Wargamer's Corner

I can relate. It was glorious to play through that Sherman Leader campaign. Shaking dice, moving pieces around with my fingers, soaking up the sunshine from the window next to me. No screens, no keyboard, no distractions.

I mean, I really like PC gaming, too, but I can see myself making board gaming a more consistent part of free time.

One of my criticisms in the past has been that board games can't offer the challenge and depth that PC games do. But I don't think that holds true. I really like campaign style games that span multiple events, and a good number of board games on the market today take that style of play into account. And I'm finding plenty of depth and challenge as well. The hobby has evolved in a good way.

In other news, I've started my first Twilight Struggle 2-player game, with a 45-day game time limit. I ended up (randomly) as the USSR.

If anyone else wants to boost their rating, I'd be up for another slow-burn game or two. I've signed up on their servers as ZillaBlitz. (Link to Steam account is below.) I'd prefer the 45-day game limit, but I expect I can play much much faster.

Please don't expect much of a challenge for a while. I'm very much in the do things and see what happens mode.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

In other news, I've started my first Twilight Struggle 2-player game, with a 45-day game time limit. I ended up (randomly) as the USSR.

If anyone else wants to boost their rating, I'd be up for another slow-burn game or two. I've signed up on their servers as ZillaBlitz. (Link to Steam account is below.) I'd prefer the 45-day game limit, but I expect I can play much much faster.

Please don't expect much of a challenge for a while. I'm very much in the do things and see what happens mode.

I've been meaning to get around to learning and playing Twilight Struggle for a while now. I'd be happy to join you in a slow burn learning game Godzilla Blitz. I'll send you a Steam friend request and I'm NeutrinoVe for the game.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

In other news, I've started my first Twilight Struggle 2-player game, with a 45-day game time limit. I ended up (randomly) as the USSR.

If anyone else wants to boost their rating, I'd be up for another slow-burn game or two. I've signed up on their servers as ZillaBlitz. (Link to Steam account is below.) I'd prefer the 45-day game limit, but I expect I can play much much faster.

Please don't expect much of a challenge for a while. I'm very much in the do things and see what happens mode.

One of the great things (in my perhaps masochistic view) about TS is learning how to convert opposing events to your own use. When I first started playing TS, I of course tried to avoid playing opposing events as much as possible. Now, I'm much more liberal with my cards, unless it's an event that is truly going to be outrageously strong for my opponent.

I have really grown to love the CIA/Lone Gunman cards after hating them for so long. While the events themselves aren't too horrible, it's their meta-game peril which truly inspires fear. I've lost a few games having trapped myself with one of those cards in my hand at DefCon 2. Now, if I possible can I discard the friendly version so my opponent might pick it up.

I'm now at the end of the first round in my first 2-player game. I'm pretty happy that children throughout Italy have textbooks exalting communist utopian principles, thanks to our 6 dice roll on a coup. Also, the Imperialist US forces in South Korea have withdrawn to Japan and Hawaii, which is good news as well. But there is still a lot of Cold War to go, and the Dice Roll Gods that have favored the USSR so far are fickle masters. Much of this story is still to be told. Workers of the World Unite!

Neutrino wrote:

I've been meaning to get around to learning and playing Twilight Struggle for a while now. I'd be happy to join you in a slow burn learning game Godzilla Blitz. I'll send you a Steam friend request and I'm NeutrinoVe for the game.

Awesome! I'm looking forward to it. I just accepted your friend request. I'm really liking the game's 2-player system. It's super easy to jump in, make a move, then jump back out. Things are mostly pretty clear to me what's going on UI-wise, and they give nice visuals of your opponent's moves. I look forward to learning more about the game. It's been really fun so far.

Natus wrote:

One of the great things (in my perhaps masochistic view) about TS is learning how to convert opposing events to your own use. When I first started playing TS, I of course tried to avoid playing opposing events as much as possible. Now, I'm much more liberal with my cards, unless it's an event that is truly going to be outrageously strong for my opponent.

I have really grown to love the CIA/Lone Gunman cards after hating them for so long. While the events themselves aren't too horrible, it's their meta-game peril which truly inspires fear. I've lost a few games having trapped myself with one of those cards in my hand at DefCon 2. Now, if I possible can I discard the friendly version so my opponent might pick it up.

I was just chatting with the person I'm playing now about this. She was thinking that Defcon 1 means that we both lose the game, but then I found the rule part where it mentions it's the player who goes to Defcon 1 during their turn who loses. Then I started reading about the things that you mention, like getting stuck on your turn in a situation where you have to go to Defcon 1.

On the surface of things, it seems like there are a number of ways to win/lose a game.

Quick update...

Neutrino, I've created a game and sent an invitation. 45-day duration, random sides. Looking forward to it!

QUICK EDIT: Thinking that if Twilight Struggle generates more conversation as things move along, that it would probably be best to revive the old Twilight Struggle thread and move the conversation there.

EDIT AGAIN: Since it seems like this might become a mini-THING, I'll necro the old thread and we can move the conversation there.

From the Combat Mission corner:
Cold War is out
The Fire and Rubble expansion for Red Thunder is out.

Unfortunately for my bank account, I'll be grabbing both.

PWAlessi wrote:

From the Combat Mission corner:
Cold War is out
The Fire and Rubble expansion for Red Thunder is out.

Unfortunately for my bank account, I'll be grabbing both.

Yay and ugh! Really looking forward to getting them but time and funds will force me to wait it out a bit!

I might wait till Cold War is out on Steam. Such a pain updating stuff manually.

I have a wondering of the board wargamers' brain trust...

I've been toying with the idea of doing a YouTube Let's Play series of some board war games, things like Sherman Leader, or Atlantic Chase, or well, whatever. I started looking at Let's Plays on YouTube, for ones that handle the presentation well. I found a lot that--while not lacking for effort--just seemed pretty clunky. Either the board angle was kind of awkward, or you couldn't see the pieces well, or the gameplay just wasn't presented in an engaging way. And fair play, it seems really challenging to present pieces, rules, board, and game play in a coherent and fun way.

I was wondering, can anyone recommend Let's Plays of board wargames that they like?

EDIT: Okay, I may have answered my own question by stumbling onto some videos for other genres of board games. There are some really slick two-camera presentation styles that I think would work really well with war games.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I have a wondering of the board wargamers' brain trust...

I've been toying with the idea of doing a YouTube Let's Play series of some board war games, things like Sherman Leader, or Atlantic Chase, or well, whatever. I started looking at Let's Plays on YouTube, for ones that handle the presentation well. I found a lot that--while not lacking for effort--just seemed pretty clunky. Either the board angle was kind of awkward, or you couldn't see the pieces well, or the gameplay just wasn't presented in an engaging way. And fair play, it seems really challenging to present pieces, rules, board, and game play in a coherent and fun way.

I was wondering, can anyone recommend Let's Plays of board wargames that they like?

EDIT: Okay, I may have answered my own question by stumbling onto some videos for other genres of board games. There are some really slick two-camera presentation styles that I think would work really well with war games.

Wargames can ALWAYS use better presentation with clear explanations and a dynamic playstyle. The inclusion of women, as you can see from all the gaming channels, is always a huge plus.

Natus wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I have a wondering of the board wargamers' brain trust...

I've been toying with the idea of doing a YouTube Let's Play series of some board war games, things like Sherman Leader, or Atlantic Chase, or well, whatever. I started looking at Let's Plays on YouTube, for ones that handle the presentation well. I found a lot that--while not lacking for effort--just seemed pretty clunky. Either the board angle was kind of awkward, or you couldn't see the pieces well, or the gameplay just wasn't presented in an engaging way. And fair play, it seems really challenging to present pieces, rules, board, and game play in a coherent and fun way.

I was wondering, can anyone recommend Let's Plays of board wargames that they like?

EDIT: Okay, I may have answered my own question by stumbling onto some videos for other genres of board games. There are some really slick two-camera presentation styles that I think would work really well with war games.

Wargames can ALWAYS use better presentation with clear explanations and a dynamic playstyle. The inclusion of women, as you can see from all the gaming channels, is always a huge plus.

To be fair, I think it's challenging to present war games, especially if you're talking about a something with any complexity. Zoomed in too much and you lose perspective on the battle. Zoomed out too much and you can't see enough detail. Many of the pieces are really small. There can be cards and charts and sequences of play, etc. The rules are complicated, so you've got to explain enough that a casual viewer can understand, but not so much that you lose the plot and get stuck in details.

I think my first attempt will be awkward at best, but I want to just make something to get the process started.

I may have bought a thing tonight...

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Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I may have bought a thing tonight...

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Just diving straight into the deep end, I like it! Haven’t played WiF myself, but a buddy of mine said it was as the only game he played for about 5 years and he loved every minute of it.

It is a great FTF game, I played the original years ago, one summer. Remember the computer version has no AI.

I have been having a blast re-engaging with tabletop wargaming, and just couldn't resist the urge to try a monster game covering all of WWII. I was deciding between A World at War and World in Flames. Poking about on the Internets seem to point at a World in Flames working well for solitaire. I read some of the rules last night and then watched portions of a Let's Play, and yeah ... resistance crumbled.

I'll need to build/buy a tabletop big enough to play the full campaign. I'm thinking I can mess with some of the smaller scenarios over the summer, then as winter hits move into an epic recreation of World War 2.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I have been having a blast re-engaging with tabletop wargaming, and just couldn't resist the urge to try a monster game covering all of WWII. I was deciding between A World at War and World in Flames. Poking about on the Internets seem to point at a World in Flames working well for solitaire. I read some of the rules last night and then watched portions of a Let's Play, and yeah ... resistance crumbled.

I'll need to build/buy a tabletop big enough to play the full campaign. I'm thinking I can mess with some of the smaller scenarios over the summer, then as winter hits move into an epic recreation of World War 2. :)

Playing time from BGG made me laugh: 120–6000 Min.

PWAlessi wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I have been having a blast re-engaging with tabletop wargaming, and just couldn't resist the urge to try a monster game covering all of WWII. I was deciding between A World at War and World in Flames. Poking about on the Internets seem to point at a World in Flames working well for solitaire. I read some of the rules last night and then watched portions of a Let's Play, and yeah ... resistance crumbled.

I'll need to build/buy a tabletop big enough to play the full campaign. I'm thinking I can mess with some of the smaller scenarios over the summer, then as winter hits move into an epic recreation of World War 2. :)

Playing time from BGG made me laugh: 120–6000 Min.

Haha! Yeah, I think the 6000 minutes underestimates a full war campaign. I've heard more than 150 hours. One of the nice things about the game is that it comes with scenarios of different lengths, so I imagine I'll start small and work up. But even 100-150 hours isn't that nuts compared to some of the longer RPGs we've played in the CRPG club, or how many hours I've got in things like Football Manager and some Paradox games.

Anyone notice that Slitherine will be publishing Broken Arrow, a spiritual successor to Eugen’s Wargame series?

Looks like US vs Russia in a modern-day setting (I see Ospreys and an F-35 in the trailer). At least one of the original Wargame devs is on board. I’ll keep an eye on this one.

I signed up to attend the San Diego Historical Games Convention this weekend. All virtual, $10, lots of different sessions each day. Looks like they have one ticket left.

EDIT: Sold out for the moment.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I signed up to attend the San Diego Historical Games Convention this weekend. All virtual, $10, lots of different sessions each day. Looks like they have one ticket left.

EDIT: Sold out for the moment.

Great to actually see some (albeit virtual) events popping up.

I miss my regular events back in KS, including the local cons. TsunamiCon has gone 100% virtual and just doesn't have the same feel for me although I do my best to support it. It has more of a TTRPG/Board Game focus, but I've managed to get some COIN sessions going with interested parties.

Trying to make myself at home in AZ, I registered for ConSimWorld last year which was of course cancelled. Limited registration and FAQ around accommodations for 2021 has piqued my interest again. Still a ways off but I understand this one is fairly popular with a global following.

SGS have released a new game in the Battles for Spain / Winter War/ Afrika Korps series of games. This one is about the Mexican American War. I'm interested in obscure topics and I think this one rates that description. These games are not hardcore and can be played quickly and without much trouble. But, if you are a stickler for detail these might not be for you. I enjoy them as a break from long drawn out games.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

Still trying to understand the mechanics of those games. For some reason they are bending my head.

GioClark wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

I signed up to attend the San Diego Historical Games Convention this weekend. All virtual, $10, lots of different sessions each day. Looks like they have one ticket left.

EDIT: Sold out for the moment.

Great to actually see some (albeit virtual) events popping up.

I miss my regular events back in KS, including the local cons. TsunamiCon has gone 100% virtual and just doesn't have the same feel for me although I do my best to support it. It has more of a TTRPG/Board Game focus, but I've managed to get some COIN sessions going with interested parties.

Trying to make myself at home in AZ, I registered for ConSimWorld last year which was of course cancelled. Limited registration and FAQ around accommodations for 2021 has piqued my interest again. Still a ways off but I understand this one is fairly popular with a global following.

I've had a grand time this weekend at the event.

- Spent Friday evening in a small group watching the designers of Skies above Britain play their game. Really fun to listen to someone talk about how they put together a game, and what their goals are, etc., then play it together with them.

- Went to a Wargame Bootcamp on Saturday morning where we learned VASSAL (and a bit of Tabletop Simulator). Session leaders were great, and there was maybe 10 people in our session, so we could ask lots of questions. I feel like I've got a much better understanding of VASSAL and how it all works.

- Jumped in and out of a half dozen sessions from various developers playing their games in different stages of development.

- Went to other niche sessions on wargame photography, video creation, and sequence of play cards.

Feel like I've learned a ton and had a great time.

As someone who's been away from tabletop historical game/wargame gaming for a long time, it was nice to be able to just drop down $10 and get access to something like this, to dip my toes back into the genre in a low risk way.

Super cool Godzilla Blitz, thanks for sharing! The guys that run the Wargame Bootcamp are really great -- they come up to my local convention (Pacificon) every year and seeing them is always a highlight. Hoping it'll actually be a go for in-person this year.

So cool, Godzilla Blitz. I wish I knew about this beforehand.

Good stuff Godzilla Blitz, thanks for sharing!

For sure, happy to share. I did notice that there is another digital convention coming up in June, by a completely different organization: Armchair Dragoons Digital Convention

I've no idea if it'll be good, or just very different, but for $5 it might be worth a shot. (Registration doesn't appear to be open yet.)

On the surface of things, the one in June appears to be more of an emphasis on the "war" in wargame, while the San Diego conference brands itself as a "historical games" conference.

Field of Glory II Medieval - Reconquista is now out. I forgot to mention it last week, sorry.

After seeing that Order of Battle WWII had a sale on Steam for its DLC, I went back and played one of the Pacific maps last night and enjoyed my time with it.

It has similarities to Panzer Corps but different in the way it incorporates front lines and supply. I may just pick up the Pacific Pack DLC to complete my collection for that region and play some more.

All the Order of Battle expansions are part of the Steam Daily Deal, from May 25th, 10 AM PST to May 27th, 10 AM PST.

Individual DLCs are up to 76% off, and you can get extra discounts by purchasing special bundles: the Weltkrieg pack, which puts you in charge of the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe, adds an extra 23% discount.