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Tim Korchnoi
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Over the last few days I have been looking over the forty or so issues of the General that I had tucked away into a bin. I had been mainly digging through them to try to find some long forgotten variants for History of the World which my wife and I love to play but we can't seem to find another person to play with shake

In the process, I have gone through every issue I have and had some general (no pun intended ) questions/musings about some of the things I have found.

1. The 15th AF and Lancaster variants for B-17: Queen of the Skies. Are they worth giving a go? I seem to vague remember trying 15 AF but I had never heard of the Lancaster before.

2. I have the Silesian War variants for Frederick the Great but that game is so tough to play solo. I have toyed with a chit pull system to activate each side and maybe even a siege resolution system similar to Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648. Do either of those sound feasible?

3. I used to own Hitler's War but gave it away about 12 years ago to a kid in the strategy club I sponsored (I can still see his face just light up when he realized what was happening ). I have Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe which I really like and I'm just waiting for the mounted map board to really tear into it. But would Hitler's War be worth getting when I have that WWII grand strategy itch and just want something fast and furious?

4. Has anyone ever tried Guerilla? Did you like it?

5. Since I am missing gaps in my General collection, is there any issue you fondly remember?

Finally, I just want to give a big shout out to
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I am currently using the latest incarnation of his solo CDG method to play Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648 and I'm having a blast. I've also really enjoyed all his play through videos. So thanks Stukajoe for all the contributions you make to the wargaming community! thumbsup
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Hi Tim,

catosulla wrote:
1. The 15th AF and Lancaster variants for B-17: Queen of the Skies. Are they worth giving a go? I seem to vague remember trying 15 AF but I had never heard of the Lancaster before.

I never played B-17 so no help there.

catosulla wrote:
2. I have the Silesian War variants for Frederick the Great but that game is so tough to play solo. I have toyed with a chit pull system to activate each side and maybe even a siege resolution system similar to Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648. Do either of those sound feasible?

For Frederick the Great, trying to re-do the rules to that extent sounds like a lot of work with a questionable payout. I did play Freddy solo a few times back in the day and the way I went about it was to look at the situation from each side in turn and come up with 2-3 possible ways to proceed. I'd then assign weighted probabilities, based on what looked most promising, and let the dice gods decide which way to go. That made for an interesting and entertaining game, and led me to consider alternative lines that I might have overlooked otherwise.

catosulla wrote:
3. I used to own Hitler's War but gave it away about 12 years ago to a kid in the strategy club I sponsored (I can still see his face just light up when he realized what was happening ). I have Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe which I really like and I'm just waiting for the mounted map board to really tear into it. But would Hitler's War be worth getting when I have that WWII grand strategy itch and just want something fast and furious?

I think Hitler's War is a very good choice if you're looking for fast and furious. The different scenarios give you good options for player count, but also length and complexity as well.

catosulla wrote:
4. Has anyone ever tried Guerilla? Did you like it?

I owned Guerilla and played it a couple of times, but it never lit a spark. For something in that vein I'd rather play Warfighter.

catosulla wrote:
5. Since I am missing gaps in my General collection, is there any issue you fondly remember?

Probably the ones with Viipuri Defense for Russian Campaign, because those led to many years of happy wargaming with Dick Jarvinen.
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catosulla wrote:


1. The 15th AF and Lancaster variants for B-17: Queen of the Skies. Are they worth giving a go? I seem to vague remember trying 15 AF but I had never heard of the Lancaster before.



I recall trying a couple of variants for B17, but don't recall which ones. I DO remember that I didn't like them and went back to playing the original way.
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catosulla wrote:
But would Hitler's War be worth getting when I have that WWII grand strategy itch and just want something fast and furious?

Hello Tim,

I own Hitler's War and live in Richmond. I would be willing to let you have it - not sure it would be worth any of the items you currently have for trade

GM if interested and we can work out the drop details.
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Re: Guerilla

I still own and still like Guerilla. For a while, it was a go-to game in our local group. And I've played it at the World Boardgaming Championships.

It was a spiritual predecessor to Atlantic Storm and Pacific Typhoon. On any turn, you might be the Good Guy (government) or Bad Guy (rebels), depending on your cards. Then it added in a kinda funky mechanism for final scoring. Each player is assigned a faction at the beginning of the game (government, rebel, or 'neutral). You can get points during the game for either side. But if your assigned faction doesn't win by enough, another faction wins. So you might want the government to win, but you get a bunch of good rebel cards. Caught between a rock and a hard place.
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Ah, the memory of playing B-17 with the 15th AF variant at a convention! From Italy you are of course flying over the Alps, with a chance (I don't recall the exact odds, but it was fairly remote) of a crash. Much to the GM's consternation almost half the players, including yours truly, experienced the loving embrace of cold granite. Just five minutes into the game I was already gathering up the pieces and saying "Nice playing with you guys".

My repurchase of Hitler's War about a year ago is my sad answer to the question of whether I ever again will own a table large enough to play Totaler Krieg. Rather luck-dependent, especially in the R&D, but better than nothing for that European theater itch.

My own joint favorite General issues would have to be the Patton's Best issue which featured an article giving greater details of all the Sherman sub-models depicted in the game and the Merchant Of Venus issue including the quick setup rules which most players of my acquaintance very much prefer to those in the game--
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davepanzer wrote:


My own joint favorite General issues would have to be the Patton's Best issue which featured an article giving greater details of all the Sherman sub-models depicted in the game


Me too. I just reread that one about a month ago.
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Okay. You got me. I'll have to pull out my copies and start looking through them. I think I started around volume 7 until it. . .went away. cry
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Gaps can be overcome.

There was an old BGG thread that pointed out a web site where pretty much all the General Magazines had been scanned and archived.

A quick Google search found it. Check out the following url.

https://archive.org/details/general_magazine?sort=-date

As for History of the World variants the only one that I can remember is one that allows you to add a seventh player. This uses the Sumerians white minor empire card which normally the player drawing first plays before drawing epoch cards.

Not sure how useful that is you are having problems finding a third player.
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I have Guerilla, but have never played it. Seems like Bang! Combined with Naval War.

So many great issues. So many dreadful, terrible ones as well, in my early days of subscribership. The Magic Realm issue was always a favorite. I love the 1830 issue, with the in-depth discussion of the game's development.
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brozo wrote:
There was an old BGG thread that pointed out a web site where pretty much all the General Magazines had been scanned and archived.

A quick Google search found it. Check out the following url.

https://archive.org/details/general_magazine?sort=-date

Not sure if you can download the issues from there. If anyone would want to do that, you can also find them all from View from the Trenches site:

http://www.vftt.co.uk/ah_mags.asp?ProdID=PDF_Gen
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norev wrote:
brozo wrote:
There was an old BGG thread that pointed out a web site where pretty much all the General Magazines had been scanned and archived.

A quick Google search found it. Check out the following url.

https://archive.org/details/general_magazine?sort=-date

Not sure if you can download the issues from there. If anyone would want to do that, you can also find them all from View from the Trenches site:

http://www.vftt.co.uk/ah_mags.asp?ProdID=PDF_Gen


You could download from archive.org as of two weeks ago, when I used it to fill the holes in my collection (basically, everything before 1978).
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Guerilla is a great game...BGG play aid is needed to decipher the rules but with 5 players it is an absolute cracker. (Play while drinking beer and trying dodgy accents)
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Tim,
If you don't mind a slow pace, I run a small gaming zine and among the games I run is History of the World. If you're interested, let me know and I can send you the information.

Chris
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