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Offline DicedT

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Vassal opponent?
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:56:24 AM »
I've never really tried Vassal. It looks like a clunky way to play, but a lot of grogs swear by it, so maybe I'm missing something. Anyone want to teach the system to a newbie?

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 07:18:07 AM »
or two newbies?
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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 07:52:10 AM »
Funny thing, I was just thinking I'd try a couple of turns of Patton's Best this morning.
I've checked it out and tried a few Solitaire games for a couple of rounds but never played another person.
My problem is that when I'm home I have constant family distractions and can't stay in front of the computer
long enough to play more than a turn or two every couple of hours. I do want to try a more traditional PBEM
type session sometime maybe. No meaningful tips to pass on yet though. What I know is probably what you
know already if you have it installed and you've D/Led a module for a game you know . Most of the actual
playing looks very straight forward. It's module design that looks more intimidating.
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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 09:24:48 AM »
What games to you guys want to play on VASSAL?

I'm farily versed on the in's and out's. I usually play LnL's Band of Heroes series with VASSAL both live with Skype and PBEM.

A Skype session is usually a lot easier to explain how VASSAL work but it can be done using the chat function.

We could set up a session with a game that most know and then have as many people as are interested join in to learn/watch/kabitz. The basics can be learned in less than an hour, as long as we're not also teach the game rules itself.

Module design can be very intimidating. But the way I learned was to reverse code existing modules. I've done a bunch of LnL's games for the owner for both play testing and for free release. I can't do any of the real fancy stuff yet, java coding, but i'm learning all the time.

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 10:43:27 AM »
I'd like to start with something simple. Maybe War at Sea, or something like an old AH or SPI Quad Game?

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2012, 11:27:35 AM »
Man, it's been years since I played War at Sea... that might be fun to try.

Let me down load the module and read my old copy of the rules and I'll get back to you.

When are you able to play? Do you want to try live or just PBEM?

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2012, 11:31:06 AM »
I can play some live stuff online, but my availability is a bit screwy - it's actually easier for me to play during the day while I'm at the office than when I'm at home.

PBEM would work fine for me, but the pace might be too slow for others.
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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2012, 11:33:29 AM »
What game are you interested in trying out Brant?

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 11:36:22 AM »
 I'm with Michael - War at Sea is fine, but an old SPI quad would work, too.

Tank-on-Tank takes about 5 minutes to learn, so might be a decent VASSAL game to focus on VASSAL instead of game rules
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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2012, 11:43:45 AM »
Tank on Tank would be great game for this. I actually made that module for Mark Walker.

As for timing, to teach VASSAL we'd really have to do it live but it could all be done through the chat function.

I can play at lunchtime, 12 to 1 pm EST, or after work. (I should really be writing an engineering design note for an FEA I did on Dipole magnets right now, but it's a bit boring..)

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 11:47:01 AM »
I can do 12-1 EST (not sure Mike's out of bed by then!) but not 'til next week :)
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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2012, 11:54:20 AM »
Next week is fine, just let me know when you like to try it out.

I'll post some info here on how to get setup and connect in the next couple of days.

Anyone else reading this is welcome to join in and watch/ask questions.

 

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2012, 12:30:13 PM »
Actually, because defense journalism is centered on the East Coast, us Left Coasters have to get up early.

I'm open to trying it in the A.M. PST.  Not my best time, but I'll do it just to learn Vassal from Master Barthheart.

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2012, 07:58:15 PM »
Instead of chatting over the forum, we're going to need an email list.

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Re: Vassal opponent?
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2012, 08:49:20 PM »
Funny to see mention of Pattons Best as I have been prepping for a game of it this weekend. It has been close to 25 years since the last time that I played it. I've had the game components sitting in a box full of baking soda for a year now to help take the musty smell down a few notches.

While I prefer to play the hard copies of my solitare games, it's great to have the option to play them on vassal on a quiet graveyard shift or on the road.

As for learning Vassal, 99% of the interface/mechanics that are used while playing are specific to each game module. This means there is a learning process for each new game. It is an awesome system and well worth the effort.

Perhaps I'll have to get in on the action...