the hell I'm doing and then roll some dice! 

I'll do an AAR next time I set up a game.  Then you all can see just how badly I mis-interpretted the rules.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 10:21:58 PM
I just finished my set up for a pbem VASL game of S15.  I'd be more than happy to go over the rules with you if you like via Skype and VASL - let me know.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 10:44:32 PM
Of course starting turn 2 and reading through the link you posted, I realized I didn't set up the forces correctly!   You didn't catch my error in the photo boss.  I did not realize that the RED# under the squad square on the scenario setup was the actual number of counters for that size of squad.  So instead of starting with 3 squads the Americans got one and the Germans instead of 6 got 2!  Haha.  I awesome being a noob.  :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 10:49:49 PM
Doh!  Yeah, didn't notice that from your photo.  Makes a bit of a difference!  Red number under the piece indicates how many each of that piece is in the scenario.  It's ok though.  A great way to learn is to not even start with a scenario but by just putting some pieces on the map and then practice how to move them and then shoot with them and then the hardest part of ASL - the defensive fire principles.  If you can master defensive first fire, subsequent first fire, final protective fire and finally defensive fire phase, you will have it licked.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 14, 2013, 10:52:04 PM
Well I'm playing though to the end.  I will admit the whole defensive fire phase is the most convoluted piece of rules writing I've ever read.  I think I suffered an aneurism on the fifth read through!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 14, 2013, 10:57:25 PM
Jay Richardson's complete articles on ASL(SK) are a must.  His article for SK3 (Tanks) taught me how to play using AFV's.  That feature alluded me for years and years but he broke it down in to understandable concepts and I've finally learned how to use them - and wait until you learn them too...man, playing with AFV's is a hoot!  Here's his article on SK1 and the Defensive Fire Principles.  Again, a must read - take a look if you haven't seen or read this yet:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/88350/explanation-of-rof-and-defensive-fire (http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/88350/explanation-of-rof-and-defensive-fire)

Edit:  I forgot that I repro'd the article on my website (with images):  http://garykrockover.com/ASL/ROF.html (http://garykrockover.com/ASL/ROF.html)

Oh yeah, this is basic but is a nice illustration of the DF principles as well:  http://www.multimanpublishing.com/DFFDemo/tabid/78/Default.aspx (http://www.multimanpublishing.com/DFFDemo/tabid/78/Default.aspx)

Oh man, your head is probably ready to explode.  Ok, here's some YouTubes on the Defensive Fire Principles:

My man, Joe Steadman did one:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_VVIYSFrao

idjester has a complete series of ASL newbie how-to's.  His videos were also a big help with learning AFV's.  He's very dry and since it's late, you may start to doze off....but DON'T!  :)  His video's give lots of great info.  Here's the one covering DFF:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdD7QXVfnhE

Check out the others in his series as well (if you can keep your eyes open for them).  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on September 15, 2013, 02:31:27 AM
I started off AFVs reading Jay Richardson's tutorial too. There's something about the way chapter E is laid out that makes it very difficult to learn by reading. I bet SK 3 is a good way to get started.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 07:59:47 AM
Not sure what you need the scapel for unless it's to clean the cuts on the counters.  You might look in to getting one of Oregon Laminations newer corner rounding tools and clip them counters clean in that case.  :) 

I really wanted the scalpel yesterday when I was removing the counters from the sheets.  The expansion pack set was not very well cut and I had to use a razor blade to insure I didn't mangle the counter in a futile attempt to punch out a counter.  I just keep thinking I want a scalpel, I want a scalpel.  The razor blade worked fine but I just think I'd have better control with a scalpel.

Deep thoughts with Bison on Sunday morning.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 15, 2013, 08:16:45 AM
X-acto knife perhaps?  I always use carefully aligned scissors and cut out the rows and then individual counters. 

Well, my ASL match for today got cancelled.  We were going to meet at our FLGS where he works.  The store closes at 6:00 but he has the keys.  We were going to have a "lock in" ASL game fest with a few people.  Oh well, maybe next weekend.  I did send off my VASL pbem set up last night of S15.  I'm playing somebody that I have not played before.  He was seeking a pbem opponent on the ASLSK folder on CSW.  We'll see how badly he beats me.  :)  I'm playing as the Ami's in this one and he's attacking as the Germans.  I have a couple of HIP AT guns (firing HE) protecting the city square.  He's got an 81mm mortar and a shrek and a heavy MG that can tear me up if I'm not careful but otherwise, I think he's got a tough challenge ahead.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 08:27:01 AM
I'm not sure how PBEM would work in ASL given the fact that the defender can fire during the attackers movement phase.

Sorry your game got cancelled.  Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, I have no FLGS or war gaming buddies to experience such disappointments at or with here.  Hence I roll solo.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 08:32:23 AM
X-acto knife perhaps?  I always use carefully aligned scissors and cut out the rows and then individual counters. 

(http://www.davinciartistsupply.com/images/categories/cutting_tools/100662_x.jpg)

Exactly.  The razor blade worked well, but one of these babies is really what I wanted.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 15, 2013, 08:34:30 AM
I'd be afraid of mis-cutting.  I guess with a straight edge it would be fine.  I have an X-acto knife set with that knife exactly and a metal ruler.  Stop by and borrow them if you like.  :)  Seriously though, I find that a sharp pair of scissors work just fine for me.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 08:41:17 AM
I'd be afraid of mis-cutting.  I guess with a straight edge it would be fine. 

I was too, but there was no other option and I was determined to finish separating the counters.  In the end, they turned out looking pretty good...for non-clipped counters that is.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 02:24:14 PM
Started to work on putting the stickers on my Carthaginian army while watching some football.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/photo_zpsbfbfb36d.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GDS_Starfury on September 15, 2013, 08:29:39 PM
X-acto knife perhaps?  I always use carefully aligned scissors and cut out the rows and then individual counters. 

(http://www.davinciartistsupply.com/images/categories/cutting_tools/100662_x.jpg)


my precious....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 15, 2013, 10:53:54 PM
Mission Accomplished on my sticker CC:Ancients.  Holy moly that was a lot of stickers.  It sort of makes me dread picking up any expansions.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on September 16, 2013, 02:36:08 AM
Ya need a big table for this one. plus a few sides. Axis & Allies 1940 Global
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kxWYisT6zG0/UjQXhGZG4II/AAAAAAAAA5Q/t51Bv1fLjIM/w903-h677-no/Untitled+Photo)


How big is that map? I've been thinking about making a gaming table and I'd like to know the upper end of something like that.

the map measures 70 inches wide by 32 inches high (178 x 81 cm)

The biggest wargame maps I have are 32 inches deep. Only a couple are that big. Most are 24 inches or less. I recently updated the desktop on the bench I regularly use for solitaire wargames. The plexi-glass sheet I have fits perfectly on the new 96 x 24 inch top.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 16, 2013, 04:37:51 AM
Yes, and when placing the miniatures in areas like France, Germany, Poland or Italy, you have about a 1/4" square (6.35mm) to fit everything in (for both sides).   ???
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on September 16, 2013, 03:38:57 PM
Yes, and when placing the miniatures in areas like France, Germany, Poland or Italy, you have about a 1/4" square (6.35mm) to fit everything in (for both sides).   ???

Too true. You can see this in action in the image above. The fleet of German aircraft parked around Iceland couldn't be squeezed into the postage stamp size area for Holland/Belgium where they should actually be located.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 23, 2013, 05:44:36 AM
Put a couple of tanks on the map last night and did a few turns using the basic Panzer rules.  So far the rules are fairly straight forward, but as will all things there is some areas that really could have been expanded upon a little more for clarity sake.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 18, 2014, 08:52:08 AM
OK.  I'm putting a game on the table today.  Just trying to decide which direction to go.  Panzer or ASLSK1, the counters are clipped and sorted, or Combat Commander, which would need to be clipped and sorted not to mention rules read and learned.  What I'm going to need to do that with Panzer and ASL too since I've forgotten what I learned.  Game rules are a perishable skills boys!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 18, 2014, 02:44:12 PM
Mission Accomplished on my sticker CC:Ancients.  Holy moly that was a lot of stickers.  It sort of makes me dread picking up any expansions.

I've been wanting to pick up C&C:A for some time.  But I'm not sure if I'd find an opponent who'd be into it.  It seems very similar to AH/Hasbro's Battle Cry system albeit not an ACW setting, and the tactic card play doesn't lend itself well to solo'ing. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 18, 2014, 05:41:56 PM
Well ended up putting Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon on the table an playing with the kids.  The oldest (age 6) picked the elven paladin.   The youngest (4) moved the monsters and rolled the dice for them.  I read the rulebook and tried to keep the billon freaking pieces and cards from going everywhere.  Good times.  It's a fun game but there are a bunch of little pieces so perhaps not the best game for youngsters but not too bad.  I think Dungeon might be a better game for the older one and myself to play.  The youngest doesn't care.  She just likes to move stuff around the board and roll the dice.

Next the oldest and I are going to play Wings of Glory.  I'm training them to be gamers and hopefully groom some competition for when I'm a retiree.   8)

I do wish there was an opponent in the area for one of the more complex titles.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 18, 2014, 06:28:00 PM
Mission Accomplished on my sticker CC:Ancients.  Holy moly that was a lot of stickers.  It sort of makes me dread picking up any expansions.

I've been wanting to pick up C&C:A for some time.  But I'm not sure if I'd find an opponent who'd be into it.  It seems very similar to AH/Hasbro's Battle Cry system albeit not an ACW setting, and the tactic card play doesn't lend itself well to solo'ing.

I haven't actually played against a real person yet, which is true for most of my games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 18, 2014, 06:31:35 PM
I have a nephew who's around 6 and regularly asks to play.  He loved playing Wings of Glory and Dungeonquest the most out of a wider selection.  The basic rules for the airplane mini stuff doesn't require heavy reading - just numbers and symbols so that worked out well and he picked up on it quick. 

The Dungeonquest matches have lots of cards but the main action every turn is deciding which room exit to take, drawing the room tile, and moving the mini into the room after placing it.  Then he draws the card, looks at the artwork, and I read it for him so he can then roll dice and resolve the event(s).  I suppose something like Talisman would be similar since it starts with moving pieces about and encountering the space they land in (although some Talisman spaces have a higher number of decisions to be made than Dungeonquest).  Despite your reading the cards, they're still involved in the majority of the turn process. 

The DQ game is probably popular with him because there aren't a huge variety of decision paths every turn.  There's not much Cause & Effect estimation required.  I've found that when the extended family gets together and we play King of Tokyo with the kids (one that is often heralded as a great family game), he tends to freeze up like a deer in headlights when it comes to deciding which dice to match up and which to reroll.  The dungeon tile/card games generally only have a couple-three move options to be made and then a card draw with a die roll along with the occasional clear cut yes/no type of easy choices.  Wings of Glory probably worked in this respect because the numerous moves available just plain had the actual move arrows shown on each card so it was pretty obvious what the outcome of each choice would be, despite having a larger number to pick from.

My experience, playing with the young and attention span challenged anyway.  ;)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 18, 2014, 06:37:23 PM
The biggest issue with Wrath honestly is just the number of pieces and cards.  The rules aren't too terribly difficult to understand and once we got the HP, AC and how the spell cards worked the combat parts were easy.  It was watching for flying pieces following an excited out burst of hitting and killing a kobald that sort of put a damper on my excitement.  The dog was prowling looking for whatever flew off of the table.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: TheCommandTent on January 18, 2014, 08:59:26 PM
Mission Accomplished on my sticker CC:Ancients.  Holy moly that was a lot of stickers.  It sort of makes me dread picking up any expansions.

I've been wanting to pick up C&C:A for some time.  But I'm not sure if I'd find an opponent who'd be into it.  It seems very similar to AH/Hasbro's Battle Cry system albeit not an ACW setting, and the tactic card play doesn't lend itself well to solo'ing.

I haven't actually played against a real person yet, which is true for most of my games.

It is designed by the same guy who did Battle Cry, so their mechanics are similar. (Also the same guy who did Memoir '44)  I've got a friend who I have had the chance to play against a couple time and he picked it up quickly.  However, I don't think it makes for very good solo play.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on January 18, 2014, 09:16:13 PM
Dungeon! has a much lower piece density than the D&D games, but it's competitive.  My 6 year old hasn't yet learned how to lose graciously, so despite the mess you might be better off with the D&D coop play.  I haven't tried D&D with a 4 year old...I'm guessing that makes things a bit tougher (plus the dog factor).

Anyway, I actually have Foxbat and Phantom on the table right now.  Pieces sorted and rules out.  I doubt I'll get around to playing it today, though....getting kind of late to both learn and play a game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 18, 2014, 11:07:59 PM
The co-op is fun.  Tomorrow is Panzers I think or I might muddle through some Combat Commander.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 19, 2014, 09:27:02 AM

Anyway, I actually have Foxbat and Phantom on the table right now.  Pieces sorted and rules out.  I doubt I'll get around to playing it today, though....getting kind of late to both learn and play a game.

I recall picking a used copy of that up in a tiny store back in the 90s.  But after having played other jet combat games (Air Superiority/Speed Of Heat series.. even Flight Leader which is probably a closer comparison), the mechanics just didn't stand the test of time in comparison.  After getting a short distance into the rules, I packed it off and it disappeared over time.  ???   

I'm surprised someone still plays Foxbat & Phantom.  My recollection is of a really archaic system.  Am I way out of line for thinking so?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jack Nastyface on January 19, 2014, 10:08:53 PM
^^^^Battlelore (and all of it's expansions and add-ons) also plays similar to CC:A, as does Samurai Battles by Zveda (company that makes 1/72 scale soldiers).  I believe Sam. Battles also comes with an alternate set of rules Art of Tactic so game can be played two ways.
I believe Battle of Westeros and newly released Abbadon (sci-fi) have some elements that are similar to CC, etc.
FWIW...I played a rousing game of CC:Ancients at Bottoscon in November and had a great time.  This isn't the kind of game I think I would like (ancients, large formations) but it was easy to learn and fun to play.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on January 20, 2014, 12:15:29 AM

Anyway, I actually have Foxbat and Phantom on the table right now.  Pieces sorted and rules out.  I doubt I'll get around to playing it today, though....getting kind of late to both learn and play a game.

I recall picking a used copy of that up in a tiny store back in the 90s.  But after having played other jet combat games (Air Superiority/Speed Of Heat series.. even Flight Leader which is probably a closer comparison), the mechanics just didn't stand the test of time in comparison.  After getting a short distance into the rules, I packed it off and it disappeared over time.  ???   

I'm surprised someone still plays Foxbat & Phantom.  My recollection is of a really archaic system.  Am I way out of line for thinking so?

No.  It seems that is the general consensus re: F&P, at least from what I've read on BBG.  But I already own it and haven't played it, so I figure I might as well give it a try.  I have Speed of Heat in storage that still hasn't been played, as well.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on January 20, 2014, 08:51:18 AM
Just came back from MMP's Winter Offensive in Bowie, MD...got a few great games of ASL in. 

They had a "damaged" merchandise table and I picked up a copy of The Battle Above the Clouds for half price.  Just a dent on the box, otherwise in great shape.

Also recently started a handful of Vassal games:

The Russian Campaign (4th ed), two games
The Guns of August (4th ed)
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (4th ed)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on January 21, 2014, 06:29:49 AM
Impressive list of fun activities AT!

Are those Vassal games PBeM?

Did you play in the tournament at Winter Offensive?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: MengJiao on January 21, 2014, 12:25:29 PM
Just came back from MMP's Winter Offensive in Bowie, MD...got a few great games of ASL in. 

They had a "damaged" merchandise table and I picked up a copy of The Battle Above the Clouds for half price.  Just a dent on the box, otherwise in great shape.

Also recently started a handful of Vassal games:

The Russian Campaign (4th ed), two games
The Guns of August (4th ed)
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (4th ed)

Going back over the rules for the MMP Grand Tactical System (in a small Where Eagles Dare scenario).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on January 21, 2014, 03:04:14 PM
Impressive list of fun activities AT!

Are those Vassal games PBeM?

Did you play in the tournament at Winter Offensive?

Yes, all PBEM. 

I could only stay for a day at WO so didn't enter the tournament and just did some Bull Pen games.  But got paired against two very experienced players.  I managed to beat one (but frankly he had some really bad rolls), and lost to the other guy...but not by much...gave him a run for his money.  So I am happy.

I have to say I found the ASL players a really welcoming bunch of guys.  I hadn't been to one of these before, and it had a much more friendly atmosphere than some other events I have been to.   
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on April 10, 2016, 12:32:44 AM
How has this thread done dormant for so long?  Re-energizing it...

Some ASL today.  Have been playing a TON of ASL lately and GOD I love this game.  Let me tell you this; if you live in an area with other ASL players and thus have the opportunity to play against an experienced player who is willing to help teach you the game (most will)...and if you have an interest in learning ASL, then do yourself the favor and hook up with him/them and learn it.  No other gaming experience will surpass it, I assure you!

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_J169.jpg)


Scenario At Start - J169 (from the very recent Journal #11).  Playing the Germans here.  Towards the far side of the map from me is several multi-hex buildings which are factories. I have to take 3 of the 4 or otherwise make sure that no 'Good Order' Americans are in any of them.  This scenario has seen about every crazy thing that *could* happen actually happen.  Gun duels with the AFV's, placed Demo charges, a Beserker, Sniper taking some crucial shots and lots of close combat.  We played all day today and have only gotten through 4 of the 6 turns but man, what a blast.  Love this game!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on April 10, 2016, 03:20:19 AM
Who knew...there are two threads with identical titles. It's the other 'What's on your table right now?' thread that's been getting most of the love for the last year or two. The other one is a dozen topics or so down the list at the moment. Here's a link to the (current) last page:

http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?topic=10771.780

I am also fortunate to live in an area with a healthy ASL community. These days I have little desire to play anything else.

I'm currently prepping to play another scenario from Journal 11: VotG26 Bad Day For The Luftwaffe. We played it last week already and enjoyed it so much we just had to switch sides and replay it again next week.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on April 10, 2016, 08:27:18 AM
Yeah, I was sure that there was a "what's on your table" thread that had been replied to more recently but this is the one that came up in the search.  Oh well, we can make this the "What ASL is on your table?".   O0

We played "Bedbugs in Bedburg" (similarly named) scenario from J11 last weekend for our monthly club meeting that I hosted.  I was just talking to one of the guys yesterday about our group; 5 of us fell out of the game and just stopped playing for about a 5 year period (me included) but almost simultaneously each of us has come back and so our monthly pow-wow's have been popular.  The Texas Team Tournament is coming up in June and I'm anxious to see how I'll do this year.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: rickbill on April 14, 2016, 09:14:17 PM
Quartermaster General
Liberty or Death
WSS2: LBF40 (while waiting for Paths to Hell!)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jamm on April 22, 2016, 07:22:38 PM
Playtesting in Normandy for next volume of Old School Tactical.
Shermans go Boom  :buck2:

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Richie61 on April 22, 2016, 09:03:59 PM
Shayne  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 01, 2016, 07:47:52 PM
Red Poppies Campaigns: Ypres, both cardboard and Vassal:

(http://i.imgur.com/lKoXiE3h.jpg) (http://imgur.com/lKoXiE3)

(http://i.imgur.com/BOR5YTxh.png) (http://imgur.com/BOR5YTx)

Really liking this. Fast to play but challenging.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 02, 2016, 04:31:33 AM
Looks good, Doug.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 05, 2016, 08:55:58 PM
just came in the mail today

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/q82/s526x395/13151508_1368146273199374_7728405586650813923_n.jpg?oh=cf8011c8c0fa68f55f76db3a1b5c40b4&oe=57A5EE73)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 06, 2016, 07:37:39 AM
just came in the mail today

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/q82/s526x395/13151508_1368146273199374_7728405586650813923_n.jpg?oh=cf8011c8c0fa68f55f76db3a1b5c40b4&oe=57A5EE73)


I've seen that.  I'll be curious to know what you think of it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 06, 2016, 07:53:05 AM
So far, I'm really digging it :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 13, 2016, 11:32:24 PM
Third Reich, "John Prados, Avalanche Press" style.  Custom map (my design).  This game never gained traction despite the name of a very popular designer and the pedigree of the game because a) it was from AP and b) it was plagued by a horribly written rulebook and stupid graphics issues with the first edition map and c) people scoffed at the "bucket of dice" combat system.  Said that, there is really a brilliant design here.  Lots of politics via political chits that can totally throw a wrench in how things did play out and it boasts a really nicely detailed combat system.  The AP website has a ton of extra's that can be downloaded for this series and it really adds a lot of depth for a game that is really pretty simple to play (out of the box).

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_5-14-16_01.jpg)


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_5-14-16_02.jpg)


Note: crappy looking pictures with a crappy Android phone that work has graciously provided to me.  Game is laid out in the wonderful looking table that I built and will likely sit in there, concealed when not being played, for several months. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 14, 2016, 04:06:50 AM
Always wanted to try that version.
Is it very different from Ah's Third Reich other than the combat system?
What's different about your map?
Have you played the Pacific version?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 14, 2016, 05:28:48 AM
Bring it to Origins!  Let's all play :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 14, 2016, 05:40:24 AM
I don't have a copy......  :(
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on May 14, 2016, 06:10:37 AM
great looking map.

what was the problem with the original map? I seem to recall there being a big seam between the mounted boards.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 14, 2016, 08:41:43 AM
I don't have a copy......  :(
I was talking to Gary ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 08:48:56 AM
great looking map.

what was the problem with the original map? I seem to recall there being a big seam between the mounted boards.

There was a number of issues.  The hexes on the original map were also 1/2" so it was very congested in central Europe.  Yes, big seams between the boards and they had an extra hexrow graphic super-imposed in Russia (printing error).  Mostly though, the original graphics were just horrendous (IMO).  *Very* green and *very* busy and it would just give you a headache to look at it.  I'm *o.k* with my version but have already started to do a more traditional mercator projection instead the projection that was originally used (I think it's mercator also but it's tilted so that it fits more fully on the mapsheet). 


But yeah - somebody fly me out to Origins and let's party!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 14, 2016, 08:58:07 AM
But yeah - somebody fly me out to Origins and let's party!

I'm not sure any of us are flying.  We're all bringing too many games! :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 14, 2016, 09:48:50 AM
But yeah - somebody fly me out to Origins and let's party!

I'm not sure any of us are flying.  We're all bringing too many games! :D

In both directions!  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 12:20:58 PM



Missed this earlier-


Always wanted to try that version.
Is it very different from Ah's Third Reich other than the combat system?


Similar enough but uniquely different is how I'd classify it.  It's not as "chess-like" as the original in that you can make a bonehead error and not lose the entire war over it.  Of course if you make enough boneheads like I tend to do, then you'll lose the war irregardless. 


What's different about your map?


See next post.


Have you played the Pacific version?


I have not.  I have the player's guide for this game and I'm very seriously contemplating on picking up the Pacific game.  The question for myself though is will/would I actually every play it.  I'm kind of waiting for my opinion on the ETO game first though I know a PTO game will always be vastly different than it's ETO cousin just because of the scale.  Also, and it's very unfortunate, but there's not a lot of reviews on this series on BGG because I think people have just shied away from it for the reasons that I mentioned previously.  I'd be tickled almost pink if this really turns out to be a hidden gem.









Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 12:33:29 PM
Ok, so I'm going through the evolution of map design here.  I like the map (redo) that I did for this game some 8 or 9 years ago.  But I'm not creaming over it.  That sounds gross...I'm not thoroughly thrilled with it.   So here's where I'm at now on redesigning it yet again:


Ok - here's the original map (which I redrew keeping faithful to it another lifetime ago):


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_Redux1.jpg)


You can see how I've rotated it to give it the landscape of Europe that I think we're more used to in our games.  I want a printed version of this map that does the same.  In my mind and with my OCD'ness, I keep wanting to rotate the map that I have on my table because it's bugging the crap out of me that it's not "straight".  So I'm going to "fix" that....


So I've rotated it to a position that I like and I've started to redraw it again:


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_Redux3.jpg)




What I've also done is I've redrawn the coastlines.  That's another thing with the JP3R map - my freakin' cat could make a more professional looking drawing of the coastlines than the artist for this map did.  So I'm using the original 3R map (also one that I redrew) to give me some guidance on how to draw the continents of Europe and N. Africa.  Here I have the 3 maps layered together:


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_Redux4.jpg)




And this is where I'm at now.  And no, the mountains aren't going to look like little chocolate candies when it's all said and done  :)

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_Redux2.jpg)


Kinda cool.  Very fun in a geeky sort of way. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on May 14, 2016, 12:43:22 PM
This may sound like an odd question but, by rotating the hexes to point-side up in certain spots on the map could gameplay be affected, adding or taking away or re-orienting choke points or what not?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 12:51:45 PM
This may sound like an odd question but, by rotating the hexes to point-side up in certain spots on the map could gameplay be affected, adding or taking away or re-orienting choke points or what not?

Yeah...probably.  Maybe.  Dunno.  Easy enough (and fun enough) to print off a set and see how differently it plays.  Good question though.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on May 14, 2016, 01:30:25 PM
Gary,
Another question: do you scan the original paper maps yourself or do you take them somewhere that can scan large maps but not fuss about whether they are copyright or not? I tried scanning a game map a while back on the flatbed part of my MF printer. The result: not only are there obvious seams after stitching the scans together but the color values vary slightly from scan to scan. I was hoping to drive out to the nearest Fedex/Kinkos but they are not close and I've heard they are very copyright-shy about what they will scan. I emailed the game's publisher with a request to allow me to scan for personal use in creating a VASSAL mod but never heard back. I even offered to turn over the mod to them afterwards but heard nary a peep.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 01:38:32 PM
Yeah brother, I just scan them in and then stitch them together within Photoshop.  That creates my template that I then draw upon.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on May 14, 2016, 01:54:25 PM
I don't have PS so I used GIMP. The map looked pretty craptacular when done. I do know next time I'll have to scan bigger overlaps since my scanner is just about 8 2/3 inches wide.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 03:44:28 PM
Yeah, yeah.  Here's one of the original scans that I made of the original map:


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/JP3R_Redux5.jpg)


It's going to look pretty craptactular when you can only scan in sections at a time.  I've had to make due with my very much less than average scanner as well.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on May 14, 2016, 03:57:19 PM
I had gaps between scans- that I can fix with more scanned sections overlapping. I also had a lot of what the bottom of that scan shows (but worse) - shadows and differences in brightness of the same colors on different scans. Unfortunately I don't have the talent to redraw the whole thing so I'm looking for a graphics n00b way to synchronize the colors across the separate scans.



I have to say that looking at your work is pleasure. it's also quite daunting when realistically looking at my own lack of time and talent (esp. the latter).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 14, 2016, 06:10:40 PM
I had gaps between scans- that I can fix with more scanned sections overlapping. I also had a lot of what the bottom of that scan shows (but worse) - shadows and differences in brightness of the same colors on different scans. Unfortunately I don't have the talent to redraw the whole thing so I'm looking for a graphics n00b way to synchronize the colors across the separate scans.



I have to say that looking at your work is pleasure. it's also quite daunting when realistically looking at my own lack of time and talent (esp. the latter).

This is how I learned to use Photoshop.  I knew what I wanted to do but I didn't know how to do it for the longest time.  So I scanned in images of what I wanted to remaster and I learned to use the tools that PS has in order to do it.  Learn to trace, fill and apply filters to what you've scanned in - it's actually great practice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on May 16, 2016, 08:28:28 PM
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/IMG_405.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 16, 2016, 08:40:56 PM
I'm interested to see this played - probably at Origins. I know Jim and Vance and Brant all really like the COIN games but they've never really appealed to me. I suspect I'm missing what's great about them and hope to figure that out next month.

In the meantime, something I am enthusiastic about:

(http://i.imgur.com/eoRIWSNl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/eoRIWSN)

Hill 142 scenario from In the Trenches: Devil Dogs by Tiny Battle Publishing. I'm really enjoying both this series and Red Poppies Campaigns, both from John Gorkowski.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 16, 2016, 09:11:54 PM
we'll put you into one of the COIN games as a player :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 16, 2016, 09:19:03 PM
I'll watch a couple first. Frankly, they seem pretty Euro to me...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 17, 2016, 04:50:57 AM


In the meantime, something I am enthusiastic about:
....

Hill 142 scenario from In the Trenches: Devil Dogs by Tiny Battle Publishing. I'm really enjoying both this series and Red Poppies Campaigns, both from John Gorkowski.

Is that company level?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 17, 2016, 06:35:07 AM

Is that company level?


Individual units are platoons that you generally maneuver and fight together as companies, due to the C&C rules. The other Gorkowski system, Red Poppies, has company-sized units generally maneuvered and fought as battalions. In the Trenches is more granular but represents only specific actions in a larger battle, Red Poppies is more "big picture" and usually covers an entire, often multi-day battle.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on May 17, 2016, 12:11:13 PM
I'll watch a couple first. Frankly, they seem pretty Euro to me...

Definitely much Euro flavor in the mechanics. 

I think many hardcore wargamers ignore or deny that because the series also better represents the political & historical themes, in the mechanics, compared to Euros.  So it's easier to call it a "wargame", to keep their Groggy self-image intact.  :))
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on May 19, 2016, 12:15:45 PM
Found this while helping my parents clean out their garage. I bought it brand new (1979/80) and never played it. The box has seen better days (it was in the garage for 25+ years!) but all of the contents are still inside and in good shape. It's made by TSR so I'm certain it was a D&D inspired purchase. And I'm also certain the time travel theme played a role.  :)

(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/4th1.JPG)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 19, 2016, 01:14:46 PM
^^^
That's actually a really cool Chess-like game, wrapped up in the usual Gygaxian obtuse rules language.  The idea that you can 'time warp' a piece forward in the game to reappear makes your planning pretty forward-thinking.  The pieces look like set-dressing from the late-70s Buck Rogers TV show, tho.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 22, 2016, 05:55:00 PM
Der Rattenkrieg!!!

ASL "Valor of the Guards" HASL (scen 7).  What a bloody mess!

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_VotG7d.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 22, 2016, 06:26:44 PM
Always loved the look of those historical modules... even if I didn't like ASL.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on May 22, 2016, 06:49:57 PM
Always loved the look of those historical modules... even if I didn't like ASL.

It's a really crappy picture with my crappy camera phone but yeah, the map is a thing of beauty.  My one complaint however would be the difficulties in picking out roofless buildings from buildings that have retained their rooftop because of too slight a contrast between the two and it's also hard to pick up train tracks that have cars with those that don't.  I get that they wanted to have a dark, overcast-like look to the map but it's really tough to pick those things out at times.  Having the VASL map open on the laptop next to it was a huge help though.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on May 22, 2016, 09:15:47 PM
Certainly every COIN game yet released (and those proposed for release) are wargames.  You're a weird kind of pedant if you can call TS a wargame and not the COIN games, as I've seen argued.  I was, largely (not entirely), set free from my love of miniatures by Paddy Griffiths who argued that the greatest mistake wargames ever made was fetishising miniatures.  Much the same could be said of hexes and counters.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on May 23, 2016, 08:07:55 PM
Certainly every COIN game yet released (and those proposed for release) are wargames.  You're a weird kind of pedant if you can call TS a wargame and not the COIN games, as I've seen argued.  I was, largely (not entirely), set free from my love of miniatures by Paddy Griffiths who argued that the greatest mistake wargames ever made was fetishising miniatures.  Much the same could be said of hexes and counters.


What's "TS"?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on May 23, 2016, 08:38:07 PM
Twilight Struggle
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on May 23, 2016, 08:52:50 PM
Twilight Struggle

Thanks.


I've still never played TS, nor Labyrinth.

But I consider both those, and the COIN series, as Political "Warfare" as much, or more than, the traditional kind.   Military-Politico Wargame? 

It still has very Euro-centric mechanics.  Which doesn't necessarily disqualify it as a "Wargame", IMO.  I'm certainly not one of those with a rigid classification of the subject (i.e. "must have hexes & counters!!").  ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 23, 2016, 09:04:01 PM
But I consider both those, and the COIN series, as Political "Warfare" as much, or more than, the traditional kind.   Military-Politico Wargame? 

It still has very Euro-centric mechanics.  Which doesn't necessarily disqualify it as a "Wargame", IMO.  I'm certainly not one of those with a rigid classification of the subject (i.e. "must have hexes & counters!!").  ;D


+1. Definitely wargames, regardless of the Euro mechanics. I'm just not typically excited by Euro mechanics or the political aspects of games like this.  I don't really enjoy base building games either, or even stuff like Civ. Completely valid games, often easily classed as wargames, but not my thing.


A lot of wargamers have certain periods that they tend to enjoy or not enjoy. There really isn't a historical (or even SF) period I don't enjoy. What I don't enjoy are certain mechanics or games that focus on politics and diplomacy as much or more than the military part of things.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on May 30, 2016, 07:52:11 PM
Pursuit of Glory, over Skype with opponent 3000 miles away.  Allenby is ready to crush the Turks in the south.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/Pursuit%20of%20Glory_zpsuzgdmngr.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 09, 2016, 04:34:18 PM
These just arrived this week...though work continues to kick my ass and make it impossible for me to even open them up!

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/Silent%20Victory%20etc.jpg)

I'm going to savor the moment when I do get to finally open them...which is really sad, actually, but considering how much time I've had for games lately...essentially zero...Silent Victory should be a LOT of fun and allow me to blow off some steam from being all work and no play.

Derek over at SingleHandedWarfare convinced me to finally buy Firefly: The Game, after his video review of it. The people I've gone to game night with more than a year ago are coordinating a get-together tomorrow and...and...I think I'm going to NOT work and go! They said they have Firefly plus one expansion and the guy's wife said they had plenty of folks that love the game and to teach it, so it sounds like a win-win for me. FINALLY. GAMING.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on June 09, 2016, 05:34:00 PM
Sounds like fun B_C!   O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on June 09, 2016, 07:40:47 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/EZ1km6s.jpg)

This is, by turns, the fault of Doug and Enterprise Games...the former having told me of the latter...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 09, 2016, 07:41:58 PM
Holy hell, Cyrano!

[img width=###]

 :)

Turning Point: Stalingrad is a great game, though.  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on June 09, 2016, 07:53:47 PM
Spoiler tags would also work. You know, if we had 'em.  ::)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on June 09, 2016, 07:59:20 PM
Are ya bringing any with ya to Origins?  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 09, 2016, 08:11:37 PM
I will probably bring the In the Trenches games from Tiny Battle, and Red Poppies Ypres. If I get the upgrade kit, I'll probably throw in Won By the Sword.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on June 09, 2016, 08:16:56 PM
Well, I gather we'll be demoing some fine, fine COIN so perhaps you, me, and Doug tear each other up at "Triumph and Glory"?

Dibs the Soviets.  I wish to be fickle.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on June 09, 2016, 09:31:51 PM
Sure! I'll take the Brits.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on June 10, 2016, 02:54:04 AM
Just arrived today. 8) I don't get to actually open it until my birthday next month. :tickedoff:

(http://i.imgur.com/dotBPYVl.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on June 10, 2016, 09:39:17 AM
While the picture is borrowed from BGG, this is what I am getting too.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1527539_md.jpg)

The game arrived today  O0 while the book should arrive towards the end of next week.

No chance for any gaming this weekend, too bad, but I guess commuting to work will go all too quickly for a change with the rule books as reading.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 10, 2016, 09:44:38 AM
Just arrived today. 8) I don't get to actually open it until my birthday next month. :tickedoff:

(http://i.imgur.com/dotBPYVl.jpg)

I have that too but have yet to play it. Maybe we can try it out with Vassal.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 10, 2016, 09:58:00 AM
While the picture is borrowed from BGG, this is what I am getting too.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1527539_md.jpg)

The game arrived today  O0 while the book should arrive towards the end of next week.

No chance for any gaming this weekend, too bad, but I guess commuting to work will go all too quickly for a change with the rule books as reading.

Now that looks like fun!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 10:01:13 AM
Just arrived today. 8) I don't get to actually open it until my birthday next month. :tickedoff:

(http://i.imgur.com/dotBPYVl.jpg)

I have that too but have yet to play it. Maybe we can try it out with Vassal.

That isn't just a game, it's a lifestyle :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 10, 2016, 10:06:59 AM

That isn't just a game, it's a lifestyle :P

Which is pretty much the reason it's still in the box, in-punched here...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 10:12:52 AM
Isn't "in-punched" what Mississippi wargamers do when they play with their sisters? ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 10:14:44 AM

That isn't just a game, it's a lifestyle :P

Which is pretty much the reason it's still in the box, in-punched here...

The reference material included by the designer is alone worth the purchase price - 'detailed' doesn't begin to describe it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 10:16:44 AM
Isn't "in-punched" what Mississippi wargamers do when they play with their sisters? ;)

We're trying to have a serious game discussion here :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 10:17:42 AM
As opposed to anywhere else in these forums?

Though I did post a serious picture. I mean, Silent Hunter and FIRE-FREAKIN'-FLY THE GAME.  :smitten:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 10:18:57 AM
As opposed to anywhere else in these forums?

Though I did post a serious picture. I mean, Silent Hunter and FIRE-FREAKIN'-FLY THE GAME.  :smitten:

But when will you play them?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on June 10, 2016, 10:21:25 AM
Have a friend who holds WEEKEND parties to play "Firefly" with all the expansions.

Cooks like a fiend, cleans the whole joint, has cases of booze and soda.

...and complains that "Fire in the Lake" looks like to much of a time commitment...

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 10:35:36 AM
But when will you play them?

I'm actually going to play Silent Victory this weekend, dammit. I'm done with my main project (six months of development time in frikkin' five weeks!) but there's still other areas of the globe to tailor the training for. Still, this will be the first weekend in a while where I don't...uh...well, don't work TOO much.

As for Firefly...going to a game group that I haven't joined up with in more than a year mainly because of work time committments, and the host has it plus one expansion (he said the 'first' one, but I don't know offhand which one that is...Breakin' Atmo? I dunno). His wife said some of them love to play it and teach it to newbies, so it sounds like a win for me. (Technically I'm not playing MY copy of it, so I guess that doesn't count among all youse wise guys.)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 10:37:09 AM
Have a friend who holds WEEKEND parties to play "Firefly" with all the expansions.

Cooks like a fiend, cleans the whole joint, has cases of booze and soda.

...and complains that "Fire in the Lake" looks like to much of a time commitment...

That's the main reason why I didn't buy Firefly...time commitment, too much space taken up, but there's some solo rules that Derek covered in his review video that made me go ahead and pull the trigger. I had some reward cards for Amazon for fitness goals I've reached lately, so I figured, why not celebrate Amazon gift card money from healthy activity by buying board games that require me to sit on my ass? An excellent choice IMO.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 10:47:02 AM
(Technically I'm not playing MY copy of it, so I guess that doesn't count among all youse wise guys.)

I hope that isn't the rule here
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on June 10, 2016, 10:49:54 AM
On my gaming table atm is 'Saints in Armor' from GMT. I'm currently playing the 'White Mountain' scenario and learning the rules.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 11:00:10 AM
(Technically I'm not playing MY copy of it, so I guess that doesn't count among all youse wise guys.)

I hope that isn't the rule here

I imagine that getting out and playing it, regardless of ownership, counts...it's sort of social...

(http://mememaker.org/wp-content/themes/viralimagehubpro/images/memes/53f7214b45e8f08dfe940ca4f5fab741.png)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 10, 2016, 11:01:54 AM
If my social life didn't include demented and sad, I would not have a social life.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 10, 2016, 11:07:38 AM
I've had none in the last many weeks. Only that murder mystery show. I guess that counts. Gaming, though...not much.  :buck2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 10, 2016, 04:31:28 PM
Isn't "in-punched" what Mississippi wargamers do when they play with their sisters? ;)


"In-punched" is what you call counters that are not only still on the sprue, but have square corners.  >:D


Or, it's how you type "un-punched" when you are also trying to deal with issues on two VMware clusters at two different customers at the same time because two of your senior engineers are out today but you'd rather be gaming.  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 10, 2016, 04:35:24 PM
On my gaming table atm is 'Saints in Armor' from GMT. I'm currently playing the 'White Mountain' scenario and learning the rules.


And I'm relearning the rules, by doing the same thing and then talking about it with Bawb. The 'stache, or course, periodically rants at us with his anecdotes about his time in Mansfield's armies.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on June 10, 2016, 05:03:39 PM
(http://mememaker.org/wp-content/themes/viralimagehubpro/images/memes/53f7214b45e8f08dfe940ca4f5fab741.png)


Classic!   O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on June 10, 2016, 10:55:54 PM
Have a friend who holds WEEKEND parties to play "Firefly" with all the expansions.

Cooks like a fiend, cleans the whole joint, has cases of booze and soda.

...and complains that "Fire in the Lake" looks like to much of a time commitment...






Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 11, 2016, 09:32:35 PM
5-player game of "Fall Blau" (Compass Games) today.  12 hours in and we're on turn 20 (of 60).   :idiot2:


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/Fall_Blau1.jpg)


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/Fall_Blau2.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on June 12, 2016, 01:26:09 AM
Just arrived today. 8) I don't get to actually open it until my birthday next month. :tickedoff:

(http://i.imgur.com/dotBPYVl.jpg)

I have that too but have yet to play it. Maybe we can try it out with Vassal.
Sounds like a plan. Maybe even try some live play if we can get the times to align..
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on June 12, 2016, 01:56:07 AM
5-player game of "Fall Blau" (Compass Games) today.  12 hours in and we're on turn 20 (of 60).   :idiot2:


Ooh, live play!  :smitten: Now if that would ever be possible here in Finland... Maybe I'll just need to tell my family the next Family Vacation will take place in some of the Boardgame Conventions!

Love the coffee mug btw
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on June 12, 2016, 02:10:36 AM
I played my second game of Antike II today.  I really enjoyed my first run through with it in a 5-player game but I think I've already mined what enjoyment there is to be had out of it in our 6-player game today.  The late turns really just devolve into a rush to destroy other player's temples, especially in the 6 player game as all of the city building and science scoring cards are already gone. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on June 13, 2016, 12:47:19 PM
I got to talking about HOI IV with a few of the groggier types from the FLGS this weekend and we all felt let down by it to varying degrees but the conversation reminded one of the guys that he'd bought Triumph and Tragedy 2nd ed a while back but never had the chance to play it.  We're going to try out a three player game of it this week.  Looking forward to it. 

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: MengJiao on June 13, 2016, 12:50:49 PM
On my gaming table atm is 'Saints in Armor' from GMT. I'm currently playing the 'White Mountain' scenario and learning the rules.

  This reminded me that I have that game somewhere and it was a lot of fun.  I'm going to go dig it up.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 13, 2016, 04:10:29 PM
5-player game of "Fall Blau" (Compass Games) today.  12 hours in and we're on turn 20 (of 60).   :idiot2:


Ooh, live play!  :smitten: Now if that would ever be possible here in Finland... Maybe I'll just need to tell my family the next Family Vacation will take place in some of the Boardgame Conventions!

Love the coffee mug btw

Come vacation down in Central Texas; wargaming heaven around here...there's several ASL groups that belong to the Central Texas ASL club, there's the Central Texas Wargamer club (the guys that I played with above) and the fruitloops in Austin Tx have lots of Eurogames, Magic, D&D and Warhammer stuff going on all the time.   >:D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 13, 2016, 05:42:43 PM
Meanwhile, Houston is pretty much fringe when it comes to gaming. Hardly any damn groups around here...at least not that I can find.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on June 13, 2016, 05:50:58 PM
If my wife and I are ever forced to move it will most likely be to Houston. If that happens, we can wargame FtF. Till then, Vassal is your BFF!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 13, 2016, 06:31:44 PM
Meh. VASSAL *is* pretty damned cool, but it just isn't the same as actually pushing counters around on a map and talking smack with a gaming buddy or three.  :-\
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 13, 2016, 06:49:08 PM
There is a Houston ASL group that belongs to the CenTex group but it's been *very* slow lately (see: http://asl.casagranda.com (http://asl.casagranda.com)).  The webpage is several (SEVERAL) years out of date and I have no way to tell if they even meet any longer, however, you may be able to pull some names off there and reach out to them to see if you can get in some games and to perhaps revive that club.  Be the savior.  ;)

Austin group is hopping (see www.texas-asl.com (http://www.texas-asl.com)) so if you can plan to join us for a monthly game day (usually the first Saturday of the month), then please do!


Forgot: the CenTex Wargamers group is very active as well as mentioned - they game every Tuesday evening and most every weekend.  Anything from CC:A/N to Saga to OCS to whatever you bring.  They have a Yahoo group if you want to join the mailing list: Central_Texas_Historical_Wargamers@yahoogroups.com
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on June 13, 2016, 07:42:34 PM
I've never had issues with talking smack while playing VASSAL
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on June 13, 2016, 11:09:39 PM
Meh. VASSAL *is* pretty damned cool, but it just isn't the same as actually pushing counters around on a map and talking smack with a gaming buddy or three.  :-\

+1

Having said that, I managed to get VASSAL working with TBL module installed. The most difficult part so far was to figure out how the map was first hidden underneath the text box, with the initial view  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 14, 2016, 01:41:38 AM
I'm not much into Squad Leader or any of its iterations (ASL or otherwise).

I know, I know - blasphemy!

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 14, 2016, 04:19:47 AM
I'm not much into Squad Leader or any of its iterations (ASL or otherwise).

I know, I know - blasphemy!

Why Private Joker...I don't believe that I heard you correctly!  You do play ASL, don't you???

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 14, 2016, 05:07:48 AM
Hahahaha, no. I played Squad Leader when I was in high school. A LOT. Alone. Talk about demented and sad and not even social. Anyway I got completely burned out on it, and it still makes ASL and similar games not entirely appealing.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on June 21, 2016, 06:55:56 PM
This year's Origin's haul:

(http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/b613/barthheart/IMG_1340_zpsl1plsc2u.jpg)

OST was a KS pickup at the con, The War was a regular purchase (I owe Doug a punch in the face), Falklands was a gift as was WarParty.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 21, 2016, 07:07:18 PM
It seems to be a real love-hate relationship with "The War".  I was following that one for a while and the "how to play" videos on the Geek make it seem like a fairly solid game- once you get through the rules, which appears to be the real Achilles heel with this one.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on June 21, 2016, 07:10:12 PM
Yeah, having glanced through the rule book, 118 pages worth  :o , I can see how it might be hard to get into. But I've read that the scenarios can ease you into the game if you don't jump off the deep end with the campaign first.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on June 21, 2016, 10:32:36 PM
It seems to be a real love-hate relationship with "The War".  I was following that one for a while and the "how to play" videos on the Geek make it seem like a fairly solid game- once you get through the rules, which appears to be the real Achilles heel with this one.

Did "The War" ever get a vassal module?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on June 22, 2016, 04:10:09 AM
It seems to be a real love-hate relationship with "The War".  I was following that one for a while and the "how to play" videos on the Geek make it seem like a fairly solid game- once you get through the rules, which appears to be the real Achilles heel with this one.

Did "The War" ever get a vassal module?

I heard/read someone mention one but I haven't looked for it yet. Maybe it was only for testing.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on June 22, 2016, 06:36:39 AM
I'm going to drag myself out of the house on Saturday morning to go to a gamer's flea market at a nearby game store, one I've never been to before. You bring in old games, people come in, and if they want to buy it, you agree on a price and they go buy store credit for you in that amount, and voila, it's yours.

I have culled about 71 games out of my collection that's done nothing but look pretty/gather dust, and it's depressing how most of it is stuff I've actually bought but never played over the years. Or, took out of the box, looked at, and put it right back, unpunched. Of course, I think this plays well into the prices I'll be asking for on these, but we will see.

I asked a friend of mine that's been to these before at this store, and he said 70 games is not at all unusual and depending on my prices, I could easily sell all of them.

In that case, if I can get rid of 70 games and get a few solitaire-leaning ones, I'd be quite happy.

And no, none of the games I'm selling are review copies that I've received over the years; I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that at all.

So, there may be a few new ones on my table this weekend.

As for actual games, I have Silent Victory on the dining room table right now, along with another game called Der Kessel. I'm also getting Kido Butai to the table again a few more times before the weekend so I can finish my review of it.

Silent Victory is all kinds of awesome. My first patrol of my first game, I sunk a large freighter in one engagement, a small one in another (if I remember right...but it was two merchantmen, I know that). Those damnable Mk14 torpedoes aren't worth a crap; I had a lot of hits but a LOT of duds, so I was not doing really all that well. But then I stumbled on a warship, and rolled up the Akagi. I sent my last four fish at her, and two actually hit. I figured they'd both be duds...but they were not. I rolled a 5, then a 6, so they both exploded. Then, I thought, surely they didn't have the 'oomph' needed to damage her severely...but I rolled a 1, which is 4 points of damage for the first fish, then a 2, which is 3 points of damage...enough to sink her. My boat sank over 43,000 tons of shipping in her first bloody war patrol! Which of course means some peasant in a hollowed-out tree-trunk canoe is going to sink her with a couple of WWI-era hand grenades in the next patrol, I'm almost certain of it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 22, 2016, 08:49:45 AM
The Texas-ASL tournament starts tomorrow through Sunday. I'll snap some pictures and post a few of them here.  Almost 70 people have signed up so it looks to be another large turn-out. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on June 24, 2016, 11:20:12 AM
S&T #61: October War. There was a set available for a tenner at BGG marketplace, too good to pass. A mere tenner, you ask? Yes, as it was missing the magazine. I was able to get my hands on a PDF copy though, and printed a booklet out of it at the office.

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/64F29E30226A48BDA676473237D62424.jpg)

First, I thought it was missing just a single BMD counter, but even that was there, hiding under the mag printout, the sneaky b*st*rd

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/A9B6CA33FEEF49279232795680C17AED.jpg)

Into the Valley of Tears!

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/7957C40DAAC247A181D8E9778AB6F4C7.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on June 24, 2016, 11:22:07 AM
Next item on my table will be a polycarbo panel, though. Need to finally get one  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 24, 2016, 07:23:20 PM
Next item on my table will be a polycarbo panel, though. Need to finally get one  :)

Plexiglass to cover the map?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on June 24, 2016, 07:51:16 PM
Here's a few pics from the 24th Annual Texas ASL Tournament.

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-1.jpg)


The tournament occupies two conference rooms this year.  This is the view from the back of one of them.

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-2.jpg)


"3D" ASL.  He had a collection of these that he made and brought along.


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-3.jpg)


Somebody' "ASL Kit".  A trunk on wheels with several counter trays/RAACO's and storage for the maps in the drawers.  It just needs a small engine so that it can be self-propelled next year.


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-4.jpg)


This is in the other conference room - Team ASL...Omaha Beach.  You very well may need a full bobbin of thread in order to check LOS from one end to the other.


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-5.jpg)


"DASL" (Deluxe ASL)


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-6.jpg)


This years trophies and awards (to be handed out Sunday)


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/ASL_Tourney_2016-7.jpg)


And on my table tonight was a little 4-player ASL scenario.  Me and another veteran player helping a new (returning) ASL player and a player that has only previously played a few SK scenarios solitaire.  By turn 3 he was running and gunning a couple of T-34/85's that we had.  Of course he had a little bit of a learning experience as well when he left one of the said '34's in the LOS of a 9-2 armor leader equipped Panther that was on overwatch on a distant hill.  Learned a lesson myself - always keep track of where you last saw that 'shrek and don't let it sneak up on your AFV's.  Burning wreck on that one.


Back at it at 0800 tomorrow.  I won't bore you guys with more pics unless it's something totally unique that you all might enjoy.  My competitive play begins tomorrow - wish me luck!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 24, 2016, 09:31:42 PM
excellent!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on July 06, 2016, 01:05:19 PM
The battle of the Somme 100th anniversary gaming, over the top boys!

(http://oi64.tinypic.com/2rfrp11.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on July 06, 2016, 02:41:11 PM
The battle of the Somme 100th anniversary gaming, over the top boys!

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Looks like fun!


I wanted to buy (and paint) minis for use with my C&C Ancients collection. 

Then again, there are at least a couple other games that also call for some.  My wishlist grows, it never shrinks.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 06, 2016, 02:44:11 PM
Looking good!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on July 06, 2016, 03:44:21 PM
Admit it: you make machine gun noises while playing that, don't you?


I know I would!

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on July 07, 2016, 01:40:07 PM
Admit it: you make machine gun noises while playing that, don't you?

In fact I noticed I was making mortar/artillery sounds a lot more than usually.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on July 10, 2016, 09:38:54 PM
ASL game day yesterday (no pics but the King Tiger charging over a stone wall into a graveyard to attempt an overrun was classic).  A weekend late, but I started a Gettysburg campaign.  This is using The Gamers CWBS (Thunder at the Crossroads II) with Rick Barber's "Summer Storm" maps.  Beautiful rendition of the battlefield I think.  I'm playing the hypothetical full-campaign scenario that has Stonewall Jackson alive and present with his Corps.  Should be interesting.  As per usual, sorry for the crappy phone pic.

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/TatC2.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on July 11, 2016, 05:37:24 PM
Very nice looking! That's got to be fun to play.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: nht on July 11, 2016, 06:07:03 PM
The battle of the Somme 100th anniversary gaming, over the top boys!

Wish I had the patience to paint up my C&C: TGW pieces. They sure look nice on the board!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 11, 2016, 06:07:20 PM
Even without reading GJK's comment, I could totally tell that it was a Rick Barber map.  I've been around wargaming waaaaaaay too long.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on July 12, 2016, 04:31:12 AM
Yeah, no mistaking a "Barber".  Funny enough but I took the original .psd that I had made from when I redrew the map for "In Their Quiet Fields" and started to convert it to a Barber...rounded off the elevation levels, started adding thousands and thousands of little dots (via a brush) for slopes and accent around the roads, etc, etc and man, it was getting very TEDIOUS.  I can't imagine him doing that by hand with colored pencils.  Lucky for me, he just announced that he made another print run of several of his maps and his Antietam map is one of them so I'm going to pick up a copy for my CWBS set.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on July 17, 2016, 07:29:10 AM
This Sunday, I walk in the memory lane in the form of Avalon Hill's Arab-Israeli Wars, situation B-2 Rafid.

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/B22460FB033742E2BFAF9F0D9D3920B8.jpg)

Playing solo (as always) with my head held high  O:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on July 17, 2016, 02:34:40 PM
That's a game that brings back memories.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on July 17, 2016, 02:40:59 PM
Bob remembers when he was in Palestine with Allenby.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on July 17, 2016, 02:44:26 PM
We used to build sand castles together.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on July 18, 2016, 12:45:57 AM
Bob remembers when he was in Palestine with Allenby.

Had to google that. Ha.

We used to build sand castles together.

He was a gentle man, I tell you, a most gentle man. Built the loveliest sand castles, with little knights riding around and troubadours playing little soothing tunes. Ah, war is hell.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on July 18, 2016, 12:23:45 PM
Wish I had the patience to paint up my C&C: TGW pieces. They sure look nice on the board!

I never have patience to paint (or clip) anything, luckily we have people on our club who do. :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on July 18, 2016, 12:34:27 PM
Practising with Next War: India-Pakistan. Kashmir has quite a terrain to be on the offensive..

(http://oi68.tinypic.com/9pq7eq.jpg)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on July 18, 2016, 08:30:51 PM
I am very interested in the Next War series, but it'll have to wait until I clear out some gaming backlog. That India-Pakistan game looks particularly interesting.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on July 18, 2016, 08:40:29 PM
Prussia's Glory II. Battle of Prague, halfway through the 12:00 PM turn of the battle scenario.

(http://i.imgur.com/AWEqwryh.jpg) (http://imgur.com/AWEqwry)


Schwerin's wing have seriously dented the Austrian infantry Browne has managed to swing over to the Austrian right. The Prussians have gained the heights and essentially caused a gap to open between the Austrian center and left under Charles and the Austrian right under Browne. The Prussians will now seek to pour through this gap with Bevern and Winterfeldt's wings. Schwerin himself was wounded while leading his troops up the hill, and his replacement was almost immediately killed.

Meanwhile, Prussian and Austrian cavalry clash in the south around Sterbohol. Things are still close too close to call.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on July 18, 2016, 11:49:29 PM
PGII is a sweet looking game!!!

Finished up our scenario from ASL "Valor of the Guards" (The Train Station).  The Russians (my opponent) held on for the win.  I think that I may of had enough VL hexes but I had too many points in losses.  Hell of a fun time though!


(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/VotG_Train_Station.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on July 19, 2016, 12:50:31 AM
I am very interested in the Next War series, but it'll have to wait until I clear out some gaming backlog. That India-Pakistan game looks particularly interesting.

I think NWIP is a good gateway game to the series because it has no naval warfare in it, the system is complex enough even without it. :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on July 19, 2016, 05:12:50 AM
I am very interested in the Next War series, but it'll have to wait until I clear out some gaming backlog. That India-Pakistan game looks particularly interesting.

I think NWIP is a good gateway game to the series because it has no naval warfare in it, the system is complex enough even without it. :)

I have the 'Taiwan' game but have only given a cursory look at the rules.  I also have "Breaking the chains".  When I get in the mood for some contemporary stuff, it'll be those two that I start messing with.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 04, 2016, 09:15:07 PM
I pre-ordered this over a year ago and it finally showed up a week ago.  I still haven't had a chance to play it yet.  I've just read the rules and run through the first scenario solo to try and get a feel for the game.  Looks like it should be fun.  Great production values!  (and an excellent counter tray)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/P8020008_zpsg6ytr4nf.jpg~original)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/P8020009_zpsczgqe63x.jpg~original)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/P8020010_zps4bdfdczt.jpg~original)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2016, 06:07:44 AM
That looks pretty cool, SDR.

I swear, it's like an arms race around here sometimes...you buy something cool and make ME want to buy it, and then I feel like I have to one-up you...fortunately I have such impulses under control now, especially after the whole X-Wing Minis run. And I still haven't gotten into Armada, thank God!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 05, 2016, 06:40:31 AM
come to Origins and play for the weekend at the Academy Games booth...  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2016, 06:41:19 AM
Well if you're there, get some review copies!  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 05, 2016, 06:57:36 AM
That looks pretty cool, SDR.

I swear, it's like an arms race around here sometimes...you buy something cool and make ME want to buy it, and then I feel like I have to one-up you...fortunately I have such impulses under control now, especially after the whole X-Wing Minis run. And I still haven't gotten into Armada, thank God!

Yeah, but Armada waves III and IV are coming out now as well as a campaign system!  It's gonna be awesome!  I actually put my X-Wing stuff up for sale this week.  I find that the game doesn't feel like Star Wars anymore due to the state of the meta game. It feels more like I'm flying against a team of corporate accountants who've gone through a spreadsheet of all the card modifiers to create a squadron that exploits every flaw in the rules to their benefit.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2016, 07:15:37 AM
It feels more like I'm flying against a team of corporate accountants who've gone through a spreadsheet of all the card modifiers to create a squadron that exploits every flaw in the rules to their benefit.

Well...isn't Armada like that, too?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 05, 2016, 08:07:57 AM
Somewhat but there's more depth to the gameplay so the modifications introduced by the cards don't feel as pronounced as in X-Wing.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2016, 08:19:46 AM
Dammit, don't tell me that...LOL

One thing that's made me afraid of going off to play in the weekly games is exactly what you posited - some clown probably made an Excel spreadsheet and min/maxed everything to figure out the ultimate combination of death-dealing in any situation (probably with fifty-plus tabs along the bottom to deal with any and all situations). Me, I'd be a lot more seat-of-the-pants - "hey this card looks cool, why not do this, and umm, okay, this one...alright, I'm ready."
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 05, 2016, 08:30:41 AM
Most don't bother with the spreadsheet themselves.  They just read the FFG forums to find out what the winning build is and then field that squadron.  Right now, it's 3 Jump Masters with contracted scouts or some such.  It gets kinda frustrating to show up for a casual drop in game only to fly against the same build every single time a new wave gets released. I tend to just goof around and make a squadron based on ships that I haven't used in a while (or ever).  It usually gets a bemused or incredulous reaction.  "Really?  You're using B-Wings?  They haven't been good since wave III man."
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2016, 08:36:34 AM
Duh, didn't think of that. Why not let someone else do all the work instead of painstakingly doing it yourself?  ::) Kind of takes the fun out of it (not out of making Excel sheets, but trial-and-error discovery of what works and what doesn't).

I'd rather goof around with it, too, and not even think about it until I sit down to play. And B-wings are badass...or they are in my mind anyway. I actually have one of them but haven't taken it out of the case yet.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 05, 2016, 06:14:26 PM
It can still be a lot of fun with the right players.  Some of the scenarios included in the expansion packs are great fun to play.  A few guys are willing to play the cinematic scenarios but most here are all about tournament rules.  I'm trying to get some interest in a 2-card per ship casual session once a month.  We'll see if there are any takers.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on August 05, 2016, 09:54:14 PM
Just before I headed out on vacation I rounded up enough "Sails of Glory" ships to do Cape Ortegal.  That and some time spent at the Tall Ships festival hereabouts set me on my weekend.

Crawled all over the remake of the USS Niagara and got into a fun debate with the docent about the relative merits of carronades versus long guns.  My observation that she was basically a floating shotgun looking for British to shoot seems to have won the day.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 05, 2016, 10:05:54 PM
Jealous!  I love playing Sails of Glory.  Can only manage to round up players about once every two months though.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on August 06, 2016, 03:59:22 PM
I've finished off 2 solo games of At the Gates of Loyang, and 1 of Healthy Heart Hospital this weekend.   Reading the rules for D-Day Dice tonight, and am going to give that a spin.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 06, 2016, 05:31:58 PM
ASL game day hosted at my place today.  Does "Hube's Pocket" bring back any memories for you old Squad Leader players?  This is the updated version for ASL.  Fun scenario...that Panther with the 9-1 armor leader is deadly.  I used the Soviet doctrine of swarming it in order to get a number of shots on it from various angles and got the hits but the rounds just bounced off (couldn't get a flank shot which is a requirement unless you get a lucky critical hit).  My 34's were able to swarm on a couple of frisky PzIVH's however and took them out but I still have that pesky Panther out there and he's set himself up to lead the convoy of SPW's that have to move across the map. We're halfway done (turn 7.5 of 15) and it's going to be a fun finish.  He (Germans) has to get 10+ vehicles in convoy off the map on the opposite map edge (apologies again for crappy camera pic).

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/Hubes_Pocket.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 06, 2016, 05:39:28 PM
Also, if you're an ASL player, you no doubt know of "Bounding Fire Productions (BFP)".  Rick Reinisch and Sam Tyson are the principle's with them.  They are active (dominate) people in our CenTexASL group and I was fortunate enough to have Rick over playing today playtesting a scenario from one of their upcoming packs.  In talking to him afterwards, I can tell you that BFP has a TON of really cool stuff coming out in the near future including reprints of some of their classics and all new packs that include a HASL for Pelilieu that has a map of about 2/3rds of the island.  There's an East Front pack in the works that will include all of the classic "Onslaught to Orsha" as well as other goodies with over 30 scenarios plus maps and counters included.  'Schmidt' has been in the works for *ever* and is *finally* near completion.  I can't recall everything that Rick said was in the pipeline but it's enough ASL to keep the hobbyist going for years.  I'm going to playtest some of the scenarios next month and I can't wait to see how they play out!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 06, 2016, 09:23:24 PM
I played Ora et Labora down at the FLGS today.  It was my first time playing on the France board.  Good times but my god it was frustrating.  The girl who was ahead of me in the turn queue took the exact action I was planning to take at least 3/4th of the time.  I ended up with a pretty dismal looking cloister and surroundings but still managed to beat her by 3 points to come in a distant 3rd.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 06, 2016, 09:32:13 PM
Trying to get Old School Tactical on the table...but the damn map is bigger than my table!


Great looking game, though...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 07, 2016, 08:05:10 PM
After moving the small gaming table downstairs along with the games I had in my office, and doing some shelf cleaning, I now have a large playing area and a dedicated gaming room. That gives me enough room to finally set up games with larger maps. I inaugurated the room with my first game of Old School Tactical:


(http://i.imgur.com/nMzoTmBh.jpg) (http://imgur.com/nMzoTmB)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 07, 2016, 08:07:53 PM
Awesome!

Just started the Die Falle Campaign myself. Will post pics as I go. Very cool idea for a campaign.....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 07, 2016, 08:09:24 PM
We should try this on VASSAL!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 07, 2016, 08:21:56 PM
I'd be up for it. It's a quick system to learn and plays pretty fast. I have the VASSAL module installed and played with it some this afternoon.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 07, 2016, 08:30:55 PM
Cool module eh? (http://grogheads.com/forums/Smileys//Brantz%20Smilies/azn.gif)

We'd need to setup a live session...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 07, 2016, 09:01:10 PM
Cool module eh? (http://grogheads.com/forums/Smileys//Brantz%20Smilies/azn.gif)

We'd need to setup a live session...


Yeah, though I wish it had the charts! I get why it doesn't, but it doesn't mean I don't miss 'em.


The other issue I have with the module is really an issue I have with the game itself. While the maps are absolutely gorgeous, they're too huge to use the borders for the various game tracks! When playing the physical game it means a lot of reaching or moving around to reach them. In the VASSAL module I found I was having to switch zoom levels a lot to see them and adjust markers. That's my sole gritch with the game, and it's a minor one. Otherwise I think it's going to get a lot of play around here.


Maybe this week we can set up a game?

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 07, 2016, 09:55:55 PM
It would be easy enough to edit that module by putting those various tracks in their own map window in order to eliminate the need to scroll or zoom.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 07, 2016, 10:02:03 PM
We'd need to setup a live session...

isn't that called "Origins"? ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 08, 2016, 04:43:10 AM
It would be easy enough to edit that module by putting those various tracks in their own map window in order to eliminate the need to scroll or zoom.

Yeah, since I created the module, I need to go in and tidy/make enhancements. I just need the time....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 08, 2016, 04:44:15 AM
We'd need to setup a live session...

isn't that called "Origins"? ;)

Not soon enough. :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 08, 2016, 07:17:14 PM
Cool module eh? (http://grogheads.com/forums/Smileys//Brantz%20Smilies/azn.gif)

We'd need to setup a live session...


Yeah, though I wish it had the charts! I get why it doesn't, but it doesn't mean I don't miss 'em.


The other issue I have with the module is really an issue I have with the game itself. While the maps are absolutely gorgeous, they're too huge to use the borders for the various game tracks! When playing the physical game it means a lot of reaching or moving around to reach them. In the VASSAL module I found I was having to switch zoom levels a lot to see them and adjust markers. That's my sole gritch with the game, and it's a minor one. Otherwise I think it's going to get a lot of play around here.


Maybe this week we can set up a game?

This week might be tough, even though I'm on vacation. :)
Maybe next? Not sure yet....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 08, 2016, 07:21:18 PM
This week might be tough, even though I'm on vacation. :)
Maybe next? Not sure yet....


No worries, give me a yell when you're ready!

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on August 18, 2016, 02:59:24 PM
Arrived today and very much looking forwards to playing - 'A las Barricades' from Compass Games. This is from the 'War Storm' Series. I already have the ''La battle de France 1940' game and like the system a lot.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 07:47:32 AM
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/IMG_0428_zpshqpzados.jpg)

1775.  A fun and simple wargame.  It's about 100 bajillon times better than risk.  The mere thought of Risk actually caused me to physically twitch when I momentarily considered purchasing it for a simple block pushing area control wargame for the family.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 22, 2016, 08:00:58 AM
I will say this for Risk - I'm seriously considering the new Risk Europe game, bc it looks like a good light game I can get Bayonet Jr and his friends to try
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 08:31:16 AM
I'm not familiar with Risk Europe, but to be fair I've never played any of the variants of Risk.  The original however while I don't think it's necessarily a "bad" game is not something I care to play.  My primary issues with the game are strictly based on my prior experiences playing.  The game is needlessly long and I've never seen so few meaningful decisions cause such AP in people.  Of course this is most likely due to who I played the game with more than the game mechanics themselves.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 08:34:06 AM
I don't have a photo, but the oldest and I played our first game of Dominant Species yesterday.  Holy moly is that an awesome game. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 22, 2016, 04:01:23 PM
Played some "Stonewall's Sword" yesterday with a buddy.  I was rather surprised to of found that I really enjoyed it given how much I enjoy the CWBS.  Definitely recommend it if you're looking for something in the regimental/brigade scale that has a small footprint, low counter density and is easy to learn but still has enough chrome to keep it out of the "light wargame" category.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 22, 2016, 04:17:48 PM
Interesting, Gary. That's the second time in a week I've heard good things about that game. What are we looking at here  - looks like Cedar Mountain?

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 04:54:17 PM
I tried to get into the CWBS, well the regimental sub-series actually, but the way the rules were written, organized and spread across two separate rule books (core and game specific) was just a bar to entry I didn't want to cross.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 22, 2016, 05:20:06 PM
Interesting, Gary. That's the second time in a week I've heard good things about that game. What are we looking at here  - looks like Cedar Mountain?

Yes, Cedar Mountain.  Stonewall is off sleeping somewhere and needs to be awakened to get his ass to the battle.  It's all chit draw for activations with "random event" type chits thrown in.  Unit depletion is abstracted so you don't have strength charts or markers to track every hit- they have a reduced side and then when they flub what is basically a strong morale check while reduced, they go to a track where they can gradually rebuild (gather stragglers and their nerves) and then possibly return to the field.  This game has a small map and is at like the 240 counter range so quick to set up and would make a good travel game.  Should play well solitaire with the random chit activation technique that is involved.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 22, 2016, 05:25:53 PM
I tried to get into the CWBS, well the regimental sub-series actually, but the way the rules were written, organized and spread across two separate rule books (core and game specific) was just a bar to entry I didn't want to cross.

RSS became too much.  CWBS is a good fit for me.  Yeah, the two rulebooks I can take it or leave it but once you grok the series rules (which are really rather simple after you just set up and play it) then you find the game specific rules just have the chrome and scripted necessary to make it fit at least marginally along historical situations/outcomes.  And these games are *heavily* scripted so if that's a turn-off (and it is for many, sure), then you either will just plain not like it and move on or you could play it without using the scripted rules and just get a wildly unique historical outcome.


The thing that CWBS has that I like that SS doesn't is the details of regimental order.  IOW, in CWBS, you march in column and then change formation to enter line and facing is critical so as to "refuse flanks" and all that semi-tactical stuff.  SS has no facing, no formations and the ammo is unlimited - my only gripes about it.  But if you like just being the army commander (or division commanders really) and let the game handle the minutiae, then SS should work for you where as you might find CWBS just too fiddly with the details.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 05:45:50 PM
I actually had GMT's US Civil War in my cart today, but it went out of stock went I went to complete my order.  It seems like it's in my currently perferred level of complexity.  I'm sure my wallet and wife are secretly happy I was sniped. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 22, 2016, 06:07:24 PM
I actually had GMT's US Civil War in my cart today, but it went out of stock went I went to complete my order.  It seems like it's in my currently perferred level of complexity.  I'm sure my wallet and wife are secretly happy I was sniped.

Chris has it new for $44:  http://yhst-12000246778232.stores.yahoo.net/uscivilwargmt.html


"For the People" may be in your wheelhouse too if you're wanting to fight the entire war.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 06:20:14 PM
Yeah I've looked at that one too.  The big thing about the USCW is that it's hex based and a strategic level, which is which is the level I want to introduce my oldest too.  I'm putting Combat Commander on the docket for a tactical level experience this weekend. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 22, 2016, 06:20:58 PM
And thanks for the link I'd forgotten about NWS.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 23, 2016, 11:13:02 AM
I actually had GMT's US Civil War in my cart today, but it went out of stock went I went to complete my order.  It seems like it's in my currently perferred level of complexity.  I'm sure my wallet and wife are secretly happy I was sniped.

Chris has it new for $44:  http://yhst-12000246778232.stores.yahoo.net/uscivilwargmt.html


"For the People" may be in your wheelhouse too if you're wanting to fight the entire war.

Of course I ordered US Civil War last night and  then learned this morning that I need to replace the copper tubing and all the R 22 in my HVAC.  R 22 is expensive!.  Now I'm not about to cancel the order, but the family will need to sacrifice a meal out and I may need to sleep on the couch for a night.  It seems like a fair trade for what I expect to be an awesome game at a great price.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 23, 2016, 06:34:42 PM
I actually had GMT's US Civil War in my cart today, but it went out of stock went I went to complete my order.  It seems like it's in my currently perferred level of complexity.  I'm sure my wallet and wife are secretly happy I was sniped.

Chris has it new for $44:  http://yhst-12000246778232.stores.yahoo.net/uscivilwargmt.html (http://yhst-12000246778232.stores.yahoo.net/uscivilwargmt.html)


"For the People" may be in your wheelhouse too if you're wanting to fight the entire war.

Of course I ordered US Civil War last night and  then learned this morning that I need to replace the copper tubing and all the R 22 in my HVAC.  R 22 is expensive!.  Now I'm not about to cancel the order, but the family will need to sacrifice a meal out and I may need to sleep on the couch for a night.  It seems like a fair trade for what I expect to be an awesome game at a great price.

In my long list of games to get to eventually.  If you beat me to it, I'd be interested to hear what your thoughts are on it.  Being a big fan of the old VG's Civil War I was at first excited to get what looked to be an update to that game but have since learned that it's got some things taken from it but also For the People as well as original and unique ideas.  Seems like a great mix of games!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 23, 2016, 06:40:11 PM
Yeah I'm really looking forward to it.  I've watched several youtube videos and started to read the living rules on GMT.  My real concern right now is if it will fit on my desk or not.  If it doesn't I may need to risk more couch time and steal the wife crafting tables to set it up.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 23, 2016, 07:25:13 PM
Yeah I'm really looking forward to it.  I've watched several youtube videos and started to read the living rules on GMT.  My real concern right now is if it will fit on my desk or not.  If it doesn't I may need to risk more couch time and steal the wife crafting tables to set it up.

I've got a pair of those heavy white plastic folding tables that I picked up from Walmart for like $30 that I use when I host game days.  Each table holds a fairly large map and would hold the USCW map.  Or go even cheaper and buy a piece of plywood to lay across your existing table.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 23, 2016, 07:30:24 PM
Yeah I'm really looking forward to it.  I've watched several youtube videos and started to read the living rules on GMT.  My real concern right now is if it will fit on my desk or not.  If it doesn't I may need to risk more couch time and steal the wife crafting tables to set it up.

I've got a pair of those heavy white plastic folding tables that I picked up from Walmart for like $30 that I use when I host game days.  Each table holds a fairly large map and would hold the USCW map.  Or go even cheaper and buy a piece of plywood to lay across your existing table.

Ha!  Two of those exact tables are what I'm planning on, uh, borrowing from the wife. 

However I think the map is 30 X 44 and my desk is 30 X 48, so I "should" be able to get away with just setting it up there.  From what I've seen other than a hand of 5 cards everything else is tracked on the board.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on August 24, 2016, 08:05:21 AM
Each side also has an army sheet. It tracks the SP's and subordinate generals in each army.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 24, 2016, 12:28:44 PM
Each side also has an army sheet. It tracks the SP's and subordinate generals in each army.

Yeah I forgot about the army sheets.  How often are you finding that your various army stacks are large enough to warrant moving over to the sheet tracker?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on August 24, 2016, 02:38:35 PM
A great big heap of BoB stuff :-))
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 24, 2016, 06:34:50 PM
A great big heap of BoB stuff :-))

Uh...gross?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on August 24, 2016, 07:50:49 PM
Each side also has an army sheet. It tracks the SP's and subordinate generals in each army.

Yeah I forgot about the army sheets.  How often are you finding that your various army stacks are large enough to warrant moving over to the sheet tracker?

If there's an army, you're generally going to want to put its particulars off the map. At least I do as tall stacks can get unwieldy. Personally, I wasn't nearly as blown away by the game as I expected to be. A full play through showed a number of things I didn't like about it. My friend Fred has been playing it a lot in the CSW staff game and told me that many improvements are being considered. It wasn't playtested enough before release.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 24, 2016, 08:06:06 PM
UC, could you use VG's Civil War rules with these components?  Or if not, could you incorporate some of VGCW rules into this game; namely the way the leaders are handled (not on a time schedule)?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 24, 2016, 08:36:46 PM
Thanks UC.  I know that there is some criticism of the game, but to be honest I hadn't really dug into the details.  Based on the let's play and reviews that I read and watched, it looks like a game that I'll enjoy.  I just hope that any adjustments to the game are limited to rules errata, because I'll be rather annoyed if they add some bits and pieces to a new print run. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on August 25, 2016, 09:08:46 AM
The scripted leaders are my single biggest gripe, but not the only one. I think you could work out alternate leader rules but I'm not certain you could do it without some small changes to the counters. I seriously thought about experimenting with some changes myself but I had enough other problems with the game that it seemed too much like putting lipstick on a pig.

Trying to go all out with rules changes yourself would probably require some physical alterations to the counters, I'm guessing.

Also, Bison, in addition to army trackers, where will you set your manual, unused counters, play aids etc. and where will you roll your dice? If your table is only just big enough for the map itself, you'll definitely need a little more room. Maybe a coffee table next to you?

I sincerely hope that they manage to improve the game and turn it more into what I was expecting but I've moved on. If anyone is interested, I'd let my copy go for $35 plus shipping!  :P  Bonus: My game is already punched and clipped. My counters are organized in trays, though I don't recall if they came with the game or I added them myself. (I'm such a great salesman! The game sucks but I'll sell you my copy, cheap.  ;D)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: avrotim on August 25, 2016, 01:20:57 PM
The Lamps are Going Out on my table.  Despite being involved in the graphics for this game for years, I only played an early version once back in 2012.  Now I can actually play and see what it all looks like in real life and not just on a computer screen.  Note to self: don't use that awful font on the Tech cards again; its almost impossible to read and I know what it says.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 25, 2016, 01:58:34 PM
I have folding end table that I bought at ikea.  Its like 18x24.  I can see wanting both a historical and variable leader setup,  but my impression is that the leaders are not so central to game play that their stats overwhelmingly change outcomes.  Anyway I remain optimistic that the game will provide me with entertainment enough to justify the purchase.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 25, 2016, 05:15:17 PM
I have folding end table that I bought at ikea.  Its like 18x24.  I can see wanting both a historical and variable leader setup,  but my impression is that the leaders are not so central to game play that their stats overwhelmingly change outcomes.  Anyway I remain optimistic that the game will provide me with entertainment enough to justify the purchase.

A couple of guys at my local gaming group have been playing quite a bit of USCW for the past several months and they seem to really enjoy it.  In fact, I need to sit in with them one of these nights so that I can learn it from them.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 25, 2016, 05:17:54 PM
The Lamps are Going Out on my table.  Despite being involved in the graphics for this game for years, I only played an early version once back in 2012.  Now I can actually play and see what it all looks like in real life and not just on a computer screen.  Note to self: don't use that awful font on the Tech cards again; its almost impossible to read and I know what it says.

I've been hearing some buzz about this one.  Quite the gamble, or maybe not so much so.  WWI.  No hexes.  Area movement.  Cards.  Competes with PoG.  Yet seems to be a big hit thus far.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Jack Nastyface on August 25, 2016, 06:26:22 PM
On my table:  DVG's Warfighter.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 25, 2016, 07:19:58 PM
A couple of guys at my local gaming group have been playing quite a bit of USCW for the past several months and they seem to really enjoy it.  In fact, I need to sit in with them one of these nights so that I can learn it from them.

Well either USCW is positively benefiting from the cult of the new overrating or it's a good game, if BGG's rankings are any sort of indication of how good a game is in general.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 25, 2016, 08:59:29 PM
I've have the "learning to play" scenario setup to help me teach my daughter how to play Combat Commander tomorrow evening.
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/IMG_0480_zpsqsp1ulpl.jpg)
But I'm using it tonight to test out a solo rules variant from BGG.  >:D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2016, 09:02:11 PM
^ That is beautiful
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 25, 2016, 09:05:13 PM
I admit that I love the simple, sometimes chaotic nature of Combat Commander.  The trick will be convincing her it's as much fun as Dominant Species....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 26, 2016, 11:53:29 PM
Checked out VASL lately?  Fun stuff!

(http://www.garykrockover.com/uploads/VASL_Screener.png)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 27, 2016, 08:11:45 AM
^ I haven't, but cannot even get regular old vassal to work lately.    >:(
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 27, 2016, 11:07:36 AM
Just finished up another best of three game of dominion against the wife.  I'm honestly surprised how much she loves the game.  Combat commander weekend got bumped by a sleepover party.  Fortunately next weekend is a four day so I still have hopes.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 27, 2016, 01:23:46 PM
Got Flash Point out - one of the four games I got for my b-day - and played it with my daughter. It's a pretty simple game but highly challenging. There's a 'family' rule set and an 'experienced' rule set, so you can play this with the little ones on 'family' mode and have an easier time.

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/20160826_175949.jpg)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/20160826_192513_1.jpg)

I loved the gameplay videos of this so much I also got four expansions for it - Honor & Duty (adds a subway map and a map of a passenger aircraft on the ramp), 2nd Story (adds, go figure, a second story and additional challenges), and Urban Structures (adding office complex-type buildings). The fourth adds a couple of characters, a Rescue Dog and a Veteran. One of the other three expansions also added the Structural Engineer to the mix.

It's a LOT of fun and very chaotic, as fires can be.

Can't wait also to get Police Precinct (2nd Edition) to the table, probably today or tomorrow.

(http://client-cdn.crystalcommerce.com/photo/cardhaus/file/76f14fe02f0b11e59756215771bbfe58/large/Police.png)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 27, 2016, 04:27:13 PM
^ I had looked at that one, but we went with Pandemic for our co-op game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 27, 2016, 06:05:48 PM
^ I had looked at that one, but we went with Pandemic for our co-op game.

Which one? Flash Point?

All four that I bought can be played solo, which was a huge selling point for me. I think you can play Pandemic solo too if necessary, though I only own the app on the iPad and not the actual board game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 27, 2016, 06:10:27 PM
Yeah sorry Flashpoint.  I'm pretty sure you can play Pandemic solo, but I've not tried it that way.  I like to play and let the kids give the orders about how best cure the diseases.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on August 27, 2016, 11:50:58 PM
I've seen a steady stream of great reviews for both Flash Point and Police Precinct, for family-level cooperative gaming.

Had forgotten about them.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on August 28, 2016, 08:18:13 AM
I'm breaking out Zulus on the Ramparts this morning... I expect the British Empire to suffer an ignominious defeat.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 11:14:05 AM
Latest acquisitions. On the right, is a mounted map for GMT's Empire of the Sun.

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_105034_zps0a3lkwkt.jpg)


And a nicely trimmed M1 counter

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_105236_zpsbzm9sety.jpg)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on August 28, 2016, 11:22:14 AM
 O0  Looking good Mirth! MBT is definitely going to be an acquisition here soon.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 11:59:15 AM
Laminated Charts! Nerdgasm!

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_133458_zpsgqfpowfv.jpg)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_133752_zpsgibopcuh.jpg)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_134144_zps5o0sy2nc.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 12:00:40 PM
O0  Looking good Mirth! MBT is definitely going to be an acquisition here soon.

MBT is amazing. That series is going to cost me a lot of money :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on August 28, 2016, 12:09:12 PM
O0  Looking good Mirth! MBT is definitely going to be an acquisition here soon.

MBT is amazing. That series is going to cost me a lot of money :P


I keep eyeing the old sequel, IDF, when I pass it on one of my game shelves.  Hadn't thought about it much until the new version of MBT started showing up.  They're great classics, and it's good to see it get a much needed facelift.

Kinda wanted to pick up the new MBT, but so backlogged.  I'll worry about it in the future, when I'm rich.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 28, 2016, 12:22:29 PM
I've been looking at MBT, but I'm still playing though Panzer and all three expansions.  I like the laminated sheet though.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 12:44:54 PM
The newly laminated sheets are actually from Compass Games' Balance of Powers. I'm hoping to play soon with my local group, so I'm working on getting it prepped.

I picked up MBT because I love the Modern era games (I'll leave it to Brant to tell you why the 80s isn't 'modern') and because a buddy of mine already has it and I know we'll be getting a lot of use out of the system.

And let's be honest, I'm a total game whore.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 28, 2016, 01:25:49 PM
Well if you like the system, Panzer is an excellent WW2 armor system.  I'm personally anxiously awaiting us civil war.  Empire of the Sun looks like a good system too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 01:47:14 PM
I've played a lot of Panzer in miniature and I have a copy of those rules someplace in my stack of games. I'm sure I'll add the board games to the stack at some point. Like I said, total game whore.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 28, 2016, 02:02:47 PM
Latest acquisitions. On the right, is a mounted map for GMT's Empire of the Sun.

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_105034_zps0a3lkwkt.jpg)


And a nicely trimmed M1 counter

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_105236_zpsbzm9sety.jpg)

Looks good except fer that defective M1 counter... maybe contact GMT fer a new one.

Anyone know what, if anything, has been changed from the original version. Still have that on my shelf. Played it a lot back in the '90s.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 02:16:38 PM
I know they've supposedly cleaned up the rules a lot, but I don't have the original to compare it to.

This is a pretty good interview with Jim Day about the new versions of Panzer and MBT. Granted, it's a GMT house piece so it's going to give a favorable impression, but it's worth a read.

http://www.insidegmt.com/ (http://www.insidegmt.com/)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 02:17:45 PM
Looks good except fer that defective M1 counter... maybe contact GMT fer a new one.

You'd be really unhappy if you could see what is happening to the rest of my Balance of Powers counters right now.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on August 28, 2016, 02:37:55 PM
I'm going to bet on some sort of explicit fondling...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 02:44:02 PM
I'm going to bet on some sort of explicit fondling...

In a manner of speaking...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on August 28, 2016, 02:51:48 PM
You still wake up sometimes, don't you Barthheart? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the counters.

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Misc%20Gaming/20160828_164129_zps4cnuksf8.jpg)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on August 28, 2016, 04:49:48 PM
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on August 28, 2016, 05:59:00 PM
^That movie was actually based on a novel and was told, iirc, from the viewpoint of the alumnus dad of one of the cadets.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on August 29, 2016, 04:27:27 AM
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on September 02, 2016, 06:33:09 AM
Had a most fun Thursday night playing Tinkershuffle and his friend a situation out of PB Hill of Death campaign at Stadin Strategit ("city strategists") club room.

10 July, 1944

Hill 112, 10 Km Southwest of Caen, France: Late on July 10th, it was realized that the battle to break through to the Orne
River was seriously in question. In fact, the battle for the vital Hill 112 was turning into a stalemate. Major General Thomas
decided that a fresh attack would be required to wrest control of the vital summit and the observation points looking south
into the German areas. The intense fighting to the northeast had sapped most of the British reserves, leaving only the 5th
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) Battalion, which was snatching much needed rest in the outskirts of Fontaine-Etouperfour.
It was decided that the gains would outweigh the risks and the 5th DCLI formed up behind positions held by the 4th Sommerset
Light Infantry Battalion along the Caen-Evracy road. The 5th DCLI was supported by the 44th Royal Tank Regiment, of the 4th
Armored Brigade, who arrived late.

The 5th DCLI jumped off across the open ground to clear the remainder of the hill as the 44th
RTR arrived. Elements of the German 19th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment were dug in down slope and supported by miscellaneous Panzers.

The battle raged up until dark, with artillery from both sides actively affecting the advantage on several occasions. The hill
was secured and several heavy counterattacks were fended off into the night.


What a difference to play a live opponent face to face. In this case, two of them. They played the part of the elements of 19th SS Regt (of 9th SS Div) , setting up two strongholds of one reinforced Coys, one with StuG support, one with Pzkpfw IVs and a PAK section. Before that, I had my Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry deployed in front of Hill 112, with 44th RTR Shermans in both flanks. The victory conditions called for the level 3 plateau to be cleared of eligible German units by end of Turn #7.

As the Op Chits were pulled, there were soon burning Shermans left right and middle! It looked very ominuous for the brave Brits, until I got a sequence of Op2 chits one late one turn one early the second one. The single Achilles platoon especially showed why it's called a "Tank Destroyer". I decided to pull all my muscle towards the western stronghold first, and even after finally having been able to clear the plateau of German steel, the Pz Grenadiers had not given an inch before we called our practice game off at the end of turn #3.

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/C15F260CC7D5455BA00819597D7BCDA8.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on September 02, 2016, 06:35:25 AM

10 July, 1944

Hill 112, 10 Km Southwest of Caen, France: Late on July 10th, it was realized that the battle to break through to the Orne
River was seriously in question. In fact, the battle for the vital Hill 112 was turning into a stalemate. Major General Thomas
decided that a fresh attack would be required to wrest control of the vital summit and the observation points looking south
into the German areas. The intense fighting to the northeast had sapped most of the British reserves, leaving only the 5th
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) Battalion, which was snatching much needed rest in the outskirts of Fontaine-Etouperfour.
It was decided that the gains would outweigh the risks and the 5th DCLI formed up behind positions held by the 4th Sommerset
Light Infantry Battalion along the Caen-Evracy road. The 5th DCLI was supported by the 44th Royal Tank Regiment, of the 4th
Armored Brigade, who arrived late.

The 5th DCLI jumped off across the open ground to clear the remainder of the hill as the 44th RTR arrived. Elements of the German 19th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment were dug in down slope and supported by miscellaneous Panzers.

The battle raged up until dark, with artillery from both sides actively affecting the advantage on several occasions. The hill
was secured and several heavy counterattacks were fended off into the night.


Definitively no fun, this jumping over open ground affair!  :knuppel2:  :buck2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 02, 2016, 05:27:19 PM
Quote
What a difference to play a live opponent face to face.


An unbeatable experience, if you're fortunate enough to have wargaming friends that live close enough by. 
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Post by: Bison on September 04, 2016, 05:11:36 PM
And because I'm an unapologetic gaming heathen...the family spent the afternoon playing kitchen table Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. Wizards has a pretty cool promo where a new player can get a free beginners pack which has two 30 card decks from a lfgs in order to learn the game.  The owner at our lfgs hooked the girls up with a pack each.  Green and blue and white and blue.  Great product to introduce the card game to new players.
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Post by: solops on September 04, 2016, 05:35:09 PM
Russia Besieged 2nd Ed
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Post by: GJK on September 04, 2016, 05:49:03 PM
Russia Besieged 2nd Ed

We want pics! 
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Post by: mirth on September 04, 2016, 05:56:20 PM
Russia Besieged 2nd Ed

We want pics! 

+1 That's a hardcore game!
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Post by: JudgeDredd on September 05, 2016, 12:08:26 AM
Band of Brothers:Ghost Panzers opening scenario - Take a Building

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q499/wmar1967/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/DSC_0148_zpst5vybak6.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/wmar1967/media/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/DSC_0148_zpst5vybak6.jpg.html)
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Post by: GJK on September 05, 2016, 04:53:22 AM
Nothing says "WW2" like that map.   :o



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Post by: Staggerwing on September 05, 2016, 06:44:53 AM
Painting a few minis on the side Judge?
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Post by: Rekim on September 05, 2016, 07:25:42 AM
Russia Besieged 2nd Ed

I have a copy of the 1st Edition.

Look me up if you enjoy it and would like to try it out using Vassal.
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Post by: JudgeDredd on September 05, 2016, 07:41:57 AM
Painting a few minis on the side Judge?
No Stagger - models. The last "miniatures" I painted were back in the 1970's with my dad and my brother. We used Humbrol enamels and painted 1/32 Airfix Soldiers  :'(
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on September 05, 2016, 02:02:42 PM
A friend and I have been playing through the scenario book for Company of Heroes: Guadalcanal.  I'm 0 for 3 as the USMC so far.  It's a really fun game and the Bushido system for the Japanese is very well done.  It definitely encourages them to act aggressively, even when on defence.  It also makes them damned hard to kill.  You haven't witnessed the brutality of cardboard war until you see a Japanese mortar team go berserk, carge across the map, and then clobber your MG team over their heads with mortar tubes....the horror....the horror.


I also just picked up a used copy of The Hunters from a guy who's trying to thin out his collection.  Game looks to be in excellent shape and only $20.

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Post by: panzerde on September 05, 2016, 05:46:08 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/oV226YQl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/oV226YQ)

New counter sleds.
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Post by: Cyrano on September 05, 2016, 09:23:05 PM
I cannot get my head around them.

I now cannot play chit games lest I first smooth their corners, but this...this...

And I can't say quite what it is other than it's not...proper...I guess...

Spent much of the day playing card games, notably the Cryptozooic Naruto card game my son loves.

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Post by: Bison on September 05, 2016, 10:34:25 PM
Spent much of the day playing card games, notably the Cryptozooic Naruto card game my son loves.

Cool.  I've wanted to see the cards for this game.  I'll admit that I'm a closet Naruto fan.
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Post by: Pinetree on September 06, 2016, 03:15:28 AM
Currently playtesting:

(http://i.imgur.com/JnFMxoc.jpg)
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Post by: Cyrano on September 06, 2016, 06:32:52 PM
@bison

Some of the cards.  The art is pretty cool.

(http://i.imgur.com/FbxVlRN.jpg)

And my son dressed as Kiba.  Hard to avoid getting into something he's into quite that much.  Although, when I was a lad, ain't no way cosplay was getting me into the company of the opposite sex...

(http://i.imgur.com/y91imZv.jpg)

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Post by: panzerde on September 06, 2016, 07:01:54 PM
Currently playtesting:

(http://i.imgur.com/JnFMxoc.jpg)


Very nice!

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Post by: Bison on September 06, 2016, 09:56:23 PM
Cyrano thanks.  I really like the card art.  Jr is looking good in the getup.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 07, 2016, 02:51:45 PM
Working on my wonky low budget angels beat down commander deck.  For all of you who don't give a rats ass, I present to you the only mono blue angel that exists in the over 14,000 different magic the gathering cards.
(http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/arcana/990_angelcard.jpg)
It adds no value to my deck.  It's frankly a very underwhelming card, but by god I am duty bound to include it in my deck.  My plan is to baffle my opponents with bullshit, which of course is a legitimate strategy in any conflict.
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Post by: Nefaro on September 07, 2016, 08:28:39 PM
Working on my wonky low budget angels beat down commander deck.  For all of you who don't give a rats ass, I present to you the only mono blue angel that exists in the over 14,000 different magic the gathering cards.
(http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/arcana/990_angelcard.jpg)
It adds no value to my deck.  It's frankly a very underwhelming card, but by god I am duty bound to include it in my deck.  My plan is to baffle my opponents with bullshit, which of course is a legitimate strategy in any conflict.


Nice casting cost for a 4/4 Flying.  But you have to poop out something else that same turn, too, so it has some extra cost of a sort.  Still won't come out for a little bit, but if you have a good amount of low casting cost cards in the deck.. then a set of them could be quite efficient.

Last I recall, Blue had a variety of options with the 'Flying' ability.  Though not as much as White's, and notably so when it comes to stronger ones.
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Post by: Bison on September 07, 2016, 08:46:37 PM

Nice casting cost for a 4/4 Flying.  But you have to poop out something else that same turn, too, so it has some extra cost of a sort.  Still won't come out for a little bit, but if you have a good amount of low casting cost cards in the deck.. then a set of them could be quite efficient.

Last I recall, Blue had a variety of options with the 'Flying' ability.  Though not as much as White's, and notably so when it comes to stronger ones.

Best case scenario is cast a 1 mana spell plus the 3 for the Illusory Angel, which would be a nice economic 4/4 flying creature.  There are many flying options in blue, but only one mono-blue angel.  She must be included on that basis alone.   I'm building an angel beat down deck using this particular angel as my commander.
(http://www.mtgedh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bruna-Light-of-Alabaster.jpg)
Not the best commander in the world, but I think the one time I get all of the stars aligned is going to make all of the losing worth while.  I've got around 55 cards or so to pile in the angels and a host of auras and sweet, sweet blue control spells.  I'm pretty sure I can get her to routinely hit 40+ an attack.  Add in some trample, indestructible, hexproof...ah the sweetness of hoping all of my card pulls align. 
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Post by: Nefaro on September 08, 2016, 12:14:08 PM
I haven't kept up with what cards & sets are allowed in current tournaments in.. oh, almost 20 years.  Hadn't played in at least a decade.  So I have no idea what's out there, and the hordes of cards that aren't allowed in official tourney decks these days. 

One of the last decks I made was White & Black, loaded with Angels & shit.  Intended to steadily grindstone these big mofos from draw deck into graveyard, then cast Resurrection spells to put them into play from graveyard.   ;D  I enjoyed theme decks so it was fun but slow & vulnerable. 

Think I started doing other PC gaming stuff right after that.  Got rid of my old card collection, some of which went back to '94.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 08, 2016, 03:14:22 PM
Yeah I don't do competitive tournaments.  We play kitchen table magic where we just slap cards we like into our decks and hope that they play well together.

We play two formats.  Regular old magic - 60 card decks and Commander - 99 cards plus your commander.  It's way more fun and cost effective than trying to keep up with competitive decks in legacy, modern, standard, or commander.
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Post by: bob48 on September 08, 2016, 03:48:01 PM
You're making me want to get the cards out again, Bison :-)
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Post by: Bison on September 08, 2016, 04:47:04 PM
You're making me want to get the cards out again, Bison :-)

Do it!  I'm a big fan of Magic the Gathering and deck building games in general.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on September 08, 2016, 05:01:10 PM
We still have to get to Star Wars LCG via TableTopSim.  Alien: Legendary Encounters is also very well done in TTS.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 08, 2016, 05:06:22 PM
We still have to get to Star Wars LCG via TableTopSim.  Alien: Legendary Encounters is also very well done in TTS.

I know.  I do enjoy the Star Wars LCG too.  And one of my friends from the FLGS introduced me to Netrunner a few weeks back, which another really fun LCG.
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Post by: Nefaro on September 08, 2016, 05:24:17 PM
You're making me want to get the cards out again, Bison :-)

Do it!  I'm a big fan of Magic the Gathering and deck building games in general.


When I saw Android: Netrunner LCG on sale, a few years ago, I snatched it up.  Because I instantly recognized it to be pretty much the same as the old Netrunner CCG from the 90s, which was fookeen awesome but got lost in the CCG avalanche that came after MtG hit it big. 

Same with the Lord Of the Rings card game.  There are others I'd played back then too (Call Of Cthulhu, Star Wars, 40K, etc) which I haven't yet revisited.

Never played the old Doomtown, but picked up the Reloaded version. 


Glad some of the good but less known oldies have resurfaced as LCGs.  Much prefer that marketing over the randomized CCG packs too.  Even though I haven't been playing these much, due to my gaming fads being all over the place, they're definitely staying in the collection.
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Post by: Bison on September 09, 2016, 10:16:51 AM
OMG!  The package from NWS finally arrived and it's contents are waiting to be lovingly fondled later. 
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Post by: Cyrano on September 09, 2016, 12:26:59 PM
What is?!!?
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Post by: Bison on September 09, 2016, 02:03:18 PM
US Civil War
Normandy 44
Ukraine 43
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Post by: l'amour on September 10, 2016, 06:16:29 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/C1wYutfl.jpg)

Currently doing history wrong.
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Post by: Barthheart on September 10, 2016, 07:22:48 AM
Ouch! Italians joined the Allies eh?
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Post by: Bison on September 10, 2016, 07:38:22 AM
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/11_zpsv4bsxajr.jpg)
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Post by: Bison on September 10, 2016, 10:56:12 AM
Played two awesome games of MtG Commander with the oldest daughter this morning.   She played a mono-green preconstructed deck (thanks Staggerwing!) and I played a mono-blue preconstructed deck.  The green deck is an elf/token strategy - lots and lots and lots of +1, +2 creatures that swarm the board.  The blue deck is a slow ponderous big creature/control deck.  She won the first game stomping me with a ton of elf and wolf tokens.  I won the second game with a 1:1000 combo of cards.  Great fun.  I highly recommend the preconstructed commander decks for those who like MtG, but want to stay on a reasonable budget and don't want to spend hours building decks.  They also contain some very nice commander staple cards to use in home brewed decks.
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Post by: Staggerwing on September 10, 2016, 12:36:51 PM
 O0
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Post by: l'amour on September 10, 2016, 01:32:35 PM
Ouch! Italians joined the Allies eh?

Yup. The Anglo-Italian-Yugoslave allies have been texting Russia a lot, asking when they will tear up the Nazi-Soviet Pact and get involved..
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Post by: ArizonaTank on September 11, 2016, 07:05:05 PM
Hapsburg Eclipse:  About 1/4 of the way through the war.  So far so good.  Emperor Franz-Joseph gets lucky with an early Russian revolution, forcing the Russian Army to weaken and back up.  But constant bad news of losses is weighing heavily on national moral, and those Croats...well they just won't stay satisfied with their lot...and they keep revolting.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/HapsburgEclipseab_zps0ah26ion.jpg)
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Post by: ArizonaTank on September 18, 2016, 11:22:18 AM
The Arab-Israeli Wars, by AH.  With as many AH games as I owned and played in my youth, I somehow missed this one.  Just got a copy and took it for a test drive. 

Here is scenario 1, Bir Gifgafa, set in 1956.  Israeli Shermans and AMXs vs. Egyptian T-34s and SU-100s.  The Egyptians try to stop the Israelis from exiting off the North edge.  Firing hull-down behind sand dunes, the Shermans waste a slew of T34s.  In this pic, the Israelis start to run off the board.  The Shermans leave behind a whole bunch of dead T34s, and a few of their friends in scattered burning Shermans and AMXs.  According to the forum chat on BGG, this is a horribly one-sided scenario: I can confirm that.... 

Still, a great deal of fun and the game itself holds up well after almost 40 years.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/arabisrealiScenario1_zpswgmpnjpw.jpg)   
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Post by: Crossroads on September 18, 2016, 11:48:37 AM
The Arab-Israeli Wars, by AH.  With as many AH games as I owned and played in my youth, I somehow missed this one.  Just got a copy and took it for a test drive. 

Here is scenario 1, Bir Gifgafa, set in 1956.  Israeli Shermans and AMXs vs. Egyptian T-34s and SU-100s.  The Egyptians try to stop the Israelis from exiting off the North edge.  Firing hull-down behind sand dunes, the Shermans waste a slew of T34s.  In this pic, the Israelis start to run off the board.  The Shermans leave behind a whole bunch of dead T34s, and a few of their friends in scattered burning Shermans and AMXs.  According to the forum chat on BGG, this is a horribly one-sided scenario: I can confirm that.... 

Still, a great deal of fun and the game itself holds up well after almost 40 years.


Sweet!!!  :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten:

Did you notice my post at the Computer Wargaming forum saying all the AIW situations are now available in Campaign Series Middle East  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 18, 2016, 03:25:48 PM
The wife and I played several games of MtG last night, as a break from our regular best of three games of Dominion.
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Post by: GJK on September 18, 2016, 03:41:12 PM
The wife and I played several games of MtG last night, as a break from our regular best of three games of Dominion.

As a quick warm-up before your game of ASL I hope.   >:(
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Post by: Nefaro on September 18, 2016, 05:21:14 PM
The Arab-Israeli Wars, by AH.  With as many AH games as I owned and played in my youth, I somehow missed this one.  Just got a copy and took it for a test drive. 




I recall picking up Arab-Israeli Wars around the same time I got VG's 2nd Fleet, which was love at first sight.  Enjoyed both of those quite a bit.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 18, 2016, 06:45:56 PM
The wife and I played several games of MtG last night, as a break from our regular best of three games of Dominion.

As a quick warm-up before your game of ASL I hope.   >:(

When did ASL become a sexual euphemism? 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 18, 2016, 08:21:18 PM
It is the sexiest wargame out there.   8)
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Post by: Ubercat on September 18, 2016, 08:43:53 PM
No. I clipped some very sexy ASL counters earlier tonight, but no. Last Blitzkrieg (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/178896/last-blitzkrieg) the first game in the new BCS series has to hold the crown of sexiest wargame for the time being. The Stalingrad, upcoming third game in the series will probably take the crown eventually, but for now it's LB.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on September 19, 2016, 04:39:59 AM
I enjoy Dean Essig designs and when BCS goes to Stalingrad, I'll be all over that P500.  Bulge just never intrigued me. 
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Post by: ArizonaTank on September 19, 2016, 08:54:41 PM

Sweet!!!  :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten:

Did you notice my post at the Computer Wargaming forum saying all the AIW situations are now available in Campaign Series Middle East  :)

Thanks for pointing that out.  I just installed the mod.  Will certainly give them a run...
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Post by: bob48 on September 20, 2016, 08:08:51 AM
Since my PC is away being repaired :-{ I have just finished setting up 'Bitter Woods'.
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Post by: Duke of Earl on September 21, 2016, 08:08:32 AM
On the table today is a battle cry game being used to test out the advanced Vive l'Empereur system. My new twist is to step that system up a notch using corps and army commanders with a random corp activation chit pull. But have the army commanders able to keep an activation out of the pool based on their roll against their rating. Also in the pool are 2 end of turn chits which ends the turn randomly when both are pulled.

Having fun . . .
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Post by: bayonetbrant on September 21, 2016, 08:56:31 AM
My new twist is to step that system up a notch using corps and army commanders with a random corp activation chit pull. But have the army commanders able to keep an activation out of the pool based on their roll against their rating.

So when they keep out the activation, is that so it's guaranteed to come up, or guaranteed not to come up?  Just wanting to make sure I understand.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on September 27, 2016, 08:28:29 AM
I tried a little (very little) Star Trek Panic last night...good game, playable solo but not good just with one player (really need to control two players at least as a solo player, in order to have a hope in Hell of defeating the hordes that come at the Enterprise). Didn't even finish one mission, but I like that you randomly determine your missions and need to complete five of them to complete your 'five year mission' and win the game.
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Post by: Nefaro on September 28, 2016, 03:54:22 PM
Just received 3rd printing of Sekigahara

Got some wood block stickering to do in the near future.
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Post by: Blackndecker on September 28, 2016, 07:07:05 PM
Just wrapped up my first game of D-Day at Peleliu. Alas, not a successful run. Got to turn 9 before the Japanese pulled a card calling for them to stage close contact assaults. The other intense fire positions pushed me over the catastrophic casualty rate... Just could not get Marines off the beach fast enough...
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Post by: MengJiao on September 28, 2016, 07:41:02 PM
Just wrapped up my first game of D-Day at Peleliu. Alas, not a successful run. Got to turn 9 before the Japanese pulled a card calling for them to stage close contact assaults. The other intense fire positions pushed me over the catastrophic casualty rate... Just could not get Marines off the beach fast enough...

I just started puzzling over Churobosco!
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Post by: smittyohio on September 30, 2016, 04:54:02 AM
I'm breaking out Labyrinth the War on Terror this morning after I take one of my kids to the orthodontist.  My last game was a little easy, so I'm hoping the bot draws better cards this time.  Great game.   Might have to finally dedicate the time to learn Cuba Libre or Liberty or Death this weekend.
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Post by: GJK on September 30, 2016, 06:50:22 AM
My copy of VG's Vietnam should arrive today.  I owned that game some time early last century (I think it was) but never actually played it.  Looking forward to trying some of the scenarios.  It's the campaign game that takes a lifetime of investment but I'd love to at least start one some time.
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Post by: Bison on September 30, 2016, 07:18:25 AM
Use of the phrase last century is rather depressing...
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Post by: mirth on September 30, 2016, 07:45:49 AM
Use of the phrase last century is rather depressing...

QFT.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on September 30, 2016, 08:32:57 AM
Use of the phrase last century is rather depressing...

(https://pics.onsizzle.com/in-just-a-few-years-1990-will-be-30-years-3750040.png)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on September 30, 2016, 08:48:31 AM
No shit.  I'm stuck in the 1980s man.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on September 30, 2016, 09:01:15 AM
Use of the phrase last century is rather depressing...

(https://pics.onsizzle.com/in-just-a-few-years-1990-will-be-30-years-3750040.png)

Man, that is fucking depressing.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on September 30, 2016, 04:58:39 PM
(https://media.makeameme.org/created/im-37-im.jpg)
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Post by: smittyohio on September 30, 2016, 05:18:05 PM
Woot!   Held on for a victory in Labyrinth through the 2nd deck.   Came 1 short of an auto-victory, but that was really never a possibility.  I got my last 5 "good" resources really late in the game.  Could have easily lost this with a few bad rolls or jihadist events.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 01, 2016, 09:07:50 PM
Kawaguchi's Gamble: Edson's Ridge.  Game just starting. 

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/Edsons%20Ridge_zps2us69yzd.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 01, 2016, 09:09:25 PM
Hey - that was a GARPA game!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 01, 2016, 10:06:39 PM
I tried out Terraforming Mars at the FLGS today.  It's a pretty interesting game.  Not one I think I'll pick up for myself but I'll definitely give it another go if it hits the table.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3125635_lg.jpg)

While we were playing, a couple game in with some used games they wanted to put on consignment.  One of the games was a virtually untouched copy of GMT's Labyrinth (guy said they tried it once and shelved it) for $40.  It's mine now!!!!

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic851857_lg.jpg)
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Post by: bayonetbrant on October 02, 2016, 05:36:26 AM
for $40, hell yeah!  Great find :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 02, 2016, 01:09:24 PM
$40 Canadian dollars even.  (If I weren't paid in the stupid things, it'd be even better!)

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Post by: ArizonaTank on October 02, 2016, 08:05:13 PM
Hey - that was a GARPA game!

And a good one.  For a game with just one scenario It has quite a bit of replay value.  Also, the rules are pretty easy to grasp once you play a few turns.  A good wargame introduction game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 02, 2016, 08:08:11 PM
I tried out Terraforming Mars at the FLGS today.  It's a pretty interesting game.  Not one I think I'll pick up for myself but I'll definitely give it another go if it hits the table.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3125635_lg.jpg)


I actually looked at this the other day, but like you I don't really feel any need to own a copy.  I'd love to play it, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on October 02, 2016, 08:43:50 PM
Kawaguchi's Gamble: Edson's Ridge.  Game just starting. 

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/Edsons%20Ridge_zps2us69yzd.jpg)

At first glance and having never heard of this game before this one looks like AH Turning Point Stalingrad.  Only set in the Pacific Theater.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 02, 2016, 09:55:41 PM
At first glance and having never heard of this game before this one looks like AH Turning Point Stalingrad.  Only set in the Pacific Theater.

I hadn't really thought of that until you mentioned it.  Yes, it is heavily based on Turning Point Stalingrad (it even lacks a player aid card like TPS).  But the scale is different.  In KG:ER the basic unit is a platoon, and a turn is 1.5 hours; the entire game plays out during one night on Guadalcanal, defending Henderson field.  There is plenty of Pacific War flavor...banzai charges, defensive machine gun fire, leaders, Japanese capturing supply dumps, patrols, and infiltration.  Also, there is no mech / armor.  It is also a lot cheaper...you can get a copy of Kawaguchi's Gamble: Edson's Ridge on ebay for $35.  Good luck paying less than $100 for TPS.
   
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Post by: W8taminute on October 03, 2016, 08:21:42 PM
TPS is worth $100?!  I need to store my copy of the game in a better and safer location.

KG:ER sounds like fun though.  Must check it out. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: avrotim on October 04, 2016, 08:07:33 PM
On my table is "The Lamps are Going Out".  I have been soloing it and its a hoot.  Unfortunately we are having a big family dinner on Sunday and I will likely  have to pack it away tomorrow to start the clean-up. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 05, 2016, 07:07:53 AM
On my table is "The Lamps are Going Out".  I have been soloing it and its a hoot.  Unfortunately we are having a big family dinner on Sunday and I will likely  have to pack it away tomorrow to start the clean-up.

I have been waiting for the Vassal module for this one...but great to hear you are having fun.  Maybe I'll break it out later this month.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: avrotim on October 05, 2016, 10:15:27 AM
My impression is that Lamps should make a great 2 player game.  I am not convinced it would be as good in multiplayer mode but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on October 09, 2016, 10:19:55 AM
Putin Strikes arrived, good to see it finally! Rules look interesting, for instance depicting the first month of a "new war" all units become disrupted after they see action. Should be interesting. I will give it a couple of solo sessions first, before taking it to live play.

This Thursday should see another scenario from LnL's Nations at War: Blood and Bridges, followed by perhaps their Nations at War: Airborne scenario next.

Then, Continental Eastern Europe it is  :knuppel2:

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/046B55D20EA44264A4CB87AEE3DBF1D5.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 10:23:08 AM
^Looks sweet!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:37:59 AM
Pics from the Battle of Savo Island game I played in Friday night. Rules were General Quarters, 3rd Edition. I played IJN and had Mikawa's Striking Force of cruisers.

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_203905_zpsrx7jwwxf.jpg)

Opening move - That's our main battle line sweeping in west of Savo Island. We have a small detachment to the North of Savo heading east. The Allies have their radar pickets out, with the rest of their forces in pre-designated patrol boxes. It's basically a historical setup. Our plan was to sweep further south than Mikawa historically did, in an attempt to break past the Allies and into the transports (off board in this scenario).

Both sides spotted the other on the 1st turn. The Allies were restricted from reacting on the first two turns after spotting the IJN forces to represent the historical confusion and C&C problems on the Allied side.

We opened fire on the first turn. It was at long range, but the picket destroyer USS Blue (center right) was the target of almost the entire IJN battleline. She was roughly handled and had to withdraw almost immediately.



(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_204137_zpspt6k6q5r.jpg)

Close up showing the head of the Japanese line - from front to back the cruisers Chokai, Aoba, Kako and Kinugasa  (the historical formation)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:42:21 AM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_211426_zpsds3ndkgm.jpg)


We launched torpedoes on turn two. The yellow slips mark the centerline of the firing ship at the point the torps are fired. Movement is resolved for both sides and then the torpedo markers are moved and hits determined.

My intent of launching early was to make use of our advantage in torpedoes (both in quality and quantity) and to disrupt the Allied lines. With so many torps in the water, maneuvering became very tricky for the Allies.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:45:20 AM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_212926_zpsduosd7rr.jpg)

Two salvoes of Long Lance torpedoes heading toward the destroyer USS Patterson. There are a series of die rolls to determine hits and damage, but with so many of the heavy torpedoes headed her way things were about to get ugly for the Patterson.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:47:47 AM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_214245_zpsukghiscz.jpg)

Black "oil slick" marker indicating the remains of the Patterson after two torpedo hits. The yellow and white markers on the stands represent starshells that have been fired to illuminate the Allied formations.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:50:20 AM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_213021_zpsq5c4iepf.jpg)

Close up of the IJN line closing with the Allies. This is just before the Patterson was hit. To the right of Patterson is HMAS Canberra and USS Chicago. My line is about to engage Canberra.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 11:56:29 AM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_223305_zpsbrzpwuhs.jpg)

After shot of the IJN line engaging Canberra. She took multiple hits from 8-inch gunfire. Her topsides are a shambles with almost all of her main and secondary batteries destroyed. She broke off, passing through the remains of the Patterson.

At the same time, Chicago opened up on my lead ship (Chokai) inflicting a couple hits and minor damage. I believe her top speed was reduced from 35 to 32kts.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 12:00:29 PM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_225410_zpsbsxsmaln.jpg)

With Canberra hors de combat, the line turned its attention to Chicago. These are the results - 8 hits from the 8-inch guns and 5 more from the 4.7 & 5-inch secondaries. Chicago suffered the same fate as Canberra. Afloat, but utterly wrecked.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 12:08:24 PM
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Savo%20Island/20161007_233041_zps6o2b8b2u.jpg)

Things began to break down quickly for the Allies. The Northern force attempted to come to the aid of their battered comrades. It ran into the salvos of Japanese torpedoes which sunk Quincy and inflicted heavy damage on Astoria. A second destroyer was also sunk, but I don't remember which.

We called the game shortly after (we had been playing for 5 hours or so). The end result was 1 Allied cruiser and two destroyers sunk with two more cruisers and a destroyer heavily damaged. The IJN did not lose any ships though Chokai received moderate damage from her encounter with Canberra and Chicago (as lead ship Chokai drew the most attention from the Allies).

In the end, it was a Japanese tactical victory. As with the historical fight, the main goal was to get to the transports which we were not able to do.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 09, 2016, 12:20:07 PM
^ Very cool.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 09, 2016, 12:41:01 PM
Looks like a hell of a good time Mirth!  Were the models expensive or hard to obtain?  What about those rules?  I'd love to give something like that a try!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 12:52:37 PM
They weren't my minis, but I don't think they are terribly expensive. Most of them are from NavWar, I believe. From what my buddy said, the biggest pain with NavWar is that the guy doesn't have a modern web presence. You basically mail in your order and a check and the guy sends you the minis.

I ordered the General Quarters rules today - http://www.odgw.com/forums/index.php?/store/category/3-general-quarters-iii

The rules aren't exactly cheap, but I really like them and I have ton of the pre-painted Axis & Allies ships that I can use to start.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 12:53:09 PM
And it was a wicked good time! ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on October 09, 2016, 01:09:16 PM
Looked like a blast!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on October 09, 2016, 01:15:52 PM
Nice pics!  O0

Was there much down time during the 5 hours or was there lots to do for everyone? How many players?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 09, 2016, 01:25:11 PM
3 players per side. There was plenty to do - plotting moves, resolving moves, torpedo movement, resolve gunfire, etc. Most of us were new players (I had played once before, but years ago) so it went slower than it otherwise might have. I don't think anyone was bored. We were all fully engaged in the fight.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Richie61 on October 09, 2016, 07:25:25 PM
Looks like fun!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 10, 2016, 02:41:50 AM
Cool!  Should have played with the lights out.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 10, 2016, 04:59:00 AM
Cool!  Should have played with the lights out.

if they'd been down here this weekend, that was the only option...  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: MengJiao on October 10, 2016, 05:56:35 PM
And it was a wicked good time! ;)

  Little Boats!  Does look like fun.

  It looks like I'm going to be having The Greatest Day on the floor of the Man Apartment for a while.  Here is the Panzer Lehr map for intro scenario number 6.  It's three days after D-Day and Pz Lehr wants to recapture Bayeux.  The 50th British Army Infantry Division plus the 8th Armoured  Brigade and a Brigade of the 7th Armoured Div and the 56th Brigade are also on the attack.  They want Tilly-sur-Seulles.  To sort of make that work in solo play, I've apportioned the six victory towns with paradrop markers:

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 10, 2016, 06:30:35 PM
They weren't my minis, but I don't think they are terribly expensive. Most of them are from NavWar, I believe. From what my buddy said, the biggest pain with NavWar is that the guy doesn't have a modern web presence. You basically mail in your order and a check and the guy sends you the minis.

I ordered the General Quarters rules today - http://www.odgw.com/forums/index.php?/store/category/3-general-quarters-iii

The rules aren't exactly cheap, but I really like them and I have ton of the pre-painted Axis & Allies ships that I can use to start.

I always thought GQ is the right balance of playability and grog accuracy....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 11, 2016, 04:31:29 PM
They weren't my minis, but I don't think they are terribly expensive. Most of them are from NavWar, I believe. From what my buddy said, the biggest pain with NavWar is that the guy doesn't have a modern web presence. You basically mail in your order and a check and the guy sends you the minis.

I ordered the General Quarters rules today - http://www.odgw.com/forums/index.php?/store/category/3-general-quarters-iii

The rules aren't exactly cheap, but I really like them and I have ton of the pre-painted Axis & Allies ships that I can use to start.

I always thought GQ is the right balance of playability and grog accuracy....

I reallly dig the GQ rules. I have the core rules and the Solomons Campaign supplement on the way now :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 11, 2016, 04:32:05 PM
Cool!  Should have played with the lights out.

We talked about that before we started :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on October 13, 2016, 01:19:04 PM
Played another session of Blood and Bridges (http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=4164057), of the LnL World at War fame. Blood and bridges indeed!  O0

What a fun evening, neighbouring table was playing a WW2 miniature game, so there was nice banter going on about relative strengths of weapons systems from WW2 to modern day.  Talked about various articles and studies as well, like RAND's Baltics scenario (http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1253.html) and how that would likely pan out.

Which led to the fact we'll try Putin Strikes next, likely  :smitten:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 13, 2016, 01:33:00 PM
^Cool stuff!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 13, 2016, 02:52:36 PM
Looks like a hell of a good time Mirth!  Were the models expensive or hard to obtain?  What about those rules?  I'd love to give something like that a try!

Brant posted a thread a while back about a company that was selling 2D, top down view stickers of WWII era ships that you could paste onto a slat of balsa wood.  Damned if I can find the thread now though.  They offered a free sample so I sent away for it thinking that I might be able to use them as targets for Wings of Glory.  The scale was a bit too small for WoG but it'd be perfect for General Quarters.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on October 13, 2016, 05:12:33 PM
Trying the 2 player version of Enemy Action: Ardennes in solo mode before moving on to the two solitaire versions

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Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 13, 2016, 05:14:02 PM
Looks like a hell of a good time Mirth!  Were the models expensive or hard to obtain?  What about those rules?  I'd love to give something like that a try!

Brant posted a thread a while back about a company that was selling 2D, top down view stickers of WWII era ships that you could paste onto a slat of balsa wood.  Damned if I can find the thread now though.  They offered a free sample so I sent away for it thinking that I might be able to use them as targets for Wings of Glory.  The scale was a bit too small for WoG but it'd be perfect for General Quarters.


Oooh. I'd like to see those.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 13, 2016, 05:14:38 PM
Trying the 2 player version of Enemy Action: Ardennes in solo mode before moving on to the two solitaire versions

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/tZqol0vgA2acGZolTmDVH6PP0ea-JL51LHq1m4u0MScgVSNgW9XSKW6CfIEK53QwpT6UlULPxTY5v_mOHmGQfBNyrI9nfvuy2voCZTeyc3xQncMpx9tMZB8trW7AGTKz00iH_QK7MQq5t0kJ717m8TfOECgPSdK4z4eemVRqj-zpuiKjd4M9OcjnONFj2HedQdMnHzshcZ3I3GOR6YV2dyERDml_UDZd9Hc9zHJF4pFtS6P4JSWiTMM_MlGtbxUvImHrD4tmErW7M7KxfEePP-5P4XZGFOxPw_6gCDD-bXOQSNXyuwvV5lSElFMs6sehUxiFqzr4Wt-8AaKE-Es0o-m21EGXtoNsWBHCJuOHcyA0NCAQssCjukhgDsn7K4OeZcUtmURY7-SQqyr1sXqDsW8EaIiavp3aUPJVO9Gk2Qc2pJFd5ik9klXyTAih7tuY9ftZzm4T_LekxdSpnNf-P6OqQjTNX93JcnXaU76ciasxpN_OJggECS9ofn5zqg7tEmg1rUFoOLaE5EWmbxdq2dzA-8IRzleHTDGx021mQQuEEx5hX58464_hQtqDKF19U-gdA26ILCgIgvZriAjjGMV4n6gHdIzkYgeFk-UYHowNdiHZ=w1165-h874-no)

That map is gorgeous!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 13, 2016, 06:32:35 PM
My rules arrived today

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20161013_193713_zpsnhlgtzhg.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on October 13, 2016, 08:36:36 PM
That map is gorgeous!

All of the components are sharp looking imo. It's a shame they didn't do more a thorough QA job before sending it to the printers, though. The were numerous misprints on the map/counters/cards I had to contend with.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 13, 2016, 11:34:44 PM
Looks like a hell of a good time Mirth!  Were the models expensive or hard to obtain?  What about those rules?  I'd love to give something like that a try!

Brant posted a thread a while back about a company that was selling 2D, top down view stickers of WWII era ships that you could paste onto a slat of balsa wood.  Damned if I can find the thread now though.  They offered a free sample so I sent away for it thinking that I might be able to use them as targets for Wings of Glory.  The scale was a bit too small for WoG but it'd be perfect for General Quarters.


Oooh. I'd like to see those.


Found it!

http://topsideminis.com/ (http://topsideminis.com/)



Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 14, 2016, 03:27:03 AM
I tried out my first game of Labyrinth tonight.  I picked up a used copy last week and a friend who often trounces me in Twilight Struggle was eager to give it a whirl so we had at it.  It was the first time playing for either of us so there was a bit of floundering going on as we tried to get familiar with the rules and the pacing.  Seems like a very interesting game, somewhere between Twilight Struggle and the COIN series.

I played as the Jihadists and we had an interesting back and forth.  I was able to spread my terrorist cells from Afghanistan into Pakistan and then the Philippines and Somalia.  The Americans committed to a regime change and war in Afghanistan which tied down their forces.  They were successful in setting up a puppet government in Afghanistan but in the meantime, I toppled the Pakistani government and set up an Islamist state which gave me access to the Pakistani nuclear arsenal.

There was a fair amount of back and forth with the US invading Pakistan and restoring government and me using this aggression to sway world opinion against such blatant US imperialism.  With US prestige damaged, I was able to smuggle some cells into the US as well as three WMDs.  The Americans were able to prevent two of the devices from going off but not the third.  This meant an automatic win for the Jihadists.

We both enjoyed the game quite a lot and are looking forward to a rematch.  I ordered the expansion which covers the Arab Spring and Syrian civil war.  Supposed to arrive tomorrow.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 03:30:27 AM
Looks like a hell of a good time Mirth!  Were the models expensive or hard to obtain?  What about those rules?  I'd love to give something like that a try!

Brant posted a thread a while back about a company that was selling 2D, top down view stickers of WWII era ships that you could paste onto a slat of balsa wood.  Damned if I can find the thread now though.  They offered a free sample so I sent away for it thinking that I might be able to use them as targets for Wings of Glory.  The scale was a bit too small for WoG but it'd be perfect for General Quarters.


Oooh. I'd like to see those.


Found it!

http://topsideminis.com/ (http://topsideminis.com/)






Mucho gracias!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 03:40:35 AM
Wow. They offer a free rules set and will send you 1 free unit as a sample.

Same scale as the A&A minis which is a little larger than I'd prefer, but still.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 14, 2016, 03:44:32 AM
I sent away for the free sample and got a Japanese destroyer sticker and a slat of wood to paste it onto.  I'd prefer miniatures but if you're on a budget, want a huge number of ships, and/or don't want to or can't paint minis, they're a reasonable alternative.

The sample was delivered in a hand written envelope so I'm guessing they're not the hugest operation out there.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 03:48:23 AM
I doubt my group would use them, but it's hard to say 'no' to some of those battle sets for the price.

I ordered the free unit and rules. Worth checking out.

Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 06:15:34 AM
The free rules are very basic, but I'm thinking they'd be a good way to introduce my kids to naval wargaming. I may order a set of the ships to use with the kids. I'll see what I think of the free unit they send.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on October 14, 2016, 08:20:03 AM
I tried out my first game of Labyrinth tonight.  I picked up a used copy last week and a friend who often trounces me in Twilight Struggle was eager to give it a whirl so we had at it.  It was the first time playing for either of us so there was a bit of floundering going on as we tried to get familiar with the rules and the pacing.  Seems like a very interesting game, somewhere between Twilight Struggle and the COIN series.

I played as the Jihadists and we had an interesting back and forth.  I was able to spread my terrorist cells from Afghanistan into Pakistan and then the Philippines and Somalia.  The Americans committed to a regime change and war in Afghanistan which tied down their forces.  They were successful in setting up a puppet government in Afghanistan but in the meantime, I toppled the Pakistani government and set up an Islamist state which gave me access to the Pakistani nuclear arsenal.

There was a fair amount of back and forth with the US invading Pakistan and restoring government and me using this aggression to sway world opinion against such blatant US imperialism.  With US prestige damaged, I was able to smuggle some cells into the US as well as three WMDs.  The Americans were able to prevent two of the devices from going off but not the third.  This meant an automatic win for the Jihadists.

We both enjoyed the game quite a lot and are looking forward to a rematch.  I ordered the expansion which covers the Arab Spring and Syrian civil war.  Supposed to arrive tomorrow.


Thanks for the AAR. 

I've had this game for years, now, and still haven't played it.  At this rate, I'm not sure I'll ever get around to it before the expansion gets scarce. 

Would still like to hear about the experience with the expansion being used, however.  Because once I start something, I turn into an obsessed completionist.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 14, 2016, 12:27:17 PM
My rules arrived today


The WWI version, "Fleet Action Imminent" are also very good and I recommend.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on October 14, 2016, 02:41:55 PM
I tried out my first game of Labyrinth tonight.  I picked up a used copy last week and a friend who often trounces me in Twilight Struggle was eager to give it a whirl so we had at it.  It was the first time playing for either of us so there was a bit of floundering going on as we tried to get familiar with the rules and the pacing.  Seems like a very interesting game, somewhere between Twilight Struggle and the COIN series.

I played as the Jihadists and we had an interesting back and forth.  I was able to spread my terrorist cells from Afghanistan into Pakistan and then the Philippines and Somalia.  The Americans committed to a regime change and war in Afghanistan which tied down their forces.  They were successful in setting up a puppet government in Afghanistan but in the meantime, I toppled the Pakistani government and set up an Islamist state which gave me access to the Pakistani nuclear arsenal.

There was a fair amount of back and forth with the US invading Pakistan and restoring government and me using this aggression to sway world opinion against such blatant US imperialism.  With US prestige damaged, I was able to smuggle some cells into the US as well as three WMDs.  The Americans were able to prevent two of the devices from going off but not the third.  This meant an automatic win for the Jihadists.

We both enjoyed the game quite a lot and are looking forward to a rematch.  I ordered the expansion which covers the Arab Spring and Syrian civil war.  Supposed to arrive tomorrow.

This is such a fun game, even solo versus the bots.  The expansion gives you an updated Jihad bot, and a US bot.  Both are playable with either the base game or expansion.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 02:43:13 PM
My rules arrived today


The WWI version, "Fleet Action Imminent" are also very good and I recommend.

It's on my list. I almost ordered the Sudden Storm rules covering the War Plan Orange interwar period.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 14, 2016, 02:43:44 PM
I just found a couple of versions of Labyrinth on TableTop Simulator.  They look pretty nice.  Who's up for a game?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Richie61 on October 14, 2016, 03:49:06 PM
Wow. They offer a free rules set and will send you 1 free unit as a sample.

Same scale as the A&A minis which is a little larger than I'd prefer, but still.

Looks sweet! We used SEEKRIEG 4 as a kid with cardboard counters we made. These look very nice  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: nht on October 17, 2016, 05:14:13 PM
Slowly struggling my way through learning Clash of Monarchs.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 06:47:47 PM
Played a fun ASL scenario (SP194; Schwerpunkt publications, "Requiem for a Dreadnaught").  Interesting board setup.  My objective was to exit > 10 CVP's worth of men/equipment off the far edge while keeping the Russians from occupying any of the multi-hex buildings AND keeping the T-35 tanks from being within 3 hexes of any of the multi-level hexes.  Tall order to fill and in the end, the clock ran out on me.  I've got to learn to be better about deploying squads and using smoke for concealment; my PzIV's had great smoke capabilities and I just under utilized that.  We had a good time though and it's a highly recommended scenario.


Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 24, 2016, 07:03:45 PM
Played a fun ASL scenario (SP194; Schwerpunkt publications, "Requiem for a Dreadnaught").  Interesting board setup.  My objective was to exit > 10 CVP's worth of men/equipment off the far edge while keeping the Russians from occupying any of the multi-hex buildings AND keeping the T-35 tanks from being within 3 hexes of any of the multi-level hexes.  Tall order to fill and in the end, the clock ran out on me.  I've got to learn to be better about deploying squads and using smoke for concealment; my PzIV's had great smoke capabilities and I just under utilized that.  We had a good time though and it's a highly recommended scenario.

That's all fine and good, but when do you finally plan on playing an actual wargame? 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 24, 2016, 07:19:29 PM
Farting around with Labyrinth: The Awakening 2010-?, the expansion for Labyrinth: The War on Terror.  Going to play it at the nerd store later this week.

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Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 07:23:03 PM
Played a fun ASL scenario (SP194; Schwerpunkt publications, "Requiem for a Dreadnaught").  Interesting board setup.  My objective was to exit > 10 CVP's worth of men/equipment off the far edge while keeping the Russians from occupying any of the multi-hex buildings AND keeping the T-35 tanks from being within 3 hexes of any of the multi-level hexes.  Tall order to fill and in the end, the clock ran out on me.  I've got to learn to be better about deploying squads and using smoke for concealment; my PzIV's had great smoke capabilities and I just under utilized that.  We had a good time though and it's a highly recommended scenario.

That's all fine and good, but when do you finally plan on playing an actual wargame? 

Oh My


But answer the question :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 08:36:53 PM
Played a fun ASL scenario (SP194; Schwerpunkt publications, "Requiem for a Dreadnaught").  Interesting board setup.  My objective was to exit > 10 CVP's worth of men/equipment off the far edge while keeping the Russians from occupying any of the multi-hex buildings AND keeping the T-35 tanks from being within 3 hexes of any of the multi-level hexes.  Tall order to fill and in the end, the clock ran out on me.  I've got to learn to be better about deploying squads and using smoke for concealment; my PzIV's had great smoke capabilities and I just under utilized that.  We had a good time though and it's a highly recommended scenario.

That's all fine and good, but when do you finally plan on playing an actual wargame?


You mean like Fantasy Grounds while learning Castles and Crusades?  WTF is this that kind of comment?  I seriously hope that you just forgot to put a little emoticon there.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 24, 2016, 08:43:59 PM

That's all fine and good, but when do you finally plan on playing an actual wargame?

You mean like Fantasy Grounds while learning Castles and Crusades?  WTF is this that kind of comment?  I seriously hope that you just forgot to put a little emoticon there.
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It was a jest.  I will never make another joke again about the serious nature of ASL as a wargame.  I promise.   O:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 08:45:23 PM
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Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 08:48:22 PM
I will never make another joke again about the serious nature of ASL as a wargame.

I wish I could make that promise.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 24, 2016, 08:51:52 PM
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Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 08:53:13 PM
It was a jest.  I will never make another joke again about the serious nature of ASL as a wargame.  I promise.   O:-)

No, that's fine - it's easy to tease the seriousness that surrounds ASL (GOD's Wargame) and ASL players (GOD's Wargamers) - the comment just read as being very snarky to me. 


Let me add the little smiley thing here, as a jest about my own "GOD's" comment:  :))
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 08:55:38 PM
I will never make another joke again about the serious nature of ASL as a wargame.

I wish I could make that promise.

It is...serious...ASL serious...when your entire reputation as being either a REAL wargamer or just a pretender (can we say 'CoH' here???) is on the line - it is deadly serious.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 08:56:53 PM
The ASL crowd  does tend to be a bit self-serious  :P *

*Please note the smiley thing  8)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 08:58:56 PM
Farting around with Labyrinth: The Awakening 2010-?, the expansion for Labyrinth: The War on Terror.  Going to play it at the nerd store later this week.

Lost in the pissing match is SDR's post.  I just received my copy of this expansion last week.  I've owned Laby since it came out and I've never played the damn thing; but I'd like to.  I need to tell my ASL buddies to STFU about ASL already and give another game a try.  There - I can laugh at ASL players too.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 24, 2016, 08:59:37 PM
Well thank God I made sure to cover all of my wargaming bases by picking up a paper copy of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 09:00:48 PM
Well thank God I made sure to cover all of my wargaming bases by picking up a paper copy of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook.

Pathfinder??  WTF???? That shit don't belong here!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 24, 2016, 09:02:45 PM
Well thank God I made sure to cover all of my wargaming bases by picking up a paper copy of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook.

Pathfinder??  WTF???? That shit don't belong here!

I know.  That's why I made a space for it on the bookshelf next to the ASL rule book binder.   8)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 09:07:35 PM
In all seriousness, there is something of an attitude with the ASL crowd. There was a time when I was an active poster at Gamesquad and I read the ASL forums there. One person got wind of me being from Maine and offered a game. When I replied that I was a newbie but interested in learning the game, I was basically told, "Let me know when you have a few games under your belt and we can talk".

Sorry, but if you are an experienced player and can't be bothered to teach the game to someone who is willing to learn, then FU and your niche, rules-lawyering game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 09:14:52 PM
In all seriousness, there is something of an attitude with the ASL crowd. There was a time when I was an active poster at Gamesquad and I read the ASL forums there. One person got wind of me being from Maine and offered a game. When I replied that I was a newbie but interested in learning the game, I was basically told, "Let me know when you have a few games under your belt and we can talk".

Sorry, but if you are an experienced player and can't be bothered to teach the game to someone who is willing to learn, then FU and your niche, rules-lawyering game.

Sorry to hear that - though that's completely opposite of the experience that I had (and continue to have).  I did the same thing that most of us did (probably)- owned Squad Leader and bought the gamette's and then that got too convoluted (and girls became much more interesting thing to study) and then bought the ASLRB when it came out and just scratched my head and threw it in the closet.  I then discovered VASL (holy shit, they've digitized ASL??) and then the Starter Kits came out and I jumped onboard.  I met several friendly guys on VASL that were very helpful in teaching the game to me and an old Combat Mission pbem buddy and we played every night for hours.  I then joined the local ASL group and they've all been super as far as teaching the game; even "lowering" themselves to playing a starter kit scenario with me when I first joined up with them 12 years ago.  And hell, we all know how ASL has rules for everything ('commander crapped his pants during a banzai charge and so you have a +3 drm') so I'm *still* trying to learn new shit and our local group has been great about it.  Sounds like you just got a shithead that day and sorry to hear that has tainted your whole ASL experience.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 24, 2016, 09:25:30 PM
It wasn't just that one experience. Years of reading the GS forums had an influence too. I don't mean to paint all ASL players with the same brush, but there is an attitude with many players that is off putting for newcomers. Pedantic is one word that comes to mind.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 24, 2016, 09:38:09 PM
Farting around with Labyrinth: The Awakening 2010-?, the expansion for Labyrinth: The War on Terror.  Going to play it at the nerd store later this week.

Lost in the pissing match is SDR's post.  I just received my copy of this expansion last week.  I've owned Laby since it came out and I've never played the damn thing; but I'd like to.  I need to tell my ASL buddies to STFU about ASL already and give another game a try.  There - I can laugh at ASL players too.  ;)

I'm up for a PBEM or live VASSAL game if you are.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 09:54:19 PM
It wasn't just that one experience. Years of reading the GS forums had an influence too. I don't mean to paint all ASL players with the same brush, but there is an attitude with many players that is off putting for newcomers. Pedantic is one word that comes to mind.

I refuse to read the GS forums- there's poison there.  Don't go to GS if you're new (or returning) to ASL.  Instead, I'd recommend VASL and Patrick Ireland, who is on a one man mission to teach the world how to play ASL.  Hell, I'm up for helping anybody here interested in learning ASL...me and Ubercat did it a couple of years ago and I *think* he's still playing it today.  Anybody reading can hit me up - I'd love to teach some ASL or ASLSK.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 24, 2016, 09:55:21 PM
Farting around with Labyrinth: The Awakening 2010-?, the expansion for Labyrinth: The War on Terror.  Going to play it at the nerd store later this week.

Lost in the pissing match is SDR's post.  I just received my copy of this expansion last week.  I've owned Laby since it came out and I've never played the damn thing; but I'd like to.  I need to tell my ASL buddies to STFU about ASL already and give another game a try.  There - I can laugh at ASL players too.  ;)

I'm up for a PBEM or live VASSAL game if you are.


Yeah, for sure.  I'm on vacation this week so if you want to connect online (if you're up for teaching it) or I can bone up on the rules and we can try Pbem- whichever you'd like.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 24, 2016, 11:11:41 PM
I've only got one game under my belt myself so maybe PBEM would be better to start off with?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 25, 2016, 12:25:38 AM
Yeah, sounds good.  Base game to start?  I'll start grokking those rules.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 25, 2016, 12:26:17 AM
Sure, sounds good.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on October 25, 2016, 04:14:58 AM
In all seriousness, there is something of an attitude with the ASL crowd. There was a time when I was an active poster at Gamesquad and I read the ASL forums there. One person got wind of me being from Maine and offered a game. When I replied that I was a newbie but interested in learning the game, I was basically told, "Let me know when you have a few games under your belt and we can talk".

Sorry, but if you are an experienced player and can't be bothered to teach the game to someone who is willing to learn, then FU and your niche, rules-lawyering game.

I think it was more because you are from Maine.  :P

...Anybody reading can hit me up - I'd love to teach some ASL or ASLSK.

Does that include the card game Up Front?  ^-^
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 25, 2016, 07:33:24 AM
...Anybody reading can hit me up - I'd love to teach some ASL or ASLSK.

Quote from: bbmike
Does that include the card game Up Front?  ^-^  [/size]


Hell yeah, we could do that one too!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 25, 2016, 10:07:53 AM
In all seriousness, there is something of an attitude with the ASL crowd. There was a time when I was an active poster at Gamesquad and I read the ASL forums there. One person got wind of me being from Maine and offered a game. When I replied that I was a newbie but interested in learning the game, I was basically told, "Let me know when you have a few games under your belt and we can talk".

Sorry, but if you are an experienced player and can't be bothered to teach the game to someone who is willing to learn, then FU and your niche, rules-lawyering game.

I think it was more because you are from Maine.  :P

Good point. We're not the most sociable folks up here.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on October 25, 2016, 12:54:00 PM
Hell, I'm up for helping anybody here interested in learning ASL...me and Ubercat did it a couple of years ago and I *think* he's still playing it today.  Anybody reading can hit me up - I'd love to teach some ASL or ASLSK.

I'm not exactly playing, but I am fixin' to. I finally got Beyond Valor when it was reprinted, and then Yanks more recently. BV is completely punched, clipped, and organized. That took a few months, doing a bit most nights while drinking Bill Murray's favorite spiced rum with ginger ale and listening to music.  I'll start on Yanks pretty soon.

I could still use some more practice games. ASL, and even the SK's, are a tough hill to learn solo. My dream is to play the Decision at Elst campaign game. I think that I'll print a slightly oversized copy of the map to play on and put the actual map in a poster frame to use as a planning map and tracking controlled territory between campaign battles.

Gary, how the hell do you store all your maps? I have all my scenario cards in plastic sleeves in a big 3 ring binder. I can just turn pages to see them and decide what to play. I want to do something similar with all the maps but can't find a suitable solution. I was at Hobby Lobby earlier today looking at artists portfolios but they don't quite fit the bill. A binder with sleeves that are the right dimensions for the 8" by 22" ASL maps would be perfect.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 26, 2016, 09:01:12 AM
Gary, how the hell do you store all your maps? I have all my scenario cards in plastic sleeves in a big 3 ring binder. I can just turn pages to see them and decide what to play. I want to do something similar with all the maps but can't find a suitable solution. I was at Hobby Lobby earlier today looking at artists portfolios but they don't quite fit the bill. A binder with sleeves that are the right dimensions for the 8" by 22" ASL maps would be perfect.


That's funny - I bought a little "Pirates Chest" (heavy cardboard) at Hobby Lobby that happens to fit all of my maps perfectly.  It's not very portable so I'll just pull out the maps that I need for the game(s) that I'm going to be playing and just slip those into document protectors.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on October 26, 2016, 10:48:14 AM
Hey Uber. I play ASL weekly (mostly VASL) and always looking to meet new ASL players. I'd be more than happy to link up with you some time. I'll pack the maps even.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on October 26, 2016, 12:25:13 PM
Hey Uber. I play ASL weekly (mostly VASL) and always looking to meet new ASL players. I'd be more than happy to link up with you some time. I'll pack the maps even.

Thanks! Fair warning, I'm still a newb. I'll give you a shout in the near future.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 26, 2016, 03:59:36 PM
If you guys set up a date/time, let us know- I'd love to follow along!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on October 26, 2016, 05:30:30 PM
Sure thing Gary. Perhaps we could try a 3 player scenario some time. Not that I have one on hand, but probably not too hard to track one down.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Woodall on October 26, 2016, 05:52:52 PM
I'm still learning with Patrick Ireland on VASL, but we're on SK3 now so I'm trucking along. After that, I do hope to join you fellas here and there. I play a lot of stuff though and I only have so much brain space.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 26, 2016, 09:19:55 PM
Sure thing Gary. Perhaps we could try a 3 player scenario some time. Not that I have one on hand, but probably not too hard to track one down.

There were a couple in J11 (which I have).  I'll have a look at them and see if there's one that would work.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 26, 2016, 09:22:28 PM
I'm still learning with Patrick Ireland on VASL, but we're on SK3 now so I'm trucking along. After that, I do hope to join you fellas here and there. I play a lot of stuff though and I only have so much brain space.

Patrick is a class guy - and like I said, he's on a one-man mission to teach the world ASL. 


Good to have you onboard James.  Yeah, we should look at getting an online league going for grogheads ASL players (and those that want to learn).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Woodall on October 26, 2016, 10:30:57 PM
That'd be nice. I feel like I'm missing about 20 years experience vs a lot of folks.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 27, 2016, 06:24:06 PM
Arboretum.  Pretty epic game of tree planting strategy.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 27, 2016, 07:09:39 PM
And to make all you purists happy I also have the manual for US Civil War on my night stand.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on October 28, 2016, 04:44:32 AM
And to make all you purists happy I also have the manual for US Civil War on my night stand.  :)

Good man  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 28, 2016, 05:40:27 AM
Getting out of my comfort zone a bit but working on a print-n-play copy of "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler".  I found my copy of the mag game the other day and started to dig into it a bit when I found Stuka Joe's playthrough and became intrigued with it.  I liked the graphical overhaul (and added cards to replace the chits) that he did so I'm reproducing my own version of the same.  Will likely make a VASSAL module out of it as well.


Screenshot of the WIP attached-
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on October 28, 2016, 07:42:40 AM
Now that is ambition.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 28, 2016, 09:35:04 AM
Getting out of my comfort zone a bit but working on a print-n-play copy of "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler".  I found my copy of the mag game the other day and started to dig into it a bit when I found Stuka Joe's playthrough and became intrigued with it.  I liked the graphical overhaul (and added cards to replace the chits) that he did so I'm reproducing my own version of the same.  Will likely make a VASSAL module out of it as well.


Screenshot of the WIP attached-

All of us out in Vassal land really appreciate your efforts to bring in the old and great games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 28, 2016, 10:53:47 AM
Getting out of my comfort zone a bit but working on a print-n-play copy of "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler".  I found my copy of the mag game the other day and started to dig into it a bit when I found Stuka Joe's playthrough and became intrigued with it.  I liked the graphical overhaul (and added cards to replace the chits) that he did so I'm reproducing my own version of the same.  Will likely make a VASSAL module out of it as well.


Screenshot of the WIP attached-

All of us out in Vassal land really appreciate your efforts to bring in the old and great games.

Unfortunately it's an SPI game and DG has restricted all VASSAL module releases for those games but I'll certainly make it available upon request once it's ready.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on October 28, 2016, 06:57:28 PM
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Unfortunately it's an SPI game and DG has restricted all VASSAL module releases for those games but I'll certainly make it available upon request once it's ready.

Actually, that's a misconception so you'll be fine to release it. There was a discussion about this in the Central Front folder at CSW. Check out the posts from here: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6d04b/1798 (http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6d04b/1798)

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Moreover, Doc told me that:
"... we have clearly stated in our Vassal update of 24 Mar 14 (http://decisiongames.com/wpsite/whats-new/dg-vassal/ ) that everyone is free to create Vassal modules of our games (whether DG, S&T Press, or SPI or other titles we have purchased from other parties) so we had already provided you with permission to do as you please."



Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 28, 2016, 09:47:56 PM
Oh, that's good news.  It had just been such a long standing "no go" from DG that I never thought to think to see if they had finally come around.  Cool!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on October 28, 2016, 10:07:26 PM
That's good to hear. I was about to lump them in with Avalanche Press as a company that never gets my business.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on October 28, 2016, 11:49:26 PM
That's good to hear. I was about to lump them in with Avalanche Press as a company that never gets my business.

agree...Avalanche...bad

To be fair, Avalanche does have some vassal modules that you can download from their website.  But very weak as most titles are not available....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on October 29, 2016, 12:18:58 AM
This will be on my table after I print it out (very zoomed out view, the actual map is 30"x20"):



Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: nht on October 29, 2016, 08:05:21 PM
Continuing my Clash of Monarchs learning game while also pushing forward on my No Retreat: The Italian Front campaign AAR. And reaaally wanting to have time to learn Virgin Queen, too...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 03, 2016, 03:36:31 AM
What's on my table right now? Heroes of the Gap, Stick'n Stones, and WaW Gamer's Guide, that's what  :smitten:

I had looked around for Heroes of the Gap for quite some time, but they are really difficult to find. So when Ed had one available I jumped at it of course.  :smiley6600:

Stick n Stones is an interesting concept, will study that too. WaW Gamer's Guide sorely needed to up my game at the wargaming club  :buck2:

Thanks Ed, you're a true gentleman. USPS was a bit of a pain with shipping from US, at the end with Ed patient about it, alls good and the parcel traveled here really far. USPS insisted on Priority Mail which is double the First class, the latter having a weigh limit that is very strict. I blame USPS for disappearance of Book Case game boxes, by the way  :tickedoff:

Next, some TLC with HotG counters, clipping the corners to rid the cruft. Stick n Stones are fastened from mid of the counter, so their corners are sharp so no clipping there but will need to give them some surgical cuts via the edges to finalise them too.

 :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten:

(http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/upfiles/32195/9F99EC9ED61E4A05869E6526053DC6F1.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 03, 2016, 03:39:24 AM
Quality wise, Heroes of the Gap is really, really top class. A shiny, sturdy map mounted on a thick base, large counters especially with vehicles, good quality manuals and laminated player aids.

I wish games would continue to move towards the bigger counters, as with Nations at War. My eyes are not getting any better, so while I really like say World at War counters whose design I probably like the best of all great counters out there, well, they "5/8 counters are quite small.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on November 06, 2016, 08:27:51 PM
I'm still learning with Patrick Ireland on VASL, but we're on SK3 now so I'm trucking along. After that, I do hope to join you fellas here and there. I play a lot of stuff though and I only have so much brain space.

Patrick is a class guy - and like I said, he's on a one-man mission to teach the world ASL. 


Good to have you onboard James.  Yeah, we should look at getting an online league going for grogheads ASL players (and those that want to learn).

Definitely count me in. I've been making a more concentrated effort to learn the last few days by watching these tutorial vids on youTube.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 07, 2016, 05:01:13 AM
J and D Hobbies has about 80 videos out for ASL.  They're very brief and cut right to the chase and so sometimes you have to watch them a couple of times to get down everything that he's talking about but they're a little less "dry" than idjesters videos (IMO).


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBHNj4Ivrw_q4nT0FfZEQ6w/videos
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on November 07, 2016, 07:37:31 AM
I don't think I'd call the videos dry, but idjester could definitely get his points across with a few less words. He repeats himself a lot.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 09, 2016, 05:18:24 PM
Latest acquisitions. Assortment of ships from Topside Minis. I picked up one each of everything currently in their WWI line. 45 ships and bases for $20 (including shipping).


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20161109_190909_zpsma9ubqkq.jpg)


Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 09, 2016, 05:26:30 PM
Those are nice!  Where did you get the wood pieces to mount those on from?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 09, 2016, 05:55:42 PM
Those are nice!  Where did you get the wood pieces to mount those on from?

They're part of the order. You can buy just the ship sheets, but it would be a pain to come up with bases.. Each ship is only 35-40 cents with the bases included.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 09, 2016, 06:13:06 PM
I must of missed whatever sale that they were having - the prices are considerably higher than that now.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 09, 2016, 06:18:34 PM
The WWII ships are definitely more, but what they currently have for WWI is fairly inexpensive.

http://topsideminis.com/product-category/wwi/wwi-units/uk-navy-wwi/

http://topsideminis.com/product-category/wwi/wwi-units/ger-navy-wwi/
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 09, 2016, 06:19:37 PM
I'll probably order the Jutland set once it is available.

http://topsideminis.com/wwi-jutland-naval-wargaming-set-update/
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on November 09, 2016, 06:28:08 PM
What ruleset do you play for WW1 minis?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 09, 2016, 06:31:17 PM
General Quarters - Fleet Action Imminent

http://www.odgw.com/forums/store/product/17-fleet-action-imminent-loose-leaf/
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on November 09, 2016, 06:33:27 PM
Bookmarked
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on November 09, 2016, 08:24:02 PM
I must of missed whatever sale that they were having - the prices are considerably higher than that now.


I previously shit-canned the idea of purchasing some of it, after seeing the Topsidemini prices for the first time.  But maybe I'll keep checking if they occasionally offer sale prices like Mirth got.
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Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 06:36:07 AM
I must of missed whatever sale that they were having - the prices are considerably higher than that now.


I previously shit-canned the idea of purchasing some of it, after seeing the Topsidemini prices for the first time.  But maybe I'll keep checking if they occasionally offer sale prices like Mirth got.

I'm not sure it's a sale. I think the WWI ships are just cheaper. They have a limited selection and most of the types are smaller ships (BCs, cruisers, light cruisers).

Anyway, I doubt I'll buy any of of the WWII ships. I have a bunch of the Axis & Allies War minis for WWII and they are the same scale as the Topside stuff. One thing I may pick up is counters for aircraft. Those are cheap and they have a lot types available.

If the Jutland set they are putting together isn't exorbitantly priced, I will likely pick that up. The ships themselves look pretty good and are perfectly serviceable for gaming. The nice thing is that the name/class/national flag is printed on the ship, so it's easy to keep track of things during a game.
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Post by: Nefaro on November 10, 2016, 01:32:44 PM
I wonder why the prices are so different between WWI and WWII sets.  Prices set by demand rather than production cost?  Or are they materially or artistically better in some way?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 01:53:03 PM
I wonder why the prices are so different between WWI and WWII sets.  Prices set by demand rather than production cost?  Or are they materially or artistically better in some way?

I think the WWII ships are generally larger. It could just be the additional costs for larger counter sheets and bases.

I'll also mention that they shipped promptly with a minimal shipping cost ($6.95 for priority USPS). I placed my order this past Sunday and had it Wednesday.

They offer 1 free 'promo' ship at absolutely no cost if you want to check out the quality at no-risk.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on November 10, 2016, 07:22:16 PM
I wonder why the prices are so different between WWI and WWII sets.  Prices set by demand rather than production cost?  Or are they materially or artistically better in some way?

I think the WWII ships are generally larger. It could just be the additional costs for larger counter sheets and bases.

I'll also mention that they shipped promptly with a minimal shipping cost ($6.95 for priority USPS). I placed my order this past Sunday and had it Wednesday.

They offer 1 free 'promo' ship at absolutely no cost if you want to check out the quality at no-risk.


I haven't completely shit-canned the possibility of getting them, at some point, and may well prefer a WWI set over WWII. 

Still curious as to the differences and the reasons.  When you say the WW2 ships are larger, do you mean they're a different scale?  Or just that some of the biggest vessels are just longer at the same scale?   

If the scales are a bit different between the two, I would suppose that factor was driven by the scales depicted in a specific Miniatures Rules set for each?  And which?  I've never done pre-cold war minis so I'm unfamiliar with the rules and the scales they prefer to use.
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Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 07:42:59 PM
Pretty sure they're the same scale, but the WW2 types generally run larger. Like I said, the WWI line is currently limited and mainly lighter type ships. The full dreadnoughts may be more expensive.
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Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 07:51:20 PM
One more thing on the scale. I think they're 1/1800 (the A&A minis scale) which is fairly large for naval minis gaming. They can be used with rules like General Quarters or Victory at Sea. It just means the table space becomes tighter.
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Post by: Barthheart on November 10, 2016, 07:56:18 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?
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Post by: Staggerwing on November 10, 2016, 07:59:35 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?

Hmmm... I actually have a copy of that game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 08:01:20 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?

I suspect so, yes.
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Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 08:02:28 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?

Hmmm... I actually have a copy of that game.

Lucky bastard. I'd love to get my hands on a copy. I have Flat Top and Submarine, but not Jutland.
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Post by: Barthheart on November 10, 2016, 08:06:26 PM
I don't have a copy of Jutland either... a buddy from long ago had one we used to play on his basement floor... back when I could kneel for hours on end.

I do have a copy of AH's Bismarck, which I think uses much the same rules for naval combat when you break out the minis... Might be nice to pick up a set fer that....
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Post by: Staggerwing on November 10, 2016, 08:09:05 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?

Hmmm... I actually have a copy of that game.

Lucky bastard. I'd love to get my hands on a copy. I have Flat Top and Submarine, but not Jutland.

Unpunched because I've never had a time in my life recently when I've had both lots of floor space and no kids running around on that floor space.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 08:10:57 PM
^Now I'm wicked jealous.

I scored an unpunched copy of Submarine last year for $20.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 10, 2016, 08:11:22 PM
Could you use the WWI ships as replacements for the counter in AH's Jutland?

Hmmm... I actually have a copy of that game.

Lucky bastard. I'd love to get my hands on a copy. I have Flat Top and Submarine, but not Jutland.

Unpunched because I've never had a time in my life recently when I've had both lots of floor space and no kids running around on that floor space.

OMG! How much do you want fer that?!?  :wow:
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Post by: Staggerwing on November 10, 2016, 08:26:33 PM

OMG! How much do you want fer that?!?  :wow:

Hadn't thought about it. I bought it on eBay about a year or two before my kids came to live with me and now I'll most likely never get to play it. The box is a little beat up and dishy and the trays inside are slightly flattened. Shoot me a PM tomorrow. Right now I'm off to bed. Busy day tomorrow...
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Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 08:28:12 PM

OMG! How much do you want fer that?!?  :wow:

Hadn't thought about it. I bought it on eBay about a year or two before my kids came to live with me and now I'll most likely never get to play it. The box is a little beat up and dishy and the trays inside are slightly flattened. Shoot me a PM tomorrow. Right now I'm off to bed. Busy day tomorrow...

Don't sell it to him! He won't even have the decency to trim the counters!
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Post by: panzerde on November 10, 2016, 08:38:42 PM
Bloody Canadians with their furry cornered battleships...  :hide:
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Post by: Barthheart on November 10, 2016, 09:10:34 PM
 :P to you both.
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Post by: Nefaro on November 10, 2016, 09:14:10 PM
One more thing on the scale. I think they're 1/1800 (the A&A minis scale) which is fairly large for naval minis gaming. They can be used with rules like General Quarters or Victory at Sea. It just means the table space becomes tighter.

Thanks for the info!

You guys seem to enjoy General Quarters.  I'm guessing that's the most-liked in general?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 11, 2016, 12:24:36 AM
You guys seem to enjoy General Quarters.  I'm guessing that's the most-liked in general?

It's an excellent rules set, imo. Nicely balances complexity and playability. Over the years, I've also tried Victory at Sea, Battlestations! Battlestations! and Fletcher Pratt (I own copies of each).

This is a good article discussing the pros/cons of GQIII, VaS, and BS!

https://viewfromtheturret.com/2007/02/27/a-trio-of-naval-miniature-rules/

I agree with the conclusion about the suitability of each set for various sized games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on November 11, 2016, 02:57:09 PM
You guys seem to enjoy General Quarters.  I'm guessing that's the most-liked in general?

It's an excellent rules set, imo. Nicely balances complexity and playability. Over the years, I've also tried Victory at Sea, Battlestations! Battlestations! and Fletcher Pratt (I own copies of each).

This is a good article discussing the pros/cons of GQIII, VaS, and BS!

https://viewfromtheturret.com/2007/02/27/a-trio-of-naval-miniature-rules/

I agree with the conclusion about the suitability of each set for various sized games.


Great info.  Thanks again.

 :bd:
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Post by: ArizonaTank on November 12, 2016, 09:18:17 PM
Finally on my table:  Compass Games' Paths to Hell

Platoon level- Russia 1941

Here is the first scenario.  June 21, 41, elements of the SS Wiking Div attack the village of Tarnopol.  A few Stugs burn the fields from 57mm AT gun fire... But German artillery and Stuka attacks are taking a heavy toll on the Russians. 

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/pathstohellgame2_zps4jlg5yei.jpg)
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Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 10:12:02 AM
^that looks great
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Post by: Crossroads on November 13, 2016, 10:29:14 AM
^that looks great

+1

There can never be too many Platoon level games out there  :smitten:
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 13, 2016, 12:41:39 PM
I'd really like to try Heroes of Normandie. Any of you have it? Thoughts on the game?

I like the whole "Hollywood war movie" vibe it gives off.
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Post by: Barthheart on November 13, 2016, 01:05:00 PM
I'd really like to try Heroes of Normandie. Any of you have it? Thoughts on the game?

I like the whole "Hollywood war movie" vibe it gives off.

I have the PC version of it. It's a lot of fun. Good light fare that's fun to blow shit up in.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 13, 2016, 01:10:13 PM
The artwork has a cartoonish, Hollywood war theme to it but the gameplay doesn't necessarily reflect that.

The play style is quite "gamey" to me.  Each player gets a number of activation points each round that will only enable him to use a few of his available units on the map.   He also gets some bluff activation makers to place so his opponent will not know exactly which units will activate that turn.  Winning comes down to out guessing your opponent and making sure to activate your units in proper sequence.  There's also a fair amount of luck involved as there's a lot of dice rolling.

It can be fun and plays out very quickly.  I wish the maps were bigger though as I find that they feel quite constrained for most scenarios. 

I think I prefer the PC version to the tabletop. 

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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 13, 2016, 01:16:54 PM
I saw a copy of Duel in the Dark plus expansions on sale from a shop in Ontario so I ordered it.  Should be here sometime this week.

Never played it or even seen it being played before but I'm a fan of the subject matter.  I suspect it might be a little light for my tastes but at least it has nice components to play with. 

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic676878_lg.jpg)



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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 13, 2016, 01:43:08 PM
that looks freaking cool :)
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Post by: Nefaro on November 13, 2016, 02:54:11 PM
I'd really like to try Heroes of Normandie. Any of you have it? Thoughts on the game?

I like the whole "Hollywood war movie" vibe it gives off.


I have the core tabletop game. 

Have yet to punch out the cardboard.  But it's damn attractive.  The cardboard pieces are big and pretty thick.  Components =  O0

Think I picked it up for something like $40 quite awhile back.  Haven't grabbed any expansions yet, since it's still on my massive "To Do" pile.


The game mechanics look both enjoyable, and relatively easy for a wargame.  While the card decks add extra surprise and strategy opportunities, the basic system is straightforward and intuitive.

I'd go so far as to say that it could possibly fill a beginner-to-intermediate type of wargame introduction, especially if you start without using the cards although those add a lot of variety. 

All the relevant unit stats & special abilities are on the big counters, and stuff like Terrain DRMs are printed directly on the board in the appropriate terrain type.  They've cut down on excessive charts & tables.  IIRC, about the only thing you need to reference besides the pieces and the board, after getting familiar, is a chart referencing what all the special ability symbols on the counters do.


I enjoyed playing the PC port, although I haven't revisited since they added some of the cards in a beta test situation.  Not all the cards of the tabletop were added to it, IIRC, but it was a must after learning the basics.   
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 13, 2016, 03:00:08 PM
Interesting stuff on Heroes of Normandie. I figured it has to have a good-sized and passionate following, otherwise there wouldn't be 1,854 expansions for it. Which is a question for another time.

I'm looking at it on Amazon...48.17. I'm not sure though - freakin' SDR has me looking at Duel in the Dark (and Duel of the Giants also caught my eye). And also Enemy Coast Ahead.

Though I'm more interested in games with solo play - I saw some fan-made solo rules for HoN. I might hold off for the moment.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 04:40:04 PM
Though I'm more interested in games with solo play

So play Carrier, jerk :P
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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 13, 2016, 05:11:40 PM
Though I'm more interested in games with solo play

he's into playing with himself
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 05:17:10 PM
So play Carrier, jerkoff?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 13, 2016, 05:20:38 PM
So play Carrier, jerkoff?

something like that
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 13, 2016, 05:35:19 PM
I can always rely on these forums for solid, sound advice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 05:57:56 PM
I can always rely on these forums for solid, sound advice.

'Play Carrier' is sound advice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 05:59:35 PM
Especially since you own a game that is pretty much unobtainable by mortals.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 13, 2016, 06:39:11 PM
(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/Car1.jpg)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/Car2.jpg)

lolz
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Post by: mirth on November 13, 2016, 06:42:14 PM
^that's the proper reply  O0
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Post by: GJK on November 14, 2016, 05:02:05 AM
Me and Mike Dorosh used to call these "YAWP's" (Yet Another Wargaming Project) but one that I've been working on for a while is a web-based app to handle all the chart look up's for Carrier.  The long-term goal would be to use it for a full game, where it would keep track of various states of things so that you didn't have to (Japanese commitment levels for example).  Maybe some day, but for now, I have a good number of the charts plugged in including the cumbersome Air Attack charts that goes from CAP to AA to the actual attack on the ship. 


The one benefit (and curse) to the rules for Carrier is that it's in the "programmed instruction" format.  Great for learning, horrible for when you're playing the full game and have to find something (though it does have a good index).  The first 3 or 4 scenarios are pretty easy to learn and get going with and these online versions of the charts will definitely help:


http://garykrockover.com/games/carrier/
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Post by: Nefaro on November 14, 2016, 06:23:44 AM
<..>

The one benefit (and curse) to the rules for Carrier is that it's in the "programmed instruction" format.  Great for learning, horrible for when you're playing the full game and have to find something (though it does have a good index).   

 <..>


One thing I've begun to see, regarding some board game manuals, is a slow shift towards the Two Manual approach.  When done properly, I think it's the ideal way to go.

Having a heavily cut-down version of the rules, for a "Learn-To-Play" or introductory version that only explains the basic mechanics of the system, has worked out quite well for me. 

The second manual being a full mongo-sized Reference Manual containing all the extra clarifications, special circumstances, optional rules, and so on, that were trimmed from the basic Intro book.


 

I've also seen a handful of these setups where the reference manual is organized alphabetically; like a dictionary or large rules glossary with all the key words & subjects being quicker to look-up, and listing all the related rules and cross-references under each entry.  Provides surprisingly fast look-ups in the middle of a session, but it means the Intro manual needs to be more complete regarding game mechanics than the other Two Manual method.

This cuts out the extra step of checking the alphabetical index at the back, removing the need for the rule number look-up.   

After using a few of these, I really prefer this latter Manual + Rules Glossary style.   While learning the system, you can blow through the Manual pretty quickly.  Then just reference the turn structure, during gameplay, from that or a player aid while looking up whatever rules you need to via the alphabetical rules listings based on subject ( "Combat Phase", "Reaction Movement", or "Line Extension" for examples). 

Of course that would require an extra manual, and the extra effort in organizing such an all-encompassing rules glossary.   Rules-heavy wargames would benefit greatly from that type of organization IMO, if done thoroughly enough.




Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 14, 2016, 07:45:35 AM
I've cracked the manual on Carrier and Tokyo Express a few times, but the rules look far too obtuse to take in, in just one sitting. I'm too used to the more user-friendly rules that are around these days - full color, lots of examples, glossy stock, as opposed to tiny tax-law-sized print.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 14, 2016, 08:19:53 AM
I've cracked the manual on Carrier and Tokyo Express a few times, but the rules look far too obtuse to take in, in just one sitting. I'm too used to the more user-friendly rules that are around these days - full color, lots of examples, glossy stock, as opposed to tiny tax-law-sized print.

you want a lollipop for reading the rules, too, don't you! :D
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 14, 2016, 08:41:00 AM
Don't trigger me, you bastard!!  :'(

 ;)
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Post by: Yskonyn on November 14, 2016, 08:56:28 AM
Playing 'Silence that Gun' with my regular opponent. I play the Americans.

(http://i.imgur.com/crnI3i0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/w9N3dXf.jpg)

Turn 1. The idea is that the right flank will draw out fire with deployed squad into half-squads. The left flank will move up through the woods and then move towards the center. There's a hero unit on the left side to aid the rest.

(http://i.imgur.com/tOhhIdo.jpg)

Turn 2. The left flank is doing their job, but the right flank is unable to lay down supressive fire. And the open hexes prove to be too great a distance. Smoke attempts fail. And I had not thought properly about setting up a firebase. The MMG's I have are on the other side of the village, but should have been used on the right flank instead.
The plan quickly turns to shit here.

(http://i.imgur.com/M8oB5CT.jpg)

Turn 3/4. The left flank is still pushing nicely, but the right flank has completely disintegrated. I decided to pull back some units and approach the center building containing the big enemy stack (that's where the target gun is) via the houses in the center. I obliterate a unit that runs across the street to defend and the CC end with my units victorious. Also, the gun crew is now broken, so it won't fire for a while.
My units are spreak thinly now and I have lost 1 MMC and 2 HS in the process.
It's not looking very good from this point.
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Post by: PanzersEast on November 14, 2016, 09:26:10 AM
......
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Post by: Pinetree on November 14, 2016, 04:33:56 PM
Just arrived through earthquakes (and now damn floods):

(http://i.imgur.com/0d1bgEbl.jpg)
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Post by: mirth on November 14, 2016, 04:51:11 PM
^awesome!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 14, 2016, 07:14:07 PM
Playing 'Silence that Gun' with my regular opponent. I play the Americans.


Turn 1. The idea is that the right flank will draw out fire with deployed squad into half-squads. The left flank will move up through the woods and then move towards the center. There's a hero unit on the left side to aid the rest.

Turn 2. The left flank is doing their job, but the right flank is unable to lay down supressive fire. And the open hexes prove to be too great a distance. Smoke attempts fail. And I had not thought properly about setting up a firebase. The MMG's I have are on the other side of the village, but should have been used on the right flank instead.
The plan quickly turns to shit here.

Turn 3/4. The left flank is still pushing nicely, but the right flank has completely disintegrated. I decided to pull back some units and approach the center building containing the big enemy stack (that's where the target gun is) via the houses in the center. I obliterate a unit that runs across the street to defend and the CC end with my units victorious. Also, the gun crew is now broken, so it won't fire for a while.
My units are spreak thinly now and I have lost 1 MMC and 2 HS in the process.
It's not looking very good from this point.


This is a *very* tough scenario for the Ami's...ROAR has it with a GER/AMI ratio of 230/135 (http://www.jrvdev.com/ROAR/VER1/ShowScenario.asp?ScenarioID=14).  It's been a number of years since I played it but I remember taking a butt whooping as the Americans.  ISTR us thinking that a 60mm mortar might of balanced it out just about right....the German MMG probably winds up on the 1st level of that building in every game and it's damn tough to knock it out (let alone the gun). You can try and get your 'zook up there and I'd use the wall so that you didn't take a backblast penalty in a building but you're really hoping for a crit on the TH with it.  A mortar could sit back and pepper that building with the hopes of getting a crit but at a safe distance and with a high ROF.  The Fortified building just really puts the balance over the top; good luck getting in there as the Americans.  I think you really need to "schwerpunkt" your assault group right up that town too because if you get caught stuck in a firefight off on the flanks with parts of the attacking force, then you'll never get to the gun in time.  I think the 3 mapper is misleading given that you only have 6 turns to get it done.  Fun stuff though and great experience if you're really wanting to hone your attacking skills!
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 14, 2016, 07:34:49 PM
Since it's that time of year I'm earning beaucoup points for my Vitality account and getting Amazon cards left and right - feeding my board game habit that has no business getting fed.

I ordered Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game and the new Frontier Town expansion for Shadows of Brimstone.

I really like the 50s B-movie sci-fi vibe of Conquest, and also that it has solo play and the kids might be interested in giving it a few rounds:



Frontier Town is an expansion that greatly adds to the Town portion of a Shadows of Brimstone game. I was pretty surprised at the sheer number of expansions that game has now (when I originally got the base game, there was only one add-on at the time, now there must be a dozen at least). But this one is releasing tomorrow and I like how it extends the base game's RPG and character development elements.



Also ordered several things needed, like water filters and other boring stuff that kept me from going too nuts...this time.
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Post by: Nefaro on November 14, 2016, 09:20:17 PM
I expect a report on the Frontier Town expansion.  Pardner.   :))

I've not played CoPE yet, despite having it (plus expansion) for a few years.  The theme looks like some seriously campy fun.  Was VERY glad they used actual artwork for it, although it was probably a necessity when it comes to campy old school aliens.   Despite my dislike of their live action pics & props, I still have many of their solitaire/co-op games because the themes are damn groovy.   :coolsmiley:

Somewhat related, I think the same company recently finished more print runs of the Fortune & Glory expansions.  Have been eyeing one of those for awhile, too, because some of the reviews said the core game could really use some extra cards in one of the decks. 
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 15, 2016, 05:16:07 AM
I've been wanting to do something on Shadows of Brimstone for some time...something along the lines of the Castle Ravenloft AAR I've been doing. It would be very, very tough, though, for me to justify that - I'm tired of starting AARs and then not finishing them. I figured Frontier Town, if I go down that path and end up starting something, would add a lot to the story element of such an article. In any case I definitely will report on it/do an unboxing, at least in the forums.

I almost instead pulled the trigger on Rise of the Crimson Hand for Fortune and Glory. But, I haven't gotten FanG to the table either, and it seemed like it would be a vastly larger undertaking. I want to get it eventually, just not sure when, because I've heard great things about it - how it's more challenging than the included two enemy groups in the base game (Nazis and Mob) and of course adds new content to the base game otherwise.

CoPE looks and feels a lot like Monsters Menace America, which I had but never played. I sold it at the gamer's flea market this past summer; I liked the game's idea but it didn't ever motivate me to get it out and try it. This one I can get behind.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on November 16, 2016, 09:14:12 AM
Since it's that time of year I'm earning beaucoup points for my Vitality account and getting Amazon cards left and right - feeding my board game habit that has no business getting fed.

I ordered Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game and the new Frontier Town expansion for Shadows of Brimstone.

I really like the 50s B-movie sci-fi vibe of Conquest, and also that it has solo play and the kids might be interested in giving it a few rounds:



Frontier Town is an expansion that greatly adds to the Town portion of a Shadows of Brimstone game. I was pretty surprised at the sheer number of expansions that game has now (when I originally got the base game, there was only one add-on at the time, now there must be a dozen at least). But this one is releasing tomorrow and I like how it extends the base game's RPG and character development elements.



Also ordered several things needed, like water filters and other boring stuff that kept me from going too nuts...this time.


I have Conquest Planet Earth and the Expansion.... great game and a lot of fun.  I do recommend picking up the expansion.

Frontier Town has been on my to buy list for a long time.....

My favorite enemy in FanG is the Nazis.... but Crimson hand can be a real pain as well.  Great games!


PE
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 16, 2016, 12:47:00 PM
'Bradley's D-Day' by Against the Odds.

Looks quite interesting - very nice map by Mark Mahaffey  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 16, 2016, 04:45:05 PM
'Bradley's D-Day' by Against the Odds.

Looks quite interesting - very nice map by Mark Mahaffey  O0

Which is rare because when it comes to Mahaffey maps, they usually look like something that I might want to hang in my bathroom to match the towels and wallpaper. 
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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 16, 2016, 06:06:21 PM
I like Mark's maps! :D  O0
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Post by: GJK on November 16, 2016, 06:47:04 PM
He's a very talented artist, don't get me wrong- I'm just not keen on his over-use of pastel colors from the purple water to the saturated "earthy" tones. Not for a wargame map.  Just my personal preference.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 16, 2016, 10:58:35 PM
I received my copy of Duel in the Dark along with the Baby Blitz and Early Nights expansions.   It looks like it plays somewhat similarly to GMT's Bomber Command but in a much lighter way.  The components are very high quality and have some very nice features.  The reverse side of the map has a nice little schematic explaining various technical aspects of a typical RAF bombing raid as well as a brief historical overview of the conflict.  I haven't done much besides punch the pieces, assemble the fuel gauges and stands, skim the rules, and run through a few turns solo to see how it works.  It's a bit light but it looks like it could be a lot of fun, especially with the additions that the Baby Blitz expansion adds.  This expansion adds an extra map panel that includes Great Britain and allows the Germans to launch raids against the UK via V1 rockets and He177 Griffon bombers.  This gives the game a bit more parity as it allows the German player to launch his own raids against the UK rather than simply defending and it also allows the UK player to take on a bit more of an active role by using Mosquito night fighters to try and intercept raids.  In the base game, the UK player uses a deck of cards to plan a single bomber raid against a German city.  The Brit player must pre-plot the route and once the game starts, his role is somewhat passive as he can't normally make any alterations to his attack plan.   The expansion allows the Brits to plan an additional "spoof" raid and gives him extra Mossie squadrons to deal with German raids.

Really looking forward to getting this on the table next week and giving it a whirl against a human opponent.  Looks like a good, light gateway game to get the Euro players to dabble in the wargame end of the pool.


Back of the base game map.
(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic245096.jpg)



Back of the Baby Blitz map.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic607362.jpg)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 17, 2016, 05:41:44 PM
I almost bought Duel in the Dark, damn your hide SDR. Though damn your hide anyway because now I have a copy of Enemy Coast Ahead coming my way. DitD looked really good in the videos I saw - I especially liked the 'night' feel of the board and the moving weather.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 17, 2016, 05:56:40 PM
I haven't had a chance to try it yet (hopefully at the FLGS tonight) but if you do get it, it looks like the Baby Blitz expansion is almost a necessity.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 18, 2016, 11:49:40 AM
Bastards wouldn't play it.  They made me play Five Tribes instead .  I have come to realize that I simply do not like highly abstract Euro games and Five Tribes definitely fits into that category.  Ranks up there with Tigris and Euphrates and Catan for games that make SDR prickly.
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Post by: Cyrano on November 18, 2016, 01:22:28 PM
SDR, it's definitely an age thing in my judgment.  As I get older I can't bear things where the buttons are insufficiently square.  Memoir '44 is as far as I'll go willingly and in that I prefer D-Day Landings.

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Post by: Nefaro on November 18, 2016, 01:33:18 PM
Bastards wouldn't play it.  They made me play Five Tribes instead .  I have come to realize that I simply do not like highly abstract Euro games and Five Tribes definitely fits into that category.  Ranks up there with Tigris and Euphrates and Catan for games that make SDR prickly.

Ugh.  Abstract Euro Games.   :knuppel2:   I feel sorry for you, SDR.

To me, they just seem like a fancy but soulless activity of putting puzzle pieces together.  :buck2:  Or, specifically, colored cubes.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 04:00:25 PM
You grumpy old farts got some issues. Nothing wrong with a Euro game...once in a while, anyway. Not all the bloody time though, so I'm with you on that. But I don't mind trying something once at least.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 18, 2016, 04:18:39 PM
I'm quite happy to play a Euro if it's got a bit of theme to it.  We also played Terraforming Mars which I enjoy quite a bit.  It's the more abstract Euros that I don't care for. 
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 04:25:30 PM
I can agree with that - have a bloody theme. The un-themed Euro games with esoteric schemes bore the piss out of me.
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Post by: GJK on November 18, 2016, 05:24:52 PM
This kinda of chat needs to cease in this thread *right now*! Take that Euro-game crap to BGG or something.   :tickedoff:


Who's playing some ASL this weekend?  Uber - let's get some VASL in next week!!


On my table this weekend?  La Bataille "Les Quatra Bras" (finally).  I've been trying to digest the Regs XXX rules but though it's not complex, it's very dense and so I'm going to go with the Marie-Louise rules to learn the basics.  The M-L rules are what I'd equate to being like the ASL Starter Kit rules to the full ASLRb. 


And yes SDR, I'm still trying to get up to speed on Laby but if you want to send that setup off to someone else that's ready to get jumping on it, I wouldn't blame you.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 05:49:40 PM
YEAH! Gonna play some ADVANCED THIRD REICH while blasting Swedish death metal!  \m/

Maybe that'll get the taste of Agricola out of my mouth.  :bd:
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Post by: GJK on November 18, 2016, 05:57:27 PM
YEAH! Gonna play some ADVANCED THIRD REICH while blasting Swedish death metal!  \m/

Maybe that'll get the taste of Agricola out of my mouth.  :bd:


I like the way you think!  After a few turns, go tell those wimps contemplating spending $70 for that crappy SC:3 game that they should be playing A3R instead if they want to play some grand strategic ETO!   ^-^
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 06:40:37 PM
 :DD
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 06:46:29 PM
Tigris and Euphrates is an outstanding game.  You people are fucking heathens. 
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 06:57:40 PM
Tigris and Euphrates has a theme. So does Agricola. I'm cool with those games.

Vague, abstract nonsense is for dudes with elbow patches.
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 07:07:48 PM
Do you hate Go and Chess? 
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Post by: GJK on November 18, 2016, 07:23:37 PM
Do you hate Go and Chess?


I'd take Go and Chess with an opponent over a silly computer game any day.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 18, 2016, 07:24:24 PM
I don't like Go, no. I do enjoy chess though I totally suck at it.
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 07:52:01 PM
I enjoy both of them to be honest.  I think in a "desert island" scenario, I'd chose one of these as the game of choice.   As much as I like other games, I know deep down that none of them have the long term replay value of go or chess.
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Post by: Ubercat on November 18, 2016, 07:54:09 PM
This kinda of chat needs to cease in this thread *right now*! Take that Euro-game crap to BGG or something.   :tickedoff:

Who's playing some ASL this weekend?  Uber - let's get some VASL in next week!!

Just so's you know's this weekend won't work for me, nor will Monday night. I only work until 7PM Tuesday and Wednesday, then I'm off Thursday(Turkey), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. let me know what of that is good for you.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 18, 2016, 07:55:30 PM
Tigris and Euphrates is an outstanding game.  You people are fucking heathens.

Nope.  It's pure unadulterated shit.  It's one of the worst if not the worst board game I've played.
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 07:56:52 PM
I introduced the family to Ra this evening.  I'll admit that Reiner Knizia is one of my favorite designers.  Yes his games tend to be highly abstract and can be questionable in terms of theme, but they are genius designs.  Generally easily understood mechanics, but deep on strategy possibilities.
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 07:57:20 PM
Tigris and Euphrates is an outstanding game.  You people are fucking heathens.

Nope.  It's pure unadulterated shit.  It's one of the worst if not the worst board game I've played.

Rube!   :P
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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 08:10:25 PM
The problem I'm having with games right now is having the patience to sit and read the rules.  By the end of the day, I've read hundreds of pages of brain hemorrhage inducing research articles.  The thought of sitting down to read and understand a complex rule set for fun is discouraging.  I'd rather deal just with 2-6 pages of easy rules and just play a game for fun.  This is why I've been working my way through the rule book for US Civil War now for almost a month and have yet to get the damned thing on the table let alone punch the counters.  I'm really hoping to get the counters punched and the board on the table over Thanksgiving. 
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Post by: GJK on November 18, 2016, 08:30:22 PM
This kinda of chat needs to cease in this thread *right now*! Take that Euro-game crap to BGG or something.   :tickedoff:

Who's playing some ASL this weekend?  Uber - let's get some VASL in next week!!

Just so's you know's this weekend won't work for me, nor will Monday night. I only work until 7PM Tuesday and Wednesday, then I'm off Thursday(Turkey), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. let me know what of that is good for you.


Any of the Thurs-Sun day or nights will work for me.  That girl that lives here with me will be with her parents so I'm flying solo next week!
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 18, 2016, 09:07:28 PM
I introduced the family to Ra this evening.  I'll admit that Reiner Knizia is one of my favorite designers.  Yes his games tend to be highly abstract and can be questionable in terms of theme, but they are genius designs.  Generally easily understood mechanics, but deep on strategy possibilities.

Different strokes and all that.  I have played three of his games (Tigris & Euphrates, Amun-Re, and Blue Moon) and found them all to be misery in a box.  Far too abstracted and lacking in any sort of cohesive theme for my tastes.  They feel to me as though I'm taking a math quiz, not playing a board game.

(and, no, I am not a fan of chess or go.)

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Post by: Bison on November 18, 2016, 09:42:33 PM
My gaming tastes have definitely changed over the years.  I used to love highly thematic games a by-product I think of computer gaming, but now a days I'm more interested in game mechanics and how they affect strategy.  I think that's why I'm never really overly put off by pasted on themes.  I do understand why someone wouldn't enjoy an abstract game like T&E, but the game play fits my analytical leanings. 
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Post by: GJK on November 19, 2016, 05:49:13 AM
The problem I'm having with games right now is having the patience to sit and read the rules.  By the end of the day, I've read hundreds of pages of brain hemorrhage inducing research articles.  The thought of sitting down to read and understand a complex rule set for fun is discouraging.  I'd rather deal just with 2-6 pages of easy rules and just play a game for fun.  This is why I've been working my way through the rule book for US Civil War now for almost a month and have yet to get the damned thing on the table let alone punch the counters.  I'm really hoping to get the counters punched and the board on the table over Thanksgiving.

Yup, ^this.  A by product of aging.  I was just thinking the other day "how the hell did I manage to learn" (by myself) Carrier, Pacific War, Gulf Strike, and many others that I can go on and on about just by myself by simply reading the rules?  It's not that I can't comprehend or wrap my head around rules these days, it's the ability to stay focused and to have the patience to stick to it...yes, exactly as you Bison.  I'm blaming technology for this. It's too damn easy to want to "change the channel" and to look or do something else for a bit and that causes a loss in focus.  We need an article on this but yeah, I've realized this very thing and it's not just with boardgaming; I can't focus on a computer game for much length of time either- it's too easy to 'click-away' and go on to a different game or to just pop back over to the message boards or that unGodly facebook or something.  I feel your frustration here - I've been fighting getting a game from the old La Bataille series on the table for months now.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 05:53:47 AM
That's pretty much exactly why I haven't gotten either Carrier or Tokyo Express to the table...the rules' length.
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Post by: GJK on November 19, 2016, 06:20:57 AM
That's pretty much exactly why I haven't gotten either Carrier or Tokyo Express to the table...the rules' length.


Yeah, lost my long and brilliant reply to this message because of an attachment issue but the end point was the ability to make an ebook of the rules that I could annotate and add custom play-aids that others create.  I have one that I've been putting together for Carrier for what seems like years now; I can send a copy your way if interested.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 19, 2016, 07:43:37 AM
They made me play Five Tribes instead .

man, I hate that game.
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Post by: bob48 on November 19, 2016, 07:58:42 AM
Do you hate Go and Chess?

Go is awesome.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 09:03:07 AM
That's pretty much exactly why I haven't gotten either Carrier or Tokyo Express to the table...the rules' length.


Yeah, lost my long and brilliant reply to this message because of an attachment issue but the end point was the ability to make an ebook of the rules that I could annotate and add custom play-aids that others create.  I have one that I've been putting together for Carrier for what seems like years now; I can send a copy your way if interested.

Well, hell yeah! If you've done work to make it easier to learn the game, I'd love to see it, GJK!
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 09:03:32 AM
Do you hate Go and Chess?

Go is awesome.

Didn't you teach it to Hammurabi back in the day?
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Post by: bob48 on November 19, 2016, 09:06:52 AM
He was such a bad looser.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 09:10:45 AM
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I mean, I wasn't there, who am I to dispute it? ;)
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Post by: bob48 on November 19, 2016, 10:58:53 AM
...er, no.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 11:06:25 AM
 :(

Sorry Bawb. I'll buy you two pints instead of one when I see ya.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 19, 2016, 01:06:13 PM
Sorry Bawb. I'll buy you two pints instead of one when I see ya.

Origins 2017
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Post by: bob48 on November 19, 2016, 01:08:02 PM
Nah, I though B_C was going to be posted to Sconny Botland?
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 19, 2016, 01:25:37 PM
I'm still waiting on that, though the way things have been going (you're going to Dubai for two wee...wait, no you're not, oh wait, you're going to Belgium for two day- oh, wait, no, Dubai, yes, for sure no- no, sorry, Belgium, for su- no, we'll not need you for this, thanks though), I'm not holding my breath anymore. The head of learning globally just showed us an org chart that shows someone sitting in Scotland that's an ID, but things at this place change on a dime. I'm hoping to go, but if I do it'll very likely just be a short time. They'll only need someone to set up a new hire from the locals. Though anything my company promises me these days, I'm pretty much taking with a grain of salt. I didn't know about our offsite until the week before, and you hear all kinds of rumors, so I just keep my head down and try to get through the fifteen million minutiae I need to get done daily for all my global projects...blah blah whine whine.
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Post by: Pinetree on November 21, 2016, 02:20:01 AM
Silver Bayonet. LZ Mary scenario:

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3264733_lg.jpg)

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3264732_lg.jpg)
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Post by: Nefaro on November 21, 2016, 05:58:10 AM
That has to be the smallest wargame scenario I've ever seen, at that scale.
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Post by: Crossroads on November 21, 2016, 06:28:46 AM
That has to be the smallest wargame scenario I've ever seen, at that scale.

How neat!  :knuppel2: O0 ;D
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Post by: Nefaro on November 21, 2016, 10:10:43 AM
Bonus points for trimming that corner bush.   O0
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Post by: bob48 on November 21, 2016, 03:03:55 PM
I've been looking at MMP's 'The Mighty Endeavour' in their SCS. Anyone played it?

I also really like the look of Legion Wargames 'Dien Bien Phu', but can't see that any of the UK retailers have it in stock :-((
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Post by: Pinetree on November 21, 2016, 08:35:20 PM
That has to be the smallest wargame scenario I've ever seen, at that scale.
There's one that's smaller, Tea Time, it's only 9 hexes.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on November 22, 2016, 05:31:38 AM
I also really like the look of Legion Wargames 'Dien Bien Phu', but can't see that any of the UK retailers have it in stock :-((

You got me to look at that, bob...I don't like the counters at first glance but the map is gorgeous. There's also something about the battle that's very intriguing. I remember spending a lot of time playing 'Conflict in Vietnam' on my grandfather's Apple IIc (when he was being nice, anyway) when I was a teen, and that battle was my favorite scenario.

Here's a gameplay vid - and coincidentally, the player here is doing the Dien Bien Phu scenario. I know it's not a boardgame but man, those graphics though. I loved this game and the two others in the series, Crusade in Europe and Decision in the Desert. Great, great games at the time!



Stinks that the UK still doesn't have decent wargaming outlets for board games - at least, that are reasonably priced. :(
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Post by: bob48 on November 22, 2016, 02:07:39 PM
I've been interested in the French-Indochina war for ages, and have read quite a bit about it, but games on the subject are few and far between. I definitely like the looks of this one, and they also do another one from the period, 'Tonkin'.
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Post by: Nefaro on November 23, 2016, 05:11:37 PM
My nephew, playing the Tokugawa faction, was trouncing me at our first game of Sekigahara: The Unification Of Japan (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25021/sekigahara-unification-japan) this afternoon in the game cave.

Very enjoyable card-driven block game that isn't too rules heavy.  The first session went even better than I expected, and the crafty kid caught on very quickly.   :bd:




(http://s21.postimg.org/xip4rzj3b/Sekigahara_Alex1.jpg)


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Post by: mirth on November 23, 2016, 05:39:03 PM
Great pic!  O0
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Post by: panzerde on November 23, 2016, 07:14:19 PM
Well done! Raise another generation!  :clap:
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Post by: Bison on November 23, 2016, 07:37:05 PM
Good stuff Nefaro. 

I spent several hours at Tabletop Games this afternoon ogling the goods.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 23, 2016, 09:28:03 PM
I got Bomber Command out on the table last night for the first time in a long while.  I happened to meet an old wargaming buddy from my college days at a convention a few weeks ago and we have similar tastes in games so that was lucky.  He'd never played Bomber Command before so he took on the role of Luftwaffe commander while I took the RAF.  We did the 1943-Berlin raids scenario.  I thought I was going to do well as the weather was crappy (makes it harder for the Germans to infiltrate the bomber stream) and I drew a target city relatively close to England (Dusseldorf) but he managed to find all my raids right off the bat (I had terrible luck trying to improve British jamming).  I was able to reach the target with only moderate losses but whiffed on the bomb aiming and then he just knocked the hell out of me on the return trip.  Good game but terribly one sided.  I lost 27 bombers and 2 mosquitoes compared to his 9 nightfighters and I only did minor damage to the city.  Really taught those German farmer's fields a lesson though....

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Post by: Cyrano on November 23, 2016, 11:02:45 PM
It's been a fun couple weeks at work and I've been staring at this creature forever.

So, yeah...

(http://i.imgur.com/6IoQp1b.jpg)

And there was absolutely no way I was buying it without the brass compass.  It's heavy, tight, and very, very, VERY stabby.

I am no big fan of the stickering process, but I love just about every other thing about this game.

Oh, yeah, I got these too...

(http://i.imgur.com/1W88ONl.jpg)

I just keep staring at them...and rolling them.

In part in horror at some of my horrid stickering and in part at the pleasure of knowing I own a set of honest-to-goodness KS dice.  I think they really are easier than the tables...

Anything that encourages one to KS cannot be bad.

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Post by: bayonetbrant on November 24, 2016, 05:52:29 AM
I like how the dice stickers have their corners pre-clipped!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 24, 2016, 05:53:25 AM
Tee-Hee
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 24, 2016, 06:33:15 AM
Yeah... but they are NOT ON STRAIGHT!  :wow: How can you possible use those?!?  :hide:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on November 24, 2016, 06:34:18 AM
Yeah... but they are NOT ON STRAIGHT!  :wow: How can you possible use those?!?  :hide:


That bothered me too :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 24, 2016, 06:58:13 AM
Yeah... but they are NOT ON STRAIGHT!  :wow: How can you possible use those?!?  :hide:


angle the dice



besides, Jim's head isn't exactly on straight, either, and we keep him around, don't we?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Yskonyn on November 24, 2016, 08:16:58 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/VbADng1.jpg)

Yanks v2 got its varnish treatment today. They can dry while I clip the last remnants of my Beyond Valor 3rd box.
I've got a new Raaco box waiting for those Americans.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: WargamerJoe on November 24, 2016, 09:01:58 AM
I've been playing a lot of Quartermaster General recently. Saw it at a convention in the UK a few months ago and then just bought it on Amazon. Really enjoying it - the abstraction of the war, the card-based mechanics. Every game is different.

Backed the WW1 version on Kickstarter so hopefully will be getting that soon.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 24, 2016, 09:25:25 AM

Yanks v2 got its varnish treatment today. They can dry while I clip the last remnants of my Beyond Valor 3rd box.
I've got a new Raaco box waiting for those Americans.

That Teddy Bear is like lovin those fumes, far out duuude  :buck2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on November 24, 2016, 09:28:26 AM
Hardy-har-har...

As if my OCD on that sort of stuff wasn't bad enough.  :hide:

On a more productive note, Command Post recommends a clear coat for the dice.  Any suggestions from the crew?  I've been a Testors guy forever, but wonder what you chit-protectors use.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 24, 2016, 09:40:14 AM
I've been playing a lot of Quartermaster General recently. Saw it at a convention in the UK a few months ago and then just bought it on Amazon. Really enjoying it - the abstraction of the war, the card-based mechanics. Every game is different.

Backed the WW1 version on Kickstarter so hopefully will be getting that soon.

I think they're going to join us as a part of the GrogHeads Central Command at Origins in 2017
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 24, 2016, 09:42:53 AM
It's been a fun couple weeks at work and I've been staring at this creature forever.

So, yeah...


And there was absolutely no way I was buying it without the brass compass.  It's heavy, tight, and very, very, VERY stabby.

I am no big fan of the stickering process, but I love just about every other thing about this game.

Oh, yeah, I got these too...

I just keep staring at them...and rolling them.

In part in horror at some of my horrid stickering and in part at the pleasure of knowing I own a set of honest-to-goodness KS dice.  I think they really are easier than the tables...

Anything that encourages one to KS cannot be bad.


The KS dice are on the way here, but I'm referring the game to my wife so she has something to get me for Christmas. Debating if I want the compass or the measuring sticks...or both.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Yskonyn on November 24, 2016, 01:58:36 PM

Yanks v2 got its varnish treatment today. They can dry while I clip the last remnants of my Beyond Valor 3rd box.
I've got a new Raaco box waiting for those Americans.

That Teddy Bear is like lovin those fumes, far out duuude  :buck2:

Lol! Didn't even spot that. But yeah, he was being a pain in the ass all day, so I made him suffer.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on November 24, 2016, 02:10:45 PM
That Teddy Bear is like lovin those fumes, far out duuude  :buck2:

Lol! Didn't even spot that. But yeah, he was being a pain in the ass all day, so I made him suffer.  :2funny:

Sad really. Whatever you made him inhale turned him into a rabbit.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 24, 2016, 02:25:05 PM
That Teddy Bear is like lovin those fumes, far out duuude  :buck2:

Lol! Didn't even spot that. But yeah, he was being a pain in the ass all day, so I made him suffer.  :2funny:

Sad really. Whatever you made him inhale turned him into a rabbit.

(http://members.iinet.net.au/~nicolee/ladybird_pictures/images/9333_Dennis_the_menace_&_friends,_Scooby-Doo,_Wallace_&_Gromit/Wallace_&_Gromit_Curse_of_the_were-rabbit.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 24, 2016, 08:21:10 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/boGHSJhl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/boGHSJh)

A Famous Victory - Blenheim Scenario. A quasi-historical setup until I learn the system more completely.

(http://i.imgur.com/J6E3agll.jpg) (http://imgur.com/J6E3agl)

Gaming for the rest of 2016. A Famous Victory, Prussia's Glory II, and Battles of the Age of Reason: Fontenoy.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 25, 2016, 03:20:31 AM
Awesome looking gaming space/man cave Doug! Love the Globe.  :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 25, 2016, 11:21:12 PM
Nice man cave.  I'm stuck in a manish corner myself.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on November 25, 2016, 11:55:49 PM
Kitchen table for me. I make it manly just by being a manly man........



....Until She Who Must Be Obeyed requires it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 26, 2016, 10:40:14 AM
Some more shots of the man cave:

(http://i.imgur.com/T4M6RuGl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/T4M6RuG)
From the door

(http://i.imgur.com/4BdieNwl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/4BdieNw)
And the reverse angle.

(http://i.imgur.com/WxQnuBvl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/WxQnuBv)
Library table for reference books while playing and game prep activities, like mangling counters.

(http://i.imgur.com/lPpt0wkl.jpg) (http://imgur.com/lPpt0wk)
Refreshments and curiosities!

I should probably get around to mounting a couple of my swords on the walls someday, but so far I'm too lazy.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 26, 2016, 11:27:39 AM
Awesome!  O0

Gotta get my sword on the wall too....

Also gotta get me a cool skull for the room.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 26, 2016, 11:32:57 AM
Some more shots of the man cave:

Very nice Doug, we are in awe of your man cave  :notworthy:

Quite the luxury the be able to leave one's games open on the desktop  :smitten:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on November 26, 2016, 11:39:38 AM
Wow! Just...wow!  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 26, 2016, 11:40:36 AM
Also gotta get me a cool skull for the room.

the remains of past employees who displeased him....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Toonces on November 26, 2016, 11:59:02 AM
Righteous looking man cave!

Mine is more of a collection of all the crap that didn't fit in the rest of the house.  Someday, though.  Someday...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 26, 2016, 12:00:09 PM
Awesome!  O0

Gotta get my sword on the wall too....

Also gotta get me a cool skull for the room.

You stay the hell away from my skull!  (I'm still using it....)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on November 26, 2016, 12:56:44 PM
That is one groovy game room you got there Panzerde. Is that some kind of Australopithecine skull?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 26, 2016, 01:09:17 PM
Looks great, Doug.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 26, 2016, 01:25:04 PM
That is one groovy game room you got there Panzerde. Is that some kind of Australopithecine skull?


Thanks! Yep, that's just exactly what it is. Found it on Amazon a few years back after I saw one similar in a photo of an author's writing room.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 26, 2016, 01:27:42 PM
Righteous looking man cave!

Mine is more of a collection of all the crap that didn't fit in the rest of the house.  Someday, though.  Someday...


Been there. Having the kids move out helps. A lot.

You're all invited over to play. I have more scotch.


Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 26, 2016, 02:01:52 PM
I'll bring the Hobnobs!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on November 26, 2016, 09:34:49 PM
Tried out a 4 player game of Duel in the Dark with the Baby-Blitz expansion (dirty Jerries get to hit Engerlund with V1s and He177 bombers).  I wouldn't recommend playing this game with more than 2.  the multiplayer rules are tacked on and don't work very well.

Ended up being a slaughter.  The Germans blew the hell out of both RAF bomber raids while the RAF mosquitoes were largely impotent for most of the game.

The V1s did a fair amount of damage to London and Weymouth as well although the raids against Birmingham were knocked down.  Hull was bombed by the Griffons lost a few planes to Mossies but gave better than they got.

The group I played with are mainly Euro-gamers and they didn't seem to taken with the title, especially the German guy who was running the RAF bombers.


Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 26, 2016, 09:49:00 PM
The V1s did a fair amount of damage to London and Weymouth as well although the raids against Birmingham were knocked down.


Once again, Bawb successfully defends Birmingham. Or, it might have been Denise, swatting them out of the air with her frying pan.

Quote
The group I played with are mainly Euro-gamers and they didn't seem to taken with the title


That's what you get for slumming!  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on November 27, 2016, 01:49:30 AM
That is one groovy game room you got there Panzerde. Is that some kind of Australopithecine skull?


Thanks! Yep, that's just exactly what it is. Found it on Amazon a few years back after I saw one similar in a photo of an author's writing room.

I can see some Shakespearean moments taking place there, with that skull in one hand, a glass of scotch and a smoking cigar in the other: "To assault, or not, that is the question!"  :notworthy:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 27, 2016, 04:13:38 AM
The V1s did a fair amount of damage to London and Weymouth as well although the raids against Birmingham were knocked down.


Once again, Bawb successfully defends Birmingham. Or, it might have been Denise, swatting them out of the air with her frying pan.

Quote
The group I played with are mainly Euro-gamers and they didn't seem to taken with the title

 :bd:


That's what you get for slumming!  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 27, 2016, 11:24:04 AM
On my table now;

'The Mighty Endeavour' SCS series game from MMP;

AND - Just ordered from Limey Yank Games;

http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_tanga.html
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 27, 2016, 11:27:06 AM
On my table now;

'The Mighty Endeavour' SCS series game from MMP;

AND - Just ordered from Limey Yank Games;

http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_tanga.html (http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_tanga.html)


 \m/
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: DV8 on November 27, 2016, 11:33:10 AM
I know this is not a hardcore war game but I got my son to interested in Memoir 44 this weekend.  I'm viewing it as the gateway game to much stronger stuff later.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on November 27, 2016, 11:50:32 AM
I know this is not a hardcore war game but I got my son to interested in Memoir 44 this weekend.  I'm viewing it as the gateway game to much stronger stuff later.


Dunno about the others, but I suspect many of us started with "gateway" games in our youth.   8)   I still enjoy them, too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 27, 2016, 12:21:03 PM
We all start gaming somewhere. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 27, 2016, 12:23:07 PM
The group I played with are mainly Euro-gamers and they didn't seem to taken with the title

That's what you get for slumming!  ;)

#meeplelivesmatter
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on November 27, 2016, 03:05:01 PM
Time to Kill Hitler.... Black Orchestra

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/BO00.jpg)

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/BO02.jpg)

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/BO01.jpg)

           (http://linesofcommand.com/images/BO03.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 27, 2016, 03:07:26 PM
Also not a "hardcore" wargame by any stretch but a fun one- me and my brother played "Fires of Midway" after turkey dinner.  We didn't finish but we had a good time.


Also played Ubercat in ASL this morning (S1: Retaking Vierville) via VASL.  Unfortunately for him, my dice were hot and his didn't get hot soon enough so the Americans were able to keep the town secured from the Germans.  Planning on picking up with S2 on Tuesday.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on November 27, 2016, 03:11:35 PM
Time to Kill Hitler.... Black Orchestra       

Cool!  I haven't seen nor heard about this one before...checking it out now.  I recently played "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler" and it's not a bad game once the graphics were spruced up.  This one looks to have some RPG elements to it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: DV8 on November 27, 2016, 03:19:41 PM
PanzersEast - That is one gorgeous looking game.
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Post by: PanzersEast on November 28, 2016, 08:40:10 AM
PanzersEast - That is one gorgeous looking game.

Yes it is!  Beck and Stauffenberg finally devised a plot to poison Hitler with a package.  They gathered the needed material and worked to limit their suspicion. Stauffenberg was able to convince some officers to join the cause which now increased the chances of the plot to succeed.   However, we need Hitler to be in a unsecure location, and at present he was.  Beck and Stauffenberg met in Hannover where Stauffenberg gave the names to Beck of the officers.  Now the stage was set, Beck needed to move into position and then deliver the package..... The Military support for Hitler was also low enough to attempt.  After Stauffenberg's turn Hitler MOVES!  argghhh.  Operation Barbarossa takes off and Hitler moves to Wolfsschanze and we have to abort the attempt and Hitler's Military support increases....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: DV8 on November 28, 2016, 08:43:42 AM
PanzersEast - That is one gorgeous looking game.

Yes it is!  Beck and Stauffenberg finally devised a plot to poison Hitler with a package.  They gathered the needed material and worked to limit their suspicion. Stauffenberg was able to convince some officers to join the cause which now increased the chances of the plot to succeed.   However, we need Hitler to be in a unsecure location, and at present he was.  Beck and Stauffenberg met in Hannover where Stauffenberg gave the names to Beck of the officers.  Now the stage was set, Beck needed to move into position and then deliver the package..... The Military support for Hitler was also low enough to attempt.  After Stauffenberg's turn Hitler MOVES!  argghhh.  Operation Barbarossa takes off and Hitler moves to Wolfsschanze and we have to abort the attempt and Hitler's Military support increases....

The fate of the free world is in your hands.  Don't give up ;-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on November 28, 2016, 03:21:43 PM
I have sooooo many great games I want to stick on my table...unfortunately, I can't do that and modelling and so I must be patient.

Perhaps I have to look at modelling in the summer (because of the better light) and boardgaming in the winter??

Decisions decisions.  ???
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on November 29, 2016, 09:45:47 AM
Well.... keeping with the WWII theme...

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/WF.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 29, 2016, 09:49:56 AM
Very cool! Have you played the modern version? I'm interested to hear how they compare.  :dreamer:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on November 29, 2016, 10:26:08 AM
Very cool! Have you played the modern version? I'm interested to hear how they compare.  :dreamer:

I do, and have played it quite a bit.  I'll report back after a game or two.  There is a ton of cards... and the miniatures are pretty nice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on November 30, 2016, 12:58:39 AM
Arrived today. Got it in a gift exchange over at BGG.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3278685_md.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on November 30, 2016, 04:17:41 AM
Arrived today. Got it in a gift exchange over at BGG.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3278685_md.jpg)

Lucky basturd!  :dreamer:  :notworthy:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 30, 2016, 06:57:36 AM
Just received 'Tanga' by Legion Games via Limey-Yank. The components are excellent and I'm really looking forwards to playing this.

I'm hopeful of getting a copy of their 'Dien Bien Phu' game as well.

(http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w447/Robert_Ellis48/WP_20161130_13_38_38_Pro_zpspynm8gbp.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 30, 2016, 07:06:45 AM
Well.... keeping with the WWII theme...

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/WF.jpg)

I got this from DVG, too...I didn't ask for it (though I did ask for a copy of U-Boat Leader for GH review/possible AAR, which came a bit ago) so it was a nice surprise to see it arrive. I was more than a little surprised at the sheer number of add-on packs...15? 16? Looks like they sent me what you have. :)

I plan on doing an unboxing video as soon as I can...next couple of days, I hope. I'm getting sick of working all the time.

Also have Enemy Coast Ahead, Conquest of Planet Earth, Fortune and Glory - Treasure Hunters expansion, and Shadows of Brimstone - Frontier Town expansion, besides the above two. Wish there was money/careers in just writing about games.  :))
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on November 30, 2016, 07:09:09 AM
Just received 'Tanga' by Legion Games via Limey-Yank. The components are excellent and I'm really looking forwards to playing this.

I'm hopeful of getting a copy of their 'Dien Bien Phu' game as well.

(http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w447/Robert_Ellis48/WP_20161130_13_38_38_Pro_zpspynm8gbp.jpg)


You need a bigger table.


Time to covert that garage!

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 30, 2016, 07:16:00 AM
^ His wife's frying pan collection takes up the rest of the room, I hear.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 30, 2016, 08:09:52 AM
Me - 'I need a bigger table'

Mrs.B - - - - 'Glooiiinnngggg'
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 30, 2016, 08:25:25 AM
Me - 'I need a bigger table'

Mrs.B - - - - 'Glooiiinnngggg'

That's the response I get too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 30, 2016, 08:59:20 AM
Well I discovered this morning that my fear that the maps for Ukraine 43 would not fit on my desk was well founded.  They hang over the edge of the desk by a good 4 or 5 inches.  Quite stressful, but on the bright side both the US Civil War and Normandy 44 fit nicely.  The only issue is that my plexiglass sheet is too small to cover the entire US Civil War map board.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on November 30, 2016, 09:59:02 AM
Ooh. Normandy '44 is a great game - only 1 map but a few charts you need to have at hand as well.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on November 30, 2016, 10:49:20 AM
Ooh. Normandy '44 is a great game - only 1 map but a few charts you need to have at hand as well.

I'm working my way through the rules again.  I don't mind complex rules but it takes time and usually a few plays for them to click.  :uglystupid2:  I've got the map on the table under plexiglass and the re-enforcement charts ready to receive chits.  I decided to go with Normandy 44 over US Civil War for the time being as my "permanently" setup wargame on my desk.  For no real reason other than I'd like to play the US Civil War in a head to head game whereas I always planned on playing Normandy 44 as a solo game.

I also have read the rules and punched counters for Concordia.  It's a Roman Empire themed economic/resource management euro game and is the next game the wife and I will be playing together.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 01, 2016, 04:49:34 AM
Well.... keeping with the WWII theme...

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/WF.jpg)

PE, how many little baggies with markers/figures did you receive? I see five I think in your pic.

Looks like I only received one of them - the markers. Not at ALL looking a gift horse in he mouth, it's just weird since others have posted pics on FB and elsewhere of this awesomeness and they have multiple little baggies.

No biggie - it's pretty cool what they sent.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on December 01, 2016, 07:52:47 AM
Well.... keeping with the WWII theme...

(http://linesofcommand.com/images/WF.jpg)

PE, how many little baggies with markers/figures did you receive? I see five I think in your pic.

Looks like I only received one of them - the markers. Not at ALL looking a gift horse in he mouth, it's just weird since others have posted pics on FB and elsewhere of this awesomeness and they have multiple little baggies.

No biggie - it's pretty cool what they sent.

I received 2 of the Token Packs, and Minis for US, UK, Germany, and Russia.. so six in total. I was a little surprised I received 2 of the token baggies.




Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 01, 2016, 08:41:23 AM
Cool. I was just thinking an unboxing video isn't going to be as complete as it could be. Still I doubt the figs are needed for gameplay, from what I recall of the other, modern version of the game.*

*Not Brant's
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: PanzersEast on December 01, 2016, 09:27:10 AM
Cool. I was just thinking an unboxing video isn't going to be as complete as it could be. Still I doubt the figs are needed for gameplay, from what I recall of the other, modern version of the game.*

*Not Brant's

The figures are nice, however unpainted they all kind of look the same.... silver soldiers.   I usually opt for the counters to represent the different soldiers/squads.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 01, 2016, 01:18:34 PM
Could probably just substitute A&A figures, too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 05, 2016, 12:40:18 PM
Welp, I have GMT's Silver Bayonet and FAB: Golan on the way now  :crazy2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 05, 2016, 12:54:52 PM
Welp, I have GMT's Silver Bayonet and FAB: Golan on the way now  :crazy2:

You should have P500 Silver Bayonet and saved yourself a few bones.

P.S. I'm envious of your purchase, it was a game I'd ogled many times.  I could just never get myself to order as I have so many wargames to play still.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 05, 2016, 01:00:11 PM
You should have P500 Silver Bayonet and saved yourself a few bones.

I'm getting a pretty good deal on it even without the P500 ;)

P.S. I'm envious of your purchase, it was a game I'd ogled many times.  I could just never get myself to order as I have so many wargames to play still.

You really shouldn't let that stop you. I certainly don't :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on December 05, 2016, 01:06:22 PM
Arrived today; 'Dien Bien Phu - The Final Gamble' from Legion Games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 05, 2016, 01:09:07 PM
Arrived today; 'Dien Bien Phu - The Final Gamble' from Legion Games.

 O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Ubercat on December 05, 2016, 02:05:50 PM
I P500'd 1846 and a few other things from GMT, but their recent system upgrade made my orders disappear. I just reordered them, including 1846 at full price  ::) now that it's shipping. Such is life.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 05, 2016, 05:28:09 PM
Arrived today; 'Dien Bien Phu - The Final Gamble' from Legion Games.

I have a copy coming too.  O0 Site unboxing/review TBD.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 05, 2016, 06:07:52 PM
Arrived today; 'Dien Bien Phu - The Final Gamble' from Legion Games.

I have a copy coming too.  O0 Site unboxing/review TBD.

The infamous TBD time line.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 05, 2016, 06:54:58 PM
Tentative Butt Devices.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: avrotim on December 05, 2016, 07:45:18 PM
Just off the table is Holdfast: Korea.  We got close to halfway before running out of time.  Overall we liked it.  I know some people have said that the system doesnt allow for much in the way of maneuver, but my gamin buddy and I are going to give it at least one more try.  It has the advantage of being very easy to pick up and get into.

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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 05, 2016, 07:46:32 PM
^ Cool! Is that a Columbia Games block game?
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Post by: avrotim on December 05, 2016, 07:52:40 PM
Worthington Games.  here is a link to the kickstarter (which, obviously, is long done but does give you a good overview of the game).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456271622/holdfast-korea-1950-1951

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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 05, 2016, 07:54:36 PM
Nice, thanks for the link.  O0
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 05, 2016, 08:09:32 PM
^ Cool! Is that a Columbia Games block game?

Sigh....

 http://grogheads.com/?p=7442
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Post by: avrotim on December 05, 2016, 08:14:09 PM
hey, cut him some slack...that was on the front page.  I mean, who reads that??
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Post by: mirth on December 05, 2016, 08:35:35 PM
hey, cut him some slack...that was on the front page.  I mean, who reads that??

exactly!
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Post by: panzerde on December 05, 2016, 08:41:46 PM
I did once, but it gave me the shakes.

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Post by: Cyrano on December 05, 2016, 10:08:33 PM
I visited the front page once, but got touched in the bad place.

I haven't spoken of it since...

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Post by: Nefaro on December 06, 2016, 01:38:42 AM
I visited the front page once, but got touched in the bad place.

I haven't spoken of it since...



Show us, on the doll, where the front page touched you.
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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 06, 2016, 02:32:51 AM
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 06, 2016, 04:23:46 AM
Hey, I WRITE content for the "front page." That doesn't mean I read it!
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Post by: bob48 on December 06, 2016, 05:21:04 AM
Arrived today; 'Dien Bien Phu - The Final Gamble' from Legion Games.

I have a copy coming too.  O0 Site unboxing/review TBD.

Excellent!

I would recommend that you print out the latest rules; v2.2 here is the link on CSW.

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.1dd51d86/0
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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 08, 2016, 03:23:06 PM
This is currently getting my attention again.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q499/wmar1967/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/IMAG1741_zpsjwnjofoc.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/wmar1967/media/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/IMAG1741_zpsjwnjofoc.jpg.html)

It ground to a halt previously...allowing my eyes to wander to other treats. But I'm back on it. No AAR this time...just me and the board
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 08, 2016, 06:11:28 PM
BTW JD...The Inbetweeners is brilliant. I watched everything our Netflix has on it (the whole series and two movies).  O0
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Post by: W8taminute on December 08, 2016, 09:19:58 PM
Star Wars Rebellion.  It's pretty good actually.  Surprisingly easy to learn but deep with strategy for either side.

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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 08, 2016, 11:41:06 PM
BTW JD...The Inbetweeners is brilliant. I watched everything our Netflix has on it (the whole series and two movies).  O0
It's not for everyone certainly - very strong language - but I think it captures some various adolescent male mentalities quite well.
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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 08, 2016, 11:47:44 PM
Star Wars Rebellion.  It's pretty good actually.  Surprisingly easy to learn but deep with strategy for either side.
That's good to hear. I've been hovering my mouse pointer over this now and again.

Is that the base game? Does it come with everything you need or are there essentials that you need to get the most out of it (other units/cards etc)

Also - there's Star Wars Armada and Star Wars Imperial Assault too...what's the difference between them? Or if you don't have the other ones, why did you go for Rebellion?
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 09, 2016, 12:21:47 AM
Imperial Assault is 1 mini:1 unit scale tactical ground combat.  It's based off the Descent rules and there are basically two ways to play.  You can do skirmish battles where each player builds a squad by spending points to "buy" units from on the minis they own via a point system.  The other way to play is a campaign style where 1-4 players take on the role of a team of heroes and 1 player takes on the role of the opposition (almost like a GM in an RPG).  They then play out a series of linked battles as they work their way through a scenario book storyline.  The game's a bit of a money pit, especially if you play skirmish mode as you'll need to shell out for the dozens of little add-on packs of miniatures and tile sets.  Minis are unpainted.  Personally, I'm not a fan of the game.  I find the Descent combat rules don't really translate all that well to the Star Wars universe.  The ranged combat feels very clunky to me.  The movement system seems very fiddly and I don't like the fact that melee units don't exert a zone of control so other units can sprint right past them.

Armada is capital ship level combat.  Again, each player builds a force out of the minis he owns by purchasing ships, squadrons, and ability cards using points.  I'm a big fan of this game but it is even more of a money sink than Imperial Assault is as the ship miniatures tend to be a lot more expensive than a few stormtrooper figurines for Imp Assault.  The capital ship minis are painted but the fighter/bomber squadrons aren't (they're tiny).  The setup parameters were a bit limited out of the box but a new campaign system is coming out in a few weeks and it looks like it will add a lot of depth to the game.  It's similar in play speed and style to Sails of Glory but the components are much nicer.  Damage modelling isn't as robust as SoG's but the movement/command system components are much more elegant making it far easier to control multiple ships. 

Rebellion is, for now at least, a stand alone game.  I haven't read of any plans for them to add expansions.  I think if they do, it would likely be by releasing eras rather than new units.  They could put out large expansions to cover the prequels and perhaps the new films as well.  The scale is abstracted and covers the main planets mentioned  in the Star Wars films, TV shows, and other stuff.  It borrows a lot from Twilight Imperium, War of the Rings, and the PC version of Star Wars Rebellion.  It's a fun game but it can start to drag in the later turns due to the fact that each player gets to add more heroes to their activation pool as the game progresses and each hero has the potential to lead a fleet or army, conduct a mission, or attempt to block an opposition fleet, army, or mission.  A fair number of reviewers were a bit down on the combat portion of the game but I think it's fun.  The average game takes about 3-4 hours to play.  The box says it's for 2-4 players but it really is a 2 player game.  The 3 and 4 player rules are frustrating and make it hard for the players to keep from telegraphing their intentions through table talk/gestures.

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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 09, 2016, 01:00:27 AM
^ ooooh...thank you  :notworthy:

First mini's I ever bought was Memoir '44...never bought another. I think I found them (or at least thought them to be) more expensive due to the extra production values

I might pick this up next year. Can it (Rebellion...or any of them actually) be played solitaire?
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 09, 2016, 02:19:39 AM
No, not out of the box.  A key component of gameplay is the use of hero units which get assigned to missions in secret.   In order to counter missions, each player needs to keep some of their heroes in reserve to respond to mission attempts.  Players alternate hero activations so trying to outsmart your opponent is a major factor in deciding which heroes to commit and in what order to use them.  Further, the main goal of the Empire is to locate and destroy the Rebel base.  The base is initially hidden and the Rebel player does have the ability to relocate during gameplay. 

I suppose it would be possible to develop a bot system to control the Empire (might already have been done by someone at BGG) but I don't think it'd be possible for the Rebels.



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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 09, 2016, 03:13:33 AM
Thanks SDR
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 09, 2016, 03:17:05 AM
Imperial Assault should be getting an app driven opponent that will let you play the campaign game solo.  I just picked up Descent recently and have been using the app to run a solo campaign for me.  Having tonnes of fun with it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on December 09, 2016, 04:19:07 AM
This is currently getting my attention again.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q499/wmar1967/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/IMAG1741_zpsjwnjofoc.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/wmar1967/media/Board%20Games/Band%20of%20Brothers/IMAG1741_zpsjwnjofoc.jpg.html)

It ground to a halt previously...allowing my eyes to wander to other treats. But I'm back on it. No AAR this time...just me and the board

 :bd: :bd: :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 09, 2016, 04:30:58 AM
Star Wars Rebellion.  It's pretty good actually.  Surprisingly easy to learn but deep with strategy for either side.
That's good to hear. I've been hovering my mouse pointer over this now and again.

we covered this on the GrogCast with James Sterrett
http://grogheads.com/?podcast=grogcast-season-4-episode-iiiiii

he talks about some of the strategy, and the hidden depth of the game, and having fun playing it with his son
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Post by: W8taminute on December 09, 2016, 04:45:34 AM
...I might pick this up next year. Can it (Rebellion...or any of them actually) be played solitaire?

Just to be clear I'll answer your question with regards to Rebellion.  I'm playing it solo and having fun with it.  In Rebellion the Rebels have a secret base located somewhere in the galaxy that only they know the location of.   Now since I'm playing the game alone when it comes time to playing as the Empire I have to ignore the fact that I know where the rebel base is.  I play the Empire turn by trying to guess which direction to take in the search for the 'hidden' rebel base that I would do if I really didn't know where the base was.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, for me at least, I've worked out a method to play the game solo and I like it.  Check out this video which is the one that convinced me to buy the game in the first place.

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Post by: Bison on December 09, 2016, 04:57:36 AM
Rebellion in on my list.
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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 09, 2016, 05:13:03 AM
...I might pick this up next year. Can it (Rebellion...or any of them actually) be played solitaire?

Just to be clear I'll answer your question with regards to Rebellion.  I'm playing it solo and having fun with it.  In Rebellion the Rebels have a secret base located somewhere in the galaxy that only they know the location of.   Now since I'm playing the game alone when it comes time to playing as the Empire I have to ignore the fact that I know where the rebel base is.  I play the Empire turn by trying to guess which direction to take in the search for the 'hidden' rebel base that I would do if I really didn't know where the base was.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, for me at least, I've worked out a method to play the game solo and I like it.  Check out this video which is the one that convinced me to buy the game in the first place.

Thank you and yes - it does make sense. I do something similar - ignore what's in front of me and think what I would do in his shoes.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 09, 2016, 08:37:27 AM
I've thought about it from that point of view too, but the one thing I can't get quite past is how to determine where the Rebel Base is without knowing already. Ignoring that fact is difficult and I think removes a big portion of why that game is fun. (For the record I've not yet played it, but I own it. And have seen plenty of how to play videos on it over the last many months.)

Anyway, I was thinking of some tokens, maybe. Enough to put one on each planet (other than Coruscant of course) with one of them indicating the base and the others being blank. You reveal them as you land troops on a planet. It's not perfect but not bad.

That means playing as the Empire is a little easier, but how do you play as the Rebels solitaire with the Empire moving around? I think that's a little more complicated. Same with the Empire, to a lesser extent - I mean, you play the Rebels as best you can, but controlling the Empire is going to be difficult when you know where your own base is.



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Post by: mirth on December 09, 2016, 08:43:07 AM
Just pretend you're the Emperor using your force powers to find Skywalker and the Rebels.
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Post by: Bison on December 09, 2016, 10:44:55 AM
There is no way I could play a game that requires hidden information like the location of the rebel base solo.  Sure I'd put it on the table to learn the rules and such, but a full on game?  I don't think I could do it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 09, 2016, 10:45:54 AM
There is no way I could play a game that requires hidden information like the location of the rebel base solo.  Sure I'd put it on the table to learn the rules and such, but a full on game?  I don't think I could do it.

I couldn't either.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 09, 2016, 11:05:04 AM
There is no way I could play a game that requires hidden information like the location of the rebel base solo.  Sure I'd put it on the table to learn the rules and such, but a full on game?  I don't think I could do it.

I couldn't either.

(http://e.lvme.me/qkkawe9.jpg)
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Post by: bbmike on December 09, 2016, 04:11:45 PM
There is no way I could play a game that requires hidden information like the location of the rebel base solo.  Sure I'd put it on the table to learn the rules and such, but a full on game?  I don't think I could do it.

I couldn't either.

Oh, I could and do. It's fun, especially if you use tables to generate decisions for the 'AI' player side.
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Post by: W8taminute on December 09, 2016, 04:35:31 PM
I guess it takes a certain breed of player to ignore what secrets he knows and play the game based on what your gut is telling you to do.  You almost have to step outside of yourself to play.  The opposite of achieving zen harmony with the universe!   ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 09, 2016, 04:53:08 PM
Most any game can be played solo. Some are better than others of course. Card play and bluffing are two major factors that obviously don't enter well into it. I'd say a game like Rebellion is best suited for 2 players, but can be played solo to get a good feel for the mechanics.
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Post by: bbmike on December 09, 2016, 04:56:23 PM
That's why I like PC games that have hotseat mode. I learn the game faster by playing both sides. I did that with Tiller's Squad Battles.
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Post by: Nefaro on December 09, 2016, 05:01:50 PM
That's why I like PC games that have hotseat mode. I learn the game faster by playing both sides. I did that with Tiller's Squad Battles.


 :))

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/animals-honest-cheetah-big_cat-cheater-cheat-kwan8_low.jpg)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 09, 2016, 05:02:44 PM
Now I really want to get Rebellion unboxed.
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Post by: bbmike on December 09, 2016, 06:32:12 PM
Now I really want to get Rebellion unboxed.

Me too. Amazon has it for $69.95 right now. I might wait to see if I get any Amazon gift cards for Christmas.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 09, 2016, 07:09:30 PM
I've had the damn thing for months; got it earlier this year. It's still in shrink.  :-[ Probably overpaid for it at the time, too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 09, 2016, 07:32:07 PM
As my wife says of my game purchasing habit, "You have a problem. You know that right?"  :D
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 09, 2016, 08:36:53 PM
"You have a problem. You know that right?"

in other news
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5492/11857713286_c5c7d4483d_o.jpg)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2016, 05:52:18 AM
There's no problem! I can stop any time I want!  >:(
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Post by: mirth on December 10, 2016, 06:00:47 AM
International Moose Count Underway? Why wasn't I informed?!
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2016, 06:08:17 AM
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2016, 10:30:16 AM
(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r624/MichaelE6/Mobile%20Uploads/20161210_112411.jpg)
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Post by: JudgeDredd on December 10, 2016, 10:54:36 AM
 O0

Looks good.
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Post by: Bison on December 10, 2016, 11:16:33 AM
That's a lot of plastic still covering the game.  Slacker!
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 10, 2016, 12:25:52 PM
International Moose Count Underway? Why wasn't I informed?!

they don't need you adding to the population.
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Post by: bob48 on December 10, 2016, 01:58:11 PM
Excellent - I'm very impressed with it so far.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2016, 04:17:09 PM
Excellent - I'm very impressed with it so far.

I'm happy to see the back of the box reports that solitaire play is strong with this one.
That's a lot of plastic still covering the game.  Slacker!

I was actually going to do another unboxing video. Now that I have the template set up in Premiere Pro, it's pretty easy to do. I'm eager to give the light a try and see how that improves things so I don't have to adjust it in post.
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Post by: Bison on December 17, 2016, 04:32:24 PM
Just finished punching counters and putting sleeves on the cards for Twilight Struggle.  Planning on bringing it down to the FLGS tomorrow for a game or two, but I'm pretty sure the weather isn't going to cooperate with me leaving the house.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 17, 2016, 06:06:34 PM
Star Trek Ascendancy is on its way to me.  :bd:
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Post by: bbmike on December 17, 2016, 06:16:48 PM
Star Trek Ascendancy is on its way to me.  :bd:

I was going to get that but the recommendations for 3 or more players and the be ready for LONG games kind of turned me off. Plus I'm still working on my PhD to learn Star Trek: Frontiers.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 17, 2016, 06:21:41 PM
Got my Tide of Iron loot from the FFG sale.  Somebody in the packaging department needs a slap upside the head.  They stacked all 22lbs of boxes one atop another and didn't put any padding at the bottom of the box.  End result?  The Fury of the Bear box has a not so secret trap door bottom. Duct tape to the rescue!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 17, 2016, 06:25:48 PM
Star Trek Ascendancy is on its way to me.  :bd:

I was going to get that but the recommendations for 3 or more players and the be ready for LONG games kind of turned me off. Plus I'm still working on my PhD to learn Star Trek: Frontiers.

I was on the fence about both of these, actually...kept thinking I wanted Frontiers, then Ascendancy, then back to Frontiers, and back again, over and over. It finally boiled down to the fact that Ascendancy has cool bits, looks tremendously easy to get into, and it's not a clone of Mage Knight.

Not that MK is a bad game; I've heard very good things about it, and even though Frontiers is a clone, it's still an excellent game since MK is good.

Regarding 'long' games, it's my understanding you can reduce the number of Ascendancy tokens needed to win if you want a shorter game, or make them more if you want a longer one. Seems like an easy enough fix, but I guess I'll see when it gets here.

I saw too that Gale Force 9 (makers of Ascendancy) are releasing a Ferengi expansion this month, and next June or so are releasing a Cardassian expansion. I reached out to GF9 for a review copy of the new Ferengi expansion. Just three powers doesn't seem much fun, but four or five?

I think I might need the play mat eventually too. Amazon's prices are incredibly f'd up when it comes to these things; Cool Stuff is much better.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 17, 2016, 09:32:17 PM
I think I'm going to get Mage Knight out one day next week and try to get a game in
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Post by: Bison on December 17, 2016, 10:01:40 PM
I think I'm going to get Mage Knight out one day next week and try to get a game in

Pics and an AAR or it didn't happen!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 18, 2016, 07:02:50 AM
I traded for a game called Warrior Knights some years ago, which I keep confusing with Mage Knights.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 18, 2016, 07:29:35 AM
I traded for a game called Warrior Knights some years ago, which I keep confusing with Mage Knights.

another excellent game, if you've got a good cut-throat crowd :)

http://www.wargamer.com/reviews/warrior-knights/
(I'll migrate it over here someday as a Classic Review)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 18, 2016, 08:05:57 AM
You want me to click on a Wargamer link? Heathen.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 18, 2016, 11:09:36 AM
You want me to click on a Wargamer link? Heathen.

yeah, sorry - haven't migrated that one yet.  Too busy wondering if anyone else wants to write stuff for us...
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 18, 2016, 05:16:54 PM
Nah, I clicked on it. I even went so far as to search my name on their site. I was surprised by the amount of content that came up.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on December 18, 2016, 06:16:16 PM
yeah, they finally unfuggled their content 'migration' that credited Scott Parrino w/ everything that the rest of us wrote over the years.
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Post by: Nefaro on December 18, 2016, 06:18:28 PM
I think I'm going to get Mage Knight out one day next week and try to get a game in

Good solitaire game!

I want to break mine out again sometime soon, too.  I've only done a couple Solo Conquest scenarios, losing both attempts when within sight of a win.  Bodes well for future solo plays when it's challenging but not a total blowout.  Then there are the new expansion solo scenarios yet to be touched..

Didn't think the game was all that difficult to learn, after running through a game just as the Intro manual suggests.  Even better, much of it is easy to remember when you bust it back out much later... unlike many games with little fidgety rules, it still makes sense and the little special rules are all on a few cards.
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Post by: Bison on December 18, 2016, 06:31:01 PM
I scored a new Pathfinder GM screen today at a game store in the clearance bin for $10.  They are between print runs right now I think because Amazon clowns want between $60 and $370 for one.  I shit you not.  It's insane what people think they can get for some stuff on Amazon.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on December 19, 2016, 04:44:28 AM
I finally broke out the DVG Warfighter WWII card game rules and got more than halfway through it, last night. I'm looking forward to trying it out. With all the expansions they sent me there's tons of replayability in this. I'm going to do a couple of play throughs and then possibly do a Let's Play, if I can find a spot in the house that won't be disturbed, now that my mother in law is back in our house again. :(
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Post by: Crossroads on December 19, 2016, 11:46:51 AM
While you lot stock up with the latest and the greatest, and nothing wrong with that  :bd: , I managed to find this Victory Games classic from 1991  :smitten:

Flashpoint: Golan is a game about a possible fifth Arab-Israeli war. It uses a highly interactive sequence of play. The map contains the Golan Heights and the surrounding area. The major combatants are; Israel, Syria and Jordan with possible intervention by US or Soviet Union forces.

A gorgeous map by Charles Kibler, a ruleset that was at the time considered a top simulation of modern warfare, what's there not to like  :)

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=9325;image)

Additionally spotted a The Boardgamer issue with a Yom Kippur adaptation by Alan R. Arnold. Quite a treat to replay the whole Syrian attack at Golan Heights here, should be a treat!

Better get that laminating machine warmed up, there's some player aids that need some TLC there  O:-)
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Post by: Crossroads on December 19, 2016, 11:58:24 AM
Additionally, the SPI "Central Front" classics can be played with Flashpoint: Golan rules, apparently. Will need to have a look at that. I have S&T #82 Fifth Corps and found #131 Donau Front (game only) at a tenner as mentioned earlier.

I am now considering getting #88 BAOR and #117 North German Plains from Noble Knights sale, while the separately made boxed game Hof Gap remains elusive. Maybe one day...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on December 19, 2016, 01:17:20 PM
While you lot stock up with the latest and the greatest, and nothing wrong with that  :bd: , I managed to find this Victory Games classic from 1991  :smitten:

Flashpoint: Golan is a game about a possible fifth Arab-Israeli war. It uses a highly interactive sequence of play. The map contains the Golan Heights and the surrounding area. The major combatants are; Israel, Syria and Jordan with possible intervention by US or Soviet Union forces.

A gorgeous map by Charles Kibler, a ruleset that was at the time considered a top simulation of modern warfare, what's there not to like  :)



I remember thinking that a very attractive game at the time, after opening it.  Oh my, how things have changed. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on December 20, 2016, 12:18:04 AM
While you lot stock up with the latest and the greatest, and nothing wrong with that  :bd: , I managed to find this Victory Games classic from 1991  :smitten:

Flashpoint: Golan is a game about a possible fifth Arab-Israeli war. It uses a highly interactive sequence of play. The map contains the Golan Heights and the surrounding area. The major combatants are; Israel, Syria and Jordan with possible intervention by US or Soviet Union forces.

A gorgeous map by Charles Kibler, a ruleset that was at the time considered a top simulation of modern warfare, what's there not to like  :)



I remember thinking that a very attractive game at the time, after opening it.  Oh my, how things have changed.

Curious: are you referring to ruleset, or what? I have not yet gotten into the rules in depth, so haven't formed an opinion yet. Anything particular stand out to you in them, in good or bad?

 :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on December 20, 2016, 08:04:31 AM
What an awesome looking map.

If I had room in my collection for another series I'm fairly certain Flashpoint would be it. Maybe some day....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on December 20, 2016, 08:39:20 AM
Kibler has always been my favorite map artist.  What's intriguing to me is when I talked to him about the transition from hand-painting maps to using a computer and how he was able to transfer his unique style from analog to digital.  Very talented.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 20, 2016, 08:40:12 AM
Kibler has always been my favorite map artist.

+1
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on December 20, 2016, 08:51:21 AM
Played a game of "Last Battle: Ie Shima" on Saturday at a buddy's house.  Fun game (Judd really likes it and we went off his recommendation). I have never played any of the classic area movement games before (Breakout Normandy, Stalingrad, etc) but have played MMP's "Iwo Jima: Rage against the Marines" and this reminded me of that game very much (and which I enjoy).  Nice little game for $20.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on December 20, 2016, 08:54:51 AM
I've not been a big fan of area movement games in the past, but the more I play Kriegsspiel sorts of games, the more area movement games are appealing to me.


And that map for Golan is a thing of beauty.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 20, 2016, 08:56:09 AM
Played a game of "Last Battle: Ie Shima" on Saturday at a buddy's house.  Fun game (Judd really likes it and we went off his recommendation). I have never played any of the classic area movement games before (Breakout Normandy, Stalingrad, etc) but have played MMP's "Iwo Jima: Rage against the Marines" and this reminded me of that game very much (and which I enjoy).  Nice little game for $20.

Looks like a neat little game!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on December 20, 2016, 09:05:13 AM
Played a game of "Last Battle: Ie Shima" on Saturday at a buddy's house.  Fun game (Judd really likes it and we went off his recommendation). I have never played any of the classic area movement games before (Breakout Normandy, Stalingrad, etc) but have played MMP's "Iwo Jima: Rage against the Marines" and this reminded me of that game very much (and which I enjoy).  Nice little game for $20.

Looks like a neat little game!

And of interest - Charlie Kibler did the map for this one as well.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on December 20, 2016, 09:33:29 AM
Kibler has always been my favorite map artist.  What's intriguing to me is when I talked to him about the transition from hand-painting maps to using a computer and how he was able to transfer his unique style from analog to digital.  Very talented.

Kibler definitively one of my very favourites as well. If I'd have to give only one name, I'd probably say Dean Essig myself, but since I don't, I name them both  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 20, 2016, 11:22:04 AM
I've not been a big fan of area movement games in the past, but the more I play Kriegsspiel sorts of games, the more area movement games are appealing to me.


And that map for Golan is a thing of beauty.

Me either, at least not on a relatively tactical-ish scale. I say that because I actually enjoyed Turning Point: Stalingrad, another area-type movement wargame that's maybe a similar scale to that one.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on December 20, 2016, 11:32:41 AM
I've not been a big fan of area movement games in the past, but the more I play Kriegsspiel sorts of games, the more area movement games are appealing to me.


And that map for Golan is a thing of beauty.

Me either, at least not on a relatively tactical-ish scale. I say that because I actually enjoyed Turning Point: Stalingrad, another area-type movement wargame that's maybe a similar scale to that one.


I can't see it on a pure tactical scale, since it abstracts too much of what's important at that level. It can generally work at a grand tactical level, with decent rules, and is nice at Operational and above, I think.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 20, 2016, 11:36:37 AM
I hate to say it, but *shudder* ASL is probably one of the better tactical combat games. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 20, 2016, 11:38:35 AM
I hate to say it, but *shudder* ASL is probably one of the better tactical combat games. ;)

You had to go there...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 20, 2016, 11:39:07 AM
If you say "ASL" three times, GJK will come storming in...that's twice now.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 20, 2016, 11:48:12 AM
(https://i.imgflip.com/qckcp.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 20, 2016, 11:49:02 AM
Barth wins!  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on December 20, 2016, 01:05:15 PM
While you lot stock up with the latest and the greatest, and nothing wrong with that  :bd: , I managed to find this Victory Games classic from 1991  :smitten:

Flashpoint: Golan is a game about a possible fifth Arab-Israeli war. It uses a highly interactive sequence of play. The map contains the Golan Heights and the surrounding area. The major combatants are; Israel, Syria and Jordan with possible intervention by US or Soviet Union forces.

A gorgeous map by Charles Kibler, a ruleset that was at the time considered a top simulation of modern warfare, what's there not to like  :)



I remember thinking that a very attractive game at the time, after opening it.  Oh my, how things have changed.

Curious: are you referring to ruleset, or what? I have not yet gotten into the rules in depth, so haven't formed an opinion yet. Anything particular stand out to you in them, in good or bad?

 :)


I've not played Flashpoint: Golan since the late 90s. 

That said, I thought the map was very attractive at the time.  I recall liking the counters back then, too, despite being what you'd typically get.  I think it was just the number font or NATO symbols seemed a just a bit more crisp than other wargames I'd owned by that point.  *shrug*  They probably look rather drab today.

As for the game mechanics, I do remember being impressed with them.  They were different enough to stand out of the crowd a bit.  Again, I don't know how it holds up, nowadays, but if I happened upon a used one in a store I'd still consider picking it up (my old copy has been long gone). 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on December 20, 2016, 01:53:56 PM
^^ Yes, that's pretty much how it pans out. The map is a thing of beauty, in two interlapping parts.  :smitten:

Counters have stood the test of time less so, both the material and the art are a bit meh for current standards. Additionally, they were cut in a manner the cruft needs to be cut from the center of the edges, not from corners, so counter clippers won't help me out here  :buck2:

As for the rules, I'll have a go at them over the weekend I hope, can't comment on them quite yet.  O:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on December 20, 2016, 03:24:50 PM
If you say "ASL" three times, GJK will come storming in...that's twice now.

Somebody mention GOD's wargaming gift to us mere mortals?   8)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 20, 2016, 03:31:01 PM
Somebody mention GOD's wargaming gift to us mere mortals?   8)

I must have missed the discussion about Combat Commander.   :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on December 20, 2016, 03:33:33 PM
Somebody mention GOD's wargaming gift to us mere mortals?   8)

I must have missed the discussion about Combat Commander.   :bd:


You have to hold the right card in order to play that discussion.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 20, 2016, 03:39:07 PM
Somebody mention GOD's wargaming gift to us mere mortals?   8)

I must have missed the discussion about Combat Commander.   :bd:


You have to hold the right card in order to play that discussion.  ;)

Yes but the fields give me a cover bonus unless I miscalculated the season again.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on December 20, 2016, 07:40:04 PM
Hush, now.  I can't hear you over the sound of my 12# Gribeauval battery.

All this current-events rubbish.

Really.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 20, 2016, 07:41:45 PM
Here's some cards, courtesy of mirth:

(http://cdn.hexjam.com/editorial_service/bases/images/000/008/799/xlarge/cah-feature1.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 20, 2016, 07:45:42 PM
That doesn't actually work.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 20, 2016, 08:17:41 PM
Drink harder.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 20, 2016, 08:20:48 PM
Drink harder.

Lord knows I've tried.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on December 21, 2016, 01:08:56 PM
Quitter.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on December 21, 2016, 02:04:43 PM
Quitter.


Rehab is for Quitters. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 21, 2016, 02:42:07 PM
Quitter.


Rehab is for Quitters. 

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on December 21, 2016, 09:37:13 PM
Oh no you didn't.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on December 21, 2016, 09:38:54 PM
Well I'm getting ready to setup the painting station again on the gaming desk, which means I have to tear down Normandy 44 for a bit.../sigh/...I really need a bigger man corner.  I need to convince the wife that I need both a paint station and a game table!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 21, 2016, 09:47:28 PM
I just tried a very short Warfighter WWII game to try to get acclimated to the system (again). Pretty good game but the mission I chose was so short it didn't really let me get too deeply into it, but it did let me hit on most of the main points of the game. I can't remember the name of the Mission, but it was the one that gives you 23 Resources. I selected one Player Soldier and one NPS and loaded out the Player Soldier with an M-1 Carbine, a Bayonet, and three Grenades. The NPS had the Corpsman and Green skills. We went out after a Bunker that was sitting in the third space, so we only had to cross one Location Card. That Mission lets you Recon the first Location Card, and I chose a Road since it had a 0 entry cost.

I screwed up some of the rules but I figured I would (such as letting a Grenadier enter that Road Location Card as a Reinforcement - I didn't check its value versus the Reinforcement values allowed, and he was a tough bastard to get rid of (since he had a skill that let him ignore Suppression results).

All in all a fun game. I want to get more in tune with how it plays and maybe do a how to play/playthrough video of it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Yskonyn on December 23, 2016, 01:35:01 AM
Somebody mention GOD's wargaming gift to us mere mortals?   8)

I must have missed the discussion about Combat Commander.   :bd:


You have to hold the right card in order to play that discussion.  ;)

As an enlightened individual by GJK, showing me THE wargaming path I will stand strong at his side defending ASL's honour! Hush now, all you unbelievers or speak and join the enlightened path!  O:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 23, 2016, 06:27:21 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on December 23, 2016, 06:30:22 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


 :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 06:36:01 AM
Scalps harvested from my latest counter trimming session


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20161223_081922_zpswlh28qr3.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 23, 2016, 06:43:53 AM
Monster!

(http://cdn-static.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeek/files/images/306529.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 06:55:41 AM
Wanna know which game they're from?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 23, 2016, 06:56:31 AM
You're going to tell him regardless of his response, aren't you?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 07:01:54 AM
You're going to tell him regardless of his response, aren't you?

yes. mwahahahaha!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 23, 2016, 07:03:49 AM
From the colours I'm guessing Wing Leader Vol. 2.... basturd.  :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 07:05:04 AM
From the colours I'm guessing Wing Leader Vol. 2.... basturd.  :P

Good guess! It's Volume 1 actually. Just getting its haircut.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 07:06:16 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


On this, we agree!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 23, 2016, 07:06:33 AM
I stand by original comment....

Monster!

(http://cdn-static.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeek/files/images/306529.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 23, 2016, 07:07:00 AM
I'm not sure that the scalping itself is a monstrous act, but saving the scalps and preserving them for display/notoriety, well...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 07:09:40 AM
I'm not sure that the scalping itself is a monstrous act, but saving the scalps and preserving them for display/notoriety, well...

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/df1895ad-1f21-499c-916c-238590b599ab
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 23, 2016, 07:10:23 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


On this, we agree!

How is ASL like Scientology?

I mean, it's not like their followers demand they give up all of their worldly possessions and donate the assets to them to stay in -






Oh.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 23, 2016, 07:11:06 AM
I'm not sure that the scalping itself is a monstrous act, but saving the scalps and preserving them for display/notoriety, well...

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/df1895ad-1f21-499c-916c-238590b599ab

Ha, and I thought I handed out esoteric movie line references!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on December 23, 2016, 07:11:29 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


On this, we agree!

How is ASL like Scientology?

I mean, it's not like their followers demand they give up all of their worldly possessions and donate the assets to them to stay in -






Oh.

Someday Leah Remini is going to write a book about ASL!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on December 23, 2016, 07:15:21 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


On this, we agree!

How is ASL like Scientology?

I mean, it's not like their followers demand they give up all of their worldly possessions and donate the assets to them to stay in -






Oh.

Someday Leah Remini is going to write a book about ASL!

Don't be a tease!  :dreamer:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on December 23, 2016, 08:51:19 AM
Bah! ASL is the Scientology of wargaming.  :D


Uh oh!

Better watch yo back, Bart!  They may come for you soon, after this comment. 

 :hide:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on December 30, 2016, 08:38:23 PM
Picked this up from the Valley Forge visitors gift shop.   :)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 30, 2016, 09:27:48 PM
That 'feels' like Mosby's Raiders in several ways.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on December 30, 2016, 10:33:08 PM
"Star Wars: Rebellion".

Early on, but I can see what all the fuss is about.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on December 31, 2016, 12:12:43 PM
That 'feels' like Mosby's Raiders in several ways.

It's supposed to be a remake of 'We the People'.  Not a bad game actually but it is no hard core wargame that's for sure.


"Star Wars: Rebellion".

Early on, but I can see what all the fuss is about.

Yeah great game isn't it?   O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on December 31, 2016, 01:05:23 PM
"Star Wars: Rebellion".

Early on, but I can see what all the fuss is about.

I've looked for a board game I could play with my teens for a good while. Talked with them today, basically asking if they'd like Warfighter: Special Ops or Star Wars: Rebellion.

So given the game's got stellar reviews I guess I can't much go wrong with it, yes?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on December 31, 2016, 05:55:50 PM
As a two-player experience, it's brilliant.

I've not had a chance to play the two-team, four-player version.

The mechanics and the choices, however, not to mention the narrative it creates are great fun.  Also, don't be put off by those that claim the rules are all that complex.  They're not.

Jim
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on January 01, 2017, 05:21:34 AM
As a two-player experience, it's brilliant.

I've not had a chance to play the two-team, four-player version.

The mechanics and the choices, however, not to mention the narrative it creates are great fun.  Also, don't be put off by those that claim the rules are all that complex.  They're not.

Jim

Thanks!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 01, 2017, 10:11:21 PM
Because you all love it so much...   ;D

Played a "Deluxe" ASL scenario today- the first time that either me or my opponent had played one.  This is France in '44 with lots of bocage.  The scenario itself was a bit of a dog-ROAR has it rated as severely unbalanced in favor of the Germans and that's how this one went down.  Very interesting though and enjoyable...there's no "stacking" in DASL, every squad/HS/crew/leader has a position within the hex and can be affected differently depending upon the situation.  I've got another DASL game scheduled for next weekend; this time we're moving to Stalingrad where I think DASL will play much better.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on January 02, 2017, 05:02:59 AM
...there's no "stacking" in DASL, every squad/HS/crew/leader has a position within the hex and can be affected differently depending upon the situation. 
...

Huh. Always liked the idea of the DASL maps but didn't know there were different rules for them as well.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 02, 2017, 05:10:55 AM
...there's no "stacking" in DASL, every squad/HS/crew/leader has a position within the hex and can be affected differently depending upon the situation. 
...

Huh. Always liked the idea of the DASL maps but didn't know there were different rules for them as well.

It's in Chapter J and it's very brief.  No rules have changed for them just that you don't stack in a hex.  Residual FP affects just the hexside that the fire went through when firing at a unit moving in bypass and the there's a very slight difference that pertains to moving into close-combat vs entering hand-to-hand fighting.  Very, very minor modifications overall.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on January 02, 2017, 05:20:22 AM
Ah , got it. Thanks for the explanation.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on January 10, 2017, 08:20:36 PM
On the virtual table:

GMT's Great Battles of the Civil War:  Three Days of Gettysburg

The Herr's Ridge Scenario.  It's 10am, and Heth's Division is just coming to bear against Buford's blue jacketed cavalry.  Archer's Brigade has taken a beating...but starting to weaken the Union

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/herrs%20ridge_zpskcbf0adl.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 10, 2017, 08:26:16 PM
On the virtual table:

GMT's Great Battles of the Civil War:  Three Days of Gettysburg


I just wish that the designer wasn't such an ass - the game looks very enticing but I refuse to support him by purchasing any of his games.  Please don't escalate my comments; I think it's a beautiful game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: WargamerJoe on January 11, 2017, 03:53:02 AM
Meanwhile, on my office desk...

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15895354_10154124134236516_5076097214426393734_n.jpg?oh=b60911bfea0427e1fdc1cfd2189e6146&oe=58DEA0C3)

My wallet wishes these were freebies, but sadly not. Haven't played Armada in a while so this spend should encourage me to get back in to it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: WargamerJoe on January 11, 2017, 06:21:27 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15826632_10154124217176516_3368353123664234000_n.jpg?oh=32bf9840f54ca57d87c7a193f799d6b1&oe=5917BE2E)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 11, 2017, 07:12:51 AM
We're going to have that one at Origins with us, in the Central Command, with Griggling joining us this year :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 11, 2017, 07:16:54 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

Welcome to the club!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 11, 2017, 07:44:55 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

Welcome to the club!

This problem should be making an appearance at my door on Friday.  Damn you Amazon prime!  I used to have 5-7 days to come up with a cover story!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 11, 2017, 07:53:04 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

Welcome to the club!

This problem should be making an appearance at my door on Friday.  Damn you Amazon prime!  I used to have 5-7 days to come up with a cover story!

I have two games on the way.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 11, 2017, 07:58:24 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

Welcome to the club!

This problem should be making an appearance at my door on Friday.  Damn you Amazon prime!  I used to have 5-7 days to come up with a cover story!

I have two games on the way.

I hope one of them cost you $5.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 11, 2017, 08:08:31 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.

Welcome to the club!

This problem should be making an appearance at my door on Friday.  Damn you Amazon prime!  I used to have 5-7 days to come up with a cover story!

I have two games on the way.

I hope one of them cost you $5.

Heh. I'll be making that purchase soon.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 11, 2017, 08:22:30 AM
y'all feel free to send a few of those purchases my way, too :-"

After rearranging / reshelving the Game Den, I've got space to add a few more :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 11, 2017, 08:27:58 AM
I have to do some shelf rearranging. I have games stacked all over the place right now.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 11, 2017, 08:44:44 AM
is one of them Tank on Tank East Front?


In case you forgot, this is what it looks like:

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic2772272_md.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 11, 2017, 08:50:37 AM
It's in there somewhere. I'll let you know when I come across it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on January 11, 2017, 08:52:42 AM
Meanwhile, on my office desk...

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15895354_10154124134236516_5076097214426393734_n.jpg?oh=b60911bfea0427e1fdc1cfd2189e6146&oe=58DEA0C3)

My wallet wishes these were freebies, but sadly not. Haven't played Armada in a while so this spend should encourage me to get back in to it.

The new campaign system is a lot of fun.  I wish they'd used counters instead of stickers for the campaign map but putting the stickers on the pile of extra objective tokens works as a fix.  I'm currently playing in a 6-player version of the game.  Sadly our plucky little band of Rebels went 0 for 3 in our first round of battles so we're already on the hind foot. I've got a second battle scheduled today but I'm not too optimistic.  I've got two Mon Cal cruisers, a corvette, and 7 fighter squadrons against 2 Imperial Star Destroyers, an Interdictor, and whatever he spent his upgrade points on (all my points went towards repairs from the last battle.).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on January 11, 2017, 08:16:16 PM
Very good match today.  It was a nail biter right until the final turn.  Sadly I came out on the losing end of it as our ships got into knife fighting range.  The Imperial tractor beams really ruined my day by slowing me down so I couldn't keep the ISDs in my preferred firing arcs.  I knocked Tarkin's flagship down to 1HP left but couldn't finish him off.  I ended up losing a cruiser, a corvette, and a squadron of X-wings and one of Z95s to his 9 TIEs. 

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on January 11, 2017, 10:47:46 PM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.


It helps if you don't think of it as a problem...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: WargamerJoe on January 12, 2017, 03:02:08 AM
This just turned up in the mail as well.

Suffice to say I think I have a spending problem.


It helps if you don't think of it as a problem...

I'm trying, but my girlfriend keeps periodically hitting me because I have a spending problem and I spend it on toys.

Or, as she likes to say, "S**t".
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 12, 2017, 04:13:27 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new girlfriend.  O:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 12, 2017, 04:50:25 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new girlfriend.  O:-)

A few more game purchases should open that door.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: WargamerJoe on January 12, 2017, 04:58:57 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new girlfriend.  O:-)

I would, but there's this small problem that she's the best thing that's ever happened to me. Also she does like playing board/videogames with me, she's just annoyed I spent so much on Armada when I barely play it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 12, 2017, 05:00:58 AM
she's just annoyed I spent so much on Armada when I barely play it.

Actually playing a game is not a pre-condition for buying it. She'll learn that over time.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 12, 2017, 05:42:18 AM
I would, but there's this small problem that she's the best thing that's ever happened to me. Also she does like playing board/videogames with me, she's just annoyed I spent so much on Armada when I barely play it.

Well, you got me there. My wife of 24-some years refuses to play board games. I think that's what nerds call a 'keeper' in your case.  ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 12, 2017, 06:31:05 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new wife.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 12, 2017, 07:11:06 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new wife.

 :bd:

------------------------------------------------------------

I have the Caverns of Cynder (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/178820/shadows-brimstone-caverns-cynder-expansion) expansion for Shadows of Brimstone arriving tomorrow, along with the Rise of the Crimson Hand (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/140149/fortune-and-glory-rise-crimson-hand) expansion for Fortune and Glory. And the Sons of Anarchy (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/156091/sons-anarchy-men-mayhem) board game is arriving sometime next week (couldn't pass it up, it was fifteen bucks).

Also ordered a round wooden dice tray. Getting tired of stray dice.

Gaming is a lot cheaper than a wife.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 12, 2017, 09:47:07 AM
Does anyone own Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death?

Really digging the Preacher character from that one, but it's a tad difficult to justify spending $80 just to get the one character. Though it does add a lot of cards to the other game.

I gotta go sell my stack of books to Half Price so I can make room...lol.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 12, 2017, 11:05:16 AM
Sounds like it's time for a new girlfriend.  O:-)




 :))




Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 12, 2017, 11:08:27 AM
Does anyone own Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death?

Really digging the Preacher character from that one, but it's a tad difficult to justify spending $80 just to get the one character. Though it does add a lot of cards to the other game.

I gotta go sell my stack of books to Half Price so I can make room...lol.


Yes.  I have both the base games.   

Haven't played it in awhile, although I've certainly been meaning to.  Wanted to get all the heroes painted up first, though. 


When you mix all the extra cards, monsters, etc of the two core sets the game feels a good deal more varied.  I'd say you get more variety in getting an extra core box than multiple add-on boxes for the same amount of money. 

Frankly, I think the smaller expansion boxes are pretty expensive for the content you get.  When compared to buying the other core box, those small box expansions look really pricey.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on January 13, 2017, 10:45:17 AM
This just arrived and I hope to play it this weekend:

(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/zeds3.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 13, 2017, 11:36:31 AM
O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on January 13, 2017, 12:20:00 PM
On the virtual table:

GMT's Great Battles of the Civil War:  Three Days of Gettysburg


I just wish that the designer wasn't such an ass - the game looks very enticing but I refuse to support him by purchasing any of his games.  Please don't escalate my comments; I think it's a beautiful game.

I know the designer is a jack@#ss, but I really like the series...the right balance of detail, realism and playability for me. 

I rationalize by remembering that games aren't just the product of the designer.  Plenty of other folks worked hard to make it happen.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 13, 2017, 02:18:10 PM
11 books for less then $45.  Oh yeah!
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/BFRPG_zps3fvltbe5.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 13, 2017, 07:07:45 PM
LOL - when do you have time to go through all that?

I'm thinking of joining a local DnD group, but I gotta get the 5e of the Player's Handbook.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 13, 2017, 07:15:41 PM
LOL - when do you have time to go through all that?

I'm thinking of joining a local DnD group, but I gotta get the 5e of the Player's Handbook.

That's 2 rulebooks (the same book I bought 2 just to have multiple at the table and for $5 each that's not a lot), which if you've ever played basic/expert D&D you know the rules. The major changes are two: 1. ascending rather than decending armor class, and 2. no race class, so elves can be fighters, magic users, and thieves they are not the elf class.   I read the rulebook the other night online and it took like an hour.  About 1/2 is just monster/spell descriptions.  1 is the Field Guide, which is just an additional monster manual.  Look at it at some point when you want a new/unique monster.  8 are adventure modules, so again read when/if necessary.  But the reality is that the games are great, but the reading level is generally at the 4th grade level.  If you have trouble with that well my friend you have issues.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 13, 2017, 07:16:27 PM
I dunno. I haven't picked up an actual RPG book for actual play in a very, very long time.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 13, 2017, 07:18:56 PM
I dunno. I haven't picked up an actual RPG book for actual play in a very, very long time.

Download the rulebook here: http://basicfantasy.org/downloads.html  I guarantee it'll take you an hour or so at most.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on January 24, 2017, 10:06:48 PM
My reward for taking the dogs for a snowy walk at 11pm, and a check of the mailbox? the siege of Budapest.

Invoice, destroyed. Time to dig in...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/N-vEOmWwlzEDcQK-m0-R2j_Gp_gRw-p2IvUHlwsEFHZuCr6gYXMiCjT2Q5KAqrtP7_azQDZWcHqUqyvsr8m9hNwyCy7DFHnfCo1zalekw4DebGQ3H8hmjc4pNnikqB4m8MLe2zE4w2tioAkH8uBgRA5H2XHtQ0eQWtuiZUqBYtRVywITFhk23Xf5cnldExh7yQEGweQt9edXegnJI6iJNTdtrvQIupX3lBRR78_Gdfb1nlSXytEe2QcqcsPWR2ZUjawKyT0aN-fDeZ9KDdowAJBnyrgs_aRJwFqc_mAHRwzSKYbaltZl6vDqemPjaVpuTK8ZQr5LGFrjhjYEJ_4bcmQipuGx8lB7HMor9AgVyzS7Fmz-93W2XIkmuM9Y-ToXU05veDyCXh58houU6AT8AIVZnCY-hF9qixDoIodK3F99Y81olnRP4SAlo9OT6VcylXlojUu7KxZQPt9W6bI-7Z29fK_fKMrcX1auFc1VQLHsyIdKQAHHiO-jio92NfQme9i0e1xPEN91_7Wi6MPu1IF0sgO_jcAcSQ70rDXUJPA0FAYw_pBG36VNn4rmNEv1DsNV8i3uKCMaPptZ9SwIC4n94u0gqkmHwptQHLLzogymlG7KqB6sbR7sy1bD_UZ-xRvqqZHfUjRyln6FEdKChvBjfVPPeLDWntOgditUCw=w861-h906-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/aetl5QcvbTPtiMrgrDJURNgdVmdR6Qm34K16r19OA9c6x8KV1pPvMOgtbSp41T6n1558m5FhxMjZQILRIdutpgQULPv-nyJbjkRNuuWwcvOhIvlEIxVBNnCIOhLmJ4ntZ2liqiwLLpIsRfQGqA2fclpgkcZYITkh-DWwAI2dhH_tfCeP_pLqVob63q8PbqQN0uMsgoKIKcnRT75JjeR-1mOXz6yXwPiOuKQAySBTRfUAbk3otyRXGLbAFeQ7t8tYNkMA1l3Q_aaKOE_yPAm2ssG-40t47cf1LWUJnpuMfnsj5qrHV9J0KMPZ032hKy-ZAIHIAjmPO__L1DT5YgadByacUTq1ngnafeLodib7Q_dR7Kd5tYOQ2NwRH1p_jMltPjTqjcwtgVJZQbGJFoj7TDUWop5KdKBPIraaeM2CNbmQR3niE_YI3oYdqb9wBO3ywA9hKMwfECAGrd9kYb5Ya2LUirtYq5Qsdgo8i1kp8KgjQkIvpheFZMGwoKI-xgtg4YCGhBfwgDw9I0WfDcxfHIq6coyPWrVTLoVP-8Gkj4OvRE4B7srh1fjy0_fGFB8AzU7vAOXzns88kRm3vgsYgMPNima-56GCUIcQEGYRkoQ9IJw38j8w=w1018-h906-no)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on January 25, 2017, 01:56:22 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BuvLB5ztKjpykp7EmMul78nC2I626SxNqqXOlOLFZZo8-vUvZ5e7xH_1wpj8HnOqEYalVnJ7lFjdAiLODTxX-j0tu4NH8Hpd4zLHmQsrCbWAddc4NBqVNx3HWFJhi_XI98AqQXn8FX1UXuWaEU6y7pZQIaanJn4eOgY9erHVfnYxB4dvoPRVQ_NbqNmkrviw81EGNiI0MrUyAx1Q8oFZjwaWbdtb8MwY9OrfqOLH8dKC8Y_DcGhjFMy9biV8OVDHILD-AU_IdLrN-K10cMlV3Elk88bxtumYdQDoZZwVPkvdxYZtO3yUNQD2_glCqycTutJbogSAaz9zlDLFKdRTdWH2BZUTGZIbO9f_S0JUOdvWHfUhQoys-Wu8KC2QK6-M-G-GdLC6d0jYdoAVFwJWhzvaM0MgQaB67dOo5nyN8l8RMUFSSXAD8b7tpPYhhPp6Dng-y__woBJ07paR4oN--uSAJTezp9x36GffIBNuO6c2p2R7omO4loEu3XRmFZIZpI-dbw_5u3sWD5LsEm9HJyDtYmgWdTMfBdXiD4o9divSQbd4_8jrux5tm6U35Ir1v4APskhXSuvkvXPSxFfWjmTjHHiPA6DQ5ezDy_mkGBT7IxIt=w680-h906-no)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on January 25, 2017, 01:58:39 PM
I dunno. I haven't picked up an actual RPG book for actual play in a very, very long time.

Why? Are you a communist?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 25, 2017, 02:32:46 PM
I dunno. I haven't picked up an actual RPG book for actual play in a very, very long time.

Why? Are you a communist?

He's made some suspect remarks recently.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 25, 2017, 05:22:27 PM
Is nyet true some are more Red than others.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 25, 2017, 08:30:52 PM
My reward for taking the dogs for a snowy walk at 11pm, and a check of the mailbox? the siege of Budapest.

Invoice, destroyed. Time to dig in...


I received my copy last week and Red October/Red Barricades print/reprint should be coming along soon as well.  Tons of ASL goodness!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on January 25, 2017, 09:45:25 PM
Long past time to get the band back together.

Love the linen box on the re-print and them counters is pretty.

Ligny arrives later this week.

VIVE L'EMPEREUR!

(http://i.imgur.com/8VSbK2C.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on January 25, 2017, 09:58:17 PM
I received my copy last week and Red October/Red Barricades print/reprint should be coming along soon as well.  Tons of ASL goodness!

I preordered Red Factories as well. Not in any rush for it now that FB has landed.

I take it you've hear a rumor that it is heading to the printer soon?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on January 25, 2017, 11:16:51 PM
Long past time to get the band back together.

Love the linen box on the re-print and them counters is pretty.

Ligny arrives later this week.

VIVE L'EMPEREUR!

(http://i.imgur.com/8VSbK2C.jpg)

One of the guys in my guild is playing this at the moment. Looks absolutely gorgeous.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 26, 2017, 04:09:57 AM
I received my copy last week and Red October/Red Barricades print/reprint should be coming along soon as well.  Tons of ASL goodness!

I preordered Red Factories as well. Not in any rush for it now that FB has landed.

I take it you've hear a rumor that it is heading to the printer soon?


I'm on the proofing team for it (and the eASLRB).  Chas sent out the proof of the map for us to go through to check for errors.  The scenario cards and Ch. O stuff should be coming soon.  So it's not about to go to the printer but it's moving along to the point that I'd say within a month it'll be printing.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 26, 2017, 04:11:25 AM
Long past time to get the band back together.

Love the linen box on the re-print and them counters is pretty.

Ligny arrives later this week.

VIVE L'EMPEREUR!



It is a gorgeous looking game, what ruleset do you like to use?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 26, 2017, 06:54:31 AM
You guys and your Napoleonics...why not just make your torture more obvious and take up ASL?  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on January 26, 2017, 08:28:54 AM
@B_C:  LALALA, not listening.  Muskets is better than BARs.  LALALA

@GJK:  I've got an older bound version of Le Reglement that I've used for years.  Part of me wants to try the Reglement 11 out of the box, but those that have tried the M-L speak well of it...although a few certainly turn up their noses a bit.  I'll probably just go with 11 since it's unlikely I'll be able to persuade anyone not in the Fraternite that the M'L is more approachable.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on January 26, 2017, 09:16:59 AM
Fields of Despair just arrived on my doorstep...  All I need now is time.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 26, 2017, 10:44:27 AM
Oh, wait! How about a Napoleonics-themed ASL game?

...

Dammit, that's called minis.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 26, 2017, 01:29:01 PM
@B_C:  LALALA, not listening.  Muskets is better than BARs.  LALALA

@GJK:  I've got an older bound version of Le Reglement that I've used for years.  Part of me wants to try the Reglement 11 out of the box, but those that have tried the M-L speak well of it...although a few certainly turn up their noses a bit.  I'll probably just go with 11 since it's unlikely I'll be able to persuade anyone not in the Fraternite that the M'L is more approachable.


I've found that the M-L rules are written better, much more clear and concise the RegsXXX but I'd miss some of the details of the Regs rules (intricacies of cav charges among a few others).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 26, 2017, 01:30:05 PM
Oh, wait! How about a Napoleonics-themed ASL game?

...

Dammit, that's called minis.


Hey!  Don't you have some dice to roll to see what the fate of a B-17 crew is?


And what happened to your adventures with "Carrier"?  I'm looking forward to an AAR from you on that one!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 26, 2017, 08:39:06 PM
I'll be getting B-17 to the table this weekend, I'm sure.

Carrier, I'm not too certain of. I need to read through the rules. I want to try it though. I started cornering the counters in anticipation, but holy shit there's a LOT of frigging counters in that game. It would be well over 3000 punches to get them all rounded...and it's not rounding well on some of them.

I have a DnD campaign starting Monday and I've not played in a long while...the others in the group started last Monday night but I was out of town for work. So I'm still trying to figure out the background for my 5e Tiefling Monk and flesh out details for something I've not done in 25-some-odd years. So I've got that to do, too.



Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on January 26, 2017, 08:46:08 PM
5E Tiefling...dear Lord...

The conductor will collect your grog card as he passes through the cabin.

What in the blue hell is this world coming to?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 26, 2017, 08:51:33 PM
I'll be getting B-17 to the table this weekend, I'm sure.

Carrier, I'm not too certain of. I need to read through the rules. I want to try it though. I started cornering the counters in anticipation, but holy shit there's a LOT of frigging counters in that game. It would be well over 3000 punches to get them all rounded...and it's not rounding well on some of them.

I have a DnD campaign starting Monday and I've not played in a long while...the others in the group started last Monday night but I was out of town for work. So I'm still trying to figure out the background for my 5e Tiefling Monk and flesh out details for something I've not done in 25-some-odd years. So I've got that to do, too.


I don't know if you've seen this link before but I've started to create the tables into DHTML for use as a play-aid for Carrier.  Not all the tables are done and some are a little rough around the edges but I think that I have more detailed air-attack procedures working nicely:


http://www.garykrockover.com/games/carrier/


I need to get back to that YAWP* one of these days.


*YAWP: "Yet Another Wargaming Project"
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 27, 2017, 04:38:55 AM
The conductor will collect your grog card as he passes through the cabin.

says the Flick 'em Up guy  ::)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 04:44:14 AM
5E Tiefling...dear Lord...

The conductor will collect your grog card as he passes through the cabin.

What in the blue hell is this world coming to?

5e Tiefling Monk, you Old Guard button-counting, musket-firing hooligan!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 27, 2017, 04:46:08 AM
I don't know if you've seen this link before but I've started to create the tables into DHTML for use as a play-aid for Carrier.  Not all the tables are done and some are a little rough around the edges but I think that I have more detailed air-attack procedures working nicely:


http://www.garykrockover.com/games/carrier/

That's damn cool!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 04:47:11 AM
GJK's pimped that site elsewhere too (notably the Carrier thread I started), but it IS damn cool, and I'd do the same if I made something that sweet.

I gotta read the bloody rules, though, otherwise what's the point of a bunch of automated tables?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on January 27, 2017, 06:04:11 AM
GJK's pimped that site elsewhere too (notably the Carrier thread I started), but it IS damn cool, and I'd do the same if I made something that sweet.

I gotta read the bloody rules, though, otherwise what's the point of a bunch of automated tables?

the good news is that Carrier uses programmed instruction, so your up and playing something before too long. It's a bit of a slog though with 6 or 7 steps to get through before you get the full game going.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 07:01:17 AM
I figured it would be a slog...an Avalon Hill-ish slog, to be sure. I'll definitely be using GJK's stuff once I get there, though...anything to make it easier.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on January 27, 2017, 08:00:48 AM
Well, I certainly can't ban one of the proprietors from Fort Kick-Ass, but I can certainly give him the side-eye.  Curse this lack of side-eye emoji.

And I suppose I best watch out lest that monk punch me square in the knee...

I do rather like being called a hooligan, though.  First time, I think.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 27, 2017, 10:55:03 AM
Why are wargames played?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 27, 2017, 10:56:05 AM
To teach us about suffering and humility?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 10:56:48 AM
Why are wargames played?

Because it's cheaper than getting a divorce?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 27, 2017, 10:57:52 AM
Why are wargames played?

Because it's cheaper than getting a divorce?

yeah, and when one leads to the other, then what...?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 10:58:17 AM
Your games will love you no matter what?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 27, 2017, 10:59:11 AM
Why are wargames played?

Because it's cheaper than getting a divorce?

yeah, and when one leads to the other, then what...?

Make sure you get the games.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on January 27, 2017, 11:13:05 AM
Always take the games... and the stereo...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on January 27, 2017, 11:17:49 AM
And leave the cat
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 11:19:52 AM
And leave the cat

So to speak
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on January 27, 2017, 12:17:41 PM
@B_C  :2funny:

@OT:  Years ago, I was compelled to attend a smoking cessation class by my employer (caught me with my occasional cigar).  The nice young lady leading the event was in front of an awfully tough crowd that included, I later discovered, the entire company from one of our fire houses.  At one point in the session, she asked, in her ever-helpful and cheery way, "so, why DO you all smoke?"

A chiselled, grey veteran who I later found out to be a fire captain raised his hand and said, "saving lives, ma'am".

"How so," she replied.

"Well, every time I think to choke a bastard to death, I smoke a cigarette instead.  Twenty to a pack means 20 lives saved."

I cannot improve on his response.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 27, 2017, 12:23:05 PM
I like the story Cyrano.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on January 27, 2017, 12:46:05 PM
And leave the cat


It was the only one who didn't really care what you did as long as you fed it on time..
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 27, 2017, 07:19:27 PM
I gotta read the bloody rules, though, otherwise what's the point of a bunch of automated tables?


Carrier has a very detailed (and long) sequence of play that covers every possible step (with rules references).  You can almost just go through it step by step and referring to the rules for each step to learn the game.  The online tables will help you resolve the actions in those steps.


My ebook of the rules:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 27, 2017, 08:27:21 PM
Is the ebook in the Vassal module?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: GJK on January 27, 2017, 08:46:51 PM
Is the ebook in the Vassal module?


No, it's something that I made to help learn the game.  Ping me and I can give you a link to download it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 27, 2017, 09:06:00 PM
GJK has a lot of good stuff to share.  I've gotten some ASL stuff from him in the past.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on January 29, 2017, 11:55:36 AM
Heading out the FLGS to play my first game of Eclipse.  https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/72125/eclipse

I've wanted to try for quite some time, but the player count and game length have always been a deterrent.  Not today.  I'm hunkering down for a good 4-5 hours to play the game.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on January 29, 2017, 11:58:31 AM
Cool!  Take pix and let us know how it goes :)
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Post by: Bison on January 29, 2017, 12:06:02 PM
Will do boss.
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Post by: mirth on January 29, 2017, 12:24:20 PM
Pic from my local group's Friday night game. We were using the Baroque rules based on the Impetus system - http://www.dadiepiombo.it/english-baroque.html (http://www.dadiepiombo.it/english-baroque.html)

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170127_220203_zpsd3279bd3.jpg)

Those are two units of Reiters, under my command,  charging into a unit of Imperial Lancers (we're fighting at a ford not in the river ;) ). The Lancers had previously pushed across the river, but went disordered on a bad die roll. That stopped them within range of my Reiters which charged, pushed them back to the ford and then followed up to hit them again at the ford. The Lancers were close to breaking at that point and withdrew. I was lucky and able to pull the Reiters back with minimal casualties from the infantry on the flanks.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on January 29, 2017, 12:25:06 PM
Hey now - you're going to make Nevermore jealous!
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Post by: mirth on January 29, 2017, 12:27:08 PM
I can't take any credit for the figs or terrain. I just pushed the minis and nitpicked the rules.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on January 29, 2017, 01:23:09 PM
Pic from my local group's Friday night game. We were using the Baroque rules based on the Impetus system - http://www.dadiepiombo.it/english-baroque.html (http://www.dadiepiombo.it/english-baroque.html)

What is it they say about those rules...?

If they're not Baroque, don't fix 'em!
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Post by: Cyrano on January 29, 2017, 02:08:10 PM
And amidst the gibberish, a flagrant act of wargaming occurs.

That is comes from Mirth was not expected.

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Post by: mirth on January 29, 2017, 02:15:33 PM
And amidst the gibberish, a flagrant act of wargaming occurs.

That is comes from Mirth was not expected.

It's a topsy-turvy world.
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Post by: GJK on January 29, 2017, 07:36:11 PM
Because I know BC loves these pictures when I post them.   ;D


Me and a buddy from the ASL group started J145 "Golden Pheasants" today.  This one is very late war (April '45) in Nuremburg with Hitler Youth and SS mixed vs a large American force trying to secure the town center.  There's a Nazi political officer named Simon ("General Simon") and those officers were nicknamed the "Golden Pheasants". 

The Americans start on the far right in this picture (which is really poor quality, I need to get work to buy me a decent phone/camera!) and have to slog through the town center to get the fortified building that you see full of German units.  I am playing as the Americans in this one and we got through turn 4 before putting it on hold until next weekend.  I've made it through the center map with light resistance but my playing opponent had carefully strewn "dummy" stacks throughout so I was more cautious than I should of been.  That is going to leave me 3 turns to storm that fortified and heavily defended building which is 3 levels and can contain no "Good Order" German units at the end of 7.  Not only is the building fortified (meaning I have to blast my way in with charges), there's trenches and barbed wire strewn about and I've yet to find a hidden StuGIIIG that is out there somewhere. 

I haven't lost any of my armor (yet) so the plan is to get up on that building and Wooly Pete the snot out of it as well as blast it with HE while I storm into the wire. 

The only close call on a tank was when a hidden 'shrek popped up with a beautiful side shot on one of my tanks that was moving down a street but fortunately the shot sailed wide and fell harmlessly.  This should be a fun nail biter next weekend to wrap up.
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Post by: GJK on January 29, 2017, 07:37:15 PM
P.S. Not my map nor counters and the wrecks that are on the map were placed by SSR- no armor has been lost (again, yet) in this one.  ;)
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Post by: Bison on January 29, 2017, 07:55:57 PM
I love Eclipse.  Such a great game.  Long as hell but fun.  5 player game and 3 of us this was the first time we played the game.  Game lasted about 4 1/2 - 5 hours.  Close game, but I won by 1 point. 

Full table setup
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/IMG_0696_zpsjcsnmgdf.jpg)

Close up of the map at the end of the game.  I was tan and easily had the best warships flight in the galaxy tonight.  I few different moves and I could have eliminated a number of colonies from my opponents.  Next time.  No mercy! MAHAHAHAHAHA!
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/IMG_0697_zpsviwttgpr.jpg)
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Post by: GJK on January 29, 2017, 08:13:27 PM
Dang...I thought that we had a mess with the ASL game....look at that!  Looks like fun though, especially with a group playing.
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Post by: Bison on January 29, 2017, 08:15:25 PM
Yeah.  The game really needs some storage/organization to help with setup and keep it cleaned up during gameplay.  The map board isn't bad, but the tech tree and other bits got disorderly.  The other thing is that we played with all of the expansion, which adds to the clutter.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on January 29, 2017, 08:25:10 PM
It's an FFG game, isn't it?
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Post by: Bison on January 29, 2017, 08:27:55 PM
It's some Eastern European company, but Asmodee distributes in the states I think.
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Post by: Ubercat on January 29, 2017, 10:02:20 PM
Yeah.  The game really needs some storage/organization to help with setup and keep it cleaned up during gameplay.  The map board isn't bad, but the tech tree and other bits got disorderly.  The other thing is that we played with all of the expansion, which adds to the clutter.

There's and app for it that I have on my iPad. I played about a half dozen games against multiple bots and realized that I'd pretty much experienced everything it had to offer. Haven't played since. At least it saved me from buying another boxed game to take up space on my shelf!  :buck2:
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Post by: BanzaiCat on January 30, 2017, 05:16:09 AM
Because I know BC loves these pictures when I post them.   ;D

Me and a buddy from the ASL group started J145 "Golden Pheasants" today.  This one is very late war (April '45) in Nuremburg with Hitler Youth and SS mixed vs a large American force trying to secure the town center.  There's a Nazi political officer named Simon ("General Simon") and those officers were nicknamed the "Golden Pheasants". 

The Americans start on the far right in this picture (which is really poor quality, I need to get work to buy me a decent phone/camera!) and have to slog through the town center to get the fortified building that you see full of German units.  I am playing as the Americans in this one and we got through turn 4 before putting it on hold until next weekend.  I've made it through the center map with light resistance but my playing opponent had carefully strewn "dummy" stacks throughout so I was more cautious than I should of been.  That is going to leave me 3 turns to storm that fortified and heavily defended building which is 3 levels and can contain no "Good Order" German units at the end of 7.  Not only is the building fortified (meaning I have to blast my way in with charges), there's trenches and barbed wire strewn about and I've yet to find a hidden StuGIIIG that is out there somewhere. 

I haven't lost any of my armor (yet) so the plan is to get up on that building and Wooly Pete the snot out of it as well as blast it with HE while I storm into the wire. 

The only close call on a tank was when a hidden 'shrek popped up with a beautiful side shot on one of my tanks that was moving down a street but fortunately the shot sailed wide and fell harmlessly.  This should be a fun nail biter next weekend to wrap up.

(http://www.nopuedocreer.com/quelohayaninventado/wp-content/images/2015/03/pulp-burger.jpg)

 ???

Really, GJK? Really.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on January 30, 2017, 06:05:53 AM
It's some Eastern European company, but Asmodee distributes in the states I think.

I just assumed FFG because of the 3498572034985723049851732095482734 pieces on the table.
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Post by: Bison on January 30, 2017, 06:47:49 AM
It's some Eastern European company, but Asmodee distributes in the states I think.
I just assumed FFG because of the 3498572034985723049851732095482734 pieces on the table.


Yeah I can see that.  FFG does love their pieces.

@Uber. I've never played the app but humans are fun.  There is a lot of psychological warfare going on much more than actual combat.  I could see the game getting stale over many plays if players chose the same path but there is a lot of randomization.  Anyway it was my first game so by the time I play again it'll be a fresh experience.
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Post by: GJK on January 30, 2017, 10:04:26 AM

 ???

Really, GJK? Really.


We need to meet up on VASL one of these days and play us a little ASL scenario.  That or we need to get you over to the tournament here in June for some face to face ASL.  Shall I reserve us a table?   <:-)
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Post by: Nefaro on January 30, 2017, 11:10:49 PM
When I saw the hex tiles and research tracks for Eclipse, I knew it'd be something I could enjoy.  But would almost never be able to wrangle a group up to play.

Hell.. I still haven't played Rune Wars yet, despite owning it for years, and that looks a lot easier to get into.

 :-\
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Post by: BanzaiCat on January 31, 2017, 05:41:11 AM
Went to a game night at the local game store last night, and traded a few things in that I wasn't playing/using to get a copy of Galaxy Trucker for just over fifty bucks. Brand new, in shrink - this place sells games for 30% off MSRP, which for this game was over seventy dollars (can't remember the exact price). My daughter and I love playing the app for this game so I'm looking forward to trying it out.

Also, the publisher for Defenders of the Last Stand got back to me - they're sending me a review copy of the game! Woot!  :bd: Reviews, AARs, and stuff to come soon.
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Post by: Barthheart on January 31, 2017, 05:48:21 AM
... Reviews, AARs, and stuff to come soon. (TM)

In the fine tradition of Panthers in the Fog and Tank on Tank .....
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Post by: BanzaiCat on January 31, 2017, 06:02:50 AM
... Reviews, AARs, and stuff to come soon. (TM)

In the fine tradition of Panthers in the Fog and Tank on Tank .....

Feel free to go to the front page and search for my name to see exactly how many articles I've authored for this site.
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Post by: Barthheart on January 31, 2017, 06:15:32 AM
... Reviews, AARs, and stuff to come soon. (TM)

In the fine tradition of Panthers in the Fog and Tank on Tank .....

Feel free to go to the front page and search for my name to see exactly how many articles I've authored for this site.

 O0
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Post by: bbmike on January 31, 2017, 07:22:27 AM
Where can I find these articles?  :coolsmiley:
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Post by: BanzaiCat on January 31, 2017, 07:29:15 AM
... Reviews, AARs, and stuff to come soon. (TM)

In the fine tradition of Panthers in the Fog and Tank on Tank .....

Feel free to go to the front page and search for my name to see exactly how many articles I've authored for this site.

 O0

Smartass.  :P

Though I certainly deserve it for D-Day.
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Post by: bbmike on February 01, 2017, 01:39:43 PM
Nice surprise waiting for me today!
(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/dcc.jpg)

And I really, really want Mutant Crawl Classics to arrive.
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Post by: Bison on February 01, 2017, 06:20:37 PM
Nice surprise waiting for me today!
(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/dcc.jpg)

And I really, really want Mutant Crawl Classics to arrive.

NO!!!!!!!  I'm so jealous.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on February 01, 2017, 06:34:18 PM
Got in a game of 'Fields of Despair' with a buddy last night. Great game with some neat mechanics. Fairly easy to pick up, but has plenty of nuance.

http://www.gmtgames.com/p-473-fields-of-despair.aspx (http://www.gmtgames.com/p-473-fields-of-despair.aspx)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170131_185548_zpsb0pcezs4.jpg)



(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170131_181116_zpsas5z8nhr.jpg)


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Post by: Bison on February 01, 2017, 06:41:29 PM
Those blocks have awfully square corners.  How could you muster the courage to play with such offense on the table?  :)
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Post by: mirth on February 01, 2017, 06:43:23 PM
Notice the counters were trimmed though. And not be me!
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Post by: Barthheart on February 01, 2017, 07:21:19 PM
Got in a game of 'Fields of Despair' with a buddy last night. Great game with some neat mechanics. Fairly easy to pick up, but has plenty of nuance.

http://www.gmtgames.com/p-473-fields-of-despair.aspx (http://www.gmtgames.com/p-473-fields-of-despair.aspx)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170131_185548_zpsb0pcezs4.jpg)



(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170131_181116_zpsas5z8nhr.jpg)

Looks cool. Did you get a whole game finished or just a few turns?
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Post by: mirth on February 01, 2017, 07:31:02 PM
Just a few turns. It has a tutorial scenario that we played. We're going to try again next week.
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Post by: Rekim on February 02, 2017, 03:21:14 AM
I dig the deluxe size of those hexes. Nice looking game.
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2017, 06:14:46 AM
The game requires the large hex sizes to accommodate all the blocks and maintain the FoW element. It is a very well put together game. They even thought to include a couple of drawstring bags to serve as 'opaque containers' for the random counter draws.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 02, 2017, 08:51:17 AM
And now we have a GM for Fields of Despair at Origins! :)
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2017, 08:55:25 AM
I have got to learn to keep quiet about what games I play.
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Post by: Rekim on February 02, 2017, 10:36:19 AM
the map I am using at the moment has the opposite effect going on, extra small hexes. I came across some remarks from the artist, who had sold the map to a publisher, that they shrunk it down for printing. It looks pretty sweet otherwise. Should be worth the extra effort.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/YwYcHkojIMLvisZT8OHfeoM-9xO4pESkDU-DJGVS41jQBao2iZvsTYQxaKuCwr4x7_Nsmis9qn5QebPxvnXqyRzIEWJdqsKWPpkacpCQeann6yyw5RNyvtU_c-aufKQ7xWOUpfmMRl12RD5GxcEu-IbpMavirIdSqJEnfxKxcFdGuJLSttayqUebB2qozqdJbFK-V59xZun7TBgUgLjpldk2W31T30fHOk7iNAV5ze5LvcZv42kwu4JdTwGlAfMJIsb03GmFmV3MtPCszwFgK3OH50sRf_UDF2Ixn7QGpG1ZIRlKVZoik_qheZjzzjJQllN0PpE6B7ha4YiQQgxkkk-ZyA1x52Q5G63uVcPPsduHEwMONVu0iUUPVvz2ePI7014udXBwx4C3ljkjiEDpraT_UmHZmjfBbCFhm34Svc_rBGkYmsLWWlYcqY9OCpyLNrVOgrMbQilZMJNi2ZAvL03XNLgm60OsYh4QXsJe3J3bBDsFSoDc78yLxIP3Z52TxRHYlDx6BBnx8K9tuBFndk-KgHUn5JfmWx3PCOhwq5Yqn4DHWigrULXpP-FxY5RaEppXawVKAuu2WsU3DtVZruR30rAv7L3GZd_vW-1kAH4dJ5R1qh2uFcj8xr1_NmC7GCgt-vhEN8qze2HxJfRkrReUiTmQtGMRlphTTW-L0g=w1102-h826-no)
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2017, 10:38:25 AM
^that is an intense map!
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Post by: Bison on February 02, 2017, 02:18:59 PM
I'm quite sad that the map is not viewable for me.  I wanted some intense today too!
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2017, 02:20:30 PM
I'm quite sad that the map is not viewable for me.  I wanted some intense today too!

I'm not seeing it now either. Weird.
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Post by: Bison on February 02, 2017, 02:22:58 PM
Actually your block game post makes me want to get Hammer of the Scots.  I know not hardcore wargaming, but it always looked like it'd be a fun, lighter game.
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2017, 02:26:28 PM
I have a copy of that somewhere. One of the first board games I bought since getting back into the hobby.
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Post by: GJK on February 02, 2017, 09:04:39 PM
the map I am using at the moment has the opposite effect going on, extra small hexes. I came across some remarks from the artist, who had sold the map to a publisher, that they shrunk it down for printing. It looks pretty sweet otherwise. Should be worth the extra effort.


CH makes some very nice looking maps, no doubt.
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Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 12:23:18 PM
I think my goal is to get El Grande on the table tonight or Sunday.  Tomorrow I'm going to Table Top games and blowing a gift card I got for Christmas.  I'm just not sure on what yet.  I am tempted by Heroes of Normandie and a few other lighter games.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 03, 2017, 12:52:40 PM
Our group played Terraforming Mars again last night.  Awesome game!  I've played about half a dozen times so far and it still feels like it's got a lot to offer.

I was supposed to play Tide of Iron today but we got a good dumping of snow this morning and Vancouver doesn't cope well with snow so it's been postponed again.  The dates seem to really want to prevent me from playing this one.  That's the 4th time I had a game of it scheduled and the 4th cancellation.
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Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 01:10:46 PM
I want to play Terraforming Mars.  Good to hear you think it's good.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 03, 2017, 01:12:45 PM
I'm just not sure on what yet.

Munchkin?
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Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 01:15:14 PM
I'm just not sure on what yet.

Munchkin?

We have Munchin Legends.  I'm actually considering Kemet or Cyclades.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 03, 2017, 01:54:22 PM
Bison, if you're looking for something lighter, I played one last week that I was sure I wasn't going to care for but ended up quite enjoying.  It's called Great Western Trail.  you play as a rancher and you have to drive your herd from Texas to Kansas City and then ship them off by train as far as San Francisco.  It was fun and the rules were fairly simple.  The only real negative I felt was that it took a little too long to play out.  I'm generally a fan of longer games but for one of this complexity, I think they could have shortened it up a bit. 


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193738/great-western-trail (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193738/great-western-trail)
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Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 02:00:33 PM
I'll have to watch a video on it. 
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Post by: mirth on February 03, 2017, 02:58:04 PM
I'll have to watch a video on it. 

And then buy it :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 03:04:57 PM
I'll have to watch a video on it. 

And then buy it :P

I'm a responsible adult.  I'll watch three videos, read multiple written reviews, and then read some forum threads before I start the process of putting it into online shopping carts for the next three weeks.  I may then consider purchasing it after I've made a few impulse dice purchases.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on February 03, 2017, 03:07:41 PM
I'll have to watch a video on it. 

And then buy it :P

I'm a responsible adult.  I'll watch three videos, read multiple written reviews, and then read some forum threads before I start the process of putting it into online shopping carts for the next three weeks.  I may then consider purchasing it after I've made a few impulse dice purchases.

Ah yes. Now I'm remembering your decision making process for buying a game console.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 03, 2017, 05:08:02 PM
I'll have to watch a video on it. 

And then buy it :P

I'm a responsible adult.  I'll watch three videos, read multiple written reviews, and then read some forum threads before I start the process of putting it into online shopping carts for the next three weeks.  I may then consider purchasing it after I've made a few impulse dice purchases.

Ah yes. Now I'm remembering your decision making process for buying a game console.

he bought a Wii.  Let's not put too much stock in his purchase decision process
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 05:12:25 PM
It is a Wii U. 
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 03, 2017, 05:13:50 PM
It is a Wii U.

That's sort of like saying, "I'm not a bitch, I'm a LITTLE bitch."

Not that YOU are, Bison. I'm just sayin'.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on February 03, 2017, 05:34:00 PM
I didn't say he made a good choice. I was just recalling how effed up the decision tree was.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 03, 2017, 05:35:39 PM
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/08/09/27568EF300000578-0-image-m-29_1428481920574.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on February 03, 2017, 05:37:31 PM
If only it were that straightforward.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 04, 2017, 04:52:51 PM
Well there I was oogling Bloodrage when the daughter wanted me to go look at RPG books...needless to say I left with about 10 or 11 used books. 
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Post by: mirth on February 04, 2017, 04:57:56 PM
Way to stay strong ;)
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Post by: Bison on February 04, 2017, 05:10:36 PM
/sigh/  Ain't that the truth.  I did get 1e MM2, fiend folio, wilderness and dungeon guides, oriental adventures, dietis and demigods,  dragon lance and Castles and Crusades player handbook, monsters and treasures, castle keep guide.  I think I missed one or two.  Jesus I'm a sucker for good, cheap used books.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 06, 2017, 10:28:59 AM
Well I finally got my copy of Scythe yesterday.  Its a gorgeous game.  The art is superb and the components in particular the minis are fantastic.  I've read the rules and the automation rules for solo game play.  Of course the problem is I need to clear all of my miniatures painting supplies off of my desk to setup and play the game.  I really need two separate tables.  One for painting and one for gaming.

Example of the art.  The image is from BGG.
(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic2336040_md.jpg)
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 06, 2017, 10:56:32 AM
Well there I was oogling Bloodrage when the daughter wanted me to go look at RPG books...needless to say I left with about 10 or 11 used books. 

FLGS?  Or online?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on February 06, 2017, 10:58:24 AM
FLGS.  They have a big old shelf of used RPG books.   
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 06, 2017, 11:04:59 AM
FLGS.  They have a big old shelf of used RPG books.   

My kinda store :D O0
Those are the ones I grew up in, and always love going back to, even if I have 80% of what I'd even look at when I'm in them.

We've got a good one down here that does a ton of RPG stuff, especially old/used stuff.  If you get back out this way again, I'll take you over there.
(trigger warning: almost no wargames in there at all!)
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Post by: Bison on February 06, 2017, 11:06:59 AM
Sounds good boss.
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Post by: Nefaro on February 06, 2017, 04:42:44 PM
Of course the problem is I need to clear all of my miniatures painting supplies off of my desk to setup and play the game.  I really need two separate tables.  One for painting and one for gaming.




You most certainly do.

I have an older desk that I use to trim & paint minis on.  Doesn't take up a lot of space up against a window.  Got a big cutting pad for it, a decent desk lamp with movable arm, and an extra hanging lamp cord for more overhead light.

Big table is always free for gaming.


End up leaving half-painted minis out on my painting desk for months without worry.  :nerd:
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Post by: Barthheart on February 07, 2017, 07:04:25 AM
Crosspost from Friday thread:

Some pics from this weekends board gaming fest.

Frag to start things off:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18834.0;attach=9837;image)

The main event - Conquest of the Empire

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18834.0;attach=9839;image)

And one of the many games of Plague Inc.: The Board Game:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18834.0;attach=9841;image)

My new table was hit. It was just large enough to spread out CotE properly.

Beer holders were functional... need to make them thermally isolated next. Also need to make the table cover.
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Post by: Bison on February 07, 2017, 07:19:53 AM
Great pics Barth.  I'm rather envious of your gaming table right now.  :)
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Post by: Cyrano on February 07, 2017, 11:07:40 AM
@Barth:  Wallace rules?  If so, did you like them?

Jim
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Post by: Nefaro on February 07, 2017, 11:36:27 AM
Great pics Barth.  I'm rather envious of your gaming table right now.  :)

Seconded.


That's a bitchin' table Bart!  And pretty damn big, too.   :bd:
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Post by: bbmike on February 07, 2017, 11:45:43 AM
I'm more impressed with this:

(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/wall.jpg)

And yes, I have one as well.  :clap:
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 07, 2017, 12:05:31 PM
I'm more impressed with this:

(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/wall.jpg)

And yes, I have one as well.  :clap:

I once got one of those for a friend as a secret santa gift. I'm not sure if his dogs approved though...
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Post by: bob48 on February 07, 2017, 12:42:13 PM
Great table, Vance. I like the beer bottle holders!
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 07, 2017, 01:20:43 PM
(https://scontent.fphl2-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/16487088_1722140174466647_8881677691574646401_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=c86212cb2b54f40e1a17d8198aaab67a&oe=5944E2A1)
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Post by: Bison on February 07, 2017, 01:22:11 PM
Awesome!
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Post by: Barthheart on February 07, 2017, 02:16:09 PM
@Barth:  Wallace rules?  If so, did you like them?

Jim

Yes and Yes.  :bd:
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Post by: mirth on February 07, 2017, 02:17:24 PM
Great pics Barth.  I'm rather envious of your gaming table right now.  :)

+1 Sweet table!
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Post by: Barthheart on February 07, 2017, 02:18:17 PM
I'm more impressed with this:

(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/wall.jpg)

And yes, I have one as well.  :clap:

 :)

Makes my wife jump every time she enters the room.  >:D
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Post by: Barthheart on February 07, 2017, 02:19:44 PM
Great pics Barth.  I'm rather envious of your gaming table right now.  :)

+1 Sweet table!

Thanks all. I'm really happy with it. The table is large enough for my larger games. Once I get the cover made I can have several games setup and going at once.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 07, 2017, 11:16:45 PM
Met up with a couple of friends today and finally managed to get Tide of Iron on the table.  Setup is a chore but the game itself moved very quickly and was a lot of fun.  We played two scenarios.  The first saw the Red Devils fighting the 346th Infantry division at Breville.  German StuG IIIG's and well placed MG34s chewed up the paras pretty badly but some well placed mortar rounds knocked out the MG crews and Sherman tanks from the Royal Hussars used their mobility to get on the flanks of the StuGs and take them out.


The second game was a really fun match up and was tense right to the end.  During the Battle of the Bulge, US Engineers try to hold up the advance of Kampfgruppe Peiper long enough for a bridge to be blown.

I played as the Yanks and just dug in hard.  I placed mines in order to funnel Germans down the two main roads and then chipped away at them with MG, mortars, small arms and even satchel charges.  I was able to hold up their infantry reasonably well and make them form mass fire and assault teams to clear each one of my squads out of their entrenchments one by one.  Then the Royal Tigers showed up.  They blew the hell out of my few remaining strongpoints and made a bee-line for the bridge.  I immobilized one with liberal use of bazookas at suicidally close range (the bazooka teams took 87% casualties).  On the final turn, the remaining Tiger had a clear run at the bridge but needed all 6 of its movement points to reach it.  I had one last engineer squad with some demo charges right next to the bridge.  They chucked the charges at the passing Tiger and damaged it just enough to cause it to lose 1MP and prevented it from reaching the bridge, giving the US the win 1 one hex.

I think I prefer Company of Heroes as it's much less of a hassle to set up but this game is fun as well.  It brought back memories of all the high points of Squad Leader with a much more streamlined game play. 

I think if I we play again, I might just pre-build the squads for both sides beforehand in order to cut down on setup.  Each squad comes with a base with four holes in it and you take individual soldier units and stick them into the base to build squads of officers, riflemen, MGs, mortars, etc.  Takes quite a bit of time to dig out all the minis, sort them, and snap them into the bases.

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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 08, 2017, 04:36:25 AM
Once you get minis into the bases, just leave them there and modify as needed for each scenario you play, rather than take them apart / put them together after each game.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 09, 2017, 03:37:38 AM
Not a bad idea but I'm going to have to come up with a different storage system if I do that.  I bought a couple of cheapo little storage boxes from Michael's.  They work great for storing the bases and the figures but there's not enough room in the storage spaces for an assembled stand.

We played again tonight and did a Sword beach scenario.  It wasn't as fun as the other two we tried yesterday.  The special rules felt a little too gamey and it detracted from the gameplay.  Still enjoying it though.
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Post by: Bison on February 09, 2017, 09:25:19 PM
Got Scythe to the table this evening at the FLGS.  What an outstanding game, but I did forget to snap a photo.  :(
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 12, 2017, 02:56:43 PM
Got home today to find 8th Summit's game, Defenders of the Last Stand, waiting for me. I definitely want to get it to the table, but now I turn around and leave for Scotland this Saturday, so I gotta figure out a game or two that I can fit in the suitcase just in case the weather sucks and/or I don't have anyone to hang out with after hours there. Cruel Necessity is topping the list for its theme and because I still haven't had a chance to play it yet.

Wish I could get Defenders of the Last Stand in my suitcase, but the box is big AND heavy. Plus I really shouldn't be banking on solitaire games when I'm going to be visiting a centuries-old city, but I should at least be prepared.
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Post by: bob48 on February 12, 2017, 03:21:07 PM
How long are you going to be staying there, BC?
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 12, 2017, 06:02:51 PM
How long are you going to be staying there, BC?

I arrive early Sunday morning and am leaving again on Saturday (morning, I think).

The head of HR for the area I'm working with recommended I stay in Glasgow itself as there's nothing going on in Dumbarton. I'm not a big 'wander around' kind of guy on my own, especially not in a city/country I've never been to.

Not sure where I'm staying at yet; they were going to take care of those arrangements on their end, and I just didn't have it in me to check my laptop today.
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Post by: Bison on February 12, 2017, 07:01:24 PM
Played a game of Race for the Galaxy with the wife tonight.  I really like the game a good bit of strategy, thinking, and luck.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 12, 2017, 07:13:59 PM
that's a fun one.  Only played it once, but enjoyed it
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Post by: Bison on February 12, 2017, 08:06:14 PM
It's a surprising brain burner.  Lot's of ways to build economic engines to score points or develop your tableau to score points. 
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Post by: Woodall on February 12, 2017, 08:25:11 PM
I really enjoy getting trashed by Keldon's AI over and over... evidently I'm terrible at the game. Think the design is brilliant though. Though most of what Lehmann touches is great.
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Post by: Bison on February 12, 2017, 08:44:46 PM
I really enjoy getting trashed by Keldon's AI over and over... evidently I'm terrible at the game.

Me too :( 

Brant if you want you can download a free program to play against the AI here: http://keldon.net/rftg/
It has both windows and mac programs.  I haven't tried the mac version yet.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 12, 2017, 09:14:30 PM
I don't have my own copy of the game yet.  I was playing at a game night hosted by someone else.
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Post by: Bison on February 12, 2017, 09:18:48 PM
The program I linked is free and plays the base game.  You can download a copy of the rules here: http://riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_240_gameRules.pdf

It's just a fun way to lose an hour or three playing against the AI.
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Post by: Nefaro on February 13, 2017, 04:01:53 PM
Race For the Galaxy has an expansion featuring an automated AI tabletop board & such, right?

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Post by: Bison on February 13, 2017, 05:38:38 PM
Yes it does.
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Post by: Bison on February 16, 2017, 01:31:16 PM
Blood Rage arrived in the mail yesterday.  I'm anticipating spending a night or two on the couch in my near future.  Awesome mini sculpts are totally worth it.
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Post by: ArizonaTank on February 19, 2017, 08:31:53 PM
Played a few games of "The Grizzled" this morning.  Not so much a wargame as a WWI theme game, was still a bunch of fun, with a whole bunch of options and decision making.  I recommend the expansion, adds a whole bunch of flavor to the game.

I may even get my wife to play.

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Post by: Nefaro on February 19, 2017, 09:40:59 PM
Played a few games of "The Grizzled" this morning.  Not so much a wargame as a WWI theme game, was still a bunch of fun, with a whole bunch of options and decision making.  I recommend the expansion, adds a whole bunch of flavor to the game.

I may even get my wife to play.

I've seen a lot of good reviews about it, but I got the impression that there wasn't a whole lot of... meat(?) ...to it.  Was probably just judging by the components and setup.  I haven't watched a full playthrough to get a good idea, though, so I need to do that before final judgement. 

If it has more decision making than I thought, then it's going back on my radar. 
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Post by: Cyrano on February 20, 2017, 02:14:13 PM
It's a very hard game to win and that's not a bad thing.  There's a lot of theme there and it's actually one of my small group's favorites.  Well worth checking out, although we've not grabbed the expansion.
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Post by: Nefaro on February 20, 2017, 03:42:45 PM
It's a very hard game to win and that's not a bad thing.  There's a lot of theme there and it's actually one of my small group's favorites.  Well worth checking out, although we've not grabbed the expansion.

Co-op games need to be difficult to win.  Certainly a good thing. :bd:

I'll look further into it.   8)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 21, 2017, 03:23:55 AM
I brought Cruel Necessity with me to Scotland (seemed appropriate) just in case my evenings were left to me and the weather was bad, but it's been pretty decent on both counts. Haven't had a chance to play just yet but that's not a bad thing.
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Post by: Arctic Blast on February 21, 2017, 04:13:44 PM
So, I have the week off, and I've been accumulating a load of games through local buys, a national math trade, my Arcadia Quest : Inferno Kickstarter showing up, and a few group buys. This is what I have yet to play, and this is AFTER I've gotten Castle Panic (with all expansions), Orleans (with 2nd expansion), Tiny Epic Galaxies and Tammany Hall on the table to mess around with.

I see much of my week happening around the table...

(http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b528/ElCliff76/20170221_16064901_zps8ykccvcn.jpg)
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 21, 2017, 05:31:18 PM
you gotta give us the scoop on Clockwork Wars
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Post by: Barthheart on February 21, 2017, 05:32:48 PM
I'm interested in D-Day at Omaha Beach... I might get that game some day.....
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Post by: mirth on February 21, 2017, 05:33:09 PM
Holy crap. That's a pile o' games.
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Post by: Arctic Blast on February 21, 2017, 10:08:54 PM
you gotta give us the scoop on Clockwork Wars

Just finished playing around with it a bit. I really like it, but...well, we'll get to that.

Interesting game. Your 'guys' (wooden discs) are workers or troops or spies, depending on where you send them. And deploying guys out is done simultaneously after everyone writes out their deployment orders behind screens. Lots of opportunity for Diplomacy-esque backstabbing and 'enemy of my enemy is my friend. At least right now' type agreements. There will be 9 techs available for research per game, with 3 each in the early (turns 1-2), mid (3-4) and late(5-7) turns of the game. Once one player researches something, they're the only one who can have it. But it has to be based in a hex on the map, and every hex (and tech) can be taken from you.

Troop deployments can be made in hexes you control or neighboring ones, with the chance to 'forced march'  two hexes away. But if you're cut off from a friendly city at the end of a round, you lose strength to attrition due to cut supply lines. Also, all of your units except one per resource hex will be lost at the end of each turn, so nobody can just huddle up in a corner and turtle and assemble an unstoppable force. Each game also has a specific spy faction that gives the majority controller of it (you can deploy here as well as to the map) a bonus. Tech is in three schools (sorcery, religion, science) with different board regions giving points of the resources. Great game all the way around, with a lot of complicated mechanics boiled down into something very easily teachable.

However...I got this in a math trade, and I'm glad that I didn't go out and buy it. When I compare the price point to other games on the market with the same cost, Clockwork Wars does not come out favorably. And the box is annoyingly, needlessly oversized (which is probably half the reason for the cost, since the box contents don't really seem to square with the price point). This just continues what seems to be an annoying trend with Eagle-Gryphon where their obsession with massive boxes and expensive deluxe editions kills their retail presence, since stores don't want to spend valuable shelf and warehouse real estate on something like this when a similar amount of space could stock 2-3 other games instead. If you can find it on sale, get it. If you can't...I dunno. I might suggest passing.

Covering another game in that picture, The Colonists is a somewhat interesting idea drowning underneath several metric fuck-tons of components and a ridiculous playing time. It is now on my trade/sell stack. I don't have the patience for it.
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Post by: Cyrano on February 22, 2017, 02:35:33 PM
In the spirit of 1977, I called out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o

And was requited.

(http://i.imgur.com/KYBFggx.jpg)

These re-issues are honestly masterpieces...
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Post by: Arctic Blast on February 23, 2017, 10:04:22 PM
Watched some playthrough and explanation videos for Fleet Captains and got all the tokens and card decks organized. I won't play it until tomorrow, but I definitely like the look and sound of the game. I suspect this will end with me trying to track down the Dominion expansion.  :buck2: ;D
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Post by: Nefaro on February 24, 2017, 07:59:06 AM
Watched some playthrough and explanation videos for Fleet Captains and got all the tokens and card decks organized. I won't play it until tomorrow, but I definitely like the look and sound of the game. I suspect this will end with me trying to track down the Dominion expansion.  :buck2: ;D

Painted most of my Klingon ships, but still haven't played it.  Once I start painting minis for a game, I tend to wanna finish the painting before playing.  Which leaves them in limbo for ages.

Still have to do the Fed and Romulan ships.  Never picked up the Dominion expansion since I hadn't yet played and didn't know if I'd ever have more than 2 or 3 playing at once anyhow. 
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Post by: mirth on February 26, 2017, 10:12:16 AM
Latest additions

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170226_120013_zps6gwiqe3z.jpg)
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Post by: bbmike on February 26, 2017, 10:58:00 AM
^Are you trying to be Banzai_Cat?
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Post by: mirth on February 26, 2017, 11:01:40 AM
I might be a bigger game whore than he is.
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Post by: Barthheart on February 26, 2017, 11:51:11 AM
Saw Silver Bayonet being played at Game On! a couple for weekends ago. Looks fantastic.

Will have to try and get a copy at Origins.
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Post by: mirth on February 26, 2017, 11:53:07 AM
The map is gorgeous.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 26, 2017, 01:03:10 PM
I might be a bigger game whore than he is.

Is that supposed to be a challenge?
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Post by: Crossroads on February 27, 2017, 01:11:01 PM
The map is gorgeous.

Understatement of the year!

Had a look at the BGG game info. Wow!  :smitten:
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Post by: Crossroads on February 28, 2017, 07:33:58 AM
Damn you guys, now I just need to order that game. Not that I don't have a few games queued up to be played already I haven't had the time yet.

Quote
*I'm in the Wargamer middle ground*
I don't buy all the wargames I want, I just buy more than I need.

There's that, of course.  O:-)
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Post by: Bison on February 28, 2017, 10:23:05 AM
Well my will is crumbling in the face of what is acclaimed to be the best Star Wars strategic level game ever made....Star Wars Rebellion.   Do I need it?  No.  But I have a discount coupon at the FLGS that will knock the price down to amazon levels... How in good conscience can I let such a coupon remain unused?
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Post by: mirth on February 28, 2017, 10:23:55 AM
^You cannot.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 28, 2017, 10:25:19 AM
Well my will is crumbling in the face of what is acclaimed to be the best Star Wars strategic level game ever made....Star Wars Rebellion.   Do I need it?  No.  But I have a discount coupon at the FLGS that will knock the price down to amazon levels... How in good conscience can I let such a coupon remain unused?

DO EEEEET

It's a fantastic game.

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Post by: Bison on February 28, 2017, 10:25:47 AM
Damn straight.  I knew my compulsive consumerist behaviors would find validation here.
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Post by: mirth on February 28, 2017, 10:26:28 AM
We're here for you, brother.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 28, 2017, 10:26:48 AM
I'm always going to enable anyone when it comes to board game purchases, especially when I own it already.
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Post by: Bison on February 28, 2017, 10:28:36 AM
The real problem I facing right now is storage space to leave the board setup.  It's a monster board with a ton of game bits.
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Post by: mirth on February 28, 2017, 10:30:47 AM
It's cute that you think you're gonna play it.
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Post by: Bison on February 28, 2017, 10:32:28 AM
Who said play it?  I'm going to fondle and rub the bits...oh wait...
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Post by: Crossroads on February 28, 2017, 12:12:24 PM
Who said play it?  I'm going to fondle and rub the bits...oh wait...

I pondered for the longest time whether to buy SWR or Warfighter as something to play with kids. Like they would play with the old folks.

Besides, I haven't had time to play it myself yet either.

I have fondled its bits a few times though. Mmm...
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 28, 2017, 12:25:03 PM
Well my will is crumbling in the face of what is acclaimed to be the best Star Wars strategic level game ever made....Star Wars Rebellion.   Do I need it?  No.  But I have a discount coupon at the FLGS that will knock the price down to amazon levels... How in good conscience can I let such a coupon remain unused?

DO EEEEET

It's a fantastic game.

 *cough*  Not that we ever played.....
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Post by: Bison on February 28, 2017, 12:36:11 PM
^ Tabletop simulator?
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 28, 2017, 01:57:30 PM
Yeah, that was the plan.  W8aminute and I are also trying to get a TTS game of it going but no luck so far.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 28, 2017, 02:51:34 PM
Sorry, SDR. If it wasn't one thing it was another, and the past few weeks have been crazy at home and at work (in good ways, but still). I've had little time for board games. Hell, I brought four of the things with me to the UK but I never was able to crack one open.
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Post by: bob48 on February 28, 2017, 02:54:29 PM
On the table now - I'm playing 'The Battle of Tanga, 1914' from Legion Games, and 'Hold the Line - Fredericks War' on Vassal with Doug.
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Post by: ArizonaTank on February 28, 2017, 10:56:02 PM
On the table now - I'm playing 'The Battle of Tanga, 1914' from Legion Games, and 'Hold the Line - Fredericks War' on Vassal with Doug.

Tanga sounds interesting.  What are your impressions?
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Post by: bob48 on March 01, 2017, 03:52:19 AM
Its good. A very unusual and an interesting subject. The games production standards are some of the best I've ever seen from any publisher. One word of caution though - if you do buy it, download the latest rules and errata as there are a few grey areas within the rules. Not the best laid out rule set I've played. but by no means the worst. If you want something a bit different, then I would recommend this without hesitation.

http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_tanga.html
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Post by: Bison on March 04, 2017, 07:00:22 AM
Well the kids and I fought for control of the galaxy last night.  I cannot believe I waited so long to get Rebellion.  It's fantastic.  I just wish fantasy flight would put a modicum of effort into creating some sort of insert or storage solution for their games.
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Post by: ArizonaTank on March 04, 2017, 02:27:17 PM
Worthington Games, Guns of Galicia, designed by John Gorkowski

September 1914, Turn 3, three Russian armies attempt to crush two Austrian Hungarian armies outside of Lemburg.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/Guns%20of%20Galicia%20Turn%203_zpsqzhwa6m3.jpg)
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Post by: bayonetbrant on March 04, 2017, 02:30:33 PM
(https://scontent.fphl2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/17098218_1753981681282496_5718558742013034718_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=ca9df96ac6412b0d9775216bc5e4f6d6&oe=592717BF)
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Post by: bbmike on March 04, 2017, 02:31:40 PM
^  :DD
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Post by: Nefaro on March 04, 2017, 05:05:53 PM
(https://scontent.fphl2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/17098218_1753981681282496_5718558742013034718_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=ca9df96ac6412b0d9775216bc5e4f6d6&oe=592717BF)










Oh noes!   :hide:


I debated getting a feline birdnapper awhile back. 

But then I recalled how often the household cat, back in childhood, would constantly wreck my tabletop games any time I was out of the room.   :arr:
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Post by: bbmike on March 04, 2017, 05:24:36 PM
(http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/hsm.jpg)
Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/174078/holmes-sherlock-mycroft). Great two player game.  O0
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Post by: Bison on March 06, 2017, 07:40:11 AM
Got in a game of Blood Rage yesterday at the FLGS.  Really fun game and the minis are pretty epic.
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Post by: bob48 on March 06, 2017, 08:22:55 AM
Just setting up 'Dien Bien Phu' for a run through.
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Post by: bob48 on March 08, 2017, 01:16:22 PM
And now just got a copy of 'Mercury / Market Garden' from Worthington. Its quite an old game now and has been out of print for a while.
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Post by: Tinkershuffle on March 11, 2017, 01:26:36 AM
My pre-birthday present to myself. Not yet on table but hopefully soon!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2emg32q.jpg)
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Post by: Crossroads on March 11, 2017, 09:01:28 AM
Miniature wargaming doesn't get any hotter than with Subbuteo right  :knuppel2:

Bought this set from Pete @ subbuteoworld.co.uk like fifteen years ago, they've been superb with their service. Ordered a few accessories, teams etc.

I recall my set I got as a christmas gift when I was like seven or something. Went on to spend most of my money on it then, had battery operated floodlights, the lot.  :smitten:


I've had no success with wargaming yet with my kids, should have remembered this is the set that gets their attention. Game on! This will get nasty soon  >:D

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10107;image)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on March 11, 2017, 09:16:37 AM
My pre-birthday present to myself. Not yet on table but hopefully soon!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2emg32q.jpg)

HB young man  <:-)

Let us have a game once you're up and running with the rules? My March looks quite impossible, but come April I should have more time for boardgaming again.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 11, 2017, 10:47:17 AM
My pre-birthday present to myself. Not yet on table but hopefully soon!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2emg32q.jpg)

Team game at Origins this year :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Tinkershuffle on March 12, 2017, 09:46:19 AM

HB young man  <:-)

Let us have a game once you're up and running with the rules? My March looks quite impossible, but come April I should have more time for boardgaming again.

Yeah, April looks promising also in my calender. :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 15, 2017, 01:38:17 PM
3rd Edition High Frontier Kickstarter came in today.


... now to read the long treatises on the myriad ways to colonize & build the solar system.  Because: gaming rocket science.    8) 
Um in yer water deposits, pillagin yer hydrogen.




This thing is fookeen heavy.  Like ~11 pounds.  Big six-panel boards.  Gonna take half a year to read all the manuals.   <:-)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/333d16s.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 15, 2017, 01:43:33 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/734/21731385416_6fa03c87ce_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 15, 2017, 01:51:23 PM
 ;D

Nice BRRRThumb, Brant.   :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 15, 2017, 02:40:48 PM
That looks awesome. I was so tempted to get in on that KS.... but there's no way in hell im getting my game group to play it.....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 15, 2017, 05:02:46 PM
Is playing the a requirement for buying the game?  I thought that was an established fact around here.  You know like clipping is good for counter aesthetics.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 15, 2017, 05:14:36 PM
Is playing the a requirement for buying the game?

Not at all.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 15, 2017, 10:50:09 PM
That looks awesome. I was so tempted to get in on that KS.... but there's no way in hell im getting my game group to play it.....


It has some solitaire options.  One of the KS unlocks IIRC.

Haven't looked into how extensive they are.  But I don't think there is any hidden information for multi-player games, and most of the game's challenge is of the race/efficiency type without much (any?) direct conflict, so it's probably easier to solo that way too.

I shouldn't say any of it is "easy" considering the amount of rules.  Fortunately the manuals have a lot of pictorial examples and symbology next to the appropriate rules entries.  Also comes with a book further detailing the various, and often experimental/hypothetical, tech portrayed in the game.  Moistened loins.

Would've begun learning this evening, but I have Star Wars RPG learning to do and a first session to scratch up for next week.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on March 16, 2017, 07:04:57 AM
Would've begun learning this evening, but I have Star Wars RPG learning to do and a first session to scratch up for next week.

I just finished reading Edge of the Empire and started Force and Destiny. I like what I've read so far!  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 16, 2017, 07:23:22 AM
Would've begun learning this evening, but I have Star Wars RPG learning to do and a first session to scratch up for next week.

I just finished reading Edge of the Empire and started Force and Destiny. I like what I've read so far!  O0


It's good stuff.   :bd:   I just gotta get acclimated to running it, then I may start up a play-by-post here in the future.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 17, 2017, 11:29:06 PM
Took a risk and picked up a discounted Marvel Legendary for an easy solo game.  I don't mind the game play for what it is, but the set up and storage is kind of a pain in the ass.  Not horrible, but annoying.  I think the kids will dig it because its co-op gameplay, but I think I should have gotten something else.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 18, 2017, 11:15:44 AM
Took a risk and picked up a discounted Marvel Legendary for an easy solo game.  I don't mind the game play for what it is, but the set up and storage is kind of a pain in the ass.  Not horrible, but annoying.  I think the kids will dig it because its co-op gameplay, but I think I should have gotten something else.


I think the Legendary Encounters titles are more interesting for solitaire.  More thematically relevant mechanics = much more fun. 

I also look at the Marvel version as being easy enough to play with kids & non-gamers without too much trouble.  Has it's uses.  But the default difficulty is too easy for solo/co-op, so I generally use one of the options to make it more difficult, e.g. adding extra points to the Mastermind cards, and perhaps his lieutenants.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on March 18, 2017, 02:45:17 PM
I've not played Marvel, but the family loved Aliens.  Brutally tense and quite difficult, we've made it through the first two movies and are looking forward to the third.

I will nod at Bison re: the decision made by some sadistic bastard in the bowels of the company who decided that the mountain of cards would come unsorted.

Love the mat, though.

It's a definite "any timer" for my closest group.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 18, 2017, 06:02:37 PM
The disappointment I have with Marvel Legendary is tempered by the fact I scored a discounted copy of Formula D.  I'm setting it up this evening to learn the basic rules and hopefully the advanced racing rules.  I just wish there was an expansion that added machine guns, rockets, spike and oil traps to the vehicles as a special ability.  Now that would be awesome. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 18, 2017, 06:07:33 PM
that is an excellent game, and was a tough one to find for a long time until the reprint finally came out.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 18, 2017, 08:56:48 PM
Just wrapped up a four car race with the basic rules.  It's fun, but I can tell that the advanced rules are going to make it a much, much better gaming experience.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on March 18, 2017, 09:53:27 PM
Worth it almost for the 1d30 alone...

Although I prefer the mechanics of Thunder Alley these days...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 19, 2017, 05:57:44 AM
Although I prefer the mechanics of Thunder Alley these days...

The designer is an Origins regular and Columbus native, if you want to meet him this year...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 12:25:47 PM
Got El Grande to the table last night.  Good times with the classic area majority game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on March 24, 2017, 06:39:27 PM
My copy of Terraforming Mars finally arrived today.  Just in time for me to start 3 nights of shift work....Bugger.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 06:47:46 PM
Nice.  I'll be waiting for your impressions.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on March 24, 2017, 08:25:08 PM
I've already played the store's demo copy about 7-8 times.  Great game!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 08:51:11 PM
Cool.  I've heard really good things about it.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: acctingman on March 27, 2017, 11:47:01 AM
Just getting back into Heroclix myself. Got a couple co-workers hooked now too. We're meeting every Wednesday at work and playing at lunch!  :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on March 28, 2017, 07:22:47 AM
Just getting back into Heroclix myself. Got a couple co-workers hooked now too. We're meeting every Wednesday at work and playing at lunch!  :bd:

I did some of that back when it first came out (2002?).  Definitely enjoyable and, thankfully, didn't require bookkeeping.  Which was obviously one of it's big Pros.

Picked up a variety of them a few years ago, anticipating some quick casual games.  I don't recall the average 200-500pt game taking very long, so it seemed nice for relative quickies.  Still haven't played since long ago.  The releases, since then, seem to have had a big leap in power so the old Marvel ones are pretty damn weak compared to the later editions. 

However, I'm also planning on getting dual use out of them.  I have both Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Ed and ICONS RPGs.  They are most likely to get used in a 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 player supers RPG.  Can see them working great for small groups, and drop in/out, with steady action.  ICONS has random tables for hero generation, and minimal rules, so it'd also be good as a gateway for youngsters which is probably how I'll use it. 

CSI has $15 bags of 100 Random Heroclix minis (with no cards).  I grabbed one of those, for the RPG purpose, and was happy with the mix since many were obscure enough that most people wouldn't have preconceptions.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: acctingman on March 28, 2017, 12:08:12 PM
Yea, the older dials are near worthless when playing against the newer dials. I sold off my collection several years ago and regretted it. Bought a local collection, sold off what I didn't need and the proceeds from that were enough to cover what I wanted and some extra $$ for my WW2 mini's venture.

It's a fun and faced paced game that doesn't take too long to play and the replay-ability is immense.

I'm in the process of making some 3D terrain for our clix games!  :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 28, 2017, 01:22:58 PM
You can pick up a crap-ton of HeroClix cheap at Origins.  I got a bunch and put them on GW bases and just threw out the HeroClix bases, and I got about ≈150 figs for about $25 or so.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 28, 2017, 01:32:49 PM
You can pick up a crap-ton of HeroClix cheap at Origins.

You are utterly shameless :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 28, 2017, 02:02:47 PM
in other late-breaking news

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5492/11857713286_c5c7d4483d_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 28, 2017, 02:12:07 PM
That Moose Count is never going to be finished.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:07:15 PM
You can pick up a crap-ton of HeroClix cheap at Origins.

You are utterly shameless :P

Yes but doesn't picking up heroclix minis without the heroclix bases sort of defeat the purpose of playing the actual heroclix game?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 28, 2017, 04:20:02 PM
The ones you buy there all have the bases.  I made the choice to cut the bases off of the ones I bought to use for more general RPG minis.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 28, 2017, 04:30:18 PM
You can pick up a crap-ton of HeroClix cheap at Origins.

You are utterly shameless :P

Yes but doesn't picking up heroclix minis without the heroclix bases sort of defeat the purpose of playing the actual heroclix game?

The shameless part is pimping Origins. I don't care what he does with his Heroclix minis. At least he's buying minis :P
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:38:48 PM
I have minis too!  Blood Rage, Scythe, various Reaper Bones minis, Imperial Assault, etc...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 28, 2017, 04:42:06 PM
I have minis too!  Blood Rage, Scythe, various Reaper Bones minis, Imperial Assault, etc...

Yes, yes. You're an official Grogheads Game Whore. Don't be jelly.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:44:22 PM
Woot!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 28, 2017, 04:46:31 PM
still doesn't get him to Origins
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:48:09 PM
Woot!  Oh wait...damn it!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on March 28, 2017, 04:51:09 PM
still doesn't get him to Origins

Why does he get a pass?!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Rekim on March 29, 2017, 08:07:43 AM
Spring break sprang for me today. The perfect excuse to break out something meaty. Decided to dive into the Steel Wolves grand campaign.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nyqNeVbYBSOlcu34tpJQDUx7gk5bIOopmY8D9StVdiwbFngFTWFsnAGfenflJNbmWRHiT5AbtdG5f-Ber37eJMYp2Cg0aqyhqROmkfZvLrN8u9zFweS-K0pPLgs8MviGQuCZNBftv4Iw-6hrjOA0DBUIXmx-mSjxI_eNHYINJgWSJvngkQug8My-lIp3ZdBE1ByVm1V5IE-YOWBcpM-lygFaJ9Vn8FCbRzg-EHVgEcG2o-vptxthPRCRrQMicvRUN5HFKwd2wpIpF3oPah_LdjnYKTmP7iqxFCWgkUmJORDSf-rGYNcFODFUYra33haOrKKjTo0SRd2h1YiUD8dG28QyBTZMXWBqKwSnIm8UMwVjMJJNebVXEMbBK_iU_gtNT3KuseVMG2t40o4T9JuVJRCSy6G3tYWbswrdbqAi1N0gBM-dcB6DzNSGv3sSmT54GXMcVlBX92bSw1X9tCduP2UQgOoSXf6lSKNgesKku-rGxkWaMl3PYsBG-Zo3Mq9qrdTwQZAh-qrb4XZBr07GsgOlpzcj0BqWGtWD0AE49TByRJ2agmcl3BW-6YPHDFOSat4GipttV473wmNdmJavcmkJ1GdOnHNXZpwQYlfWOkF1Kse-=w1318-h989-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AkfdLDgPvPtptmJAdg34YZkrCR1ZcRyWcoW5neByKPfbb684A5e_JhTCwaPsBgxcAxKVUgldizv2lmN3u6s36zO_O9kwjbW5mXcgo42CnfnmIcYmYytpr2v-ga0qEp5AWiGxaMthUAF0y9Erah6fNWUAxC82gjLRm7su65mu2ku0s2RokjDmZLc8QSM1PJd5q4ojmzyr-IMRSBM4OEJcW2jjnQlIVYG6aHYFR6Szbr8K0B9757Qm5bVj-zW1K0RMv3aJwBbl-xcPPYTdhLo2Qrib0lq26Swrz8IqXJ0kdzMSG_7ekHitVUB7Cp0wtxll_2oD9-mfl0EhnNFjWN8NNr7iPtuegWsFgy_88qyCKoTHwHpWlXHQdx1LBhtbQI4BHjzzidfzPL4Fsyx4HPkr0DgzS3gts3mb8o5tdyUd0uFsZicL0thYu-goxqWZ3fjGf1NyS97B38yPMgUMGx-5GOkNlIfnO9rtO5neCbVdhDmUACUFxwFozEB703pYNR0PLDUj_LKOILf_yR5HIqxJHlRCmBWe6ZwmVfxfydULpItyKjMPZybKEy6WqUz6Y-GgWp3fGz_ulEN8ob6SGvzi8ZgTzbtVuPrlg2ng7GAC58F5lY8Rxv7c=w1318-h989-no)

This is the view at the end of September '39 (turn 4). Most of the uboat fleet deployed in the first weeks and are back in their pens in Germany working up for future patrols. I had a mediocre first month scoring just 6 points compared to the historical 9 points. My results were 35 ships sunk for a total 150,000 tons, with 2 subs lost...both type VIIs  :tickedoff:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/NLCjdkuv6hmGCReCRVa--agz340uzqr9lKv6bRzuYcbkvSidSZxID9Re27jV-rU-8Rw1LCP7ZvpJQ16v9AWfE8qqlrRivErkvTdyFHoayJ_ldPbWrZV7QqSwas6pnhyxgE55-iqSMq6hHCLx6-2hWqC4Yq2NIqCNIwTOzJghPxLfED1vaEQJP2-_DxOravBkPmGKtVT9OqJXUIU2q2a_h_Od6fSvcTW4TYLTBflaP2yU_OfyPn38NdBGCX_WYRE559FFRpK7WqCyN2NqZGjyXtriX9Qe-Sqe_W9c7w6fC_o1F4joIF71N9ZsG9LeHxO9ZubmAb1mFGxTkM6JuyQUzk_GeEOyqgroxXeDhTJThU3augtfLwfqNjGgFcMeyNVsradWItH4OqJEt2dZw5esPAZCMtU7Efc_0Sq83ZjTsuIGzsB8ogDckRzXawUk3KAlAB5T0Kj9npn7-ckMEDwhIR4LvURJklLla6LZLF-bqMWuXM48gE-AYP_t1ZTzTJrEd_f19AjBd_J7RWeslcNB0iLOqcOb7m8pZ38Pg3ElOJFUX7IEJ9qxN8Gr1jpBIvb9TtzyI0ZDFqYHKcsE9iQFjxp1Q3iUhSAkBqtp0FMv8RF5s_L9xP-S=w1318-h989-no)



Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 29, 2017, 08:19:35 AM
O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on March 29, 2017, 12:40:10 PM
I played Black Orchestra at the FLGS last night.  It's a co-op game that has the players take on the roles of various German plotters in an attempt to assassinate Hitler.  The gameplay is fairly light and somewhat reminiscent of Pandemic and Elder Signs but there's a great deal of historical flavour built into the game.  I had a great time geeking out on all the little historical details built into the game and it's a testament to good design that the game is perfectly playable to those without any real knowledge of WWII, Nazi hierarchy, or Operation Valkyrie.

I played as Hans Oster, 2nd in command of the Abwehr and an anti-Nazi resistor.  I acted early and tried to take out Hitler in 1939 by conspiring to plant a bomb on his plane from Berlin to Nuremberg.  The Gestapo discovered my plot and had me arrested and interrogated.  They couldn't pin anything on me but they were highly suspicious of me for the rest of the game and I was in and out of prison several times.

In the end, the Gestapo had rounded up and imprisoned three of us and were highly suspicious of the forth player as well.  Fortunately, she was able to concoct a plot to poison Hitler's food at the Berlin train station as he returned from Munich in 1943 and we won just as the Gestapo was zeroing in on her.


Neat little game.  It's a bit too light for me to consider picking up but I'd definitely  give it another go using the store's copy.  Love the look of the game board and the artwork on the event and plot cards but I thought the character art was a little too cartoonish for my tastes.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 29, 2017, 08:10:05 PM
Spring break sprang for me today. The perfect excuse to break out something meaty. Decided to dive into the Steel Wolves grand campaign.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6zJX_Y05zKp1Cfr2JPbQ1Op7FPaRZFGo7DMa4iBreYB5yf_2JW3GySwQ-o5-rxoEq3MrCNpkZpqf3srmf7ls9SyIK4RiPTl3-p9HAhbya_-wHvS-BLs8alW9AnOBg4SbqC28KVjuIyojO_2vvhFj5CfUXnHawmXpC1IKHNcU6d26EN_OrLrov0rMTgLKcZSZvlluUf1Oy6TVHVS-5xNn-AM0aG15cSya0ziG0octb9i03k92J7UOSNr6F5ZVdHisbfTNeyrOSRPu6YOdubwBZ0N6UrQv91rRqzXOEa_tGuBTYeZT8SK4dIseHtHqAM2juttGHlAIvN0gTWwdG47cq7CJODHAjWdPUGu8WZ5pCGDs3hW_o1W6W9baiXZe0Ni_FYi2w7TeahADYJcMmbcdjpYOVFr_IB7y68l4moPLzaeCnWfUMk3nrJWjc2t4NcOg-avYEnL9TWOov-Xx8XiYee71KiHvEJPEc8ehE3WZ_c2tOG4HSmaNlzBchqo9L1kFHAOcxnkpbbGFLccDPFMqvimfZ56SuezVnGAeSkZ62rkdtEZchcG0u0ITEWnwb9-SjjuvlMQv6EglM_v5bcsKZ9a_2FvwkNMO2po13OT-0WDxEbAC=w1115-h836-no)

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This is the view at the end of September '39 (turn 4). Most of the uboat fleet deployed in the first weeks and are back in their pens in Germany working up for future patrols. I had a mediocre first month scoring just 6 points compared to the historical 9 points. My results were 35 ships sunk for a total 150,000 tons, with 2 subs lost...both type VIIs  :tickedoff:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/urXT5pXlJivoiuMu63hcxA9MW0EqjosPV9v-Ya5l1RFRSQ5kfcEC3CoI8yv1KPIqyvqkYy2umbTadLP_FyNTRwPGgtAJcwvofa8v0TqmWQrlSCEbTrwbNFSOaYENWcM28od88eYLKvAIQdeTCN3hPhvmfcpctjsrvRmOCHMRRpi3wqVQtkxPcvwVaZ_LhkLqgCtzujr-zZ7fMO86jSbMf4wIaqZkYMalcjxDxCvRoWJGAJzwu7ns68RXVTIrHbPZBBSnaRmLJoeEfGeEpGWDv-jyd1REtyMtSNpj9twJDLXa5qIRaNpfq3ePAAh9Y6OS8qE5ushHKG4OXm7EFv1dvtLU9OQcct-rnY4sk7c_DE_vZ-MdihYINocfIXopk4kMRewa79_yH8tY3kSuUhht915wo67NPeCO7WSkP9TbQGDGa4XjiAQt6Wn1z7IaGodB2-_9ScchSVIsQGo7wy3K-Rmfmvc8HBFQhhj1_FEkD7-bGdnpJDGRH7IH9RVI6uFtCERfAWsrEFQqequhAS2fvqDqbqFQJxGCR4V3z3gWWFfzF_6ZusdTwK3t_hLqcBPhWmHsCS8X0xYGIDckbVov2eq2ez_85JLrK-uE5e6hMEwvLqdxNrmD=w1115-h836-no)

Man that looks good. I need to track me down a copy....
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on March 31, 2017, 10:50:10 AM
Spring break sprang for me today. The perfect excuse to break out something meaty. Decided to dive into the Steel Wolves grand campaign.
This is the view at the end of September '39 (turn 4). Most of the uboat fleet deployed in the first weeks and are back in their pens in Germany working up for future patrols. I had a mediocre first month scoring just 6 points compared to the historical 9 points. My results were 35 ships sunk for a total 150,000 tons, with 2 subs lost...both type VIIs  :tickedoff:


Man that looks good. I need to track me down a copy....

Excellent game!!!!   Pricey...but worth the investment. 

One thought, a friend of mine uses the Vassal module to use the automated random chit "cups."  The game has quite of bit of random chit / cup management.  According to him, the vassal module running "in-parallel" with the physical game really helps with the logistics.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on March 31, 2017, 11:19:37 AM
Non of those screen shots show up for me  :(
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on March 31, 2017, 11:21:34 AM
Me neither.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on March 31, 2017, 11:28:28 AM
They're gone fer me too now...  ???
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Post by: Rekim on April 01, 2017, 08:41:20 AM
Damn. No idea why the images disappeared. I re-shared them, so hopefully fixed now.
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Post by: Crossroads on April 01, 2017, 08:59:02 AM
Damn. No idea why the images disappeared. I re-shared them, so hopefully fixed now.

Yes, I see them now, thanks!
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Post by: Crossroads on April 01, 2017, 09:01:15 AM
Wow, that's a busy table you've got there! I see now what you meant by having the VASSAL module available for assistance  :)
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Post by: Rekim on April 01, 2017, 09:01:46 AM
Excellent game!!!!   Pricey...but worth the investment. 

One thought, a friend of mine uses the Vassal module to use the automated random chit "cups."  The game has quite of bit of random chit / cup management.  According to him, the vassal module running "in-parallel" with the physical game really helps with the logistics.

I use Vassal for the chit draws too. It would take half a lifetime to complete a game otherwise. There is something like 13 separate draw cups that are used. Even Rain Man would be hard pressed to keep all those cups seeded and sorted correctly over hundreds or thousands of encounters. Check out the Vassal convoy display on my laptop, the counters used in each column are drawn from a different cup. The really tough part is making sure they are all returned to the proper cup when cleaning up. If you screw up there is really no way to detect it until you reseed.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nOab4BsuDZIzLlfzXKv-Oo_y7Q7LEEu10hkHIcJpqybJugfJiSrocNwNEpqC2kB3ZOByonWORR2ewHCWkL5m7FZvg0MzLrzZU2UxDJgTlHwXWTgvfj7NZRfGtADR5IK0o-OWm77wuxSjEEBM_4iP0lvN9oTpFrA3LrU8QitOy6Jxx5hpoqXSOlUm5HlSzjTA1UmSJ44PnWXJ6DIsn-WQrD0UZPGfJppTSCLKx7f3tnFsr0zUyzVlUxZmcVFwXEKB4FyOnD0T5qHjVax8iX55FprTTUg3PsdPS1FbtztugM3Vt2rmpMi284X8NUSt3iEd3OK5MnnRDl_tDBr7UrTq-E99Ehrwih3tbfR9aDyFLSeFqLWL953n0ie42da82vteT_J5GnAiTWGoIDL_QF2rcCL0goqy9UMf7xdporHWjDor3dCyRefYLeG8H7Tt62K1MBSEI_O0LMo5YVMBN1jPQYYtZWbKnyvk3X6siJlcXm84JiJMwa7Nu3KL96rkVJTRvi31NlqGyi57T5ErFmGfUQkleCOzRaS2EOCFBenu0XCPeLmQ-vGbpzm_v0fPk1j5cxlrVlIjUlyT7NSUTd8LnnSL78pcKbTmZYrL4T9VSlEpdsBvLZhW=w1194-h988-no)
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Post by: Rekim on April 01, 2017, 09:03:56 AM
Wow, that's a busy table you've got there! I see now what you meant by having the VASSAL module available for assistance  :)

It is a huge game. Notice none of the CRT charts, rule books, aides, counter trays are in view. There is a huge amount of game out of frame  :crazy2:
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Post by: mirth on April 01, 2017, 09:18:58 AM
Pic from last night's game. Northwest Frontier - British Imperials vs Pathans. Rules were Battles for Empire II

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/Battles%20For%20Empire/20170331_210004_zps6eg4z3ta.jpg)

This was a playtest for a game that will be run at Huzzah! (http://www.huzzahcon.com/) in May. I'll post a few more pics and impressions after the coffee has fully kicked in.
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Post by: Bison on April 01, 2017, 04:18:07 PM
Cool photo Mirth.
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Post by: mirth on April 01, 2017, 04:39:30 PM
It was a fun game. I hadn't played the rules before and I really liked them.
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Post by: Nefaro on April 01, 2017, 08:13:25 PM
Got some painting to do on Conan..

 :dreamer:

(https://s23.postimg.org/4p0t2kcrv/Conan1_sml.jpg)







And the nerdfest continues with learning High Frontier 3rd.

Gave the Basic game a run long enough.  Habit forming!  On to reading Advanced & Solo rules!


(https://s22.postimg.org/c59hintdt/High_Frontier2_sml.jpg)


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Post by: bbmike on April 02, 2017, 07:04:05 AM
I've read good things about High Frontier 3rd edition.
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Post by: bbmike on April 02, 2017, 09:57:34 AM
Just finished my first game ever of Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal. CoH is an excellent game! The rules are easy to learn and the game components are top notch. My only complaint would be that the map overlay pieces slide around too easily. I might have to find a solution for that.

I played Firefight #2 - Goettge's Retribution. Here's a shot of the initial setup:
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg1.jpg)

And the end of Round 2. It didn't take long for me to get the Marines into trouble.  :-[
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg2.jpg)

The end of Round 3. As you can see, Round 4 didn't last too long.
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg3.jpg)

A Japanese victory. I think I made some mistakes with awarding Bushido points in Round 1 but I don't think that explains the tragic loss for the Marines. This game really makes you think about what to do. Can't wait to play this again! I've also already come to the conclusion that my new gaming table is way too small.  :buck2:
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Post by: Nefaro on April 02, 2017, 10:41:19 AM
I've read good things about High Frontier 3rd edition.


I just posted about my introduction to HF3 here:

http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?topic=1152.msg512320#msg512320



I'd also planned to leave the new Conan boardgame on my wishlist for awhile longer. 

Was thinking about how I already had numerous "one versus many" skirmish games, not to mention my 'To Do' list of games.  Plus it's not exactly cheap.

But after seeing all the glowing reviews about it's wonderful and relatively quick and action-filled system, I couldn't resist any further.  The artwork, and many of the minis, are also wonderful.  Good for some quick 2-hour heavy action methinks.  :nerd:  8)
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 02, 2017, 08:14:23 PM
Just finished my first game ever of Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal. CoH is an excellent game! The rules are easy to learn and the game components are top notch. My only complaint would be that the map overlay pieces slide around too easily. I might have to find a solution for that.

I played Firefight #2 - Goettge's Retribution. Here's a shot of the initial setup:
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg1.jpg)

And the end of Round 2. It didn't take long for me to get the Marines into trouble.  :-[
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg2.jpg)

The end of Round 3. As you can see, Round 4 didn't last too long.
(http://www.aarcentral.com/AARs/coh1/cohg3.jpg)

A Japanese victory. I think I made some mistakes with awarding Bushido points in Round 1 but I don't think that explains the tragic loss for the Marines. This game really makes you think about what to do. Can't wait to play this again! I've also already come to the conclusion that my new gaming table is way too small.  :buck2:

Yeah, it's a great game.  The Bushido point system makes it very thematic.  I notice that you're missing some of the river in your photos.  Did missing that affect your game at all?

I lost this one as the Marines as well but had a blast playing it.  One of the Japanese mortar teams went nuts and charged into hand-to-hand.  I don't know why, but the mental image of little Yoshi clubbing some hapless Jarhead over the noggin with a mortar tube made me laugh.

The third scenario is a lot of fun.  The fact that the Japanese are heavily encouraged to attack in a wave made it a bit of a challenge for my opponent, but in the end he still managed to win by a point.  I misplayed my mortar at the beginning of the scenario (should have used flares instead of HE) and I had some bad luck with my Stuarts at the end.  One bogged down in the creek and got stuck.  The other fell to a close assault.  I had an MG team try to blow the attackers off the turret when they climbed aboard and managed to land a hit but the lucky bugger pulled the final (no damage) chit from the Japanese hit stack.
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Post by: Bison on April 02, 2017, 09:17:02 PM
Played a couple of games of Star Wars Destiny at a pre-release event today.  It's actually a quick, fun game with mechanics like Dice Masters or Ashes.  I think I may play this casual with the kids, but I hate the CCG model and wish FFG would have gone with some sort LCG model for the game.
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Post by: bbmike on April 03, 2017, 04:22:12 AM
Yeah, it's a great game.  The Bushido point system makes it very thematic.  I notice that you're missing some of the river in your photos.  Did missing that affect your game at all?
...

I don't think the missing river changed anything. The Japanese, for the most part, remained in the village and the Marines went to them. So for this scenario the river was just a deep lake.  :P
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Post by: ArizonaTank on April 03, 2017, 06:12:15 AM
Just finished my first game ever of Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal. CoH is an excellent game! The rules are easy to learn and the game components are top notch. My only complaint would be that the map overlay pieces slide around too easily. I might have to find a solution for that.

I love the CoH series as well. I don't have Guadalcanal yet, but I have the others.  Your post has definitely gotten me to start looking for a copy.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 06, 2017, 02:49:46 AM
My copy of the latest Wings of Glory WWII modules arrived yesterday.  Wings of Glory: Battle of Britain.  As a stand-alone, it's decent.  For those who already own a previous base set of the series, it's not worth it.  The rulebook is basically exactly the same as that found in the last two base sets but with an updated aircraft data table to reflect the new BoB era aircraft they added (but I disagree with the stats they've given some of the planes.  Why does a Mk II Spit have a worse climb rate than the Mk IA?)

The biggest disappointment is with the models they've included.  The quality just isn't what is once was.  When Wings of Glory first came out, they used dyed plastics and paint to get to get the colours, camo, and markings correct.  The last two waves of miniatures did away with the dyed plastic and instead opted for slapping a decal over a beige model.  This means that the leading and trailing edges of wings and tail sections aren't covered by the decal and the contrast really stands out.  Even worse is that they used the wrong model for the Spit Mk II (They used a Mk Vc) so there are cannon bulges where there shouldn't be. 

The Hurricanes are the worst of the lot.  The decals they use don't even mesh up so there are gaps between the main body and the tails.  Shame that they've had to cut down on quality so much just to remain profitable.

Here are a few side by side comparisons between the original Wave 1 Hurricane and the newest one.  (My original was a Dutch model but I covered over the Dutch roundels with Brit markings).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/IMG_0512_zpsx6w8bvjo.jpg~original)


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/IMG_0508_zpsyy7j27gu.jpg~original)


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/IMG_0513_zpsovpafxcw.jpg~original)


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/IMG_0515_zpsthgiwrdu.jpg~original)
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Post by: acctingman on April 06, 2017, 09:01:56 AM
I so want to play that mini's game, but I'd want every plane that they make and multiples of each. Too pricey for me!

Waiting for the CY6 PC game to come out  :bd:
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Post by: Barthheart on April 06, 2017, 09:04:10 AM
...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/bogaty/IMG_0512_zpsx6w8bvjo.jpg~original)
...

Man that does look awful.  :P  I'd be pissed if I received that.
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Post by: Bison on April 06, 2017, 09:19:01 AM
Huh.  I hadn't noticed that and I was just looking at some Wings minis a couple of weeks ago.
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Post by: Staggerwing on April 06, 2017, 05:07:07 PM
My original was a Dutch model but I covered over the Dutch roundels with Brit markings

 :(
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Post by: Barthheart on April 09, 2017, 10:01:45 AM
Just arrived... well at my house at least. Thanks to Banzai_Cat.  :bd:
(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10283;image)
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Post by: BanzaiCat on April 09, 2017, 10:42:06 AM
Good deal! Sorry as always it took so bloody long.
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 09, 2017, 11:42:26 AM
My original was a Dutch model but I covered over the Dutch roundels with Brit markings

 :(

What?  The Hurricanes were out of print at that point and the Dutch one was the only one I could find.  Wasn't going to get any use out of a single Dutch plane.
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Post by: panzerde on April 09, 2017, 06:06:57 PM
What?  The Hurricanes were out of print at that point and the Dutch one was the only one I could find.  Wasn't going to get any use out of a single Dutch plane.


The Dutch do very well that way, thank you.

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Post by: ArizonaTank on April 09, 2017, 08:53:01 PM
"Soldiers of the Queen", magazine game, S&T #95, 1984, Isandlhwana scenario

Richard Berg design

The Zulu impis are starting to pour from the hills on turn 2.  British artillery has opened up at extreme range, no effect yet.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c255/larizona55/20170409_162608_zps02m04omq.jpg)
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Post by: panzerde on April 09, 2017, 09:36:37 PM
That looks fun. It'll be interesting to hear how the Brits fare.

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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 11, 2017, 01:25:35 AM
I tried out a 3-player game of Le Havre at the FLGS tonight.  It was my first time playing it.  The store owner was quite excited to get it on the table as it's one of his favourites.  I am pretty hit or miss with this designer.  I really like Ora et Labora a lot but some of his other titles such as Agricola, Glass Road, and Caverna don't do it for me.  I think this one falls in the latter category.  I think it's the "you must feed your people" rules in the latter that is the stumbling block for me.  Le Havre has this food requirement component as well and I find it incredibly frustrating.  It felt like it was almost impossible to progress as all of my efforts went into scraping enough food or money together to meet the requirements each turn, leaving me no time to do anything else.  The other player had it even worse than me.  He got into a situation where he wasn't able to meet his requirements and had to take out a loan.  He couldn't pay back the loan on the interest phase of the next turn and then had to take out another loan just to pay the interest on the first.  He got into a spiral where he had something like 12 loans out by the end of the game and finished with -115 points. 

I suspect this is one of those games where you have to play through 2-3 times just to learn what steps to take early on so that you don't find yourself scrambling but it was so annoying that I don't want to play that 2nd or 3rd time.

Seems I'm in the minority as it gets mostly glowing reviews on BGG.

 :pullhair: :pullhair: :pullhair: :pullhair:


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/35677/le-havre (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/35677/le-havre)










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Post by: Bison on April 11, 2017, 12:39:01 PM
It's on my list to get and the reprint is supposed to be out mid-may.
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Post by: Nefaro on April 11, 2017, 03:55:33 PM


Seems I'm in the minority as it gets mostly glowing reviews on BGG.

 :pullhair: :pullhair: :pullhair: :pullhair:




Maybe you're like many of us.  You just don't like most "Euro" games?

Most just seem like fancy puzzles to me.  Meh. 

I want to my games to surprise me with wicked twists and turns, constantly making me rethink my strategy after it meets the enemy, or even some bad luck.  Plus a heavy theme, of course.  Most 'Euros' just seem like a rather fancy but sedate jigsaw puzzle to me.  A bunch of jumbled pieces to put together in the most ideal way, and with a very vague picture of a theme printed on top of those pieces.  Do not want.  Probably a good thing since there are so many other genres I spend too much on.


Euros tend to get a lot of up-votes on BGG in general.  There is obviously a large crowd who loves them.  I think there are many who only play Euro style designer games, which explains why they regularly get a lot of ratings. 
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 11, 2017, 04:05:01 PM
I actually quite enjoy some of the heavier Euro games as long as they're somewhat thematic and offer up various strategies to victory.  I will gladly play Terraforming Mars, Puerto Rico, Shipyard, Ora et Labora, and even lighter stuff like Castles of Mad King Ludwig because they all allow for and reward different paths to victory.

I find that a lot of Uwe Rosenberg's games funnel you into using only a handful of strategies in order to have a chance at winning.  The food requirements in Agricola, Caverna, and Le Havre all fall into this trap.  They offer up a huge number of options that you can do, but all but a select few will lead to disaster. 

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Post by: Bison on April 11, 2017, 06:18:35 PM
I actually played a game of the revised Agricola this afternoon.  I prefer it to Caverna and with an expansion or two it'll have a nice big card pool to create an even more varied games. 

I generally like euros more than some of the over produced but shallow thematic "ameritrash" (I hate this name) games, but I don't need theme to enjoy learning the mechanics which is what I enjoy most about euro games.  Some are diffenately puzzle like games, but I think that's a bit over simplified.  Unless you are playing solo the other players have a say too on how the puzzle works.  One of the enjoyments is learning to maximize the strategies and knowing that the other players know too.  The variation in Agricola ensures that the end game strategy for any given play will be different even though you are working toward the same goal.  I've been on a Stephen Feld kick lately.  Point salad games, but I enjoy that kind of game some days.  I've been eyeing Tzolk'in as the next want to play on my list.
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Post by: Nefaro on April 11, 2017, 07:30:14 PM
My "puzzle" simile was definitely an improper blanket exaggeration.  I could probably even come to enjoy a few select Euros myself, if I found the right one(s).  Just not generally my thing, despite my hunger for learning new game systems.

I tend to jest about people who only play the same single game genre or system all the time, to the exclusion of all else.  Gotta be nice, not being an obsessed game hoarder.  :dreamer:  You guys obviously aren't in that category.   :))   I'm speaking of those self-professed Euro-only gamers who probably have far more available shelf space and money than I.  ;D
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Post by: bayonetbrant on April 11, 2017, 07:58:08 PM
I played Splendor for the first time last week. I was fun, but it was a completely pasted-on theme to a solid set-matching mechanic
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Post by: Bison on April 11, 2017, 08:34:33 PM
I tend to jest about people who only play the same single game genre or system all the time, to the exclusion of all else. 

I hear you.  I enjoy all types of games, but I definitely have been playing more euro games lately.  Although I play a lot of family games which are hard to place in the whole "category" thing.

I played Splendor for the first time last week. I was fun, but it was a completely pasted-on theme to a solid set-matching mechanic

Yeah Splendor has no theme to speak of other than...uh...gems.  I enjoy it occasionally.  The wife would want it on the table way more than I do, but its a good light 30ish minute game.
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Post by: Nefaro on April 12, 2017, 10:32:33 AM
I played Splendor for the first time last week. I was fun, but it was a completely pasted-on theme to a solid set-matching mechanic


That fits my "jigsaw puzzle with a picture on top" metaphor.

I know they're not all quite like that.  But when I see the cover art on a Euro box, my mind tends to lump it in that category by default.  :-\


Think the closest I've come to owning a Euro have been Bring Out Yer Dead and maybe Polis: Fight For The Hegemony.  Although the latter definitely has a wargame theme, and I picked up the former as a simpler one to do with people who don't board game much (plus the unusual "coffin placement" theme to some extent   ;D ).
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Post by: bayonetbrant on April 12, 2017, 02:28:56 PM
That fits my "jigsaw puzzle with a picture on top" metaphor.

That's totally what it is.  But it's well-done and entertaining.
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Post by: Arctic Blast on April 13, 2017, 01:47:21 PM
I played Splendor for the first time last week. I was fun, but it was a completely pasted-on theme to a solid set-matching mechanic

Utterly theme-less,  but it's a good game. Easy to teach, too.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on April 13, 2017, 02:13:27 PM
I played Splendor for the first time last week. I was fun, but it was a completely pasted-on theme to a solid set-matching mechanic

Utterly theme-less,  but it's a good game. Easy to teach, too.

But GEMS!


Ok it has no theme at all, but it does have some kick ass poker chips for the gem resources.   :)
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Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 07:28:08 AM
Picked up my copy of Fields of Despair yesterday


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/9b0d727b-ba23-432e-ab97-bdd3e4284a99_zpsfunv0wdv.jpg)
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Post by: Bison on April 16, 2017, 04:27:31 PM
Picked up my copy of Fields of Despair yesterday


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/9b0d727b-ba23-432e-ab97-bdd3e4284a99_zpsfunv0wdv.jpg)

Nice.
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Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 04:31:07 PM
It's a sweet game.
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Post by: Barthheart on April 16, 2017, 04:34:29 PM
Never been a fan of WWI games.. what makes this one good?
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Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 04:38:34 PM
Eaay to learn and play, but nice mix of sophistication. Block game with fog of war element that works well. Outstanding production value. Really hits a sweet spot for a board game. Particularly WWI.
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Post by: Barthheart on April 16, 2017, 04:43:17 PM
Cool. Bring it to Origins and you can teach me.  ;)
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Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 04:45:16 PM
I've been told I'm running it at Origins ;)
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Post by: Barthheart on April 16, 2017, 04:53:46 PM
Wheeeeeee!
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Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 04:57:27 PM
I figured I should know how to play it :P
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Post by: Barthheart on April 16, 2017, 05:00:56 PM
Yeah... I really need to learn the v2 rule for Wing Leader... and maybe one of the new scenarios...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on April 16, 2017, 05:04:51 PM
Yeah... I really need to learn the v2 rule for Wing Leader... and maybe one of the new scenarios...

You and me both :P
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Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 16, 2017, 05:50:14 PM
Yeah... I really need to learn the v2 rule for Wing Leader... and maybe one of the new scenarios...

This sounds like a job for PBEM!
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Post by: Barthheart on April 17, 2017, 02:26:36 PM
Spent most of the day learning and playing D-Day at Omaha Beach (thanks again B_C  O0).

Great fun, and HARD! Very cool diceless system. Starts slow and feels like you are not in control of much then you are in control but are fighting against a very determined defender. Standing on the beach is deadly but getting out of cover and off the beach is just as deadly. First it's just the bunkers and strong points cutting your men to bits, then the arty starts landing on the beach and blasting landing craft, tanks and men alike.

Very cool game.  O0
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Post by: Bison on April 17, 2017, 06:26:02 PM
The kids have been on a dixit tear lately.  Not my favorite, but way better than apples to apples.
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Post by: ArizonaTank on April 18, 2017, 06:04:38 AM
Spent most of the day learning and playing D-Day at Omaha Beach (thanks again B_C  O0).

Great fun, and HARD! Very cool diceless system. Starts slow and feels like you are not in control of much then you are in control but are fighting against a very determined defender. Standing on the beach is deadly but getting out of cover and off the beach is just as deadly. First it's just the bunkers and strong points cutting your men to bits, then the arty starts landing on the beach and blasting landing craft, tanks and men alike.

Very cool game.  O0

When I play it, I almost feel like there is a real person playing the Germans. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 18, 2017, 06:15:21 AM
Spent most of the day learning and playing D-Day at Omaha Beach (thanks again B_C  O0).

Great fun, and HARD! Very cool diceless system. Starts slow and feels like you are not in control of much then you are in control but are fighting against a very determined defender. Standing on the beach is deadly but getting out of cover and off the beach is just as deadly. First it's just the bunkers and strong points cutting your men to bits, then the arty starts landing on the beach and blasting landing craft, tanks and men alike.

Very cool game.  O0

When I play it, I almost feel like there is a real person playing the Germans.

Yeah... and he's a basturd!  >:(  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on April 23, 2017, 01:00:33 PM
Taking the bots out for a spin in the training scenario in Churchill... End of the first conference.  I'm sure I didn't play some of the conference quite correctly, but it's starting to make sense.   I'm not 100% sure I am going to enjoy the bots in this as much as the COIN games or Labyrinth, but they might grow on me.  In some ways I'd almost rather it have a separate mechanism to determine how the bot handles issues, instead of having you make judgements based on the cards, but we'll see.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3522268_md.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: BanzaiCat on April 23, 2017, 03:42:24 PM
You're welcome, Barth. Glad you're enjoying it. I've yet to get it to the table...that, and the Tarawa one too.

I'll be getting B-17 Flying Fortress Leader to the table soon...been reading the rules since the unboxing article and it's got a lot of cool content to it.

Also have an order in for Legendary Encounters Firefly. I almost got the Alien version, even looked at the Marvel and Big Trouble in Little China versions, but Firefly appealed the most. Depending on its weight and size I might take it with me to the UK. Definitely need to bring Cruel Necessity at least.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 24, 2017, 02:49:21 PM
Nothing on my tab le at the moment. I could do with a good North Africa campaign game. :dreamer:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: ArizonaTank on April 24, 2017, 03:36:34 PM
Nothing on my tab le at the moment. I could do with a good North Africa campaign game. :dreamer:

Yes, I have that Afrika Korps itch as well...I managed to bag a copy of S&T #300 - Desert Fox Deluxe.  Basically all of the old SPI/S&T Desert Fox games, updated and integrated....600 counters, 6 maps, 10 mile hexes.  Good thing there is a vassal module, because the board is literally too long for my table.

Unfortunately plowing through a couple of other games first...but definitely working on DFD.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 24, 2017, 03:40:37 PM
Desert Fox was indeed an excellent game. I'm keeping an eye on the new game from GMT, 'The Dark Sands' which looks interesting. I have also been tempted to buy 'Blood & Sand' , but its maybe a little too simplistic.

http://grogheads.com/?cat=18 GARPA (see BB, I do read it).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on April 24, 2017, 03:42:36 PM
What's that link? Looks sketchy.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 24, 2017, 03:45:02 PM
http://www.gmtgames.com/p-509-the-dark-sands.aspx
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on April 24, 2017, 03:54:45 PM
Great. Another GMT game to buy.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 24, 2017, 03:56:59 PM
Looks nice. And it has 'made the cut' but how long before it gets printed is another matter.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 12:07:05 PM
Today I finally had the time and the chance to delve into Lock'n Load Tactical, and to Heroes of the Gap in particular! Ed, are you watching  :)  And no, I am not selling the game back to you. 

Having toyed around with the Modern demo a bit, and having read the rules and watched a couple of games, for a Panzer Leader / Arab Israeli Wars relic like me the move to Squad level combat was still perhaps even more taxing than what I expected. We had one guy who had the Vietnam module helping us for the first hour, yet it took us probably an hour and a half to get through the first turn, so as to ensure I and we got it as far as how each impulse went and which options are availabel to each units for every activation.

We played Back to Basics, as there were three of us initially, so Team Charlie defending Eisenbach agaist elements of 33d Motor Rifle and 69th Airborne. An out-and-out infantry struggle, quite nice as a learning game, with a decent unit density too. We got into turn four out of five before running out of time and calling it the quits. As it played, Team Charlie had to pull out from Eisenbach Town Hall having lost the units defending it to an Assault Move and then a Melee, after a series of succesful Smoke round after smoke round securing their way in. A Soviet Hero was born there, and if you know Mr Drago you perhaps know not to cross him. So the Motorized Rifle prided them, however, there was no way forward to my Airborne, who apparently got it the wrong way around, rolling high numbers for Smoke rounds and low numbers for fire attacks and defensive rolls.

Something bigger next time, perhaps with a few tanks to go around.

Really looking towards Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour making it to the table next, will be an interesting comparison.

Gotta love the quality of the HotG content, a proper mounted high gloss map and beautiful chits in three sizes:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10456;image)

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10454;image)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 12:11:43 PM
Great stuff Crossroads. That's a great module of LnLT. I played on line VASSAL against Mark Walker a few years ago. Great fun. I pull some cheesy moves and he got back at me with solid play.
I should try and see if I still have the recorded logfile of that game. Complete with trash talking log...  :)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on April 27, 2017, 12:21:08 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 12:25:10 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)

Oooooo.... now I want to play your scenarios... can you send me a copy?  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 27, 2017, 12:26:14 PM
Are those the ones where you have to use counters that have been clipped?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 12:26:45 PM
 :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 27, 2017, 12:27:49 PM
 :-"
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on April 27, 2017, 12:41:57 PM
Pre-clipped scenario dispatched via email...

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 12:49:47 PM
Great stuff Crossroads. That's a great module of LnLT. I played on line VASSAL against Mark Walker a few years ago. Great fun. I pull some cheesy moves and he got back at me with solid play.
I should try and see if I still have the recorded logfile of that game. Complete with trash talking log...  :)

It is. I had looked for this particular module for some time but could not find it anywhere. Then Ed put his on sale so grabbed it the minute I saw. Postage from the States cost an arm and two legs, but all worth it at the end. Ed, the gentleman he is, packed a couple of ziplocked games too, including Stick'n Stones, gotta try that one at some stage vs a live oppo  :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 12:52:40 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)

Cheers, gotta try it. Works on the Modern too, the Solo  that is? I've read about it, looks good.

So you did make some scenarios for the Modern? Would love to try them out  :clap:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 12:54:00 PM
Are those the ones where you have to use counters that have been clipped?

Locked'n Loaded! And no pun intended, as the cards are now sleeved as well  :smitten:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10458;image)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 12:54:59 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)

Cheers, gotta try it. Works on the Modern too, the Solo  that is? I've read about it, looks good.

So you did make some scenarios for the Modern? Would love to try them out  :clap:

Solo works with ALL the modules in the entire LnLT system. Great fun.  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 01:02:42 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)

Cheers, gotta try it. Works on the Modern too, the Solo  that is? I've read about it, looks good.

So you did make some scenarios for the Modern? Would love to try them out  :clap:

Solo works with ALL the modules in the entire LnLT system. Great fun.  O0

So the old ones such as HotG too? That would be awesome! I recall reading the Solo AI was based on the Conflict of Heroes one, which iirc comes with solo specific scenarios...?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 01:05:28 PM
Hey Crossroads - keep an eye out for the Solo module that's coming out for LnL Tactical. Pretty great AI in it.


There's also a new LnL Tactical Starter Kit coming out, that includes both WW2 and Modern. Someone in this post may have done a couple of scenarios for it...   8)

Cheers, gotta try it. Works on the Modern too, the Solo  that is? I've read about it, looks good.

So you did make some scenarios for the Modern? Would love to try them out  :clap:

Solo works with ALL the modules in the entire LnLT system. Great fun.  O0

So the old ones such as HotG too? That would be awesome! I recall reading the Solo AI was based on the Conflict of Heroes one, which iirc comes with solo specific scenarios...?

All means all. I've been testing it with my originals of the series.

There are no scenarios written for the LnLT Solo. You use the scenarios that came with which ever game you are playing. So yes you do have to do some work like setting up the AI's units. But once yer playing it's all AI.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on April 27, 2017, 01:06:19 PM
Are those the ones where you have to use counters that have been clipped?

Locked'n Loaded! And no pun intended, as the cards are now sleeved as well  :smitten:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10458;image)

Which sleeves are those? I think I need some.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on April 27, 2017, 01:16:08 PM
Anyone who wants a taste of what the LnLT Solo module is and how it works should watch this guys vids:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64456/lock-n-load-solo-or-not-solo-question

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64615/all-you-have-do-fall-love-play-game

Part one is just an intro and he does get a bit side tracked with thinking he has too much to do for the AI. But the 2nd and 3rd parts are him playing it and having fun.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 01:28:55 PM
Are those the ones where you have to use counters that have been clipped?

Locked'n Loaded! And no pun intended, as the cards are now sleeved as well  :smitten:

(http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13.0;attach=10458;image)

Which sleeves are those? I think I need some.

The game shop I visited had only Ultimate Guard Precise Fit Sleeves (http://www.ultimateguard.com/en/card-sleeves/precise-fit-sleeves/standard-size.html), so that's what they are. Was an easy choice then  :D

A pack of 100 sleeves was EUR3.00 so bought a few packs while at it. Tight fit as promised, I am sure there're may be fancier ones around too, but for getting the job done these are quite nice.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on April 27, 2017, 01:31:38 PM
Anyone who wants a taste of what the LnLT Solo module is and how it works should watch this guys vids:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64456/lock-n-load-solo-or-not-solo-question

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64615/all-you-have-do-fall-love-play-game

Part one is just an intro and he does get a bit side tracked with thinking he has too much to do for the AI. But the 2nd and 3rd parts are him playing it and having fun.

Ah remember these, I tried part one but got bored pretty quickly. I thought I procrastinate at times... Sheesh

I'll give them another shot then  ;D
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Pinetree on April 27, 2017, 09:03:53 PM
Anyone who wants a taste of what the LnLT Solo module is and how it works should watch this guys vids:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64456/lock-n-load-solo-or-not-solo-question

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/64615/all-you-have-do-fall-love-play-game

Part one is just an intro and he does get a bit side tracked with thinking he has too much to do for the AI. But the 2nd and 3rd parts are him playing it and having fun.

Ah remember these, I tried part one but got bored pretty quickly. I thought I procrastinate at times... Sheesh

I'll give them another shot then  ;D
I was the same, but persevere with them and the 2nd and 3rd videos are actually quite good in showing how the AI will work. I'm really looking forward to playing this with Heroes of the Nam and Heroes of North Africa. Once Fields of Fire 2nd Edition comes out later on, it's going to be a great year for solo tactical gaming.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on April 28, 2017, 08:35:33 AM
At this point in my life I have come to abhor solo gaming as it reminds me of time I could be spending with people.  Even the short messages that come in PBEMs from PanzerDe, Boggit, and others are strangely affirming that, yeah, there's life outside the nonsense that passes itself off as life.

That said, I play tested the LnL system and can say it works very well, giving a credible opponent without being an exercise in excessive dice-rolling.  I was surprised it worked as well with "Day of Heroes" as it did, what as that game uses squares and not hexes.

One intriguing side effect was it helped my beloved, who I roped into helping me "run" the A.I. as I learned it, understand what the LnL system is "getting at" and how to play it better.

Recommended.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on April 28, 2017, 01:26:54 PM


Which sleeves are those? I think I need some.

The game shop I visited had only Ultimate Guard Precise Fit Sleeves (http://www.ultimateguard.com/en/card-sleeves/precise-fit-sleeves/standard-size.html), so that's what they are. Was an easy choice then  :D

A pack of 100 sleeves was EUR3.00 so bought a few packs while at it. Tight fit as promised, I am sure there're may be fancier ones around too, but for getting the job done these are quite nice.


KMC also makes those thin "perfect fit" ones. 

Would shop around for a bulk deal on card sleeves.  At least bundles of 10.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on April 28, 2017, 02:10:44 PM


Which sleeves are those? I think I need some.

The game shop I visited had only Ultimate Guard Precise Fit Sleeves (http://www.ultimateguard.com/en/card-sleeves/precise-fit-sleeves/standard-size.html), so that's what they are. Was an easy choice then  :D

A pack of 100 sleeves was EUR3.00 so bought a few packs while at it. Tight fit as promised, I am sure there're may be fancier ones around too, but for getting the job done these are quite nice.


KMC also makes those thin "perfect fit" ones. 

Would shop around for a bulk deal on card sleeves.  At least bundles of 10.

The only issue with tight fit sleeves is that they generally leave the top of the card exposed.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on April 28, 2017, 02:33:38 PM


The only issue with tight fit sleeves is that they generally leave the top of the card exposed.


That's what she said.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on April 28, 2017, 03:07:37 PM


The only issue with tight fit sleeves is that they generally leave the top of the card exposed.


That's what she said.

I knew it wouldn't take long for this conversation to go south.  :))
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on April 28, 2017, 04:33:54 PM


The only issue with tight fit sleeves is that they generally leave the top of the card exposed.


That's what she said.

I knew it wouldn't take long for this conversation to go south.  :))


That's what she said (looking down)!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on April 29, 2017, 07:26:56 AM
That's what Gus said (looking up).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on May 09, 2017, 03:29:50 AM
Happy (belated) birthday me  :hug:  The smell of a new wargame in the morning ...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 09, 2017, 04:12:08 AM
Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy the new game  <:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Crossroads on May 09, 2017, 11:15:32 AM
Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy the new game  <:-)

Thanks  :) We have a first session set for this Thursday, should be fun!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Richie61 on May 09, 2017, 05:57:53 PM
I am jelly!  ;D

Happy Belated Birthday  <:-)

Happy (belated) birthday me  :hug:  The smell of a new wargame in the morning ...
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: acctingman on May 10, 2017, 07:31:58 AM
JUST ordered this! Hopefully it will be on my table sometime late next week.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/132028/conflict-heroes-awakening-bear-second-edition

&

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/142585/conflict-heroes-eastern-front-solo-expansion

Sorry, I don't know how to attach images  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Richie61 on May 10, 2017, 11:43:20 PM
Sweet deal! Great game series  :)

JUST ordered this! Hopefully it will be on my table sometime late next week.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/132028/conflict-heroes-awakening-bear-second-edition

&

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/142585/conflict-heroes-eastern-front-solo-expansion

Sorry, I don't know how to attach images  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on May 15, 2017, 07:14:19 AM
After a few plays of Cuba Libre, I decided to move on to a different COIN game, and am working my way through the tutorial for Falling Sky.  While I enjoyed Cuba Libre, I think Falling Sky will be more fun for me.

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3550877_md.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 15, 2017, 07:51:39 AM
Mergentheim from Under the Lily Banners

(http://i.imgur.com/LEa25SIh.jpg) (http://imgur.com/LEa25SI)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on May 15, 2017, 07:54:16 AM
Nine Years by Compass Games


(http://i.imgur.com/v5Ecadih.jpg) (http://imgur.com/v5Ecadi)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 15, 2017, 08:01:01 AM
^nice!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 15, 2017, 09:09:46 AM
 :bd: :bd: :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on May 15, 2017, 06:10:19 PM
I was able to get B-17: Fortress Leader on the table over the weekend and start up a short campaign.  The rulebook is a hot mess and there are a lot of mistakes on the cards and chits but it's a very engrossing game.  I realized I screwed up on some of the rules (a lot of exceptions are mentioned just as an aside in a paragraph and not reiterated under the main rules pertaining to game action in question) and so ended the campaign in favour of starting over.

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: smittyohio on May 16, 2017, 03:44:12 PM
I was able to get B-17: Fortress Leader on the table over the weekend and start up a short campaign.  The rulebook is a hot mess and there are a lot of mistakes on the cards and chits but it's a very engrossing game.  I realized I screwed up on some of the rules (a lot of exceptions are mentioned just as an aside in a paragraph and not reiterated under the main rules pertaining to game action in question) and so ended the campaign in favour of starting over.

I pre-ordered it recently from CSI... good to hear that it's fun, but it's pretty disappointing if there are a lot of component errors.   Hopefully at some point they offer replacements, and not an upgrade pack if you buy B-29 Leader (not an announced game, just figuring that's where this is going next).
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 16, 2017, 03:53:09 PM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q499/wmar1967/IMAG2360_zpsmx8wkyev.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/wmar1967/media/IMAG2360_zpsmx8wkyev.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on May 17, 2017, 08:08:38 AM
Dantooine.

The rebels are on Dantooine.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 17, 2017, 09:28:45 AM
SPOILERS!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 17, 2017, 09:29:36 AM
Dantooine.

The rebels are on Dantooine.

Blow up Alderaan anyway.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on May 17, 2017, 01:31:31 PM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....



We're gonna need a bigger table.

 <:-)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on May 22, 2017, 04:25:48 AM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....



We're gonna need a bigger table.

 <:-)

Nice improvisation though with that piece of wood on the table top. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 22, 2017, 05:40:48 AM
Awaiting delivery of 'Clash of Giants: Civil War' by GMT.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 22, 2017, 06:02:18 AM
My copy of Inis came in this weekend.  Area control/politicking/card drafting goodness in an mythical Celtic setting.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 22, 2017, 07:22:21 AM
My copy of Inis came in this weekend.  Area control/politicking/card drafting goodness in an mythical Celtic setting.

bring it to Origins, and let's play!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 22, 2017, 08:19:51 AM
Fortunately it's a board game so it'll still be good to go in a few years.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on May 22, 2017, 08:49:49 AM
Finally tracked down a copy of Days of the Fox, the desert expansion for Tide of Iron.  It's on it's way from Austria.  Then I come to find out that FFG went ahead and completed the production run of Days of the Fox: Next Wave and has been stealth releasing it to game stores in the US who ask. 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 26, 2017, 09:29:10 PM
Heroes of Normandie  Step 1: Sleeve the cards.  The cards are fine enough but have a black border and are rigid.  It's like they want the cards to be marked, so in sleeves they go.  Step 2: Punch counters.  Love the artwork and the icons are nice.  Step 3: Re-read the rules.  They need an editor whose first language is English.  Definitely going to need to watch a let's play or two before I attempt to teach the game.

Eagerly awaiting my base game of Memoir 44 arrive next week, which is why I went to the game store in the first place.  I'm a damned sucker for shiny new games.  :(
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on May 27, 2017, 01:16:22 AM
I was perusing the weekly sales at an online shop and saw that the guy who made Duel in the Dark had also make an eastern front tank game called Duel of the Giants and it was on clearance so I ordered a copy.  We gave it a whirl tonight.  It was interesting and it looks nice but it was a little too "gamey" for my tastes.  Not bad for $25 bucks and the components look great but not something I'm itching to get on the table again.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/Kf8AAOSwv9hW2L~F/s-l300.jpg)

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic905701_md.jpg)

(http://portal.strategie.net.pl/PortalImages/Recenzje_Gier_Planszowych/Duel_of_the_Giants/DoG%20(19).JPG)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on May 27, 2017, 03:38:52 AM
I also bought La Granja: No Siesta! for $20 in order to save $3.50 in shipping because I'm one savvy investor!  Anyway, if you're looking for a fun little game that will serve as a warm up or a wind down for a gaming night, you might want to check this one out.  It's a dice-draughting game but it's got a little more weight to it than you might expect.  The rules are dead simple but there are a tonne of choices available each turn which makes it a lot of fun and allows for a good dose of replayability.  I really enjoy this one for what it is. 

It takes about 30 minutes to play for 1-4 players which makes it ideal for my group as something to pass the time while we wait for everyone to arrive for the main event.


https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/195528/la-granja-no-siesta (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/195528/la-granja-no-siesta)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 27, 2017, 05:53:21 AM
I got a bigger board  ;D

And a dice tray (first one ever!)

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q499/wmar1967/IMAG2375_zpshb2wcqqw.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/wmar1967/media/IMAG2375_zpshb2wcqqw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on May 27, 2017, 06:31:58 AM
Wow, my table is half the size of that!
Nice dice tray.  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 27, 2017, 07:03:46 AM
lol - it's actually a rather small table underneath. This setup is very susceptible to being knocked over so care is required - and NO cats!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 27, 2017, 07:33:56 AM
Nice shot JD.  Is there a way to jerry rig a clamp onto the bottom?  Right now I've got a sheet covered folding table that I swiped from the wife's sewing room for a gaming table.  :(
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: W8taminute on May 27, 2017, 07:44:52 AM
When I was a teenager I had bought myself a sheet of Plexiglas about as big as that board JD is using in his image above.  I would put my paper mapped wargames on a board which was on the floor of my bedroom.  Then place the Plexiglas sheet on top of that and I could play for hours.  When done I simply slid the whole thing under my bed and away from mom's beastly vacuum cleaner!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on May 27, 2017, 08:50:14 AM
Heroes of Normandie  Step 1: Sleeve the cards.  The cards are fine enough but have a black border and are rigid.  It's like they want the cards to be marked, so in sleeves they go.  Step 2: Punch counters.  Love the artwork and the icons are nice.  Step 3: Re-read the rules.  They need an editor whose first language is English.  Definitely going to need to watch a let's play or two before I attempt to teach the game.

Eagerly awaiting my base game of Memoir 44 arrive next week, which is why I went to the game store in the first place.  I'm a damned sucker for shiny new games.  :(


I still have yet to punch, or do anything, with my copy.  Been tempted to pull it out soon, and get it done.

Good to know about the cards.  Will probably just penny sleeve them on the cheap.  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 27, 2017, 10:09:33 AM
I'm a FFG clear sleeve junkie.  I should just buy packs of them in bulk.  152 cards so 3 packs plus 2 extra sleeves.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 27, 2017, 10:44:40 AM
Nice shot JD.  Is there a way to jerry rig a clamp onto the bottom?  Right now I've got a sheet covered folding table that I swiped from the wife's sewing room for a gaming table.  :(
It's fairly stable to be honest. I could actually put a couple of wood screws through the bottom. It's not a "wanted" table.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 27, 2017, 11:56:43 AM
Nice shot JD.  Is there a way to jerry rig a clamp onto the bottom?  Right now I've got a sheet covered folding table that I swiped from the wife's sewing room for a gaming table.  :(
It's fairly stable to be honest. I could actually put a couple of wood screws through the bottom. It's not a "wanted" table.

Sounds a bit painful.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 27, 2017, 12:59:52 PM
I was thinking or like screwing a could of 2x4 pieces in the bottom of the board and then using a couple of small clamps to hold it to the table.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bob48 on May 27, 2017, 02:51:29 PM
On the table now, 'Clash of Giants: Civil War', and waiting on the side-lines is 'Position Magnifique, The battle of Mars-la-Tour, 1870'
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on May 27, 2017, 04:35:01 PM
Nice shot JD.  Is there a way to jerry rig a clamp onto the bottom?  Right now I've got a sheet covered folding table that I swiped from the wife's sewing room for a gaming table.  :(
It's fairly stable to be honest. I could actually put a couple of wood screws through the bottom. It's not a "wanted" table.

Sounds a bit painful.
ouch!
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 28, 2017, 04:55:03 PM
Basing the Coral Sea Battleset from Topside Minis

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170528_174723_zps1sptugqw.jpg)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170528_174910_zps1bagmlb1.jpg)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170528_174843_zps7d7jkocd.jpg)


(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh561/grovesby/20170528_174817_zpsc8vaifk9.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Staggerwing on May 28, 2017, 05:31:31 PM
I ordered one of the free Topside Minis samples. The artwork is pretty nice.

I was wondering about mounting the Topside Minis to magnetic vinyl sheets, the kind for making fridge magnets in your printer. Then you could have your battles on a big piece of sheetmetal hanging on the wall.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 28, 2017, 05:43:46 PM
You could. Have to be a big piece of sheet metal though.

It's hard to argue with the laser cut wood bases they provide. The Coral Sea set is both full OOBs (134 units). With the bases and including shipping, total cost was $72.50.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 28, 2017, 05:47:41 PM
Those look cool! Bringem to Origins!  :bd:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 28, 2017, 06:40:01 PM
Munchkin Steampunk hitting the table here this weekend :)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on May 28, 2017, 07:54:12 PM
^Bring it to Origins!  :-"
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 28, 2017, 08:37:59 PM
You're going to Origins to play wargames and you want Brant to bring Steampunk Munchkin? 
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 29, 2017, 05:00:24 AM
You're going to Origins to play wargames and you want Brant to bring Steampunk Munchkin? 

You're calling someone out for not playing wargames?
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 29, 2017, 05:08:13 AM
You're going to Origins to play wargames and you want Brant to bring Steampunk Munchkin? 

You're calling someone out for not playing wargames?

Yes.  Everyone who is anyone knows that the original Munchkin is a much better wargame.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 29, 2017, 05:15:05 AM
^ya got me there
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 29, 2017, 05:58:55 AM
You're going to Origins to play wargames and you want Brant to bring Steampunk Munchkin? 

You're calling someone out for not playing wargames?

Yes.  Everyone who is anyone knows that the original Munchkin is a much better wargame.

it's not like I haven't played the hell out of the original over the past 10 years, including once while tailgating at a football game where we were laughing so hard the rednecks in the next two spots had to come over to see what we were doing, and they stuck around to watch for the next 15 minutes or so as they were figuring out how the game was played and then 2 of them jumped into the next round.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on May 29, 2017, 06:00:02 AM
I don't even know what Munchkin really is. It sounds like a Dunkin Donuts thing to me. (http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/shrug.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 29, 2017, 06:05:01 AM
I don't even know what Munchkin really is

That's MetalDog level of sad.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 29, 2017, 06:27:47 AM
I don't even know what Munchkin really is. It sounds like a Dunkin Donuts thing to me. (http://www.aarcentral.com/pics/shrug.gif)

http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/game/

That's MetalDog level of sad.

{unspeakable pain}Mirth's right{/unspeakable pain}
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on May 29, 2017, 06:33:54 AM
See what you made Brant do, Mike?!  :crazy2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bbmike on May 29, 2017, 08:14:49 AM
Er, on second thought, don't bring that to Origins.  :buck2:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 29, 2017, 10:02:36 AM
It's actually a fun game with the right people.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 29, 2017, 10:04:12 AM
It's actually a fun game with the right drunk people.

FTFY
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on May 29, 2017, 10:06:15 AM
It's actually a fun game with the right drunk people.

FTFY

Which is why it maybe a fun game for you all at origins.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on May 29, 2017, 12:03:56 PM
And to think I was mocked for "Flick 'em Up"...

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Barthheart on May 29, 2017, 12:47:13 PM
And to think I was mocked for "Flick 'em Up"...

Flick'em Up was awesome!  \m/
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on May 29, 2017, 02:16:22 PM
And to think I was mocked for "Flick 'em Up"...

You were mocked for making Flick 'em Up sound like the Case Blue of dexterity games ::)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Cyrano on May 29, 2017, 02:43:28 PM
No, that's "Catacombs".  "Flick 'em Up" is more "Eurofront 2".
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 01, 2017, 07:05:04 AM
Memoir 44 equipment pack and Russian expansion.  It equipment pack is a nice box of plastic army men stuff.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on June 01, 2017, 08:30:43 PM
Traded for a copy of Clash of Cultures. Want to try that over the weekend, and maybe I'll finally...FINALLY...get Fire in the Lake on the table, too.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Nefaro on June 01, 2017, 11:39:28 PM
Traded for a copy of Clash of Cultures. Want to try that over the weekend, and maybe I'll finally...FINALLY...get Fire in the Lake on the table, too.


I've eyed Clash Of Cultures before.  Looked like a nice area control game for numerous opponents.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Arctic Blast on June 02, 2017, 08:12:32 PM
Traded for a copy of Clash of Cultures. Want to try that over the weekend, and maybe I'll finally...FINALLY...get Fire in the Lake on the table, too.


I've eyed Clash Of Cultures before.  Looked like a nice area control game for numerous opponents.

Seems like a nice Civ game with some creative stuff going on. I like the tech board with little indents you drop cubes into as you gain those techs...very slick way to track that. You can also use cultural superiority to influence other civs by swapping out pieces of their city with those of your own color. Another really inventive way to bring something like that into a board game.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 01:02:37 AM
Castles and Crusades RPG with the kids.

The table set up and ready to go.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/CC%20Table_zpscxft6nhy.jpg)

A close up of the map as we go into battle.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/CC%20Close_zpsqnoasprn.jpg)

The shit show in the back is actually my painting table.  I'm a creative disaster at my painting table.   :-[

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz227/Bison36/paint%20table_zpsroogrj5d.jpg)

Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 08, 2017, 04:39:19 AM
O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: JudgeDredd on June 08, 2017, 05:58:51 AM
Your paint desk is meant to look like that  :notworthy:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 06:09:25 AM
Cool pics. Not a single eurogame in sight  O0
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 06:34:13 AM
Cool pics. Not a single eurogame in sight  O0

I'll rectify this oversight on my part later.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 06:37:07 AM
Cool pics. Not a single eurogame in sight  O0

I'll rectify this oversight on my part later.

Don't put yourself out on my behalf.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 06:37:56 AM
I like the look of the aquarium ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 06:41:48 AM
I like the look of the aquarium ;)

I need to do a water change later.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 06:45:12 AM
Cool pics. Not a single eurogame in sight  O0

I'll rectify this oversight on my part later.

Don't put yourself out on my behalf.

It really isn't a bother.  I've been meaning to get Agricola to the table anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 06:48:41 AM
Agricola...sounds like a soda for farmers
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: panzerde on June 08, 2017, 06:50:05 AM
Agricola...sounds like a soda for farmers


 :clap:
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 06:53:22 AM
Agricola...sounds like a soda for farmers


 :clap:

It the wargame I'll be running at future Origins.  We with be conducting a thorough MDMP to develop our courses of action.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 06:55:29 AM
Agricola...sounds like a soda for farmers


 :clap:

It the wargame I'll be running at future Origins.  We with be conducting a thorough MDMP to develop our courses of action.

The problem being it is NOT a wargame.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 08, 2017, 07:01:05 AM
Don't put yourself out on my behalf.

No one puts out on your behalf
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2017, 07:04:34 AM
Don't put yourself out on my behalf.

No one puts out on your behalf

It's not too late for me to choose to skip Origins.
Title: Re: What's on your table right now?
Post by: Bison on June 08, 2017, 07:05:38 AM