Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Tonight Dan and I took another easy week while gearing up for the CWBS by playing a couple hands of Zero! I am reminded that I am not a fan of games with a lot of cards because I am shuffle impaired.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Defiance on Hill 30

It's always a good sign when they come back for more!  This week we continue Nils education by fire with the newly reissued Yanks 2nd edition version of Defiance on Hill 30. Nils will take the attacking Germans this time to gain some maneuver experience. Nine turns to wander over hills and fields, remember when they gave you so much time to close with the enemy?

US Paratroopers in Normandy June 8, 1944

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Guadalcanal - Smithsonian Edition

This week's Wednesday night session with Dan K. found us in the South Pacific, 1942 with Avalon Hill's Guadalcanal - Smithsonian Edition.  The "Battleship" inspired double-blind system remains a functional and fun simulation of aircraft carrier operations.  The Smithsonian edition rules, apparently designed to introduce new players quickly to the game, are annoyingly arranged on a over-sized single sheet. Scenario information, additional rules and historical tidbits are haphazardly complied into a separate booklet. What should be a fairly simple game is somewhat burdened by this layout. We played out the Santa Cruz introductory scenario and traded a few flattops for a draw.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Guards Counterattack

Today we celebrated a rite of passage by playing "The Guards Counterattack" with ASL newcomer Nils S.  It is always fun to introduce new players to the game. Welcome to the fold, Nils!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Star Wars: Rebellion

The First Annual "CasinoCon" was held on Super Bowl Saturday 2017.  There was only one event and two attendees.  While the ladies played the slots, Brian R. and I were lucky enough to find an empty conference room and set up a first try at Star Wars Rebellion.  It does a pretty good job of simulating the asymmetrical conflict situation of Rebels vs. Empire while retaining all the thematic elements one would expect from a Star Wars game.  We were a little pressed for time so I'm sure some mistakes were made.  I would like to try this one again soon.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chicago Wargamer In The News!

2016 was a busy year for our family here in Chicago leaving little time to get to the game table. The regular Wednesday night game with Dan K. was a year long campaign of Grant Takes Command frequently interrupted by real life destination weddings and emergency hospital visits (just to name a few events of a rather chaotic year).  We finally finished in December as the siege of Richmond came to a conclusion with a hard fought Union victory.

The Siege of Richmond - June 1864

As frequent readers will know, Dan is a regular weekly opponent when not authoring such fabulous works as his epic 2-part Zebulon Finch series.  Dan is also an editor and reviewer at The Booklist Reader.  He recently wrote a review of Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative which I had recommended to him as part of our transition into playing American Civil War games.  Dan was gracious enough to tell the story of his time here gaming as part of the review.  You can find the article at The Booklist Reader.  My thanks go to Dan for allowing me to "destroy" him and for his kind words and continued presence.

Next Up: Dan wants to "see the elephant" in the Civil War Brigade Series!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The U.S Civil War

We are starting off the New Year once again with some strategic American Civil War action. This time with GMT's The U.S. Civil War.  Here are some pictures from our Wednesday night game pausing in Spring 1862.

The State of the Nation - Spring 1862
The Union pushes into Tennessee and Arkansas
Stonewall takes Washington D.C.!