Friday, April 28, 2006

War! War! War!

Let's try a theme night this coming Monday. Bring games with war and/or conflict as their primary theme. If your really love building up instead of tearing down, well, I guess that's OK too. I hope to see a lot of destruction Monday, though!

I'll bring some or all of these:

- Midway (1/2 hr, 2 player card game)
- Hellas (<1 hr, 2 player explore & conquer)
- Ogre (<1 hr, 2 player slugfest)
- Hammer of the Scots (2-3 hrs, 2 player, blocks)
- Pacific Victory (2-4 hrs, 2 player, blocks)
- Battle Cry Redux (1-2 hrs, 2 player)

Can we get some multi-player games? Game of Thrones?

In the future we can try other themes:

- fantasy
- racing (maybe a bit thin)
- civilization building
- other?

14 Comments:

At 3:06 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I like the idea. We can definitively fit in 2-3 hr wargames. Of course, that would require some commitment on both parties, ignoring the cool group games that may spring up around them.

I want Hammer of the Scots or even Rommel. I'll bring both just in case.

Should we start a "signup" list for whoever wants to do this?

 
At 3:41 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

I'm gonna play it by ear. I hope at least a couple of copies of Twilight Struggle show up, but I think my preference would be to get into a group game if possible. This is all assuming I can actually make it monday night which may or may not be as easy as it used to be.

 
At 3:55 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

I was going to bring Pitch Car in hopes of another huge group gaming night...and Ricochet Robots since I think the stigma of the last game is wearing off...and For Sale...should I start pretending they're all war themed now?

I'm pretty confident 'conflict' fits with them all. -Kind of a staple of gaming really.

 
At 4:55 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

There's a relevant discussion going on at the 'geek right now:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/108362

At first I thought: Oh another guy who's asking what a "wargame" means.

But I read some of the responses, and there's some great stuff in there. Especially the following gem:

Consims [conflict simulations aka wargames] are learned differently than Euros. Read the rules and play the game and if you think you got a rule wrong or missed it just wing it and keep playing (you can reread the rules after you have finished playing). This is true because the mechanics are about creating the feel of the historic moment and unlike Euros getting them wrong usually doesn't hurt the game. If you try to learn consims the same way you learn Euros (by knowing all the rules properly before playing) you'll be overwhelmed by all the little theme laden rules.

 
At 5:20 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

I'd be up for "A Game of Thrones". Anyone have "Wallenstein"? That one's always interested me. Maybe I can talk Kirk into bringing Gunslinger; if you haven't played it, it's a great game.

 
At 8:25 PM, April 28, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

What an awesome idea!! War! War! War!
((Insert barbarian primal scream here))

Okay, I feel better now. Personally, when it comes to wargames, I like to know what I'm playing in advance, and if I've never played before, read the rules completely at least once (preferrably twice) ahead of time. For instance, I just completed a second reading of the Sword of Rome rules this afternoon. Man, I wish it was still in print!

Here I Stand looks intriguing to me mainly because it's a CDG. Thirty Years War (GMT) is out now too and covers a similar era.

With good wargames, replaying them for skill development and mastery seems to pay off well. I've been playing Panzer Blitz/Leader for nearly 30 years, and I still love them.

Anyway... I'll bring a few games of a war theme, but Ted's list looks good to me!

 
At 8:57 AM, April 29, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Hooray, I was able to pick up Sword of Rome off of Fairplay games. On the downside, I was compelled to P500 the Sword of Rome expansion... It's a sickness, I tell you!

 
At 10:30 PM, April 29, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Bad news guys: I can't attend Monday night after all. I had a massive brain-fade and forgot that we are closing on our house on Monday. Meredith and I will be celebrating 30 years of debt on Monday night.

In any event, I think the occasional theme night is a pretty good idea.

See y'all soon.

 
At 11:22 PM, April 29, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Bummer! Good thing you remembered, though. :)

I'll bring Twilight Struggle, War of the Ring, and C&C: Ancients on Monday.

 
At 4:19 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Forget about the house man... you know you'd rather play games.

I may not make it at 7pm, but I'll be there.

 
At 9:09 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I plan on transiting to DL straight from the office, so I should be there between 1700-1800 hours.

 
At 7:15 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

How early are the heavy game users (i.e. addicts) showing up?

 
At 10:33 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I should be there by 6pm, possibly earlier, since classes are now over. I'll bring Game of Thrones, but what I really want to *finally* play is Batteground: Fantasy Warfare. I'd also like to try Pitchcar and Cash & Guns for the first time.

 
At 10:36 AM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Ted, I just picked up Lightning: Midway. Thanks for the tip. We'll have to play sometime!

 

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