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Eric Lai
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In one of the other threads I mentioned that one of my goals in 2014 was to curb down my wargame spending as I just bought a new home and I'll need some sort of budget, BUT.... one of my repeating mottos in life has been "In for a penny, in for a pound" and since I have spent so much money on a house, whats a few hundred dollars on board games... that's what I tell myself anyway, call me delusional. "Eric Herman breathes a sigh of relief."

This brings me to my first wargame haul in 2014 and possibly one of the best haul of wargames in my recent years, totally filled in some hard to fill gaps in my collection: (There are a few games here that are not wargames, I collect AH & Yaquinto games you see.)

The American Revolution 1775-1783 SPI 1972
Modern Battles II: Four Contemporary Conflicts 1977 SPI
Korea: The Mobile War 1950-51 1971 SPI
Jerusalem 1975 SDC
Four Battles in North Africa 1976 SPI
Forgotten Axis: Murmansk 1941 1999 Decision S&T 194
Dimension Demons 1981 Metagaming
Barbarossa: The Russo-German War 1941-45 1969 SPI
Asteroid Pirates 1981 Yaquinto
Amoeba Wars 1981 AH
Escape from Colditz Gibson 1973 Mint
Hannibal Laurence Rusiecki 1969
Intern AH 1979
Kestenga: Another Fight to the Finnish Pacific Rim Publishing 1993 Unpunched
Lee Moves North SPI 1973
Legions of Steel Global Games 1992
Leipzig SPI 1969 VG
Line of Fire BSO Games 1999 Unpunched
Mush White Wind 1994
Napoleon at Waterloo SPI 1979 MINT
Napoleon at Waterloo Advanced Game Expansion SPI Kit 1971 MINT
Objective Moscow SPI 1978 VG Trayed, punched
Operation Condor: The Liberation of Spain 1942/1943 Wargamer Mag 1978
Operation Dragon Rouge Simulations Workshop 1995
Pancho Villa: Dead or Alive Sierra Madre Games 1994 New Unpunched
Past Lives AH 1988
Plague and Pestilence Flying Buffalo 1993
Remember the Alamo TSR 1982 unpunched
Renaissance of infantry S&T #22 1970
Rostov SPI 1979 VG Laminated map, unpunched
Russian Civil War SPI 1976 VG 1st edition
Sea Devils S&T 1998 new Unpunched, with S&T #191
Seapower and the State Simulations Canada 1982
Sky Galleons of Mars GDW 1988
Solomons Campaign SPI 1973

Of these games the one I am looking forward to the most is Objective Moscow: The Death of Soviet Communism, I loved Invasion: America and this is its sister game. The other is The American Revolution 1775-1783 with its innovative map based on watersheds rather than states for area movement.

Answer one or more:
1) What is your best wargame(s) haul ever?
2) What's in your first wargame parcel in 2014?
3) Of the games in the above list, which one would you recommend the most?
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1) [Currently in progress - multiple parcels still inbound - my "late" Christmas present, it maybe called]:
Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939
The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
Operations Olympic & Coronet
Congo Merc: The Congo, 1964
Bradley's D-Day
Raid sur Bruneval 1942
Vietnam Solitaire Special Edition
Raid on St. Nazaire
Smokejumpers
Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic
I guess the "pattern" is clear to see for what I crave for...
And also it is all the fault of this website I came across last year!!!!! Thanks, uh!

2)The above list also happens to be my first parcel(s) of 2014. It probably is also going to be one of the last given that I have a special one in February which is going to be changing my priorities quite a bit after 9 months of waiting

3)A bit ashamed to say modest but of your list the only one I know of (and own) is Sim Canada Seapower and The State, but nevertheless I absolutely recommend it!

One last question: were you able to get all those games from a single source? Just curious...
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I thought you were cutting down Eric? Or maybe this is your version of cutting down

My best wargame haul was getting Anniversary edition of Axis and Allies on eBay (buy it now) for £50 and selling it for £ 275. Most recent parcel was Carthage from GMT which I am playing solo and really enjoying.

I don't recognise many of your games but I certainly envy your collection!
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I received a whole 3 games for xmas
Ok, not that big but it increased my collection size by 30% blush
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Conflict of Heroes Awakening the Bear: Second Edition

Well that was just pathetic....
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Just finished unpacking this lot from Ebay, I wanted to recapture some lost titles I had back in the 80's and get back to playing them once again and take a break from pc wargaming...

Sixth Fleet Hitlers War Third Reich Pacific War
Battle Hymn + expansion Ambush + 3 expansions Tokyo Express
Russian Campaign 1776 Luftwaffe Guns of August Paydirt

Some I am not into such as
GULF STRIKE + AEGEAN STRIKE, TO THE GREEN FIELDS BEYOND SPI + Nato




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Ambush!
Ambush! Purple Heart
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Ambush! Silver Star

All on one ebay auction for less than $75! My first wargame haul and my second wargame purchase ever!
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Ashiefan wrote:

I thought you were cutting down Eric? Or maybe this is your version of cutting down

My best wargame haul was getting Anniversary edition of Axis and Allies on eBay (buy it now) for £50 and selling it for £ 275. Most recent parcel was Carthage from GMT which I am playing solo and really enjoying.

I don't recognise many of your games but I certainly envy your collection!


I got the Anniversary edition of Axis and Allies for $100 about a year ago and I thought that was pretty good, what you have there is a super bargain.

The games on the list are mostly from the 60s, 70s and early 80s, many are those big flatpack SPI games. I was born in the 70s so I couldn't have gotten these back in the day, making up for loss time now.

_viper_ wrote:
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2)The above list also happens to be my first parcel(s) of 2014. It probably is also going to be one of the last given that I have a special one in February which is going to be changing my priorities quite a bit after 9 months of waiting

3)A bit ashamed to say modest but of your list the only one I know of (and own) is Sim Canada Seapower and The State, but nevertheless I absolutely recommend it!

One last question: were you able to get all those games from a single source? Just curious...


First off, congratulations on the stork bundle! (No shame, I haven't played or own a single game on the list... till now.) Seapower and The State sounds absolutely awesome, WWIII on the high seas! and since The Third World War is one of my favorite games (its yours too!), I am really looking forward to it. I have a thing for hypothetical cold war conflicts.

I too buy and play a lot of solitaire design games, I own and have played almost every game on this list: http://alsandor.net/jeux/sololistrev1.html with the exception of a couple that never had English rules.

Lots of interesting games on my list, one of which is Legions of Steel which is a Space Hulk rip off that is apparently pretty good.

Yes, I got all these from one person which was awesome and the only games they really had were all pretty old.

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Ambush!
Ambush! Purple Heart
And
Ambush! Silver Star

All on one ebay auction for less than $75! My first wargame haul and my second wargame purchase ever!


Excellent games those! Nice price too!
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At a convention I picked up "Thunder Road", WEG's "Eastern Front Tank Leader" and AH's "Circus Maximus" for £19. Which is about $30, US money.
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A relative used to work for Hasbro. Before they pulped their stock of Avalon Hill games, he salvaged for me (if memory serves):

On to Richmond!
Civilization
Advanced Civilization
Squad Leader
Raid on St. Nazaire
Midway
We the People
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When I returned to the hobby in 2006, I purchased a large lot from an old friend - about 200 games from 1974-1986 - the bulk of my collection today.

A few years after that, I bought a World War II Naval Mini fleet - from another old friend - 1:2400 scale ships - hundreds of them.

The GREATEST haul was finding all these wargamers around here!
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Wow Eric, that is one hell of an order!

Probably the single biggest purchase of wargame stuff at once was when I bought World in Flames Deluxe Edition...
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wifwendell wrote:
Wow Eric, that is one hell of an order!

Probably the single biggest purchase of wargame stuff at once was when I bought World in Flames Deluxe Edition...


With all the extras I gather, like America in Flames, Days of Decision III and Patton in Flames.
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Best single wargame purchase I've made in recent years?

A mint copy of Up Front to replace my second worn-out copy I've had since the late 1990s. Cards never used (just out of cellophane), unpunched, rulebook never opened, pristine non-smoking condition with no box scuffing and with all the original advertising material and pink errata sheet still in the box.

$60. It was a steal at that price.

Though my son just bought an unplayed copy of AH Colonial Diplomacy, blocks still sealed in the original bag, for $15 (his second copy, he has me listing that one for sale).
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My best haul was the massive amount of ASL I picked up last year. I had to drive four hours round trip to get it, but it was well worth the travel time.

The grand total was:

West of Alamein: ASL Module 5
Code of Bushido: ASL Module 8
Yanks: ASL Module 3
Paratrooper: ASL Module 2
Partisan: ASL Module 4
Hollow Legions: ASL Module 7
The Last Hurrah: ASL Module 6
Croix de Guerre: ASL Module 10
Solitaire ASL
Gung Ho!: ASL Module 9
Red Barricades: ASL Historical Module 1
Kampfgruppe Peiper I: ASL Historical Module 2
Kampfgruppe Peiper II: ASL Historical Module 3
Pegasus Bridge: ASL Historical Module 4

Along with a full set of Squad Leader. Most of the games were still mint in the box and hadn't even been punched.
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From a single CSW marketplace post:

Totaler Krieg!
Breakout: Normandy
Roads to Gettysburg
Stonewall's Last Battle
Stonewall in the Valley
Stonewall Jackson's Way
Here Come the Rebels
Grant Takes Command
Across 5 Aprils
Breakout: Normandy
June 6
Brandywine
Guilford
The Korean War
Dragon Pass
The Civil War
Acquire
Civilization
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
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My biggest wargame haul ever was a Pacific War "Intro pack" that I purchased back in 2001. I bought Tokyo Express, Scratch One Flat Top, Midway (AH Smithsonian Edition), Bloody Tarawa and Guadalcanal (AH Smithsonian Edition) Sadly, most of the games did not pan shake but on the plus side buying Tokyo Express led me to Carrier which now one of my favorite games of all time.

Best haul: Finding an unpunched copy of On to Richmond on ebay for $65.

I'd recommend going with Objective Moscow. If you liked Invasion America you will enjoy this as well. I played the Middle East and Chinese scenarios some years ago and they were a blast!

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Afrika Korps-$10
Pacific War-$20
Tokyo Express-$10
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Getting unpunched Up Front and Banzai for about $14 is probably my best deal ever. Not much new lately, though.

Of the games you listed, I have heard good things about the SPI Korea game and it's on my to play list. I would also love to play a Sky Galleons of Mars campaign of some sort though I only own a digital copy of the rules and no minis...
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Gunslinger unpunched in perfect shape: $20.

Although one time I got Samurai, Ran and Caesar: Conquest of Gaul for $27, all still sealed.
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Garfink wrote:

... and since The Third World War is one of my favorite games (its yours too!), I am really looking forward to it. I have a thing for hypothetical cold war conflicts.

I too buy and play a lot of solitaire design games, I own and have played almost every game on this list: http://alsandor.net/jeux/sololistrev1.html with the exception of a couple that never had English rules.


That is one mean list! And I am speechless for your dedication!

About The Third World War the funny thing is that I have never owned it (yet!), nor played it. I came across it once and read the rules eager to play it, but my old game buddy was not into modern thing, he wanted WWII only shake whereas I am really interested/fascinated by all the crazy things that went on in and around the Cold War and all the hypotetical "the baloon goes up" scenarios.
I guess it has to be something with us children of the 70's whistle

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My best haul ever was the 1997 Origins auction. I won Red Sun Black Cross,Return to Europe, Escort Fleet for 800.00.
I took home 100+ games just from that auction. It really was my finest hour in wargaming collecting. btw Garfink You and I have have very similiar tastes. I seldon post but usually when I look up a game I see you have posted about it. You almost always mirror my own thoughts and interests.
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From Christmas till now

The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
Blocks in the East
Blocks in the West
No Retreat! The North African Front
Navajo Wars
Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
To The Last Man!
Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer
Boudicca: The Warrior Queen
Stonewall Jackson's Way II
Fuentes de Onoro 1811
La Bérézina 1812
Roads to Leningrad.
Ardennes '44

blush and 2 more are expected in a trade I made
1812: The Invasion of Canada
Friedrich

Some still have to arrive. I have promised myself that I would stop buying games at this rate (ok, two of them were from secret santa).

I have a great plan. I'll only buy Operation Dauntless: The Battles for Fontenay and Rauray, France, June 1944 and FAB: Golan '73 this year and I don't believe golan will be released before 2015. I try to stay away from Enemy Action: Ardennes (even in 2014, I need to have some options for christmas presents)
Forgot... I have a birthday to in 2014. Might get some more games after all devil

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Sometime in the mid- to late 1980s, Avalon Hill liquidated various games through Kay Bee Toys. I remember a display at the local Kay Bee that included at least The Guns of August, Fortress Europa, Arab-Israeli Wars, and Starship Troopers. There may have been some other games, but those are the ones I remember buying for about $2.99 or $3.99 each.

Maybe it's not the best haul, but four brand new Avalon Hill games for under $20 was a nice find at the time -- even though I already had copies of two of them. (Hmmm -- buying back-up copies of wargames....shake)
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Quite small compared to some others, but I managed to pick up

Tokyo Express
Carrier
Silent War (unpunched)

in one Ebay auction for about £80.
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