I typically don’t blitz until later in the game, when it’s more likely you’ll be able to steal the Allies’ supplies, as it’s pretty unlikely you’ll be able to use your own supplies after the blitz.
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So, Twilight Struggle. Great game, or awesome game?
Seriously, one of my very few friends in the area who plays wargames introduced me to it a month or two ago, and I can’t get enough of it. It’s relatively easy to learn to play, but deceptively difficult to get good at (I think I’m improving, but I still lose 8 out of 10 games at least). Anyone else ever played it? (And for that matter, anyone want to arrange to play a game or two either over Vassal or wargameroom.com?)
RE: Best A&A game for a two player match
Assuming you want a relatively fair, and not terribly long, game, I recommend Battle of the Bulge. It’s slanted in favor of the Allies (IMHO), but with decent odds for a German victory, and it’s simple to learn and pretty quick to play.
RE: I'm back…
Europe 1940 looks really good, I may have to get my hands on that sometime (maybe I’ll hold out till summer, and see if I can get someone to give me it as a birthday present :P).
While I’m at it, anyone recommend any rule variants for the games I already have, maybe a recreation of WWI, or a theoretical clash of the Cold War, etc.?
Never thought about playing myself to get a game in. In a few years my son will be old enough, I figure
It’s a pretty good way to go, honestly, though obviously not as good as having another player (or three). It allows to you test strategies against an all-knowing opponent, as well as try wacky things without any “real” consequences.
Had to select Other as one of my options, become for some strange reasons avant-garde metal and cabaret rock weren’t options :-o.
For some favorite bands of those genres, see:
The Tiger Lillies
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Mindless Self Indulgence
Screaming Mechanical Brain
RE: Soviet Battleships
I played a game of D-Day the other day with a friend. I was the Allies, because I knew they were harder to win with, and I was a more experienced player than he.
For the most part, the game was unremarkable. I took Caen with ease, but my moves on St. Lo and Cherbourg were slower, thanks to some very unlucky die rolls. The worst of them all came at the very end of the game, though.
Turn 9; Caen is mine beyond question, my forces are massed outside Cherbourg, and I have an infantry and an artillery still fighting in St. Lo, with six tanks about to move in to join them (against a fairly small German force). I take Cherbourg, and my initial battle in St. Lo goes fairly well; given the lack of German units able to move in to reinforce St. Lo, I’m pretty confident I’ll win it on his attack.
He attacks with four units, killing one or two of mine. I defend, with eight units defending at 2. I get only three hits, thus failing to kill all his units, and because it’s turn nine, losing the game.
At the end of the game, he literally had one unit left on the board keeping me from winning; an infantry in St. Lo.
RE: I'm back…
Thanks for the welcome, guys.
I don’t have either of those variants, SP - the last one I got was Guadalcanal. In total, I have Original, Revised, Europe, Pacific, D-Day, Bulge, and Guadalcanal. Part of the reason for my return is my interest in Spring '42 and Pacific/Europe '40, as I don’t know anything about either of them. How do they compare to Revised and the original Europe and Pacific?
RE: What would you like to see in a future A&A game?
Would love to see more simulations of individual battles, a la Bulge and D-Day. Some that come to mind are Kursk, Stalingrad, and Anzio.
Terrain considerations would be great too, even simple ones. Wouldn’t make much sense for the big games, but it’s almost essential for the smaller scenarios I favor.
So after almost four years of inactivity, I’ve decided to return to the forums. Those of you who don’t remember me won’t care. Those of you who do are few in number at best (though I still recognize a few names). In any case, thought I’d say hi and start my own “welcome back” thread, because I’m ego-centric like that.
My return is thanks largely to my resurgent interest in A&A (and its variants), which I hadn’t played in years before this winter and boredom led me to dig them out of my closet and play a couple rounds against myself.
Having remembered why I love Europe, D-Day, and Bulge, I had a look around and discovered that Avalon Hill has since released several more (the last one I got was Guadalcanal, which I still haven’t played). Being the lazy sort, I decided to skip searching the various threads discussing these games, and invite people to give me their opinions on them here, sort of as a “welcome back” present (remember, ego-centric).
Also, I’ll be aiming to revitalize the Europe and Bulge forums, which look tragically dead.
So, glad to be back, and looking forward to getting my geek back on!
RE: Favorite People
Military general: George Patton
Historian: Stephen Ambrose
Fantasy author: Diana Wynn Jones
President: Ronald Reagan
Social commentator: Mark Steyn or Rob Long
Comic actor: Jim Carrey
All-round actor: Tim Curry
Comedian: Lewis Black or Stephen Wright
Rock musician: Jimmy Euringer
That’s enough for now…
I typically call knowledge of the practical sort (say, riding a bike) ability, so let’s talk about knowledge as it relates to the truth of a controversial matter; or, you might say, the knowledge one does or does not possess as to the true character of a subject.
Certainly there are some things which cannot be known for certain; so it’s fair to say that there is no such thing as true human knowledge as regards subjects like the existence of God. But just because humans may never know the answer to a particular question doesn’t mean the question has no answer. To even ask a question like “Does God exist?” presumes there must be an answer, whether or not you believe it’s possible to realize this answer; questions without the existence of true knowledge are impossible, or at least pointless.
Heh. Reminds me of some guy in one of my Polt classes; the professor, in making a point, rhetorically asked “Is there such a thing as knowledge?” and the guy piped up; “Not true knowledge!” I wish I’d had the presence of mind to turn to him and say “Are you sure about that?” It didn’t occurr to me until later that the statement “There is no such thing as true knowledge,” is incredibly inconsistent; for if it’s True that true knowledge doesn’t exist, then any statement to that effect is false; it essentially denies itself.
I suspect a similar argument could be put forth in return to the epistemologists, but I lack the inclination at the moment to figure it out :P.
RE: Where do the Super Bowl losers t-shirts and hats go?
Very cool. Nice to hear they don’t go totally to waste; as it was, I assumed they got sold somewhere, seeing as no company is going to deliberately make a bunch of products is has no use whatsoever for :P.
RE: Play any instruments?
Piano player, mostly improvisational and self-composed. Never been good at reading music, and lack the patience to learn. I’ve heard, however, that I’m one of the fastest players, and best at improvisation, a lot of people have seen, so hell, I’ll stick with my strengths :D. Little singing too, but not my strong suit :P. Wish I knew/want to learn bass and drums.
RE: And now to piss eveyone off
What do you mean by “screwed up the country”? I think you’re dealing in highly subjective terms here, which makes any list of “Biggest Screw-Ups” rather useless.
And while I’m at it, what do you mean, Truman caused the Cold War? FDR caused the Cold War with his pandering to Stalin, and refusal to let Western forces push on into the rest of Germany and Eastern Europe at the close of the European Theater. Truman might not have helped the situation, but FDR instigated it.