Blame it on Ian..My Return to Wargaming
Cavan Cunningham
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Early in 2010 I felt nostalgic for the wargames I had owned and played in my early teens and had sold off in a moving sale years earlier. Granted, I hadn't even looked at the boxes in years so lugging them around throughout all my moves seemed indulgent at the time. I fortunately stumbled on BGG and discovered that the hobby had continued & evolved without me! I was also lucky to be living in a city where there was a war gaming presence. A small, but dedicated band...3 people to be exact, who were looking to fill their ranks.
After a rigorous interview process, I convinced them that I knew a counter from a chit & knew what flat-pack was and was accepted back into the hobby. After that I had the opportunity to play once a week (sometimes twice) with the congenial & learned
Ian Schofield
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, who introduced me to CDG's and games prior to to the 20th century. So from Ah Panzer Blitz & the ilk, my collection has grown to include a myriad of genres and historical eras I would never has contemplated owning before hooking up with Ian & getting infected with his enthusiasm. And so, this geeklist is partly a homage & record of what my gaming with Ian has produced. Some we have played, others I have acquired & will play, while others are on my radar. Ian my bank account hates you but what fun it is...

(PS: This is a geeklist in progress, More to come....)
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:5]
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I'm pretty sure this is the first war game Ian (a CDG shark) & I played. I know we played it often and that I got my butt kicked in all of those games. Card driven games were completely new to me. I had only played hex & counter games when I was a kid so I was really out of my comfort zone with this style of gaming. The stress of making the right choice between Event & Op points, knowing how to deal with battle ground states and trying to not feel like I was a dog chasing my tail most of the time were all elements of my TS education. I've played both the US & USSR badly. It took about 2 games before I understood how knowledge of the deck gives you an edge in this game, so I started studying that. Despite losing over & over, and getting quite frustrated with my lack of progress I remain fascinated by the theme & mechanics and got my own copy knowing I could convince some non-wargamer (read my wife) that it was worth her time to eschew Scrabble one night to play this gem.

This is my gateway game to: Paths of Glory,World War II: Barbarossa to Berlin,1989: Dawn of Freedom, Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648, The Everlasting Glory: Chinese War of Resistance 1937-1945
What I'm eyeballing on Ebay/BGG because of this game:Campaign / Battle Card Driven

Keeper Status: 5/5

What the Magic 8 Ball says are my chances of beating Ian at this game: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5821315
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2. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:102]
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Now Ian & I haven't played this yet (we've played WWII: B to B). But, this is the first post 1980's war game I purchased, while working in BC at Board Game Warriors (New West). I could not wrap my brain around the rules. They seemed so dense, but the combination of cards & chits and WWI without staring at a stalemate of counters & hexes really caught my interest. I've played via Vassal with
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and while feeling really overwhelmed and at times frozen with analysis paralysis, I admire this game, like I admire chess. The game pointed me to the excellent C3i magazine.

This was my gateway game to: Paths of Glory Player's Guide, Pursuit of Glory, Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
What I'm eyeballing on Ebay/BGG Marketplace because of this game:1914: Twilight in the East, Der Weltkrieg Series

Keeper Status: 4/5

What the Magic 8 Ball says are my chances of beating Ian at this game: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5821362
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3. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1726] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Well I can't blame Ian directly for this series, since he is not much of a WWII gamer (except for Combat Commander: Europe), and certainly not much interested in playing WWII Tactical level games, his general enthusiasm for collecting led me to try and find something akin to Advanced Squad Leader without the time & $ commitment. Came across this by accident and really enjoy the series. I like how most of the info is on the counters. Since I'm a visual learner I appreciate any game with lots of graphic instructions.
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via Vassal although we've never made it through a scenario because we talk too much during game play. I've made a conscious choice to make this one of my WWII Tactical series of choice as far as non-card driven games.
Once I've played it a few times the rules are intuitive and the mechanics really appealing. The graphics impress me and I like how the series mechanics crosses eras.

This was my gateway game to: Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam, Squad Leader, Frontline: D-Day, [thing=135700][/thing] (pre-order), Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division, Panzer game system
What I'm eyeballing on Ebay/BGG Marketplace because of this game:Musket & Pike Battle Series, Great Battles of History
Keeper Status: 5/5

What the Magic 8 Ball says are my chances of convincing Ian to play this game with me: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5822491
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4. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:104]
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This is probably the game Ian & I have played the most. As with other CDG's, it took me a few games to get into the rhythm of game play. I still forget to use my "action" choices effectively. I also, quite often, forget to pursue the simplest of objectives in favour of funner game choices...i.e. advancing down the centre instead of having my units simply exit off the other side of the board!
It's themes & scenarios are great, and it's nice to be able to play this style of game in an evening's sitting.
My intro to tactical-squad wargaming, I think I prefer hex & counter versions of the genre, because after a while I start to translate my terrible deck handling as a frustrating limitation of the game's card-draw mechanics. And yet...except for selling Combat Commander: Pacific in favour of getting into Pacific tactical gaming through Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Pacific I have built up a manageable collection of this series and will hang onto at least one of the base games if only for the quick play attribute.

This was my gateway game to: Combat Commander: Mediterranean, Combat Commander: Battle Pack #5 – Fall of the West, Combat Commander: Battle Pack #1 – Paratroopers, Combat Commander: Battle Pack #2 – Stalingrad, Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 – Normandy, Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division,Dominant Species, Urban Sprawl, Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division, Men of Iron Series, Fields of Fire
What I'm eyeballing on Ebay/BGG Marketplace because of this game:Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles, Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer, Fighting Wings
Keeper Status: 3.5/5

What the Magic 8 Ball says are my chances of beating Ian at this game: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5822514
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5. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:96]
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I really like this game for its historical context/content and that Ian and I could get a couple of games done in an evening. It's a block game which isn't my primary mechanic in the wargame genre, but I still have copies on my "to buy" radar. Ian is a big fan (read: collector) of wargames from pre-20th century, and a lot of that interest has slowly rubbed off on me as I understand the Ancients or Napoleonic way of conflict better. Another "bad" influence is The History of Rome podcast which has been one of the best podcasts I've listened to. It's succinct and historically informative without being academically stuffy.
Its also the first, and only, game I beat Ian at...first time playing...never to be repeated it seems.
This game in itself is a gateway game to many of the Berg ancients games which I've taken a liking to.
The card mechanics can drive me nuts sometimes but its easy to pick up and learn while being strategically mature enough so as to remain interesting.
Not sure if I'm more interested in getting the Napoleonic series or not. Time will tell.

This game was a gateway game to: Samurai, RAN, The '45, Unhappy King Charles!, Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648, FAB: The Bulge(owned but sold....may get again), La Bataille de la Moscowa (third edition),

I'm eyeballing these games on Ebay/BGG because of this game:
Great Battles of History, Men of Iron Series, Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, La Bataille series

Keeper ratio: Don't own any...yet.

What the Magic 8 Ball says about another victory over Ian: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5822794
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6. Board Game: When Lions Sailed [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:7146]
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As I've mentioned, Ian is a big fan of games that take place in the pre-Napoleonic era. He's also a active supporter of many of the magazine publishers. In 2010 I attended my first Con...it was during the Christmas break, hosted at Ian's house where Ian, I and
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played the game pictured. While I've always been interested in history my reading of it has been fairly restrictive. Hanging around Ian I'm starting to get interested in 7 & 30 Years War games, unusual battles in conflicts I've never heard of and willing to lose & learn tactics that don't involve tanks and airplanes. Darryl, by preference although not exclusively, is a "panzer pusher" but seemingly of only the operational & strategic variety. But I thought if I got into the latest printing of Panzer (second edition), we might come to some common ground. Funnily, it was our mutual purchases of The Everlasting Glory: Chinese War of Resistance 1937-1945 that was the leading contender,although now that I'm not in Regina we'd have to create/find a Vassal/Cyber-board module to play it.
So not only has Ian turned my gaze towards the pre-Napoleonic, but War game magazines. Because they don't take up much of a footprint, I'm a periodic, periodical gamer, and are sometimes a relatively less-riskier venture into wars of a foreign era.

This was my gateway game to: Operation Jubilee: Dieppe, August 1942, Right Fierce & Terrible: Sluys 1340, The Hardest Days,The Seven Years World War, The '45, Virgin Queen
What I'm eyeballing on Ebay/BGG Marketplace because of this game:Amateurs to Arms!, The South Seas Campaign, Lace Wars, Not War But Murder, Musket & Pike Battle Series, Prussia's Glory

Keeper Status: 3/5

What the Magic 8 Ball says are the chances that Darryl and I will get to game The Everlasting Glory: http://www.m8ball.com/index.php?answer=5824318 (...nice!)
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