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Reef3
01/26/2011 05:55

Im Reef and live in Monmouthshire Wales UK. Love wargames and fit them in as often as possible when not working, playing rugby or spending time with my daughter. Anyone from South Wales/South West want to meet up for a game... get in touch

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Rob Schneggenburger
08/10/2012 10:56

Hello! I have been gaming since the early 70's, when I was about 7 my father introduced me to the 1958 Avalon Hill Gettysburg, and other classics such as Dispatcher, Air Empire, Business Strategy, and Verdict II. 40 years laeter, I am now mostly playing ASLSK, CC:Pacific, GCACW, Earth Reborn, Space Hulk. I found the mrreef3 video series on youtube and am a big fan, I am a big believer in playing games for fun, which seems consistent with this group...

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01/31/2011 12:11

oi. nice site!
oh... and FIRST!!!!!

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Reef3
01/31/2011 12:15

Excellent Kev!! You are indeed the first. What a poigniant moment for this website! Don't know if this site will gather momentum. Hope so... participation is the only thing that will help it grow.

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Richard
01/31/2011 13:44

very well set out site. Enjoyed a snap shot of the video reviews.

Good luck with growing the project.

Richard

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Reef3
01/31/2011 13:50

Much appreciated Richard... any ideas/feedback in the future just let me know.

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thomas fernbacker
01/31/2011 20:34

Hey,
I've been gaming since 1977, my first game was AH's Blitzkreg, with my older brother WWII fan.
I went the other way with GBACW since 1980, and Oh would a great time I've been having.
Right now i'm playing GMT's Dead of Winter, Hardee at High Tide, with two other gamers in hicksville ny
Good luck
thomas

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Reef3
02/01/2011 00:12

Hi Thomas, I actually own "Red Badge of Courage" from that series. I really should play it more than I do. To some extent my lack of knowledge of ACW is hindering my enjoyment. After keying in "Dad of Winter" to BGG twice, I couldnt find the game!!! What a numpty huh? Perhaps you would like to submit something to highlight the differences/simularities between the old GBACW and Dead of Winter etc? That gives me an idea! A page dedicated for USER NARRATED discussions. If you are interested Thomas leave your thoughts on "CONTACT ME".

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Erez
02/01/2011 00:44

Nice site, got to you through MarcoWargamer link (credit where due :),

keep up the good work!

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Daniele
02/01/2011 00:48

Hi Reef,
Daniele here, from sunny Rome.
I've been enjoying the videos a lot and wanted to thank you dor the work you're putting into them.
I'm kind of a newbie even though I've had a bizarre introduction to wargaming, even if I started less than two years ago I've had nothing to do with the whole eurogaming scene, I've humped straight into the good stuff...
Now I'm growing a respectable collection.
I'm particularly fond of solitaires, do you play them?

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02/01/2011 06:14

Retired U.S. Marine and grognard gamer, playing since 1974. Playtester for ASL Rulebook (1st Ed) and BEYOND VALOR, AH's TURNING POINT: STALINGRAD, GMT's PENSACOLA, MMP's KING PHILIP'S WAR, and contributor to STREETS OF STALINGRAD 3rd Ed by L2. Play all periods of history, all scales (tactical, operational, and strategic). Which means I'm not very good at any one particular game because I want to play them all!

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Reef3
02/01/2011 11:17

Daniele - Yep, sadly I find it difficult to get regular F2F opponents unless it's miniatures. I have a good friend who will entertain most light things such as Hannibal, Washingtons war and Conflict of Heroes though.
Ho visitato Roma tanto. La citta e multo interesante!!Ti piacce wargames e anche multo buono. Io ho qualque amici in Italia e mi piacce imparare la lingua.
How did I do?
The Field Commander series is interesting as it is designed purely for solitaire. I have Rommel, how about you?

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Reef3
02/01/2011 11:21

Eric - Hi Eric, we are very honoured to have you visit our site! Playtester for ASL 1st edition seems very impressive. I missed out on Streets of Stalingrad Despite the size of it, does it play smoothly/swiftly?

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02/01/2011 13:57

I am an engineer and ex-ROC, I live in Hastings, UK, and aged 45. I started playing in 1981, stopped playing board wargames around 1986, due to the ever popular computer, which removed the need of opponenets, which were few and far between. The past year has seen me come back into the fold of hex and counter wargames, and rebuilding a collection of them from scratch. I split my timebetween board wargames, computer games, model building and maintaining my website. As you can imagine, there are never enough hours in the day for me...lmao

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Daniele Petrini
02/02/2011 00:37

Not bad Reef, there are some spelling imperfections but the message came through so I guess that's what matters ^^ I've gad FC Rommel for quite some time then I gave it to a friend of mine as a gift when he was bedridden for a while, I like it, it's a nice little game but I find myself more drawn to longer-campaign style solitaires such as B-17 or Silent War or even the recent Hornet Leader.

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Tim Alanthwaite
02/02/2011 01:43

Wargaming since the 60s, I got into board wargames in 1973, and still play when I can. A group of us meet up in Northamptonshire a few times a year; always glad to meet new people.

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Reef3
02/02/2011 09:18

Roger and Tim - Welcome! Two Brits huh. Roger, when building your collection from scratch did you favour the older classics or did you purue newer titles with better components? Tim, when you meet up in Northampton is it for an evening or weekend? What sort of games hit the table?

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02/02/2011 10:35

The first few games I bought were ones I had once had (SPI Normandy, Naps Last Battles) and then I stated to get "newer games, and when I say newer, games released late 80's to mid 90's. I have also been collecting some S&T and Wargamer magazines too. I have only bought a couple of the newer-still in print games, as I tend to play solo as I have no opponents, so I need to be very selective on the games I buy, as they obviously need to be solitaire friendly

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Reef3
02/02/2011 13:30

Yep, the perennial problem of finding a player for FTF (our hobby can't be that odd can it??!!) Does that mean you resist all card driven games like Nap wars? It's a shame.

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Roger Morley
02/02/2011 13:37

Playing solitaire does rule out a lot of good games. I have often thought, because wargaming is a specialised hobby where FTF gaming can prove troublesome, that new games that are based around 2 players, should have the necessary parts and mechanisms for good solo play

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Reef3
02/02/2011 14:40

Yes, Panzer General series by Petroglyph has satisfied that itch for me. The games are designed to be played solo instead of me having to don a beard, hat and glasses and dashing around the other side of the table whilst adopting a funny accent!! That brings me on to a topic that Ill be covering via video soon. I believe that our particular hobby lends itself greatly to annual meet ups (cons). I intend to organise a con for the UK. The standard formula should be quite achievable but what I would be more interested in would be a more memorable thematic experience like a weekend wargaming in a lighthouse/castle grounds for say a dozen people. I figure that we spend an inordinate amount of time in the year dedicated to a hobby that we rarely experience to the full. I think we would make the effort/commitment to meet up particularly if we filmed parts and posted the footage. It would build interest.

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Roger Morley
02/02/2011 15:13

Sounds like a very good and adventurous idea to organise a convention. I am not aware of a board wargame conventions at all in the UK, so it could be the first for a long time, and as you say, with enough exposure, more people may come into the fold. I know it is a long way off from being reality, but one suggestion (and I have no idea how conventions run, so this sort of idea may already be part of the mandate of any convention) would be to learn or at least browsed over the rules of the games that will be played, thus cutting down the "learning" phase to a minimum

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Reef3
02/02/2011 15:42

Yes... I dont think its fair for people to travel all that way just to play Memoir 44 or Command and colours (no offence to those interesting titles). I think we could have game "mentors" Perhaps a number of preestablished games that start at set times that could be signed up for. One person takes responsibility for being the "go to guy" if there are any FAQs. I would be extremely keen to ensure it was a "gathering" of likeminded wargames and wargamers to celebrate the hobby and not a strict tournament with placings. I believe that 2 long days of boardwargames ready assembled and perhaps a small library to start open games would be sufficient inducement. If you had a schedule like this; Saturday 9am Card driven wargames 3pm Block games 6pm open gaming (library) Sunday 9am Counter and hex (all day) If you knew which games you were due to participate in you could prep up on the rules through online living rules or actual game practice

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Reef3
02/02/2011 15:52

Ill run a video tomorrow to get a feel for interest. I would probably prefer an intimate weekend for an easy going bunch but if we get surprising feedback then we'll consider something grander. Do you think 4 map based games is sufficient to induce people to travel across the country once a year? I know I would

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Jeff
02/02/2011 16:08

Nice site! I've been wargaming since the mid 70's. Playing a lot of ASL [which you have a couple of good tournaments for on your side of the pond]. Basicly if it's an AH/VG game I most likely have it. Although I have played quite a few of the block games lately. I've played a few rounds of Settler of Catan the last couple of weeks. Good game as well. Also a member of AHIKS, which is an excellent site. Good luck with the site!

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Reef3
02/02/2011 16:31

Yeh Settlers of Catan is smooth/catchy. No Tanks but you can't have everything! Welcome

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Tim Alanthwaite
02/03/2011 02:00

Hi Reef Thanks for your efforts in creating this site, and in particular your video reviews. The hobby in the UK is very niche and fractured compared to figure gaming, although there are a few conventions that are still going, mainly organised by individuals for friends and known contacts. Anything that helps draw the disparate groups together is a help. Our group meets for long weekends to play a variety of games, partly based around our annual league competition, but also ad hoc games, multi-players and larger team-type games. The games as is inevitable due to our time in the hobby (average would be well over 30 years) cover a spectrum from the older classics from the 70s as well as modern CDGs. As there is always attrition over time, we're keen to meet new people. I can characterise our group as being serious gamers who take it less seriously than we used to; that is, a lot of talent on display but less application than in the past. Recent larger games have included Operation Typhoon, EFS (all of it for the first couple of weeks), and regulars include Russian Campaign, Hannibal, Panzergruppe Guderian, Paths of Glory, ASL, Victory in the Pacific etc. If anyone's interested in coming along to one of our Northamptonshire meets, please get in touch on TRA@TheLindenGroup.co.uk.

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Reef3
02/03/2011 02:36

Your annual league competition seems interesting. I'm off to check out your weblink. Im not very familiar with the classics alas but Im sure I could mosey my way up to Northampton when the rugby season finishes. I drive to Birmingham on a regular basis. That's not too far. It's the travelling across A ROADS to Northampton is the unknown. I would characterise myself as being of little talent but vey enthusiastic. Winning or losing wargames is neither here nor there for me so I could make a useful addition to your group once in a while! Any input you can offer to this site will always be appreciated. Is there a particular topic/game article you would like to write for the site. Thomas Fernbacker has written something on GBACW. If everyone from the UK contributes something it will if nothing else increase our network of gamers.

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Tim Alanthwaite
02/03/2011 06:33

Our league is interesting, but very competitive. Out of comp games are a different proposition; between us there's not much we won't try. We're really easy to find, and transport links are good. I don't usually require to much of an invite to blather on about games; I'm going to set up a blog on a website shortly for wargame and poker musings, variants and general information. I've a lot written already, much of it interesting (only to those intrinsically interested) and sometimes provocative (for those easily provoked).

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Derek
02/03/2011 13:00

Hi Reef. Been playing wargames since school, I'm now 47! In fact we even got our school to buy the SPI game ' A Mighty Fortess' in the early '80s, as we were studying early modern European history at 'A' level.I'm in the South West (Somerset), so just across he Severn.Very interested in the site & your plans for a 'Con'.I go to the Birmingham Games Expo with my son (early June), mainly Euros though. Would definately be interested in a (long) weekend of wargaming-seems I have a similar foundness for CDGs-play via ACTS at present-(POG/WW/WTP/B2B/PUOG/Hannibal)

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Reef3
02/03/2011 13:42

Greetings Dereck, your Mighty fortress story is a good one! Quite an achievement. I visited the Games expo myself. They actually seemed to be running a combat commander tourney!! I was very impressed. I thought about buying a copy just to enter this year. I might still. I think our hobby because it's obscure rather than inspite of it would lend itself to a dedicated bunch of gamers who would commit. Send me a post on BGG (under the contact drop down tab). Somerset seems far too close to pass up F2F gaming! B2B could do with another outing.

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simon thornton
02/03/2011 15:36

45 living in Liverpool. Wargaming for 30+ years. I have a couple of regular wargame opponents and there is a an active wargame club in Liverpool which is a board/miniature mix (which I only manage attend about 3 times a year !). Play a fair few Euro's at a Eurogame club but you cant beat the real thing. bluekingzog on BGG

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Reef3
02/03/2011 15:52

Hi Simon, which boardgames does your club play? Miniatures clubs seem to be very prevalent but short of the occasional memoir 44 I find it difficult to find players of counter and hex. Great news that you think you and another could make the wargames meet.

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Grant Pettit
02/04/2011 07:52

I'm down in Cornwall been gaming some 35yr's doing both miniatures and boardgames.Have played in the Uk boardgames group in North Wales/Liverpool areas.Am attending the newly moved wargames holiday centre for Waterloo on Feb 12th this will be on webcam so check it out!!.Play many boardgames especially like OCS,TSS and it's follow up's,Battle for Norwmandy,Devils Cauldron etc have group of 5 down here so would be interested in some meetings.

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02/04/2011 08:25

Charlescab on BGG from Charlotte NC Really like all sorts of gaming from blocks to cards to throwing erasers at each other in grade school. Ha Played Pacific Typhoon last night (awesome) and recently Manouevre, CC Napoleonics, CCA, Julius Caesar, and Combat Commander. I try and make youtube vids to teach people games (charlescab82) on youtube, and use facebook to help promote all sorts of gaming. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Historical-Board-Games/120283414655199. Come be a fan and share! Thanks for all the great stuff Reef!

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Reef3
02/04/2011 16:01

Hi Grant.... No chance you live near Hayle is there? I intend to visit there for a weekend on unrelated business in the near future. Two people have mentioned "Pacific Typhoon" and have raved about it. Fancy writing a review (short or long) and posting it to my BG site. Ill put it up as a thread. Perhaps you could explain the Waterloo thing on the 12th a little more to me... sounds interesting.

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Reef3
02/04/2011 16:03

Anyone who hasnt caught Charles' videos... they are slick informative and relaxed. I definitely reccomend them. He seems to be my goto guy for film quality/upload issues!

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David Murray
02/05/2011 15:23

Hi Reef I have been enjoying your videos. I am a primary school teacher up in East Yorkshire. I spend more time these days designing than playing :( This is due to not having much money so instead of buying new games I design them. In the last year or so my gaming buddies have mostly moved/drifted away. Currently designing Combat Patrol for Compass, have a web published game Outlaws: Adventures in the Old West, and am playtesting a new Anzio game (publisher to be announced soon). I like the idea of a UK Con – I would prefer cheap, cheerful and central.

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Reef3
02/05/2011 15:35

Splendid David... finally a Yorkshire man. I have Cowboys by Worthington. The visuals of your game seem great. Youre combat patrol project seems even more exciting. Would you like to write a piece on the nature of its game mechanics? Link for others to enjoy; http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/38389/combat-patrol

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David Murray
02/06/2011 03:17

Hi Reef - Anzio is taking up nearly all my free time at the momemnt - but with half-term in a few weeks I am sure I could write something then. If anyone is intrested in playtesting Anzio either ftf or on Zuntzu (Vassal to follow) drop me a line. You can check the game out here: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@602.ktvbbTBV1fI.233@.1dd51284/0 I have to confess I am not a real Yorkshireman - I married a Yorkshire girl and moved up north - I am originally from Essex.

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Reef3
02/06/2011 03:41

Thanks Dave, you're more than welcome to cover Anzio (as you are very familiar with it at the moment) or Combat Patrol. Send me something via my Boardgameeek profile when you have more time. Most importantly though GOOD LUCK with your projects

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02/13/2011 06:23

hi Reef. Mark H here ex Brisbane now Bahrain. I will definitely come to a convention. I am also off to consimworld in June, should come.

I am a 35 year Grgnard. Mostly inot CFG's now. Won Nappy back in 2005 Waterloo but like you I play for fun and am not a rules Nazi. Epmire of the Sun and HIS are my Favourites. but also 30 year war, Shifting Sands, POG ect..the list goes on. I can pop over for 1/2 week when ever you can get time off or come to sunny Bahrain

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Reef3
02/13/2011 14:57

Hey Mark... Consimworld sounds great... have you been there before? The eagerness with which you consider crossing the ocean is very admirable!! (Guess we can't hold it in my shed now!)

I regularly pop over to Bahrain so feel free to.... nah just kidding. Send me a mail on BGG why dont ya!

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Laurence C
02/13/2011 18:52

Hiya big guy,
Keep up the good work. It's so cool to have a 'regular' guy give his thoughts on games and gaming. If you ever make it to the Dominions here near Toronto, you would be welcome to play some 'stuff'.

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crasher303 (Gareth)
02/15/2011 13:19

Nice vids, I have enjoyed watching them.
Sorry to hear you have fell foul of the Panzer Grenadier fanatics. I had ago at PG. I was hoping to find the new panzer leader/blitz. I play any board wargame that comes my way, but I like tacical level best.

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Shaun
02/16/2011 10:10

Hi Reef,
Great site, and really enjoy your video reviews.
I've been wargaming since the early/mid 80s. Started off with Avalon Hill and Victory Games titles such as Third Reich, Squad Leader, the Fleet series, Conquistador and many others.
Got back into gaming and wargaming a few years ago, and love some of the more recent wargames to have come out such as Combat Commander, Paths of Glory, Unhappy King Charles etc.
I'll give most anything a go, as long as it's got fighting in it!
Cheers.

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Reef3
02/16/2011 14:17

"As long as its got fighting in it?!!" Nice one Shaun... love it.

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Bob
03/19/2011 20:04

Looks like a great site. Kind of a newbie to war games. I can't wait to see your reviews and explanations. Still waiting for a great review of the 40 page rule book of Here I Stand. Really like the history and strategy that war games offer. Better than chess. So, good luck and look forward to your videos.

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Mike V
04/01/2011 05:15

Hi Reef, firstly may I say what a cracking website and a brilliant networking tool organised from Europe. Terrific. Thanks for the video reviews too which are informative.

I am 47, resident in Dublin (weekdays) and Warwick, south of Birmingham at weekends with my family. Have been gaming for 30 years, and have amassed a decent collection of board games over the years. Started with SPI Panzer 44 (happy days) and have bought many simulations most recently GMT and LnL. Am playing solitaire these days due to a) weekday residence in Ireland b) working hours and c) my long term gaming buddy has not been around to game for 12 months or so due to ill health. Emphasis is on quick set up games but I have some more complex and Monster games at home that need a work out.

I would support and attend a convention in the UK. Had to cancel Consimworld attendance last year due to work commitments which I was gutted about so would be very keen to attend something offering some intensive gaming and a bit of social time/craic too. Let me know the plans and how I can help.

Cheers Mike

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Reef 3
04/01/2011 10:27

Thanks Mike... much appreciated. Ive been distracted lately as I alluded to in the Borodino episode. Hopefully the content of the vids has improved now though if not the quality!

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04/02/2011 17:46

Greetings from Hong Kong Reef.

I have been enjoying your splendid video reviews. I play both miniatures and board wargames, the latter of which I have a collection spanning back over 40 years. Fortunately there is a very active group of wargamers here so I have no difficulty in finding opponents.

The idea of a UK con has my support. There used to be a similar event back in the 1970's run by SimPubs . . . a ling distant memory now.

Keep those video reviews coming!

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04/15/2011 03:30

Now most of us here in the US just think of shepherd's pie as some meat and veggies in a gravy and topped with potatoes. But you are so wrong. Really good, authentic Irish shepherd's pie is so much more.

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Agip
06/02/2011 11:52

Hello Reef, very nice site, love the reviews, but really I can't see the counters for toffee : D I don't mind. I am 42 play all sorts, am a crap commander generally but I love the games and having been at this properly only a few years I hope to improve - time and oppoents willing...
I had not read all the posts about the wargame convention, but had you considered it as an add-on to the Birmingham con? I played in both the CC and CandC tournaments there last year. They were fun and not intimidating, and yes, it would be good to have a hall just for wargaming, I'm sure it could be filled (starting small and growing as demand decides). What am i saying, I've just moved to Italy, you can't have a wargame con in Blighty just now I left! Grrr.

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Rob
06/05/2011 12:16

Very much enjoy your reviews on You Tubular and i am now on the hunt for a copy of Hannibal:Rome vs Carthage after your recommendation.
I have only recently been introduced to wargaming and other modern board games, so i have a lot of catching up to do and a bank balance to deplete!
Thanks for all the video reviews.

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Johm Anderson
06/08/2011 08:07

Hi all,
40-something gamer returning to wargaming after a long break. Tried heading down to local wargames clubs, but there was a distinct lack of interest in board wargames. I'm interested in getting back into ASL, via the SK, block games & modern warfare (WaW etc). Thanks for the great reviews Reef, and keep them coming.
John

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06/26/2011 00:36

I like this topic! Great!

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odinn
08/25/2011 22:57

love your site .keep up the great reviews

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Chris Finlay
05/07/2012 05:34

Chris Finlay relative newbie, currently playing memoir 44, command and colours ancients and Napoleonics. Looking to play something a bit more strategic such as WWII Barborossa to Berlin or Europe Engulfed (if I can locate a second hand copy). Also using minatures for Command and colours Napoleonics with casualties marked by counters. Hoping to eventually get enough troops for either Horse Foot and Guns or DBN napoleonics, But for now using them for command and colours. Will probably have to invest in Julian Romans and Barbarians as well so that I can play expansions two and three whilst I wait years for the reprint of expansion 2 and 3 to arrive on the scene. Fortunately managed to get expansion 1 from 'The Geek'
Really great website have you thought of doing a similar one for your minatures

Best wishes Chris

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06/25/2012 02:56

Your Blog is very good, I like it! Thank you for you sharing!Your blog is really helps for my search and i really like it.I just cant stop reading this. Its so cool, so full of information that I just didn't know.

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07/18/2012 03:35

Hi been wargaming since I was 12 Miniatures and Board Wargames. First board game was Panzer Leader back in 1977 closely followed by Squad Leader. Been on something of a board wargame rennaisance of late (so many good games out there !) after several years hiatus with cardboard warriors. Great site

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