Last month, we started a new series on the YouTube Channel called Monthly Debrief. This series will be a video log of the previous month’s games played, both wargames and “for fun” games, things learned, other new upcoming series of videos (like Basic Training) and a short discussion of on-point topics in the Wargame World. This second video checked in at 1 hour and 3 minutes and we covered the topic of Wargame Magazines.
From Salerno to Rome is available in the US from Quarterdeck Games for $70 plus $15 shipping. I also believe that the current offer is buy any three games off the Quarterdeck’s website, shipping for the entire order is free.
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I knew it. Thanks for sharing.
I just want to mention that if you are interested in reading some issues from The General magazine, PDF versions are available online: https://archive.org/details/general_magazine I was a long time subscriber, up until it went out of print. There’s a lot of dated news/hobby gossip in there that is considerably less interesting now (“Hey, we’re going to reprint Anzio!”), and strategy articles and variants for games you might never play. They also have history articles focused on their games. For me it’s nostaglic; you may or may not find it interesting.
As an old time AH gamer, I’d like to recommend a couple of games that might tweak your interest, based on my read of what you seem to like. For WW2 games, try The Russian Campaign or Victory in the Pacific. Mutliplayer games: Pax Britanica (a hidden gem), King Maker or History of the World (the AH version is a little different, and better than the miniaturized version currently in print). Wooden Ships and Iron Men is a classic age of sail tactical game. A couple of interesting ancients tactical games are Siege of Jerusalem (aka Roman Squad Leader) and Alexander (one of the most psychedelic mapboards ever printed). If you’re into “modern” (1980s) naval, Victory Games’ Fleet series is a gem. I’d recommend 5th Fleet.
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Wow, just looking at all of those covers gave me quite the nostalgia kick. I was a long-time subscriber, with my first issue being the one with the first part of the AAR for the (then) new Storm over Arnhem.
I was hooked!
Thanks for linking to that site.
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Just finished watching your “wrap up” for Feb. At first, talking about war game magazines, didn’t strike me as very interesting, BUT stuck it out and found it a very interesting topic. I’ve purchased “Strategy and Tactics” once or twice and really like it. That being said, I’ve been investing in many of the folio games Decision Games has been putting out, as they they remind me of the old SPI folio games I collected in decades past. Recently, I’ve been collecting the WWI, in the desert campaigns (Suez 1916, Gaza 1917, Lawrence of Arabia), and really LIKE the short BLAST of hex encounter, I get from them. Years ago I picked up Chickamauga, which was an old SPI folio game, that Decision is reissuing.
I guess what attracts me to this concept (I have many ACW games), is that there is separation and focus on one battle. I can play campaigns via my Columbia block games and “Battle Cry”, but examining the single battle is pretty exciting.*** I did catch some of the new Worthington Games ACW games, and they ARE very attractive… but the price?… a bit prohibitive, when I think of all the ACW games I already have.
I’m really glad to hear that the “States of Siege” games will continue to be printed… I backed “Keep up the Fire”, which is right up there with “Zulu’s” as my favorite… would love to play “Ottoman Sunset”.
BACK to the magazine discussion… not only are they expensive, but I have a library of SO MANY war games now, I have to be picky about what enters into the library next. I also have to keep close to the fact I’m primarily a solo gamer… so, perhaps, a David Thompson game works better than a GMT game (Though “Once we moved like the wind” from GMT is a solo game). THEN… enter High Flying Dice with their Iran-Iraq series of war games, which tingles my wallet these days. IF ALL of that weren’t enough, there’s always DVG, who’s putting out new deck for Warfighter five or seven times a year. Last, but certainly NOT least is Academy Games, who is very new on my gaming radar… having picked up CoH , Storms of Steel, and Strike of the Eagle (already bought Mari Nostrum years ago). Academy does such a quality job backing up its games with primo production (Counters, maps, and other extras), that it quickly becomes a real addiction.
ONE THING stands out, here… there’s ONLY two of you, and as dedicated as you are, to this hobby, there is NO WAY you can do it all, especially within the space of one month… there is certainly no way anyone could doubt you’re “leaving everything on the floor”.
I was interested, in a remark about playing some of your Father-In-Law’s old AH games. Hmmm… YES, the newer approach to rule books, maps, colorful counters (any of your guys seen Gerry Upton and Gabe Chen’s new AH counters?… for older AH games, see them on EBAY) IS striking! GMT is really making their counters almost NEON with the colors and quality. Academy and Flying Pig are crushing their one-inch counters for games like Armageddon War, ” ’65”, and CoH. War Games are vastly improved… YET… when I play my old “Stalingrad” or “D-Day” game from the middle to late 1960’s, there is a beauty to the simplicity of it. YES, the CRT’s are awful, the units pretty dull and boring… the maps, well “flip a coin”… always serviceable, but sometimes drab and plain. Considering when they were minted, AH KILLED IT! Honestly, IF I were to make a “desert Island” list… I can think of ten older AH games that would be on it (Blitzkrieg, PB/PL/SL, status pro baseball and football, Stalingrad, Midway, Guadalcanal, and others). I’m glad Alexander’s playing games with his son… there’s nothing like spending quality time with your kids… my son and I used to play a lot of MTG and Star Wars (card game), before he got older.
Lastly, I LOVE RPG’s!!! A few of my favorites are “Strombringer”, “Space 1889”, “Not coming home” (from Wet Ink and KSer), Twilight 2000, and Traveler… there are a few others as well. I’d bet that it would be a gas to do an RPG with you guys… TRY “Space 1889” if you can… the original SteamPunk game. Lots of intriguing moments and well supported.
I’m trying to find the space, in my budget, to be a Patreon supporter… both you guys deserve the support.
Keep up the excellent work…
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