I loaded the two Vassal Modules for the GMT Barbarossa Eastern Front games and within Vassal took an image and then converted to .png using Paint. Not sure how they will render in Blogger, but they are 121MB and 77MB. They represent the full scope of what we have available (more or less) space permitting. Sadly there is no Vassal module that links the whole Eastern Front system. The compute power alone would be a challenge although it is possibly the only way you could play them given the physical size (I estimate the AGN/AGC maps are 4x4 metres).
Sunday, January 29, 2023
it. The Ukraine is liberated! A cocky Stalin also declared an attack near Minsk, targeting a triple stack with an inverted v. Bock. Russia had no air available and had expected some German air support for a +5.7 assault. Several other long range bombers were found reducing the odds to +5.1. A poor roll results in a 13 (-/-) leaving Russia relieved and Germany pondering that a bit less air support would have achieved the ~14 (3/1) result that would have killed the newly arrived 2 factor engineer and hurt the Russian northern effort. Churchill counsels against risking such a valuable unit in low odds attacks and Stalin sheepishly concurs. Russia puts the Axis out of its winter misery by rolling a 1 to end the turn, initiative shifts to the +1 Axis. Partisan roll again sees no Chinese Partisans, it must be too cold for them. Partisans in Greece are put down on a roll of 9, as are partisans in Finland. Two French partisans turn up behind Allied lines and one (4.2) in Indochina – obviously the Chinese are not being too kind to the locals. Rebase, production and reinforcement next week.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Finally finished this. The ultimate challenge, which I put off for a good month, was creating the canvas cover.
This game is challenging in so many ways, not least of which is trying to take photos.
Monday, January 23, 2023
In "competitive" games I find there are two kinds of luck. You are lucky if you get a good roll and you can be lucky if your opponent has a bad roll. The last session of WiF delivered both kinds of luck to the floundering, struggling, Europeans.
As 1943 came to a close the weather remained bleak with storms on the Eastern front and rain elsewhere. Undeterred the Soviets attacked Romania and threw the greatly feared squiggly fourteen, the worst out come for an attacker on the CRT. They took three losses in their attack on Chisisnau. The European defenders took one, but Romanian reinforcements were at hand to fill the gap.
The Imperialists seized the initiative going into 1944 only to have Mother Nature unleash a blizzard across Europe.
If only the bad weather can be maintained for the final ten turns of the game, the Imperialists and their Communist allies will be defeated.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
A project I am working on regarding a campaign for Basic Impetus requires a town (which represents Difficult Terrain and functions identical to a Wood as far as I can tell). But I didn't have any suitable buildings. I decided to go for immediacy and cheapness especially after I found two suitable buildings on https://papermau.blogspot.com/
One was well within my skill set, the temple was a bit more challenging (I ended up reinforcing or rather adding as formers, match sticks to the steps). Lots of fun and perfect for the job. But what if they get wet? I have a special fixative, but on reading the label and finding it was gloss I decided just to use my regular matt varnish.
Now, my colour printing was already a bit subtle to begin with, but the varnish has or could have if I wasn't such a light touch, faded things even more. Ruined! Well, not quiet, just baked under the unrelenting rays of the Mediterranean sun.
Given the homemade low quality nature of most of my terrain these will do nicely. Of course, having made these two building I find a much more imposing Ancient Greek building on that site, but I think my skills have been tested enough for now.
A town only appears in Basic Impetus on a roll of a double six and even then there are options, so hopefully two buildings will be enough.
Final comment. I was thinking/planning to make bases for them, but now think this is not necessary. They are both weighted with wooden internal bases to stop them blowing away due to a slight breeze or a sneeze.
Friday, January 20, 2023
This appeared in my Crikey news feed today. The Sydney Morning Herald article it refers to can be found here if you want the full story and its attempt at humour: https://www.smh.com.au/culture/comedy/board-games-are-terrible-please-don-t-make-me-play-them-20230103-p5ca15.html
In turn it refers to a Washington Post article which is more informative and less an attempt at comedy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/12/24/board-game-popularity/
The SMH piece uses the word "nerd" three times to refer to board gamers. I find this problematic as the word has multiple meanings including:
- a person who is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a particular subject, especially one of specialist or niche interest.
- an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person.
Maybe that second meaning should include "overly sensitive and lacking in appreciation of effort that goes into writing humorous newspaper columns"."
Anyway, here's the Crikey article in full.
|ON A LIGHTER NOTE|
|The rising popularity of board games in adulthood is a scourge we must stamp out, SMH’s Kishor Napier-Raman says, or at least start leaving him out of. Board game nights are nearly always suggested by “The Guy Who is Good at Board Games”, he writes for the paper, who spends a painstaking hour explaining the complex and convoluted rules of questionable pursuits such as “slaying a mythical beast, making sushi, or cosplaying as colonisers in a foreign land”. But it’s never enough of an explanation, and befuddling stretches of time are spent with chipper fellow players repeatedly assuring you “the game gets better” as you quickly sober up amid your intense concentration. Sometimes it does get better, sometimes it doesn’t — the question, he asks, is why do we put ourselves through it? “Must social gatherings be organised around activities designed to distract wayward children?” he asks.|
It might seem like a petty gripe, but Napier-Raman continues that the whole idea of a board game night is at odds with the precious spontaneity of a social gathering that we went without for so long during the pandemic’s lockdowns and restrictions. Who brings a rule book to a group hang, he wonders, declaring it a sort of “hyper-capitalist puritan logic” that we should engage in competitive tasks during our leisure time after a long week spent grinding in our 9 to 5. Plus, by the time you’ve got a tentative handle on the self-contradictory parameters of the game, an elated The Guy Who is Good at Board Games has already had a thumping victory, everyone else is feeling confusingly dejected, and the wine supply is suddenly frighteningly low. “There is no shame in resisting this,” the journalist assures us. “No matter how many nerds accuse you of hating ‘fun’.”
Hoping you stand proud and tall on the hill you choose to die on too — and have a restful weekend.
Wednesday night at the club my Romans faced Mark Wood's Indians.