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Subject: Death to Titus! SIEGEeeeeeee of Jerusalem cage match rss

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Titus vs Eliezer en Yair cage match. Playing Siege of Jerusalem tomorrow all day at The Source in St.Paul with 3 friends. Should be a blast.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1710/the-siege-of-jer...

...will try to do a session report on the result.

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Is that a testudo in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?
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Great!! Do post an AAR!
SoJ is one of my all time favourites... eventhough I never succeed in winning as the Romans.

Try to be the first player ever who writes up an AAR of a Roman win!!arrrh

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Will do.

Just finished designing our t-shirts for tomorrow; production this evening. And, then, must do a equipment check on the siege engines, boiling cauldrons of oil, playaids, game bling, dice tower, sheet of plastic, supply of vino and additional what not. arrrh

To the ramparts; the enemy approaches!



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I envy you! I've only been able to play it solo. I look forward to reading your AAR.

And good luck - I have my hands full at the moment putting down Boudicca's revolt in Britain. We oppressors have to stick together!
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Fun! Good luck to the Romans--they'll need it!
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Fun! Good luck to the Romans--they'll need it!


Very much so. Push on, push hard!

I think SoJII was the first true wargame that I came across. It was setup on a table tennis table in the lounge room of the share house of some friends from uni.
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Fabulous game;fond memories of playing it with my twin brother way back when. Only one ever Roman win however; difficult to win against an experienced Jewish player, but still great fun.

Scales to three players very easily. Enjoy.
 
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I found breaching the walls was not too tough, but once inside the Romans got chewed up.
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Dave,

You need to advertise this kind of thing ahead of time!
 
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Was a real spur of the moment thing; talked about it last Friday nite and decided mid week we were a go. Should be a blast; been reading the rules and Q&A the last two days. Played it about 20 years ago; haven't played it since.

Good discussion on SoJ tactics here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/116373/tactics-we-have-l...

 
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Had a total blast; played about 11 hours...well, boot camp (none of us had played in 20 years so we did the intro scenario to brush up) took about 3 hours....lunch an hour....then we dove into the full campaign. Took us about 6 hours... 1 1/2 hours per turn...and then an hour of post session debrief. Roman's accepted a concession at end of turn 4 for the New City. Next assault period planned for next weekend.

We did it at one of our local game stores (The Source in St.Paul - great place). Had a bunch of newbies walk up and watch/ask questions, a number of hardcores stopping by and saying, "WOW, I haven't seen that played in 20+ years) and a number of our wargame club friends just stopping by and watching/chatting. Great time.

In the course of one of our many conversations about the game, Team Judea (Dan and John) indicated they had actually played that game at Orgins and met the designer there. Had good stories about him and the game.



Will get a proper AAR posted later in the week.
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You've got to love them huge stacks!!! Games were big as Texas in the day!
 
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Wish I had a picture of TSWW (blitzkrieg, balkan fury, et al) set
up so you could see some really ridiculous stack density.

Oh, they don't get any taller - it's just that every bloody hex
is filled with them. Like a wall of counters.

Unfortunately, no one posted anything of it set up.
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Those stacks are counters? I thought they were 3D terrain walls of a pimped up game.

Wow, you've gotten into TSWW system as well. Interested to see how it compares to GDW's Fire in the East et al. Gameplay, fluidity and historicity.

(P.S. I am in turn 5 of La Grande Guerre 14-18 and reading up on Europa Universalis ver.8 now, all solo of course. its the only way to play you're a bad influence. )
 
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Garfink wrote:


Wow, you've gotten into TSWW system as well. Interested to see how it compares to GDW's Fire in the East et al. Gameplay, fluidity and historicity.


No. The 'walls' convinced me it was something I didn't want to
touch. Designer was trying to unload extra copies at CSWExpo,
but it was not my cup.

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(P.S. I am in turn 5 of La Grande Guerre 14-18 and reading up on Europa Universalis ver.8 now, all solo of course. its the only way to play you're a bad influence. )


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Yeah, I decided against investing in TSWW as well, the lack of player comments & fanfare scared me away a little. And after the Total War debacle (luckily I didn't preorder.) I will be sticking with GDW's Europa for that tonnes-of-counter-WWII-grand-tactical/strategy fix till someone reliable tells me otherwise.

(P.S. I even played a game of 1830 by myself three weeks ago and then a solo game of 1886 after that, I simply can't be bothered arranging, teaching other people to play these complicated games with me any more. I just play "simple" games (like C&C:Ancients, CDGs, Combat Commander, Bitter Woods, Breakout Normandy etc.) F2F nowadays. Just so I am not following your footsteps too carefully, as to not come across as a stalker, I am also reading up the rules for The Killing Ground & Overlord: D-Day and the Beachhead Battles to play next. I know its not your thing .... it appears that I am a stalker.)
 
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Something like TKG would take a LOT of convincing, given the price.

OCS has managed to sell me, but WWII is low on my list overall,
and there's so much of it.


18xx solo is the way to really understand the games. Two and three
player can be an eye-opener too.
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That's a roomy game store. Love the shirts!
 
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Yes, it is....a great location. I think it was formerly a roller skating place (remember those!).

And, the shirts were a hoot (Team Roma also has "legionnaire" printed on the back along with blowups of counters {and Team Judea has "zealot" on the back}).

Also, I just submitted the session report...should be post shortly.

And, one of the games being played next to us:



...I'm going to have to pick up that Andean Abyss.
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Herr Dr wrote:


And, one of the games being played next to us:



...I'm going to have to pick up that Andean Abyss.


Man, that guy in the hat is handsome!

Best,
Team AUC

PS: +1 to The Source. It's a treasure.
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Session report posted:

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10221423
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This is a game that rewards the roman planner. I remember building a very focused strategy around exactly which sections I was planning to assault and when and focusing on attritting the defenders which seemed to work well though we never completed the game.
 
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Totally agree; planning is everything - both the strategic planning (between the assault periods) and the hardcore tactical/ops planning; preparing for how the battle develops and morph's in any one section of the city.
 
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That would seem to match siege warfare.

If I'm remembering right, Siege of Jerusalem was one I only played solitaire. Worked great that way, very immersive.

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...I'm going to have to pick up that Andean Abyss.

Careful, you may then face the decision of whether it qualifies for WAM.

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