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Played a couple of games of this, and I am very impressed so far. This is the first tactical game that may supplant ASL as my favorite. I missed some of the grit, but then I've only played infantry scenarios so far. I think the core game engine is superior to ASL but there might have been too much stripped away. This base of mechanics with some snipers, separate leaders, and perhaps separate support weapons would be perfect. It needs just a bit more chaos, perhaps.

Edit- I even played a game via VASSEL, the First game I've ever played online. Thanks to
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Space Empires: 4X; several quick games of Twilight Struggle, and Sword of Rome, all in one weekend a couple weeks ago.

Got Paths of Glory all set up and ready to start tonight (with the wife), too! It's a good life.
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My first outing with SPQR (Deluxe Edition) using Simple GBoH which has not been as daunting as I thought.

A few games of Lost Battles with the session reports posted here

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Second scenario of Combat Commander: Pacific - Japanese won.
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Brad and I just wrapped up our large map game of Space Empires: 4X. I won, for two reasons I think. I used explore tech right from the outset, and Brad didn't. So he lost a couple of scouts and a colony ship. He also had a colony wiped out by a DM. The second reason was MS Pipelines. Mid game, after all the minerals were used up, I was getting +10 economic points per turn that Brad didn't have. So I had access to tech increases throughout, and was able to pick my moment to attack.

When I finally attacked, I faced a mass of DNs. He'd built 10-12 of them, and was hoping I'd attack sooner. He thought he'd wipe my fleet out and then send the DNs through my system. If I had attacked earlier, that would have panned out. As it was, I was able to wipe out a couple of his outlying colonies before he brought his force to bear. We called it after a final titanic battle, which he won but which left him economically devastated and in no position to continue prosecuting the fight. I had a few rogue squadrons prepped to pick apart his colonies, so he conceded.

This is a fun game, most definitely. I think, though, that I've tapped its two player enjoyment for now.
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After a three week delay, we resumed our No Retreat! The Russian Front from where we had stopped on Turn 9. The Axis had driven to the gates of Moscow and were threatening both the capital and Tula with Army Groups North and Center.

However, the Russian response was devastating -- the Leningrad garrison deployed and moved south, while the 3rd Byelorussian and 6th Guards Tank shifted west, thereby creating a pocket which isolated the German advance.

By November 1942 (Turn 10), the Axis Army Groups surrendered due to lack of supply. However, even with 65% of the Axis being sent to the Gulags, the Defenders of the Rodina could not advance quickly into the Fascist heartland. (actually, for several turns, the main Axis strength lay in its allied troops).

By October 1943, the Fascist Beast surrendered due to a sudden death victory condition. It was interesting to see that the Soviets were hoping for exchange results, just to cause German step losses -- a reflection of the Soviet massed tactical operations.

A great game!

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Last night I finished my game of DMZ: The Next Korean War.

I made an AAR of it, but this second time I played it, couldn't change my mind. It's a terrible game, and unless I have time to rewrite the CRT and some of the game specific rules, I won't be playing it again any time soon.gulpyuk

My AAR:DMZ AAR

Cheers, Haring
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We played a 2-player game of Kingmaker this week-end. It had been a while since I played this game, which is one of my favorites. After many royal executions, I won.
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Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 and loved it. Really good. Had to spend time grasping the control and sea rules. FAQ here on the geek really useful.
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Had a good game of NPWS although we got a couple of rules wrong which assisted me in an Allied victory. Looking forward to playing it again sans mistakes. Malborough won some famous victories but couldn't capture a city to save his life.
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The Game of France, 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West, and the French were very competitive. They still lost by over 3:1, but only just (like 3.2:1)!
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Just finished a PBEM game of Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ?. Hope to get several other wargames finished before the end of the month.
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In our game yesterday the French won. But we played a four player The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition). It took about the whole day around the table, with some minor (rules) mistakes, as it was our first time. Luckily I won after turn 3 with a peace die roll of "6".

We are preparing to play a six player Here I Stand on Saturday. I hope the dice will be with me again.
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Finished my first ASL scenario of the month - J44 Audacity! This was an attack in Norway by Poles in French service during the Narvik campaign. I was taking the French/Poles, and just couldn't get anywhere without taking heavy casualties. the game was up for me when one of my Hotchkiss tanks stumbled into a minefield and had to stop, since the loss of a tank would put me over the casualty point cap. There I sat while germans started swarming on me, but I was put out of my misery with snakeyes on an ATR shot.
Interesting scenario, though. It was mud all over, and trying to attack up the one dry road was hard work.
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Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage in 4 hours. I won on the last card when we were tied for political control and I then revolted Numidia. I continue to get so much out of this game, needs a lot of thought. Just a great game.
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First weekend: Kiev

Second weekend: Arnhem

This weekend: Guderian's Last Gamble

Last weekend in Feb: Golan
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No Retreat! The Russian Front
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No Retreat! The Russian Front But it was more of a learning game for me
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Another game of 1812: The Invasion of Canada, again with 5 player, 3 of them new to the game.

Strong US push from Detroit took Amhearstburg, this was held for most of the game until an Indian lead counter-attack.

For the mid part of the game it see-sawed back and forth with no side getting a true advantage. The US tried a strong border defense strategy and took Queenstown while the Brits took a number of boarder areas.

A common situation occurred, one side took an area and then lost it to the counter-attack. Knowing when to risk and when to build up and reinforce is a lesson learned the hard way. getting the right balance is the key !

The game came down to the last two turns and the Brits(etc) grabbed the initiative when the US players went 2nd and 3rd in turn 7 and this meant that the Indian and the Brits could played their truce cards and end the game with a one-two punch.

The (double objective area) Queenstown was held by the US at the end of the game, but the massive garrison meant that other areas were held more thinly and the Indians lead a devastating counterattack that punched through Niagara and took Buffalo and hence the game.

The Brits were going last and did not need to go as they had enough to win, this result was slightly misleading as the victory was closer than this sounds.


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The meaty scenario (WC 15) from Witches Cauldron: The Oosterbeek Perimeter – Arnhem 1944. All three Tigers ended up knocked out, and the Jerries could not quite capture the last of the three victory locations.

Putting this great Critical Hit product up now to reorganize my kit in view of Festung Budapest, which just arrived!
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Getting back into ASL this year after something of a break. Attempting to play through the scenarios in Beyond Valor (solo), in order, to re-learn the rules.

Got through two plays of 'Fighting Withdrawal' during January, which got me back into the swing of things.

This month I've managed to get in a single play of 'The Czerniakow Bridgehead' and have just, in the last 30 minutes, completed my first play ever of 'The Commissar's House'. What an absolute gem of a scenario! Demolition Charges, Flamethrowers and Russian Booby Traps. With all of these toys, what's not to like?

Looking forward to playing through the 'In Sight of the Volga' scenario next, although I have No Retreat: The Russian Front on order and due to arrive in the next few days. A tough choice indeed!

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Feb is turning out to be a good gaming month. Had two goes at NPWS and one run out of Napoleon's Triumph this week. Really like how NPWS is shaping up as a game and NT went right down to the wire with victory turning on who could land the final killer blow.

Wish every month was like this!
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I've just finished my first game of Warriors of God, "Lion in winter" scenario, as the French. It was a bit of a disaster for me: my opponent was on 18 VPs and I felt that I had to concede during turn 5, having lost the flower of French forces trying to defend the Ile de France and with Philippe I (?) about to be taken -- I was almost certainly going to lose at the end of that turn (if not, the turn after). Maybe next time ...
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Just finished GWAS U.S.Navy Plan Gold, Battle Senario One: Revanche Spring 1925. Lots of fun, four American cruisers vs a German light BC and a CL. Germans lost this time.
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Re: What's the Last Wargame You've Completed? February, 2012 Edition
Just finished two plays of Mission 2 of Space Hulk with my son. Great fun!
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