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Gilles Daquin
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We all have the yearly horrific move, blunder or miss of the year, the big blunder you prefer to forget but that makes you laugh if not cry. Does it ring painful memories?

I will start with mine:



Played Celles with the... wrong set of dices, damages were almost impossible to cause all game long. Totally ruined it for us...

We will never know if it is a good game, it is marked (unfortunately) as "no more" for a long time now.


What was yours for 2016?
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Signing up for the Sekigahara P500 and then dropping out. Why did I do that? Such a reasonable offer.
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As far as playing a game : I didn't get defeated in Angola - I got annihilated, stomped in the dust, then the remaining pieces were picked up and put in a blender. Worst defeat of the year, worst defeat in many years actually. Still had a great time though

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Threw away a game of Crusader Rex, in the last game turn after at one point leading with such an advantage I offered my opponent the opportunity to concede. He wisely chose not to take it. Hubris indeed.
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Left the game room door open so the cats could get in...
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Painting more than 100 HaT 1:72 scale WWI German infantry miniatures Prussian Blue for this Battle Cry session report...

Königgrätz 1866 -- an epic scenario to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle...

...and subsequently discovering that I can't seem to replace the original gray figures to use in Great War scenarios because these German infantry miniatures are never available on eBay.

Ouch.

Do have a Franco-Prussian War scenario planned so the dark blue Germans will see action at least one more time. shake
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
As far as playing a game : I didn't get defeated in Angola - I got annihilated, stomped in the dust, then the remaining pieces were picked up and put in a blender. Worst defeat of the year, worst defeat in many years actually. Still had a great time though



which faction were you? when did the game end?
 
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Blundering is my modus operandi, so individual cases don't stand out very much.

I recently did something I often do in a game of ASL and managed to get a huge number of Victory Points right up to the edge of the board; one hex away from scoring. On the final turn, all my opponent had to do was laugh and laugh and declare their turn over to win.

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My gaming blunder would have been in Maria

I was the Austrians and had a whopping hand of spades so for some stupid reason I had manoeuvred 3 of my generals into spades regions forgetting about the fact if I attack then I won't be able to re-fill my hand until my next turn.
So I attacked Prussia in Spades and spent almost all of my spades. Then France and Prussia attacked my other spade generals and 2 got destroyed.
Somehow I was able to make a bit of a comeback, but lost close to Pragmatic Army
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TimothyBowden wrote:
Left the game room door open so the cats could get in...


The window and the wind is my regular foe.
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Just a couple of weeks ago I was playing Not War But Murder with my oldest gaming buddy. I was playing the Union side. On the last turn I needed only 1 VP for the win. I attacked an area that would have given me the needed point if I managed to drive out the Confederates, but the attack failed miserably and I lost the game. Just after the fatal die roll had sealed my defeat, I noticed that I could have swept around the Rebels' left flank with an unused cavalry unit and captured that elusive VP. shakeangry

C'est la guerre.

(Edit: missing word)
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
As far as playing a game : I didn't get defeated in Angola - I got annihilated, stomped in the dust, then the remaining pieces were picked up and put in a blender. Worst defeat of the year, worst defeat in many years actually. Still had a great time though


Must of been the commies?
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Passing up opportunities to play more wargames, and playing other games instead. Doesn't count playing train games 'cause we play those like they are wargames, especially Railways of the World.

edit> And no, I do not count stuff like Small World as wargames.
 
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Started a BGG thread about wargame ratings...
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The Maverick wrote:
Started a BGG thread about wargame ratings...


Actually, I found that thread quite informative.

I didn't know about the "downvoting" phenomena.
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1) Not playing a game with my father through e-mail for the whole year.

2) Putting the counters for our next game "in a safe place" (and thus needing to find a new game to play).
 
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galad2003 wrote:
Not playing more wargames.


Not playing any war games.

I win.

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Starting a land war in Asia.
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Getting a copy of Churchill; I should have known better.

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My biggest blunder, and that's being polite too, was in a game of Victoria Cross that I played last June with fellow BGGer
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The game is based on the British victory at Rorkes Drift in 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War. My blunder was forgetting some of the restrictions on the British volley firing, more specifically I was moving both the British officers and soldiers into a position, then used the volley fire. This lead to a massacre of the Zulus without any British casualties. My opponent conceded during the night as he felt the game was unwinable at that point. I was surprised as I had never seen such a one sided victory in this game. Later that night I received an email from my opponent that exposed the blunder. That is when I then conceded and gave the victory to my opponent. We have agreed upon a rematch for the future.
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Let's see. For us, it was an Austerlitz 1805: Napoleon's Greatest Victory game, set up in my basement war room. We were nearing the climactic series of blows, and, being worn out, we took a break. Next morning, I discovered that the office door was open, so I pushed it closed on my way out the door for work.

That night I entered, discovering our cat. She was sitting on the map, dead center of the table. She spent the day pushing pieces around. Weirdly, all the pieces were still in organized arrangement, just 15-20 hexes shifted around--so that cat could find a comfy spot.

Though, argh, she ate a few markers.
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Mike Welker wrote:
she ate a few markers


How did everything come out?
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Getting distracted in the beginning of summer by a proposed miniature painting project that would have sucked me into the Spanish Civil War instead of painting Pulp and Darkest Africa figures instead.
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Starting a multiplayer email/ACTS game with a really slow player, a player who won't learn how to use ACTS or CyberBoard, a player who does nothing but build units all game, a player who doesn't know how to use dropbox, and a player who keeps updating things incorrectly so that I have to fix it. Those aren't 5 different people though, as some of them are the same person.....
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Statalyzer wrote:
Starting a multiplayer email/ACTS game with a really slow player, a player who won't learn how to use ACTS or CyberBoard, a player who does nothing but build units all game, a player who doesn't know how to use dropbox, and a player who keeps updating things incorrectly so that I have to fix it. Those aren't 5 different people though, as some of them may actually be the same person.....

You know, it's not polite to out yourself like that... j/k whistle

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