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Kai Drange
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A colleague and I play wargames during lunch hours. We have a dedicated table and play for 30min each day. Our current campaign game of Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit Historical Module 1 – Decision at Elst is going real bad for my germans and my (probably imagined) bad luck is making me grumpy. To keep my frustration levels down I remind myself that this is nothing compared to the "PoG episode" back in 2013.

We were halfway through an extremely intense game of Paths of Glory. Every day, the game board was the last thing I saw as I left work and the first thing I saw as I arrived the next morning. As progress through the game was slow, I had ample time to agonize over how to spend every precious OP of every card, but so had my opponent. And agonize we did.

One day I spotted an opportunity to set a trap for my german opponent on the east front, set it up, and over the next couple of days I watched in silent euphoria as my opponent took the bait. It was time to reveal what a glorious strategic genius I was by winning the game with a spectacular 5 OPs manouvre to cut off the supply to a large chunk of the german east front. I remember how I played and replayed the move in my head as I left work and couldn't wait for the next lunch hour to arrive.

Eventually, it did, and with hands shaking I played my card and started executing my plan, feeling the panic spread in the eyes of my opponent as the threat of imminent defeat dawned on him. With four OPs designated and one to go, I suddenly start to wonder why on earth I wanted to move that last corps. In a last minute change of heart I instead decided to use the OP for something completely unrelated.

Seconds later, my blood froze as I realized that by doing so his armies were still in supply. Instead I would get cut off. A couple of seconds of mind-boggling stupidity had turned victory into a near defeat.

It took my ego over a month to get back to its normal inflated status. But the episode also made me view PoG as the best game I have ever played. The intense build-up of excitement as we played and the despair that I felt right through every bone of my body as I watched it all crumble before my eyes is not something I have felt in any other game. Although it was very unpleasant at the time, in hindsight it was a great gaming experience.
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Edward Pundyk
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Purchasing Fire in the Lake. What a waste of money. cry
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I don't make mistakes. I just make post-hoc decisions to explore "what-if" scenarios.
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I've outsmarted my self a few times, like your POG example, as well. Fortunately, most of those memories are well repressed...
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Would have to be this site. Cost me alot of $$$$
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Not finishing off my opponent in UKC after kicking him around for the first few years. Should have focused on nailing the King and not holding on to territory.
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fightinlegalist1 wrote:
Purchasing Fire in the Lake. What a waste of money. cry


The good thing on the COIN series is that there is such demand you can easily get your money back.
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I'd just received my copy of the much anticipated Paths of Glory. Had it laid out on the floor of our library/guest room, looking over the components and reading through the rules when the wife yelled down that she needed me to go pick up some critical ingredient for the meal she was preparing. I dutifully grabbed my keys and dashed off to the store. When I got back, no more than 10 minutes later, I discovered that the dog had wandered into the room and decided that the brand new map was the perfect place to take a nap, and like most dogs he'd done the usual circle around and paw up the "ground" maneuver they often do, leaving the map in shreds.

I was furious, but couldn't blame the poor dog -- it was my own damned fault, since I was the one who'd been dumb enough to leave the door to the room open (and I should have had the game up on the table anyway, but I didn't want to take down the game that I already had set up on the table).
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Selling my unplayed copy of Up Front 14 years ago. I think I got 15 Bucks on eBay. Stupid mecry
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milsimmer wrote:
Buying my first.........now an addict.


ditto!
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As the Hapsburgs in Here I Stand, I had the Ottomans on the ropes and could have easily captured Suleiman and Ibrahim, but I hesitated in a moment of weakness just because the Ottoman player just got a phone call that a family friend had died.

She ended up winning the game.
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Probably starting a land war in asia far too many times. I should have learned.
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At the WBC PoG finals I miscalculated the VPs to win and took a long shot on the last turn that was both unnecessary and lost me the game.
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I discovered Napoleon's Triumph a few years after it was released. After a year of playing I over stressed one of the boards and broke it off. Play wasn't affected at all, but it always bothered me so I picked up another copy as a backup and left it in shrink. At the time they could be had anywhere for $35, half of their retail price. Had I bought every copy I could get my hands on selling them off over the following years would completely fund my addiction to this hobby.

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Not playing wargames often enough.
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ExcitingJeff wrote:
As the Hapsburgs in Here I Stand, I had the Ottomans on the ropes and could have easily captured Suleiman and Ibrahim, but I hesitated in a moment of weakness just because the Ottoman player just got a phone call that a family friend had died.

She ended up winning the game.


All things considered, you did the right thing.
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I sold all my games from the 70's and 80's in 1995 because I thought the computer was going to be wargame platform for the future. Boy, was I wrong! I have spent the last 4 years trying to rebuild my collection at a huge expense.
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p38_Lightning wrote:
ExcitingJeff wrote:
As the Hapsburgs in Here I Stand, I had the Ottomans on the ropes and could have easily captured Suleiman and Ibrahim, but I hesitated in a moment of weakness just because the Ottoman player just got a phone call that a family friend had died.

She ended up winning the game.


All things considered, you did the right thing.


Sure, sure. But I didn't win!
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Unintentionally buying a game I already own - a mistake it would appear I'm destined to repeat.
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My biggest wargame mistake was thinking that wargaming started and ended with Risk.
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Buying some of the Panzer Grenadier games. What a tedious system. Also the graphics are just not right for the scale of the game - a single tank graphic looks like a single tank, not a platoon or whatever. It gets worse when two opposing tank or infantry counters are adjacent to each other - they look like squads, not platoons.
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My biggest mistake was thinking the Avalon Hill Game Company would be around forever.
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Martyn Smith
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I bought Hammer of the Scots.
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Saying "OK, I'll play the Austrians against Frederick the Great."

3 miserable utterly one-sided defeats awaited that mistake.
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Discovering Vassal.
Sure, it got me gaming even though I had just become a father. More importantly, I met some wonderful people through Vassal opponent searches. However, it also put some stress on my marriage and my job a couple of times...

Gaming wise, I lost a long game of No Retreat! The Russian Front because I didn't know the card deck and thought that Belgrade wasn't that important for my Soviets...
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