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David Chachere
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I'm getting back into wargaming after a 20 year hiatus. The "Find Gamers" function on BGG wont work for me for some reason, and I've mentioned it to the admistratiors. I'm looking for anyone in San Francisco who wants to play any of the following:

Advanced Squad Leader (Starter Kit #1)
Paths of Glory
Twilight Struggle
Wilderness War

Again, I'm a sort of born-again newbie, but I played the hard stuff back in the 80s.
BTW, I play lighter stuff too, but I usually have an easier time finding opponents for those games (Puerto Rico, Settlers, Memoir '44, etc...)

My name's Dave
agharta@comcast.net

 
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Well, good luck finding a wargamer in San Francisco - you are probably the only one - I understand the rest of the town is busy protesting the Navy's plan to dock an old battleship as a museum in the harbor, a protest effort led by a city councilman who publically advocates the disbanding of the US military, maintaining that the police can do an adequate job of defending the nation from attack.

BTW - I don't usually post such overtly political statements around here (or anywhere), but this battleship protest just strikes me as exceptionally ridiculous.

Anyway, good luck finding another closet wargamer in your town - maybe you should ask around on the other side of the bay - judging from how Raiders' fans dress, you'd have to think there'd be at least a few wargamers in that crowd!
 
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Heya David and welcome back. Here is a good thread for gaming info around the bay.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/57618
 
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David Chachere
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Most Raiders fans are frustrated D & D players, judging by how they dress. Probaby their fantasy role-playing instincts were stiffled by traumatic sports experiences in grade school. Actually, you seem to be right, most of the game groups are in the East and South part of the Bay Area. Wonder why? We're pretty damn liberal here, and proud of it, but some of us like a good fight just as much as the next grognard. Still searching, Dave
 
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Actually, you have a very strong wargaming group up in the Bay area (I live in Southern California). The ASL club up there are very active and have had an excellent showing at every 'Frisco GAMECON I've attended (KUBLACON in May and CONQUEST SF in September). BTW, KUBLACON is the best local gaming convention I have ever attended west of the rockies ... well-organized and well-attended ... the WAR COLLEGE seminars were excellent and many of the seminars included an associated game event where the tactics/strategies discussed in the seminar were put into play. Last year the historical boardgames were a bit sparse, but you could find ASL, Diplomacy, Up Front, and a couple GMT and Columbia game events spread throughout the weekend. Hopefully, this year will have even more!

I think this is the link to the ASL club's yahoo group: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/SVASL/

Here is the link for the boardgamer club's website: http://davekohr.best.vwh.net/svb/

If you also like to play the historical boardgames/miniatures online (via VASSAL or CYBERBOARD) we've got a borderless group called the Virtual Wargamers Club ... here's our link: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/VIRTUAL_WARGAMERS_CLUB

Welcome back to the hobby. I lingered around and tried the computer wargame thing for years and always kept my game collection in a set of boxes which made it through every PCS and finally I came back to the hobby in force about a year ago (thanks to BGG and VASSAL helping me find opponents).

Good luck and happy gaming,
Rick Billings
 
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J C Lawrence
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Twilight Struggle has been getting a fair bit of play at the Yahoo! sb-boardgamers group, at SVB/Matchplay and at BAP in the Bay Area. Perhaps you just need to wander down the peninsula.
 
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By all means, you're welcome to join us in Foster City for the Boardgame Addicts of the Peninsula (BAP) monthly meetings. We have a Game Day on the last Saturday of each month, so tomorrow's the day for February. Here's where to go for more information:

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/boardgameaddicts/

We play a mix of "German games" and wargames. I've been teaching people how to play Up Front!, Lock 'n' Load, and a variety of other titles. We had three games of Command and Colors: Ancients last month, and Twilight Struggle seems to be a current favorite as well. (Actually, a fellow BAP member and I played it last night.)

I also work in SF, so contact me if you're interested in ever getting together after business hours for a wargame session.

--Tom
 
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David Chachere
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I'm amazed at the quantity of replies here. Thanks everybody. I'm an old patron of Games of Berkeley, and its proximity to BART makes it a key place to look for players, I think, especially since I dont have a car. Gamescape on Divisadero in SF is also easy for me to get to. I checked out the SF Games group briefly tonight, but it seemed to be all euro games. Well, I feel freshly confident I can find some competition, so now I just need to learn some more of these rules and dive in.

Keep the info coming, folks, thanks again.
 
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I'm not a wargamer per se (the closest I play is War of the Ring), but I have Twilight Struggle coming in the mail & I'd love to find someone new in San Francisco to play it. Of course if you want a new opponent for something lighter, I'd be interested in that too
 
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Kingdaddy wrote:


I saw two or three games of Twilight Struggle today at BAP along with (I think) a game of Command & Conquest and some GMT block game I didn't recognise.
 
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Is it possible to get to BAP relying on Muni/BART etc?
 
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Perhaps I should have named this post: "Wargaming groups on the BART lines." Games of Berkeley certainly fits the bill. The Foster City group sounds really interesting, too. How can you get there on public transpo?
 
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satchmo1967 wrote:
Perhaps I should have named this post: "Wargaming groups on the BART lines."


Endgame (in Oakland) mentioned above is only a block away from the 12th St. BART station.
 
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Sounds like I could get to Games of Berkeley or Endgame by BART, or I could go down the peninsula on CalTrain. Games of Berkeley's website is down, does anyone know when they have their open gaming hours? What about EndGame, when do the wargamers play there?
 
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Thanks again, BGGers for all the info. When you get used to the magnitude of the gaming community online, its easy to fall under the mistaken belief that the world is crawling with serious boardgamers. There may be a few dozen ASL fanatics in the Bay Area, but they are scattered, much like the 101st Airborne on D-Day.

Nonetheless, I feel confident that, given the info I've got now, some patience, and a comprehensive transit pass, I'll be able to find players of all different kinds of games at all levels almost any night of the week. Here's what I found out:

Game Stores where Bay Area gamers that meet for BGG-type boardgames (non-ccg/minis/rpgs):

Games of Berkeley (www.gamesofberkeley.com)
Euro games Tuesday nights @ 6
Calendar: (http://gamesofberkeley.com/newwebsite/gamingsched.html)

Endgame (Oakland)(http://www.endgameoakland.com/)
In store Boardgames Wednesdays 6-11pm

Match Play (Mountain View) (www.matchplay.com)
In store boardgames Monday and Wednesday nights with
Silicon Valley Boardgamers (http://davekohr.best.vwh.net/svb/)
Saturday @ Sunday open tables

San Francisco Games Group (http://vax.hanford.org/dk/games/)
Meets at Muddy's Coffee, Mission Dist. SF
Boardgames Friday 7pm-midnight

And really, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here's the best comprehensive list:
http://kanga.nu/Members/JCLawrence/misc/BAGaming/groups/

Thanks again, folks
Dave, the BART-borne boardgame geek
 
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Damn, I just read that Scenario Hobbies in Fremont has shut its doors. I used to live in the Bay Area and that was a frequent stop for me. They had a decent gaming area as well.
 
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desertfox2004 wrote:

BTW - I don't usually post such overtly political statements around here (or anywhere), but this battleship protest just strikes me as exceptionally ridiculous.


I try to stay away from making political statements too, but when it disrupts history I gotta say something. I believe it's the USS Iowa you're referring to. It was exceptionally ridiculous since it wouldn't cost the city anything. The rationale behind the protest was even more ridiculous. Battleship = military = Anti-gay. Plus people in SF aren't too keen on the Iraq war so a battleship would make them more irate. Even Feinstein helped broker the deal and she said the decision to strike down the deal was "very petty". But it's a part of the city's and the nation's history. It was stationed in SF during WW2, escorted FDR to Tehran and was active during Korean and Vietnam. Oh well...
 
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Yojimbo wrote:
desertfox2004 wrote:

BTW - I don't usually post such overtly political statements around here (or anywhere), but this battleship protest just strikes me as exceptionally ridiculous.


I try to stay away from making political statements too, but when it disrupts history I gotta say something. I believe it's the USS Iowa you're referring to. It was exceptionally ridiculous since it wouldn't cost the city anything. The rationale behind the protest was even more ridiculous. Battleship = military = Anti-gay. Plus people in SF aren't too keen on the Iraq war so a battleship would make them more irate. Even Feinstein helped broker the deal and she said the decision to strike down the deal was "very petty". But it's a part of the city's and the nation's history. It was stationed in SF during WW2, escorted FDR to Tehran and was active during Korean and Vietnam. Oh well...


As a follow up, it's foolish to paint the whole city or region in terms of whatever protest may be happening at the time. There may be knee-jerk antimilitary folks hanging around, but there are also knee-jerk libertarians who want to have private companies run everything because that will somehow be better than the gov'mint, and folks like Michelle Malkin, who want to intern everyone.

I'm personally annoyed that members of the executive hand out tax breaks while our troops die for lack of enough manpower, but I don't see any value in trying to paint, say, Texas as a bad place because of it. I have too many good friends there to think any bad seed is global.

People think of SF and the Bay Area as being a bunch of hippies. The truth is, the whole area's just damn active. The Republican Party is the biggest political party on the Berkeley campus -- at least, it was when I went there.

Incidentally, you can already visit the Pampanito down by Fisherman's Wharf ( http://www.maritime.org/index.htm ). Pretty cool.
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Well said Alex.
 
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Lawrence Gamehappy
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Hi Dave

I had to laugh off my chair when I read about Leo Zappa's remarks about SF. I'm a former SF resident and Grad of SFSU. Its very true SF aint the place to find wargamers! let alone people who dont think wargames are a satanic stepping stone to enlistment in the Military. And yet SF is a diversity of politics.


But it does seem that Contra Costa's outstanding card board killing Wargame group gets overlooked often.

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Axisandalliescontracosta...

Playing at Black Diamond Games Concord or elsewhere

http://www.blackdiamondgames.com/

Look forward to meeting you all!

Lawrence
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