SNEW June 2009
Nick Avtges
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SNEW June will be Saturday, 6/20, back at our regular start time of 5pm (I think...playoff schedule won't be known until the week before). It should be a great night of gaming!

...and don't forget, SNEW July will be SNEWfest! It'll be a week early, on 7/11. Mark you calendars and get ready for a full day of wargames!

Hope to see you there!


Who was there and what did they play?
Nick & ScottP - Taktika
ScottH & Matt - Texas Glory
Nick & Bill - EastFront II
ScottP & Rob - Victoria Cross x2
Gary & Terry - Victoria Cross
ScottH & Nick - We the People
ScottP, Gary, Rob & Bill - Pacific Typhoon
Nick & ScottH - Taktika
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1. Board Game: Taktika [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3784]
Scott Pizio
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I just got this today. It is a dex based, flicking mechanic, wargame-lite. So if anyone is in need of a filler I can bring this. It is just 2 player though.
 
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2. Board Game: EastFront II [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1279] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Someone mentioned the possibility of a block party for SNEW June. I'd be happy to play any block game, but would really like to get this to the table. While the entire campaign is too long for one evening, any of the scenarios are doable. Anyone interested?
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3. Board Game: Texas Glory: 1835-36 [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:4046]
Scott Henshaw
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I'd love to play the 1943 scenario of EastFront again, but Matthew expressed an interest in playing this newer release from Columbia Games. It is all stickered and I have read the rules. I really want to give it a try.
 
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4. Board Game: Victoria Cross [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3632]
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I'm real limited on block games. I have this and the original Commands & Colors: Ancients so I would be up for whatever anyone wants. I have never actually played either of these, though I have played Memoir '44 and BattleLore so I should be able to pick up C&C:A easily enough.

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5. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1047]
Nick Avtges
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Scott was looking to get in a game of this and I obliged him. Who am I kidding, this is a great game and I was happy to play it. I knew Scott had been playtesting Washington's War, the updated version of this game, and so expected to get trounced. In classic Scott fashion, Scott (as the British) announced that I had won the game because he had drawn the event which activates the French. I said he was overestimating my skill at this game, which I have only played a couple of times, and quite a while ago.

As the colonists I was able to control much of the board. Scott focused mainly on building up his forces and getting his generals on the board. I fell into the trap of wanting to fight, something which in hindsight I think the Americans probably don't want to do too much of, and had many failed and ill-conceived attacks, including one which left my French forces exposed...something which Scott was quick to take advantage of. Now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure that I didn't win a single battle the entire game. Not so unusual for the Americans, but underscores the fact that the Americans generally want to avoid fights.

As the game progressed, Scott positioned his generals well in New York and threatened to cut off all of New England. I made several desperate attempts to stop this, but was unable to avoid losing control of those colonies. Once Scott was able to establish control, it was pretty much over for me. Scott had several large armies in the area and I simply didn't have the muscle to make things happen. The game ended in 1780, with Scott's British victorious.

This is just plain and simple a great game and one that should hit the table more often. I'm really looking forward to Washington's War as that will surely hit the table quite a bit.
 
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6. Board Game: Pacific Typhoon [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2241]
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Scott P., Gary, Bill, and Rob ended their night with this SNEW favorite.
 
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7. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:385]
Scott Henshaw
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If Matthew does not want to play Texas Glory, I could easily be talked into a game of this.
 
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8. Board Game: Crusader Rex [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1244]
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Here's a block game that's on my own but haven't played yet list. I definitely enjoy Hammer of the Scots quite a bit and this looks very good as well. I'd be happy to get this off my list!
 
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9. Board Game: Pacific Victory [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2825]
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Another one from my own but haven't played yet list. This one suffers from the same problem that many strategic level Pacific theater games have. That is, balancing the game so that the Japanese have a chance to "win" what was an essentially unwinnable contest. That doesn't really bother me very much and I'd be happy to play this one as is. But, if you'd prefer, there are a number of interesting variants out there to try.
 
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10. Board Game: Asia Engulfed [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1997]
Gary Libby
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This might be doable in an evening and I would like to try it. Europe Engulfed is a hell of a lot of fun and I love to play that baby, but there is no way we can do the campaign in one evening.
 
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11. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
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Hi everyone, Scott and Terry have told me that I should take the trip to join you guys. For block games I just have Hammer the Scots and Command and Colors with all the expansions which I also bring.
 
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