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Stephen Poulin
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Well I am a newb as far as War games go.
Here is a list of games I own.

Conflict of Heroes Awakening the bear.
Heroes of Normany LNL
Combat Commander Europe
Heroes of Normandie
Axis and Allies 1942 Second Edition
Dust Tactics - miniature game
1775 - Academy games
1812 - " "

So these games I know are good games and I can't wait to play them for the first time even though some of them I bought a few years ago.
My problem is I can't seem to find anyone willing to play them with me " Wow that actually sounds really sad "

Whenever I ask someone to play and they find out it's a war game I get the deer in headlights look.

Do most of you guys end up playing games solo or are you fortunate enough to have a pal or two to play with?

So I meant to say Wargamers don't exist.... Near me. LOL
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I have one best wargaming buddy with whom I play around twice a month, and three or four more who also play, but not as regularly. I consider myself lucky!

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desertfox2004 wrote:
I have one best wargaming buddy with whom I play around twice a month, and three or four more who also play, but not as regularly. I consider myself lucky!



Do you have (or had) Boscovs out your way? Did it plant the seeds of AH and SPI titles?

Ours in Susquehanna Valley did.
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darthhugo wrote:
desertfox2004 wrote:
I have one best wargaming buddy with whom I play around twice a month, and three or four more who also play, but not as regularly. I consider myself lucky!



Do you have (or had) Boscovs out your way? Did it plant the seeds of AH and SPI titles?

Ours in Susquehanna Valley did.


Boscovs moved out to western PA much later. My first wargames were purchased in a Thrift Drug store in our local mall - Tactics II, Midway, and Gettysburg! Just think about that - I could actually buy real hex-and-counter wargames at the drug store in the mall. Different times, that's for sure!

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When all else fails

http://www.vassalengine.org/
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It took a long time for me to find other wargamers in Auckland, New Zealand. There's maybe 5 people spread out across the country who play OCS. Perhaps 10 more who play other wargames (e.g. CDGs, ASL, etc.). It took a lot of hunting down on BoardGameGeek and ConsimWorld to find fellow wargamers.

Four of us get together once a week to play full campaign scenarios of OCS. Currently we're into the start of Turn 2 for The Blitzkrieg Legend, Full Campaign with Holland. Of course, as mentioned above, there's always VASSAL. I recommend you play live with chat over Skype.
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How about the Lost Harbor wargame store in Westfield?
 
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1775 is the choice for a newbie...
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I shouldn't have fallen for the clickbait...
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darthhugo wrote:
Ours in Susquehanna Valley did.


Thumb for Susquehanna Valley! Former Lancastrian here.

To answer the OP's question, I play Face to Face with 3-5 others (usually 3), ideally once a week, but life does get in the way from time to time. Also have started playing by ACTS/Vassal. I've tried playing solo in the distant past, but it really just isn't my thing. I will try The Hunters at some point though, and I picked up Source of the Nile minutes ago, although that isn't really a wargame.
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desertfox2004 wrote:
darthhugo wrote:
desertfox2004 wrote:
I have one best wargaming buddy with whom I play around twice a month, and three or four more who also play, but not as regularly. I consider myself lucky!



Do you have (or had) Boscovs out your way? Did it plant the seeds of AH and SPI titles?

Ours in Susquehanna Valley did.


Boscovs moved out to western PA much later. My first wargames were purchased in a Thrift Drug store in our local mall - Tactics II, Midway, and Gettysburg! Just think about that - I could actually buy real hex-and-counter wargames at the drug store in the mall. Different times, that's for sure!



I hear you! Our local (yes, local, non-chain) drug store had several AH titles on an end-cap one fine summer day. It was probably around 1981. They rarely stocked toys, just the basics like those generic tiddly-winks, rubber ball on paddle, and some Revel model kits. Anyway, I knew about wargames from a very early age (perhaps five), because my older brother's copy of PanzerBlitz was left unopened in our basement storage closet... he didn't take to it, so just put it away for regifting at some point. His loss was my gain. I became hooked on everything AH, even though I didn't have a clue what it was about.

Anyways, about the time I was getting into wargames in my early tweens (12?), walked into the Sun Ray and blammo! War at Sea, Jutland, Anzio, and Bismarck were sitting there... unloved. I grabbed a copy of Bis and phoned some friends when I got back home. We didn't need Boscovs, because we had Sun Ray.

But Boscovs really was my first dealer (of games), because they had an impressive column of both SPI soapbox and AH bookshelf titles. It was a neglected little part of the store, between appliances, men's clothing, and records. Thousands of people walked by it each day, but because it was hidden behind a pillar, nobody but us in the know knew it was there. Like easter eggs and chocolate just for us.

Those trips to Boscovs were where the addiction was fed. Then I just started mainlining directly via Hartford Road, through nice telephone calls or fill-out and mail order forms.

Oh, the smell of that box when it was opened.
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delp1871 wrote:
darthhugo wrote:
Ours in Susquehanna Valley did.


Thumb for Susquehanna Valley! Former Lancastrian here.

To answer the OP's question, I play Face to Face with 3-5 others (usually 3), ideally once a week, but life does get in the way from time to time. Also have started playing by ACTS/Vassal. I've tried playing solo in the distant past, but it really just isn't my thing. I will try The Hunters at some point though, and I picked up Source of the Nile minutes ago, although that isn't really a wargame.


Shamokinian, myself.

Love the Lancaster area.

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Toxicjedi wrote:
Whenever I ask someone to play and they find out it's a war game I get the deer in headlights look.


Stop telling them they're "wargames." Instead, tell them they're games loosely based on historical events that allow you to experiment with alternate timeline outcomes. Only after you're done should you reveal that they've been playing a "wargame" (at which point you can give your best sinister laugh).
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Toxicjedi wrote:

So I meant to say Wargamers don't exist.... Near me. LOL


The last time I looked into this for someone - and found a wargame club half an hour's drive from his place - I got a "nah, I don't want to drive somewhere, I want people to show up at my place and play my games"

So - how eager are you to play wargames ?
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Hi Stephen,

I can really sympathize with your situation. I moved last year from an area where I had steady face-to-face gamers to what seems like a wargaming wasteland.

Using BGG I reached out to a lot of local gamers, and got some "no, I don't play wargames," responses, but also a few who were interested.

Through persistence a year later there are five guys in the local area and 3 more within an hour who are either playing wargames or interested.

For me, getting Commands & Colors: Napoleonics was a big help. It's attracted two new players who had only played euros before.

Stick in there, and good luck on finding a local gamer! BGG is a huge help.
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Stephen Poulin
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Absolute genius sir, this is exactly what i need to do.
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I dont mind driving at all... within reason of course.... and i am aware of several game/wargame stores around but the only buzz at these stores are people playing 40K "not interested" or Magic the Gathering.
So here in lies my frustration.
 
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Thanks , I will keep looking
 
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Although it's not on your doorstep, I know that Chris Buhl, a BGG user in Pittsfield, plays wargames. He might also know about others in Western Massachusetts.
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Toxicjedi wrote:
I dont mind driving at all...

I recall the gamers of central Iowa, the hardest of the hard, who think nothing of a lonely 90-min round trip for a quick game of Love Letter.

http://www.umass.edu/rso/ghl/

I think this means Amherst...and just for fun:

http://www.umass.edu/history/people/index.html

This took me about 9 nanoseconds. I see you are next to a reserve airforce base, which admittedly means the officers will be communists with two degrees, but if you can get past that its promising.
 
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Back in the SPI days, when wargame print runs were large and there were a lot more wargame purchasers, Strategy & Tactics did a survey of its subscribers. The results indicated that 90% of wargamers only play solitaire, as I recall.

Which can explain the puzzling phenomenon of discovering that wargamers exist in your area, yet there don't seem to be any players around.

I recall putting an ad up in a shop many years ago, before BGG existed. I went into the shop later to get a game, and saw a copy of a wargame sitting behind the counter. It had been ordered by someone - someone who was not interested in answering an ad for local wargamers, obviously.

But yes it is possible to use BGG's zip code and city searches to look for wargamers in towns and cities around you. Never worked for me but I helped a friend find a local opponent that way.
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As a publisher I sell wargames to people living near me that I have never heard of. Very strange but there really are more players out there.
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Go here. See what they have in their collections then geekmail them.

https://boardgamegeek.com/findgamers.php?action=findclosestf...
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I agree, I don't exist. I was wondering what was wrong with me, but now I know: I don't exist. I feel much better now.
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Toxicjedi wrote:
Well I am a newb as far as War games go.
Here is a list of games I own.

Conflict of Heroes Awakening the bear.


There is an excellent solo-designed expansion for this:
Eastern Front solo

Also, there are some excellent solo-designed wargames such as Struggle for the Galactic Empire.

Perhaps in lieu of playing opposed you could go in that direction too.
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