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Calandale is the MAN!

So, didn't know you had a philosophy degree.

The questions:

1. Do you have a favorite philosopher or genre of philosophy? a philosopher that intrigues your thinking?

2. Do you think you will ever post war game tutorials (for us war game rule impaired individuals)? and if so would the users be able to request a game or two?

That's it for now, so enjoy Enrico...your videos are always interesting, educational, and downright mesmerizing
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CONGRATULATIONS! to Peter for making such an interesting choice. whistle

(Enrico holds a special place in my heart, as he was the first BGGer to give me S**T after I joined the site.) Thanks for treating me like one of the gang. cool

First question: What the hell is going on behind you in your bio vid? Do you live next door to a landfill or are they putting up a prison across the field?

#2: What's the most difficult game you've attempted to play solo? cry

C: Is there any game you wouldn't dare try to tackle solo? devil

Finally: Do you concern yourself much with giving both/all sides a fair play in a solo game, or do you just play them for the sheer enjoyment? angry

Bonus question:
What's with the bird? ninja
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billyboy wrote:
Here's my question. Define what a wargame is?

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You don't have to answer that one! I usually agree with you when you say a game isn't one!
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It's an important question though. As the hobby is defined
by what we do.

I struggled with this for a long long time,
largely based on what I could and couldn't
'sell' to a group of players, some of whom
"didn't like wargames."


Quite simply, I've settled on,
"a wargame is that type of game which separates
those who call themselves wargamers from the
gaming hobby at large."

This metric necessarily allows games to enter (or leave)
the definition - but that's okay, new games are entering
it all the time. If the goalposts of the hobby have grown
so wide that things like Warriors of God are considered
to share more in common with the Operational Combat Series then
with the mainstream of the hobby, I have no problem with
that - I like MOST games. But, if someone tells me they
are a wargamer, and cannot abide by anything more complex
or detailed than say, Axis & Allies, we're no longer
communicating in a meaningful way.

When 'wargames' become indistinguishable from euros or
AT (though there can be some overlap in the latter case,
I think), then the term no longer serves a purpose. It's
NOT simply to suit those gamers who want to express that
they do or don't like conflict in a game.

There's a segment of the wargaming hobby that believes in
a 'cut and dried' solution - "wargames are games about war."
Therein lies the basis of claims like "Chess is a wargame."
Quite simply, that's unsatisfying to me - so attractive as
such a solution might be, I can't accept it. Moreover, it
doesn't really provide a useful delimitation to what people
like or don't like. Wargaming is clearly a fairly small hobby -
even in its heyday - yet there are more Chess players than there
are people who would consider themselves 'gamers' of any type.
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buseyhead wrote:
Calandale is the MAN!

So, didn't know you had a philosophy degree.

The questions:

1. Do you have a favorite philosopher or genre of philosophy? a philosopher that intrigues your thinking?


I kinda answered this earlier, with Hume. Truth is though,
I haven't READ any of his works - I just know about some of
the ideas, which matched mine own. For someone who graduated
with a Philosophy degree, I went out of my way to avoid reading
many philosophers.

One of the most intriguing to me is St. Anselm (I read a lot of
medievals). Somewhere or another I have a fairly detailed work
I wrote up discussing what I think of his proof for the existence
of God. In the end, I concluded that it is meaningful only if
you already assume neoplatonism. Otherwise, it is essentially a tautology.

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2. Do you think you will ever post war game tutorials (for us war game rule impaired individuals)? and if so would the users be able to request a game or two?


I've done it a couple of times (PoG/HIS) on request, as well as
LGG which wasn't. At least so far as rules go. Playing tutorial?
You don't want that from me - I'm not terribly skilled at ANY of
the games I play (nor do I usually know the rules - but at least
I can look them up).

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Congratulations on your GOW Fame!!!

In relation to your 3rd video in the introductory post - ah, um, I'm curious... are you wearning any pants??? It doesn't look like it... I had to stop watching this partciular video because I keep getting this vision of you pantless!!!

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SimGuy wrote:
CONGRATULATIONS! to Peter for making such an interesting choice. :whistle:


Thanks for congratulating the right person. :D

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(Enrico holds a special place in my heart, as he was the first BGGer to give me S**T after I joined the site.) Thanks for treating me like one of the gang. :cool:


Looking at your join date, I'm guessing this was when I was
first blundering around the fora (had been registered for a
while), and was giving EVERYONE shit. I didn't know we were
supposed to treat n00bs differently.

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First question: What the hell is going on behind you in your bio vid? Do you live next door to a landfill or are they putting up a prison across the field? :what:


I live next to a Trenching Supplies Rental company.
They haul tons of steel in at 6AM, which when dumped
on the ground makes for a great alarm clock. I like it less
when I'm trying to game.

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#2: What's the most difficult game you've attempted to play solo? :cry:


As far as complexity, I've done WIF, Europa Universalis, La Grande
Guerre, OCS/Burma, and many others - I don't think there's a
reasonable limit there, with anything that could sell.

If you mean difficult in soloing, Dip, Dune, Chess, and a few
others have been hard - Dune was a lot of fun (unlike Chess),
and I was more into that kind of thing when I had less games.

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C: Is there any game you wouldn't dare try to tackle solo? :devil:


Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game Lost Worlds and Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series
aren't on my 'Games yet to be given the treatment' geekslist.
I don't intend to try them - nor most standard card games.

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Finally: Do you concern yourself much with giving both/all sides a fair play in a solo game, or do you just play them for the sheer enjoyment? :angry:


Not sure what you mean by, 'a fair play'. I wouldn't feel it was
enjoyable if they weren't trying. Sometimes though, trying is to
trying on me - and I don't want to work that hard, especially with
things like euros.

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Bonus question:
What's with the bird? :ninja:


It's a Northern Mockingbird. I saved one of their lives
by giving it my immortality. They're common around here.

When I lived in Oregon, I had a Stellar's Jay as my pic



On my own forum, I have a crow pic:



Guess I like birds.
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Hi, Enrico. I was planning to ask you these questions even before you became GotW.

Do you like vegetables?

Could you ever love a robot?

What is your favorite anatomical tissue?

Is Umberto Eco's new novel going to be any good?

Scuba?

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Passionate_Always wrote:
Congratulations on your GOW Fame!!!

In relation to your 3rd video in the introductory post - ah, um, I'm curious... are you wearning any pants??? It doesn't look like it... I had to stop watching this partciular video because I keep getting this vision of you pantless!!!



Oops! Sometimes I forget. :blush:

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I'm wearing shorts.
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Tamburlain wrote:
Hi, Enrico. I was planning to ask you these questions even before you became GotW.

Do you like vegetables?


Not intimately.

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Could you ever love a robot?


Of course, if it played games with me
and otherwise pleased me.

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What is your favorite anatomical tissue?


I'm not a biologist, so I may get this wrong,
but I'll go with the spleen - I've always enjoyed
playing with them.

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Is Umberto Eco's new novel going to be any good?


Probably in the original.

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Scuba?


With mayo.

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Nice to see a geek of the week who generally doesn't give a damn about the latest fads. Enrico is like a philosopher wargamer. His videos are so refreshing because it lacks any slickness. Keep up the good work!

What do you do for a living?

When was the last time you were outside the USA and where did you go?

Are there any good game stores out where you live and do you ever go there?
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burrie wrote:
Nice to see a geek of the week who generally doesn't give a damn about the latest fads. Enrico is like a philosopher wargamer. His videos are so refreshing because it lacks any slickness. Keep up the good work!


I am anti-slick.

And this whole pantaloons thing
just is too new-fangled for me.

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What do you do for a living?


Software Quality Engineer. I did a brief stint
as a hacker, but went back to creating automated
test harnesses because of a personal disagreement
with the security leadership.

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When was the last time you were outside the USA and where did you go?


Last year I went to Belgium, to service my application for a
mail order bride.

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Are there any good game stores out where you live and do you ever go there?


There's a very good one out in Mesa (long long walk though), but I
don't go there because someone whom I believe to be an owner
ripped me off at a con.
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Hmm, didn't know they did mail order brides in Belgium. Anyhow, I guess you had no success? Next time your are in Belgium better stick with the beers, fries and mussels.

You don't drive a car?
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burrie wrote:
Hmm, didn't know they did mail order brides in Belgium. Anyhow, I guess you had no success? Next time your are in Belgium better stick with the beers, fries and mussels.


Indeed. She seems delayed in customs.
Then again, like me, she's not great at
navigating bureaucracy.

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You don't drive a car?


I've tried not to all my life.
Picked one up cheap at an auction,
but then I wrecked it, and I think
my initial inclination (given that the
accident is 'my fault' even though I wasn't
moving) is best. It sucks that the nearest
supermarket is a 45 min walk - ice cream doesn't
hold up too well during the summer here.
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usrlocal wrote:
calandale wrote:

Last year I went to Belgium, to service my application for a
mail order bride.


Robots are easier in that respect.


Have you looked at the PRICES on those things?
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Hat's off to you, Calandale.

Any possibility of you coming back to Eugene? We have good gaming here. I'm talking Operational Combat Series grade.
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Awesome! Kudos for doing vid.

Books:

I'm mostly into old SF. Just got hooked on the
books my father would bring me from tag sales.
I've found little modern SF that matches the spirit
of what those books from the '60's and early '70's had
(and even earlier - but at some point it's less to me -
probably the Lensman series is the earliest of the US
era - though I enjoy Well's and Voltaire's little trips
into the ideas).

My main obstacle is thriftiness. I'm so used to once finding
books cheaply that I won't buy them new. Even though I probably
enjoy a good read (not just SF - very good history, and some
other fiction) more than just about anything, I'm more willing
to blow money on games. I think there's also a fear - reading
sucks me in in ways that gaming doesn't; I really cannot stop.
It's not tiring like computer games, but it's too addictive.

Rulebooks:

My gold standard has been the old VG rules.
The only company that I've seen do consistently better
is The Gamers - but they focus on series', so it seems
less impressive. Too, those series' are largely written
by one man - whereas VG had a whole stable of designers
writing rules in their short time. I'm impressed at the
discipline which must have been in place there to manage
to provide usually pleasant reads, with few ambiguities
or contradictions, and great indexing.

I have a soft spot though for Richard Berg's wit in rules.
He's not always the clearest or least error prone, but he
often makes me snicker.

I babbled at some length on the subject (for those who can't help looking at me):



My father is Italian. Came over just after WWII.
Almost made this one of my questions (sorta).

I think if I was a game I'd be Popes & Princes -
grandious in scope, but an utter failure in the end.
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More random questions...

* play a solo game, listen to music, read a book - which is what you would most like to do with your free time? Which is what you'd least like to do?

* Do you like your wargames to include political simulation aspects, or do you prefer games that stick to the military operations?


* Ice cream, pie, or cake?
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garygarison wrote:
Hat's off to you, Calandale.

Any possibility of you coming back to Eugene? We have good gaming here. I'm talking Operational Combat Series grade.


Wish I had known when I was there.

I love the town, but it seems unlikely that
anyone would recruit me from thence, and I'm
not one for moving about without great cause.

I certainly miss '80's night and the Eugene Festival.
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desertfox2004 wrote:
More random questions...

* play a solo game, listen to music, read a book - which is what you would most like to do with your free time? Which is what you'd least like to do?


I love 'em all, but in different ways. Music is so intense.
Books, enthralling, but calming. And the games? That's just
who I am - I'm not sure I actually LIKE playing. I just must.

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* Do you like your wargames to include political simulation aspects, or do you prefer games that stick to the military operations?


Political and diplomatic considerations are more interesting
to me than military (hence wimpgamer). But I want them to be
deep and meaningful. There were a lot of games that abstract all
levels too much for my usual taste (see the 3W S&T's for example).


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* Ice cream, pie, or cake?


Pie. Though ice cream is more a staple.
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calandale wrote:
I have a soft spot though for Richard Berg's wit in rules.
He's not always the clearest or least error prone, but he often makes me snicker.

Historical Digression: It seems that in order to work for Carthage you either had to be Hannibal’s brother or be named Hasdrubal or Hanno. The number of “different” commanders with these last two names is frightening. From a design point of view, trying to figure out which one was where is even worse. Then there are the “‘Car Boys”: Hamilcar, Bomilcar, and Rentalcar...
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Exactly!

On another note, I'm wondering whether I could
earn the distinction of getting banned whilst
reigning as geek of the week. That would be kinda cool.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences so candidly in those bio videos - easily the most interesting and captivating GotW bio I've seen in a long time. Enjoy your week!
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Congrats matethumbsup.
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Congratulations!

My usual questions:
- Ever played any RPG's?
- Have you ever visited the RPG side of the site?
- Will you congratulate you're RPGG and VGG counterpart?

Have fun this week and may you play many games.
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