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    MMP, GMT seem to be leading the way of game makers for wargame boardgames.

    I love East Front Games and Magazine Games which cover a gamut of games.

    What is your favorite wargames of all time and what are you playing now.

    What if any game would you like to see done or redone in a better format.

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    I'm playing Advanced Squad Leader and Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit. The reason is that I'm short on space and time. I can use VASL and play a game over a number of weeks. I'm actually preferring ASLSK right now because it is so much more simple. I got in three or four games at a convention back in Nov. Looking at the tournament sized ASL games, the boards were very crowded with information counters and it was hard to tell what was going on. I like keeping it simple, a tidy board that can be easily understood - he says staring at a bookshelf of ASL gear.

    The games I prefer are those with an operational element. Gulf Strike and Tac Air come to mind right away. Command and supply add an interesting element for me. I don't have room for Gulf Strike but I could probably round up a game of Tac Air if I put the word out.
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    • #3
      I'd love to see the old GDW WW3 series redone as a newer game with some cleaned-up rules and better maps.

      Don't overlook Lock'nLoad Publishing and Clash of Arms games as some quality game publishers, too.
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      • #4
        Man...what's my favorite?

        That's tough to say. There are so many excellent games out there that I haven't had the pleasure to play yet. I really can't give a fair shake to most of Lock 'n Load's games.

        Lost Battalion has a tactical game, Sergeants (I've edited the review, it's about ready for publication on the front page - we're just awaiting some images from the author) that sounds really good.

        I stay up to date mostly with PC games, so giving a fair shake to boardgames is tough. Brant (post above this one) is one of a couple of primary goto guys, and if he says he likes XYZ, I put heavy weight on that recommendation.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BOB JAMES View Post
          MMP, GMT seem to be leading the way of game makers for wargame boardgames.

          I love East Front Games and Magazine Games which cover a gamut of games.

          What is your favorite wargames of all time and what are you playing now.

          What if any game would you like to see done or redone in a better format.
          I love MMP's CWB and RSS Civil War series as well as their SCS and TCS series. One of these days, I intend to get more into their OCS series.

          Also, I really like Clash Of Arms Battles Of The Age Of Reason series.

          I also enjoy GMT's card driven games (the ones I've played so far).

          A couple of the best games I'd played and enjoyed recently were MMP's Rage Against The Marines, about Iwo Jima, Scratch One Flat Top, S & T's San Juan Campaign (Spanish American War).

          I wish Clash Of Arms would have done more in terms of play balance in their La Battaille series. Just way too much love of La Grande Armee in the series.
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          • #6
            I love BBK and OCD and I really thought ARW did a great job on HGG2 and AEIOU. Clash of Armpits was good too.





            I posted this because with all the abbreviations I don't know what the frak you guys are talking about.

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            • #7
              I don't play any games other than my flight sim anymore, as my long time opponent up and moved to freakin' China. I could play some of the games solitaire, but I guess I'm getting to an age where it doesn't seem worth the trouble.

              My favs are the same old ones they've always been. I like ASL and Advanced Third Reich. I have Panzer Blitz but I prefer Panzer Leader (which I lost years ago).
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Martok View Post
                I love BBK and OCD and I really thought ARW did a great job on HGG2 and AEIOU. Clash of Armpits was good too.





                I posted this because with all the abbreviations I don't know what the frak you guys are talking about.
                Sorry Martok, I thought that most people in the gaming thread would know these abbreviations.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BayonetBrant View Post
                  ^ Well, given than many of the game companies either have names for initials, or commonly-known abbreviations for their names, you're going to get a lot of initials when talking boardgames.

                  GMT = name of the company
                  MMP = Multi-Man Publishing, but all thier boxes have their initials on them, too
                  LNLP = Lock'n'Load Publishing, whose logo is a stylized version of the letters "LNL"
                  GDW = Game Designers' Workshop, another company whose initials were on all their boxes
                  S&T = Strategy and Tactics (magazine) which has only been around for, oh, 30 years or so.


                  As to the game series, initials can be a lot easier to type than the full names, especially when the names are things like
                  Operational Combat Series (OCS)
                  Tactical Combat Series (TCS)
                  Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit (ASLSK)
                  Civil War Brigade (CWB, tho that one isn't as widely known)

                  As to the other company names, you can make fun of "Clash of Armpits" if you want, but it's not like we were abbreviating the name of a prominent wargaming company (Clash of Arms).

                  But you know, if people are talking about names of the games - not initials or abbreviations - and you don't know what they are, nor bother to take the time to find out, then your petulance comes across as ill-founded... especially in a thread about tabletop wargaming.
                  Brant, actually the Civil War Brigade Series was the first series by the Gamers (1988, way before Dean Essig sold to Curt Schilling). Their first two games were In Their Quiet Fields (Antietam) and Thunder At The Crossroads (Gettysburg). Problem is, that they haven't released a new game in that series in about 5 years. They are revamping the Regimental Combat Series (now called Line of Battle) and I'm sure that the Brigade Series will now get an overhaul, too. The first game in the revamped series will be about Antietam (None But The Brave, I believe, is the title).
                  Last edited by TomDeFranco; 14 Feb 11, 21:52.
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                  • #10
                    I play ASL pretty much exclusively these days. With 1000s scenarios to choose from, I'll never run out of new scenarios to try.

                    With the active 3rd party manufacturers and scenario designers there is always something new.

                    The real advantage of ASL is that it is highly interactive. There is constant action/reaction with tough choices for both players.

                    I stopped playing games with the "I go/You go" mechanism as the down time between turns gets really boring.

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                    • #11
                      ^ Well, given than many of the game companies either have names for initials, or commonly-known abbreviations for their names, you're going to get a lot of initials when talking boardgames.

                      GMT = name of the company
                      MMP = Multi-Man Publishing, but all thier boxes have their initials on them, too
                      LNLP = Lock'n'Load Publishing, whose logo is a stylized version of the letters "LNL"
                      GDW = Game Designers' Workshop, another company whose initials were on all their boxes
                      S&T = Strategy and Tactics (magazine) which has only been around for, oh, 30 years or so.


                      As to the game series, initials can be a lot easier to type than the full names, especially when the names are things like
                      Operational Combat Series (OCS)
                      Tactical Combat Series (TCS)
                      Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit (ASLSK)
                      Civil War Brigade (CWB, tho that one isn't as widely known)

                      As to the other company names, you can make fun of "Clash of Armpits" if you want, but it's not like we were abbreviating the name of a prominent wargaming company (Clash of Arms).

                      But you know, if people are talking about names of the games - not initials or abbreviations - and you don't know what they are, nor bother to take the time to find out, then your petulance comes across as ill-founded... especially in a thread about tabletop wargaming.
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                      • #12
                        that's weird - somehow my 'original' post ended up down below Tom's quote of that same post. Anyone have any idea how that would happen?

                        When I posted it, it was directly below Martok's gripe-fest, but now there are other posts in between... hmmm...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BayonetBrant View Post
                          that's weird - somehow my 'original' post ended up down below Tom's quote of that same post. Anyone have any idea how that would happen?

                          When I posted it, it was directly below Martok's gripe-fest, but now there are other posts in between... hmmm...
                          Earlier there were reports of a time stamp issue. Not sure if it's resolved yet or not.
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                          Warhammer 40K Wisdom: Heresy grows from buggy servers.

                          Try to learn the difference between prudence and paranoia.

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                          • #14
                            Currently playing Combat Commander: Europe whenever I get a chance.

                            Hellenes by GMT for a block game.
                            and Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage

                            amazingly I have had the opposite problem I usually do. recent gaming saturdays have had the problem of too many people. meaning that 2 player games have been sitting.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BayonetBrant View Post
                              I'd love to see the old GDW WW3 series redone as a newer game with some cleaned-up rules and better maps.
                              Yes. Had fun with the WW3 games. Liked several of the Europa series they did also.
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