Remember your 1rst game?


  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    Sweet - thanks for sharing, Phleg


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 '13 Moderator

    Agreed. Thank you for your story.


  • 2017 '16 '15 '12

    Dont remember my first ever Axis game, but if that counts, my first Global 1940. Some friends played that before, I came to one evening, curious and duly impressed by that beast of a map. I thought I play it safe and opted to take Germany (the bidding in this group is, say, unsophisticated … we still do it that way, of course), set up my pieces and swoop in with some planes to sink those lonely UK/French ships.

    “I am going to scramble three fighters here, and one there”…hm, wtf, scrambling? Whats that?
    “Oh, and I use my secret UK national advantage” (also something new to me, one of Ozteas ideas that I came to like later, but not exactly at this point)…hm, wtf, Enigma, you knew my ships were coming, retreated with all but one ship and now have a super stack in one sz?

    So after I finish G1 I am conspicuously short of German air with not much to show for it. I proceeded with a bit more caution after that, surrendered rather meekly not exactly in a two-digit round and it took some more games before I got over my deep mislikening of Global 🙂


  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Back in 1997 ish i used to play on MSN game zone which featured 2nd edition. My name was Zarathustra and Latter Imperious Leader. My partner was some guy named SS oberfuhrer or true lefty, or a number of others. I beat all the other players and especially loved beating the guys who figured they were the best. I only played 4-5 player games because these were more fun. Loved playing the axis and we got a bid of about 5-6. As the Allies, i usually played Russia or USA.

    I could count the number of lost games on my fingers. I won every game and played everynight until MSN decided to end it’s run of supporting AA.



  • I was 17 and my dad forced a cross country family road trip on us kids. I wanted to stay home with my girlfriend at the time. We went to Mall of America on the trip. I saw this game on the shelf of one of the 1,000 stores in that mall. My dad and I have always played Risk and I’ve always been super interested in WW2 so I was hooked BEFORE I even owned the game. I bought the game after 3 hours of walking around the mall and I couldn’t get my mind off it. I opened it at the hotel that night. No one wanted to play with me so I set it up and play vs. myself. Only thing I remember of how the game went was it was over when there was a Panzer in Soviet Far East. When I got home I started watching out for everything A&A related and bought every expansion I could find in a store. Revised came out and OMG there’s special pieces for every country!!!



  • First game, 1987. I had just been dropped from Navy Nuclear Power School. Another Sailor, also dropped, turned me on to the game. Just found this site today, maybe it will lead to me playing again.


  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    If you’re not already, I suggest you look into playing A&A online - you can download the “TripleA” program and A&A maps for free
    www.triplea.sourceforge.net
    Look through the Software and Play Games sections of this site if interested



  • I had heard about the game and was interested immediately. When I was stationed in Germany, we played Risk and Diplomacy…. nothing like the strategy and tactics of A&A!
    I played Germany, calculated that the Germans needed Weapons Development, and bought 5 chances at dice rolls for the first round of my first game. Then the unbelievable happened: I rolled 3 sixes and got 3 weapons Developments! Good memories.


  • '15 Official Q&A '11 '10 Moderator

    Which 3??  🙂



  • Ha! That was a long time ago and I really can’t remember.



  • It was 1990, I was 18 years old… I moved to the big city of Toronto and my new friends were gamers who played Risk all the time. I quickly got bored of it and was looking for an alternative game I could introduce to them and I saw on the store shelf Axis & Allies from Milton Bradley “a game of high adventure” and “decide the fate of the world in just a few short hours” (lol). Unfortunately we were all pretty hammered by the end of the night and the only thing I remember of my first game was punching out all the plastic pieces from the plastic stencil racks and all the roundels from the cardboard sheets. it was an instant hit with the whole group and I played it with them religiously for up to 2 years until I moved back home to Peterborough. I brought my game with me and it wasn’t long before I hooked some old high school friends to it, and over the next 8 years I played Classic edition even more than I did before. After that in 2000, I moved back to Toronto where I discovered Spring 1942, then A&A Anniversary edition and finally Global 1940… ironically, I met someone from that first group from the early 90’s almost 20 years later, we accidentally bumped into each other online and we have been playing 1 on 1 1940 Global games every month for the past 5 years.


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