Thursday, August 09, 2007

Ode to Vassal

So a few of us (Ben, Jon, and yours truly) finally started using vassal to get our game I have to say that talking online using Skype makes this a lot easier.

After getting both above it's all a matter of getting any game module you want. The list of games you can play is pretty darn impressive. We've downloaded a bunch of them, but have only played (click on the images for actual size):

BattleLore (3 games total)

Tigris and Eufrates (ongoing game with all 3 players using Vassal)

Twilight Struggle (Rob vs Ben... just started tonight)

It's been great playing live with voice-chat. I even have a camera which would be great to make faces while "running away with it", but have not used it because no one else has one.

To the ones that have heard this from me before, it may sound like a broken record... but Vassal really is great for our busy lifestyles. Whenever you have a chance to play for a bit, and you find any of us online on Skype, you can play for as long as you can. If you can't play a full game (because the boiling pasta ran out of water, the baby started crying, the wife started nagging, etc), simply save the game . You can continue later on from where you left off, whenever you meet again on Skype.

Needless to say...I'm not going back to PBEM. Enjoy Saturday gaming.

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At 10:26 PM, August 09, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

I have installed Vassal and it seems cool. I hav enot really had a chance to mess with it too much. I have to say that the screen shots look excellent! I'll try to spend more time with it this weekend. Thanks, Rob and Ben!

At 10:51 PM, August 09, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

Where are the mspainted explanations for Twilight Struggle? What a disappointment. Plus there is a distinct lack of animals sexy or otherwise in this post.

At 10:55 PM, August 09, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

MS paint? Those are high quality Photoshop edits.

TS just started... couldn't come up with anything funny for it.

At 6:36 AM, August 10, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Note the awesomely successful US coup in Syria.

One cool thing about Vassal is how nice it will make Blog-based session reports assisted with screen captures. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Clueless? Heck, I'm running away with it.

Nice desktop wallpaper, btw.

At 6:38 AM, August 10, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

The spider in the center of the BL board gets the medal for most valuable player! Rob must have thrown 20 dice at it over the course of the game, but it kept on trucking, leading my troops to a comeback victory.

At 9:18 AM, August 10, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

I threw most of my center units, and a bunch of spells to help them out, and critical hits. Definitively MVP (most valuable pest).

At 6:50 PM, August 10, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

If anyone wants to play tonight (Friday), just send me a skype or an e-mail! Meanwhile I'll be in Civ 4 land....

At 7:16 PM, September 07, 2007, Blogger jbarreto said...

I have never played using Vassal but it looks like a good alternative for playing long games that cannot be completed in one sitting.

Lately I have been feeling nostalgic for some of the WW2 monster games like World in Flames or Totaler Krieg. Any interest in doing one of those using this tool?


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