A most excellent gaming week
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I have been condemned to be merely a spectator and collector of games for much of the past five years because of being deeply involved in graduate school and the difficulty of finding and training new wargamers. There has been some but not much, and certainly not enough! This week has and is shaping up to be a most excellent gaming week with something going pretty much every day. I'm happy to be able to seriously return to my hobby.
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1. Board Game: Normandy '44 [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:1238]
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Sunday - I finished my first solo play of Normandy '44. It was a short play because I am a terrible German player as it turns out. The Allies had extremely good luck, managing to get almost all their airborne units on the ground intact. Only one regiment of the 82nd Airborne was reduced to cadre and only one unit of the 6th Airborne took any other hits.

Combined with an absolutely crushing invasion turn, the beaches and area behind Omaha and Gold were clear and I managed to bring British units off the southern edge of the board on July 8th. Monty managed to have all of Caen north of the River by the 7th as well. I just wasn't aggressive enough with the 12SS and 21st Panzer.
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2. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2326]
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Monday - I have only made two trading mistakes in my career on the 'geek. I graded Victory Games' Carrier, and GMT's The Burning Blue. Less than a month after trading Carrier I got another trade offer from a fine gentleman from Finland to get another copy and I jumped on it.

The Burning Blue has been much more difficult to come by. I have finally worked something out through the Marketplace to pick up a punched but unplayed copy from tacman88. The money order goes off today and I should have it soon.

In my comments section on this game I swore by HiveGod's flaming eyeball that this game would be reaquired. It worked!

Hmmm...by HiveGod's Flaming Eyeball I will find a copy of The Devil's Cauldon on my front porch when I go home tonight. Hey, it could happen...
 
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3. Board Game: Summer Storm: The Battle of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:6466]
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Monday - A pretty map is not a reason to keep a game that is never going to make it to the table. I have had a copy of Summer Storm: The Battle of Gettysburg for a couple years now. It has sat, unpunched, unplayed, and mostly unread for all of that time. The map is one of the best I own, as a matter of fact, I had the Round Tops map hung in my den for the last 6 months. But I'm never going to play it. If I want a Gettysburg game I'll play Three Days of Gettysburg or Thunder at the Crossroads.

I arranged a trade for a copy of Iron and Oak yesterday. I trade on percieved value and despite the beautiful components the value of a game that will never be played is low compared to one that I am sure will hit the table soon. Damn the torpedoes, full trade ahead!
 
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4. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Tuesday - One of the best things about getting back into active gaming is playing with my family. My girls are 9 and 5 now and old enough to understand rules and have fun playing things more challenging than Chutes & Ladders. Abigail, the 9 year old, has become quite the challenging X-Wing opponent. I just picked up King of Tokyo for some good family focused Monster smashing fun. We are going to break it out after dinner tonight. Dibs on the Kraken.
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5. Board Game: Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi, 1965-1972 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:1895]
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Wednesday - I have been reading the rules for Downtown since last week, slowly absorbing this fascinating looking air game. This will be my first foray into Lee Brincombe-Wood and Terry Simo's air games and with the reacquisition of Burning Blue I now have all four of them.

I am going to play this three or four times running so I can build a base of knowledge to then start working on Bloody April: Airwar over Arras that is based on Downtown.

Wednesday I will setup and play D2 - Beginnings on the recommendation of the game system. Almost certainly session reports to follow.
 
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6. Board Game: IDF (Israeli Defense Force) [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5206]
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Thursday is the night I go to Krav Maga so all of the wargaming will be on the 1:1 scale. Krav is the other thing that I have gotten to start doing with school winding down. I love it. I feel healthy, stronger, and more confident having started taking this system than I have in years, many many years.

After Krav I'll probably come back and work on Downtown some more.
 
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7. Board Game: Iron and Oak [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:5049]
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Friday - If sbconstant ships on Tuesday I should have this game from our trade no later than Friday I think. New game smell! Bits to fiddle with.

To punch or not to punch,that is the question.
Wether tis nobler in the mind to
suffer virgin counter sheets and unthumbed rules
or to take up clippers against a sea of counter chads...
 
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8. Board Game: Saratoga [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2674]
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Friday - I have what I call my three "Gaming Padawans", people who are interested in the wargaming hobby but are unwilling or unable to take the plunge and get their own stuff. This is okay with me because I have plenty to support gamers of almost any interest. About a month ago I introducted Padawan Chris to hex and counter wargames with this gem. Friday night we will play the second half of the game. All of the serious prebattle maneuvers are over so it is time to storm the Beamis Heights. For King & Country!

Oh, and as Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne, where is my liquor and ladies?
 
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Saturday - Most Saturday's I end up taking on Abigail in a Star Wars throw down. This week she wants a rematch of our Falcon - Slave 1 duel. We each trick out our ship with all the options available and have at one another. Last time she miscalcualted and flew off the board with Han in the Falcon. This time I think she'll be more careful and deadly.

With the conclusion of the X-Wing game, I will have had an excellent gaming week with five different games played and something game related every day of the week. What a great week this is shaping up to be.
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