Grognard Wargamer Thread!


#4288

I think you’re being tremendously hard on Randy Lein.


#4289

Like many things, depends on who is using it. It’s not really an insult though, just a term used to describe a game that is shorter play time, and low rules complexity.


#4290

I think it’s a matter of taste. People will generally call games they call too simple by that name. Not that i’m innocent of using that myself, of course.


#4291

It’s not an insult on its face, but it can be used as one depending on your perspective. It can either be a name for something you enjoy that you are just denoting as being a simpler game, or something you are being dismissive of as not being “serious.”


#4292

An email response on a communication device isn’t too much to ask after a week plus.


#4293

All the other responses are spot on. In the context I used it for, it was meant not pejoratively but as one end of a scale. There is a time and place for that kind of game. Heck, I’d play Axis and Allies on the right evening, with the right crowd. But in the discussion around Cataclysm specifically, the game is billed as being simpler, and less time consuming due to it’s unique use of 2 year turns, gaining simplicity not by sacrificing historical grounding or having a game with WW2 chrome bolted on, but by backing the scale in time out. A truly unique approach that had me intrigued just by the fact that they attempted this. And led me to buy it and want to play it.


#4294

So, having completely read the rules (only 16 pages)…muddled a few things out and watched some live tweeting of gameplay…I am blown away. The chit pull mechanic as applied here is freaking brilliant. And the supply rules are nuanced but elegantly simple. This looks like a freaking fantastic game…and the replay value looks huge.


#4295

Awesome! Looking forward to it!


#4296

Thanks everyone, I appreciate it! Looking forward to the next play-by-forum / AAR.


#4297

Crap, I gotta do Roman politics this weekend!


#4298

Yes you do :)


#4299

I saw you responding and was like “Oh, Dammit!” :) Busted.


#4300

Is anyone interested in a Grognard Game Box Art Challenge? Like they do with PC games in the thread? I’m thinking Board Wargames. Pipe in here and I’l start a thread and get the ball rolling if anyone is interested.

EDIT: Whatever. I just did it. Enjoy.


#4301

I do not like Cataclysm, and am disappointed. However, the now-shipping Skies Above the Reich may be a real sleeper, as long as you are ok playing the Luftwaffe in a solitaire game. That is all for now.


#4302

Interesting, while the events around Firebase Illingsworth were occurring in Tay Ninh, the Headhunters of 1/9 Cav were on a CBS Special report doing what they did ISO 1 CAV DIV Ops there… So “unprofessional” looking…


#4303

If you’re interested in things like the television coverage of the war, you should read John Laurence’s The Cat From Hue, a fabulous book by a CBS reporter in Vietnam. Heck, he might have been the one doing that story on the 1/9 Cav. The book is at my office so I can’t check. But you should read it.


#4304

That’s come my way and I’ve just never read it every time I think about it. I’ll do that. Does it read like Dispatches?


#4305

Dispatches is still awesome as well obvs.


#4306

Not particularly. It’s more a synthetic account of all the aspects of covering the war, including a lot of the technical stuff involved in shooting film and getting it on the evening news. There’s a lot of good stuff about the differences between, say, officers in the field and the folks back home in Saigon for the “Five O’Clock Follies,” and a lot about Vietnam and the Vietnamese. It’s a very good book.


#4307

Done. When I get a break from research Vietnam-reading in a few weeks here, I’ll read it.