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I own this as well, although it isn't an LBW game per se. Played 3 or 4 scenarios and I have to say it didn't grip me. There is a very good review on BGG that highlights the problems. There is the potential for too much dog fighting and this can bog the game down to a crawl. Whereas in, for example, Downtown, dogfighting has enough chrome to please but dogfights don't occur that frequently so chrome is good. In BA almost every scenario will involve dogfighting. The game comes with a huge number of individual aircraft, but very few of those will actually ever see play. Of course the Red Baron is there, lethal. Involving Richoften in any scenario pretty much condemns the hapless RFC fliers to an early exit.
I see what you are talking about. I thought it would be simpler than Downtown, with shorter distances and whatnot. I haven't played Burning Blue or Sinai, but I really do like Downtown. I think it has the right mix of strengths and weaknesses to make it a compelling game. I don't know if that means I will like Bloody April or not. I may end up liking the grindy aspect, but it's not a competitive experience as much as other games.
I actually want to teach my son Wings of War because it is simple and more about the experience.

Speaking of simple, I will probably also get him to play Panzer when he is old enough, since you can play with very simple rules. I may also buy some miniatures if he likes it.
I confess that I'm taken in by GMT's quality, so I do support this game. It is also very different from ASL, so it isn't redundant like a lot of the squad level systems.
 

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I see what you are talking about. I thought it would be simpler than Downtown, with shorter distances and whatnot. I haven't played Burning Blue or Sinai, but I really do like Downtown. I think it has the right mix of strengths and weaknesses to make it a compelling game. I don't know if that means I will like Bloody April or not. I may end up liking the grindy aspect, but it's not a competitive experience as much as other games.
I actually want to teach my son Wings of War because it is simple and more about the experience.

Speaking of simple, I will probably also get him to play Panzer when he is old enough, since you can play with very simple rules. I may also buy some miniatures if he likes it.
I confess that I'm taken in by GMT's quality, so I do support this game. It is also very different from ASL, so it isn't redundant like a lot of the squad level systems.
Component quality is superb. GMT maintain consistently high standards. I still own BA and will return to it at some point, no doubt. I'll more than likely stick to the smaller scenarios though as I suspect the larger ones will be a very serious and time consuming undertaking. There is a huge degree of historical flavour in the game and I'll keep it for that reason alone and buy the soon to released add on as well :)

As an aside; following one of our Burning Blue games I thought the numbers shot down on both sides seemed quite low. Off to my groaning bookshelves to check actual numbers shot down on that day... almost exactly the same :eek: Historicity in spades...:smoke:
 

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OCS GB II "Drive on Bryansk" vs Robert M (my old ASL fellow) - he came over and spend Sunday at my place. We had a good time - it was my first scenario playing of OCS. It reminded me why I like board games - a special feeling to get into the rules and try to figure them out and the mechanics of a game.

Definitely more OCS will come ...

//Tysken
 

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I did play Static Pro Football, but I don't remember it as well. I think there are similarities. There are rules online for paydirt. Just google paydirt and you can find different sites for it.

The bottom line is that each team has a chart w/ offense and defense and special teams. There are 4 run plays and 5 pass plays to choose from. The defense can pick 1 of 6 formations. All have strengths and weakness. Each player rolls on the chart and there are rules for how to prioritize the results, whether it be defense chart result, offense chart result or combination. It also has rules for razzle dazzle plays, field goals, punts, onside kicks, etc. It's easy to pick up and start playing. The only thing you don't get are instant replay reviews :)

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I used to have Statis Pro Football and collected about 6 seasons worth of cards when Avalon Hill used to sell them as a season set. Played it to death in my youth with my mate and we even worked out a system to play a roll results of other teams in order that we could play a system. We then graduated onto Pro Football Fantasm - this was way to complicated as you had to pick your plays and detailed set ups.

Nowadays i get my NFL fix on playing the computer game 'Seconds and Ten' its absolutely fantastic - statis pro feel and you can even play college teams if you want. It has all the NFL teams from 1950's to current date - cant recommend it enough
 
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Formula De. Formula 1 racing game with 12 cars a race and a 14 race season is on for another kick at the racetrack.

Fire in the East / Scorched Earth has been on hiatus due to various issues for a few weeks, but should be back on in mid-October.
 

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Formula De. Formula 1 racing game with 12 cars a race and a 14 race season is on for another kick at the racetrack.

Fire in the East / Scorched Earth has been on hiatus due to various issues for a few weeks, but should be back on in mid-October.
Formula De is a great game. You use a different die for each gear you are in. Many tracks to race on.
 

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OCS GB II "Drive on Bryansk" vs Robert M (my old ASL fellow) - he came over and spend Sunday at my place. We had a good time - it was my first scenario playing of OCS. It reminded me why I like board games - a special feeling to get into the rules and try to figure them out and the mechanics of a game.

Definitely more OCS will come ...

//Tysken
Superb system. I own them all. It has been some years since I last played though. Played one of the bigger scenarios from GBII over a weekend at my friends house whilst his family was away. 'treebark' soup anyone?

Paul
 

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Gentlemen

I plan to plan to play the Solo game London Burning's starting this weekend.
Just a fun game I am looking forward to after a number of years!!

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Had a Halloween 'Pirate Themed ' game night with Cartagena and Jamaica.

It was pointed out that Jamaica is basically 'K2' with a different theme.
 

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Last Friday my buddy Tony Hicks and I played a GMT Great Battles of Alexander scenario from the Tyrant module--Crimmisos River. My dice were hot as my Syracusans under Timoleon slammed into his spearhead that were in Column south of the river. I got a good 5 Activations and was up to 90 Rout Points on the Carthaginians out of 115 needed at end of turn one with no losses! Tony started getting his units across the ford of the river and knocked out three of my double-sized Heavy Infantry units but I pushed my cavalry to the limit in running down Routed units and had some help from my Heavy Infantry. The key to the battle was being able to flank the Carthaginian Sacred Band units and send them to their version of Valhalla early so they would not delay my left wing from deciding the battle early.

This Friday we will play the battle of Issus (Alexander and his Macedonian army versus the Persians.)
 

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Played a couple of games of Tales of the Arabian Nights. Completely different mechanic (storytelling, like a Choose Your Own Adventure Board Game) than I have ever played before. Fun family game or casual game with friends.
 

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There are lots of great games besides ASL. C&C Napoleonics is a fantastic game of battles during the Napoleonic wars, and the system is very flexible in allowing gaming of many different scales in a balanced and challenging manner. No combat charts at all and a skinny rulebook. Space Hulk on the iPad has also sucked me back in. Forgot how fun this game can be. Again, no combat charts. Of course, ASL will always have a place in my bookcase but it's nice to lighten up once in a while.
 

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I regularly play Strat-O-Matic Baseball at work with my Texan work college, but as of late, we've taken a break from the baseball diamond to play a little of Avalon Hill's Paydirt.

I'm still mastering the interpretation of the charts - I have a vague idea of what I'm looking at...but still a way to go for me.

But meanwhile in my ignorant bliss, its great fun to play.

John.
 

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The hunters. Survived a year in game so far with over 200,000 tonnage sunk.
 

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Gentlemen

My group has restarted our Hell's Highway CG, great fun!! 30XXX moving fast
and the airborne XXs doing their best. Brit 1st AB is having a rough time in Arnhem,
Poles came on last turn and running to help 1st AB.

Hell' Highway still a classic after 30 years!!

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Joe
 

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Gentlemen

My group has restarted our Hell's Highway CG, great fun!! 30XXX moving fast
and the airborne XXs doing their best. Brit 1st AB is having a rough time in Arnhem,
Poles came on last turn and running to help 1st AB.

Hell' Highway still a classic after 30 years!!

Regards
Joe
Always wanted to play this......

Peace

Roger
 

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I still have it. The first M-G game that I thought both detailed enough and still manageable. Though I played it solo, the very uphill nature of the Allied tasks makes even pedestrian German play sufficient to give their opponents fits.

I just received DG's latest version of Napoleon's Last Battles. I suppose a touch of nostalgia, I still remember SPI's Waterloo that came as a bonus to first time S&T subscribers. Showing my age again.
 
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