Wednesday, November 23, 2005

To Grog or not to Grog, that is the question...


Just a little off the boardgaming subject... If anyone else besides me is at all into World War 2 wargaming, you definitely need to check out this game, and its brother Combat Mission: Beyond Barbarossa. I think you can get them both for $30 total now, and they are a real hoot.

Every tank, squad, gun, etc. is rendered in 3-D, though the graphics aren't quite the best. Each player puts in his orders and then watches a 1-minute movie showing what happens next. Then, you put in more orders... kind of hard to explain, but its great fun. If anyone else has or gets these, I'd love to PBEM or on-line.

12 Comments:

At 11:57 PM, November 23, 2005, Blogger Rob said...

hey, computer gaming, I'm there. I'm actually thinking of getting Civilization IV. WWII? I love it. High in my wishlist: Europe Engulfed.

 
At 7:07 AM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Ben said...

Europe Engulfed... isn't that the game with like 1,000 wooden blocks? Wow.

My own personal wargame sickness is turning towards ASL Starter Kit #1 and #2. Dare I take a sip from this well?

Computer games: The best part of board gaming is that it pushed my interest in computer and console gaming way back to my number four hobby (after board gaming, running, woodworking, and reading). I E-Bayed my X-Box, and kept my PS2 just for bargain bin games and playing DVDs. For almost every game, I can calmly wait until a year after its release (i.e., price less than $20) before picking it up.

 
At 9:16 AM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Kendahl said...

Did you see that some folks have been ebaying the new XBox 360 for more than $3,000? Crazy...

I still enjoy computer games but not like before. I need a new motherboard and processor to handle the newer games and everytime I think about upgrading, I calculate how many board games I can buy for the same amount and I can't pull the trigger...

 
At 11:12 AM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Rob said...

LOL

I have to admit that my interest in computer games has dwindled, specially now that I have a more regular gaming group. Still, I want to get Civ IV because it's an empire, strategy, etc monster. They are the themes I enjoy in some of my board games.

 
At 11:50 AM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Ben said...

Civ IV is a lot of fun. :) The AI is very sophisticated, and you can reasonably take many different paths to victory (militant theocracy; money hungry democracy, technology loving fascists, etc.). The Leonard Nimoy voice overs for each technology are a nice touch.

My preference is to set the world to be as big as possible and the time scale to "Epic." The normal time scale doesn't let me roll my military hardware enough before its obsolete.

Ben

 
At 11:51 AM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Ben said...

Oh, and yes, Civ IV made me break my "wait until its under $20 rule..."

 
At 5:34 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Brian said...

That reminds me of the old Apple ][e game ... Sniper? You control a squad and enter in their orders in a simple programming language, and then it resolves a minute of 'game time' and then you enter orders again.

I have EE, but haven't played beyond pushing the blocks around to learn. [There were two grognards in my old gaming group, Rick Young who designed Europe Engulfed, and Wray Farrel, who designed Sword of Rome].

 
At 5:37 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Brian said...

Actually, on my wargaming ToDo list are:

* Barbarossa to Berlin
* Europe Engulfed
* Downtown: Air War over Hanoi

And the following wargames will be winging their way to me over the next few months

* Flying Colors (Fleet action Age of Fighting Sail)
* Twilight Struggle (Card driven cold war)
* Command and Colors: Ancients (Memoir '44 ... old school!)

So my wargame list is solidly booked. If I can find time and opponents. [These would probably be good for a long day around Christmas or after New Years.]

 
At 5:38 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Brian said...

And I wouldn't mind a game of Paths of Glory or Wilderness War, either.

 
At 9:43 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Ben said...

I've yet to try a card-driven war game or a block game. I really hope to try both sometime.

 
At 11:38 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger Rob said...

wow Brian.....I didn't know you were that into wargaming. Nice.

EE is definitively on my list being a block system fan. I'd like to try someday a regular wargame.

 
At 3:09 PM, December 02, 2005, Blogger Jeff said...

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