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La-Ritournelle

Dec 11, 2012

calan, I have to admit, your trying to find a woman who enjoys the odd wargame is about as realistic as Dora coming back to the forum and admitting that she loves me.

women dont like wargames.  maybe some fantasy games, but Ive never ever seen a woman wargamer.  no such being.  also, the reason why wargames involve what that guy meant by sapiosexual is simply because we are using libido energy (freud) when we focus so intently upon a cerebral activity such as wargames

anyway, can you recommend a good modern, tactical, armored wargame that can be played by e-mail for free?

I would like to play a game online.  never done that before.

leonard, I have just asked an old friend of mine what wargame we could play online for free.  hopefully he will be able to come up with some good wargames which focus on modern armored warfare, and then you and I could try to play it.  he really should be able to think of something, since he's played about 17,000,000 wargames and has made nearly 27 billion youtube videos about the games.  if anyone can think of one, its him

to answer your follow up question, orders must be written for platoon level units and above.  within the platoon, it is assumed that the platoon commander can make his own decision about the targets for his platoon.  sometimes, one might specify that a certain platoon should focus on tank targets from the northern sector, and some other platoon should focus on tank targets of the southern sector, and so on.  but this is something which only rarely happens.  it would require more time for writing such detailed orders to units.  I could imagine a game in which the players have plenty of time between game turns, and adequate time to study the situation each turn, could lead to such a detailed ordered game.  in fast games, you just start at the north and work your way southwards.  the northern most unit fires first, and if he misses the tank target then his buddy next to him can also try at the same tank.

of course, when faced with the typical 'steam-roller' soviet advance, there are going to be far more targets to fire at than there are units to fire.

I am at the stage where it is rather boring to face a soviet opponent which is less than three or four times the size of my defending units.  its more fun when there are roughly ten times as many russian tanks as there are nato tanks.  thats when it becomes a challenge.

man, I cant wait until the wargame dude tells us a good game we should play by e-mail

(psst, can you believe he's looking for a wargame-bunny??)

calandale1

Dec 11, 2012

calan, I have to admit, your trying to find a woman who enjoys the odd wargame is about as realistic as Dora coming back to the forum and admitting that she loves me.

I've trained my current wife to do so. The problem is that there are some 
multi-player games....

 

women dont like wargames.

Bull. My ex-wife loved Terrible Swift Sword - a monster tactical representation of Gettysburg.
She also loved Ironclads - ACW ship-to-ship combat. Played nearly my whole historical collection
(which was, granted smaller at that time). My current wife enjoys them, but has a shorter attention
span - damned kids.

anyway, can you recommend a good modern, tactical, armored wargame that can be played by e-mail for free?

Nope. I like a lot of non-modern tactical armored games though.
You might try Arab-Israeli Wars; not my cuppa, but it uses the
once very popular Panzerblitz system. For online, I'd suggest looking for 
Vassal modules - they are free, and far better than any email games from
what I understand.


La-Ritournelle

Dec 12, 2012

"Vassal modules"?

is that what I should google?  I'll try it.

thanks

and I had no idea there were any women who played real wargames.  fascinating

calandale1

Dec 12, 2012

Some even design 'em.

Neequxsan

Dec 12, 2012

women dont like wargames.  maybe some fantasy games, but Ive never ever seen a woman wargamer.  no such being.

I see this BS in the game industry all the time... all the male dominated sects cry that 'women do not play our games!' which, not surprisingly, creates a bit of a hostile atmosphere when women do... rinse lather repeat.

That being said, yes, there are women wargamers out there, just like there are women playing FPSs, or EvE, or any of the other games where many of the players assume only males play them.

La-Ritournelle

Dec 12, 2012

interesting, just speaking from my own experience

so should I google "vassal modules"?

is there any other clue to how to find this game?

calandale1

Dec 12, 2012

Yeah, but don't assume there's anywhere near the same proportion.

It's a very rare breed. As an example, at cons I've gone to, I've NEVER
seen a woman playing what I'd consider a wargame. Never.  I have seen
younger girls (11-12) playing lighter wargames like Combat Commander
recently at such though - so, it could be that times are changing.

There are a lot less board and minis wargamers though than there are 
video gamers - male or female.

La-Ritournelle

Dec 12, 2012

so should I google "vassal modules"?

is there any other clue to how to find this game?

Ive never seen a woman or a girl go anywhere near a wargame in my life

calandale1

Dec 12, 2012

http://www.vassalengine.org/

La-Ritournelle

Dec 14, 2012

thanks, got it.  downloaded the engine, now trying to figure it out

La-Ritournelle

Dec 16, 2012

setting up a small scenario for a guy named Bob today:

two platoons of russian infantry in BMP's

one russian tank platoon of T80's

one zsu-23 and one brdm-AT

versus

one american infantry platoon in 4 MICV's

one M1 abrams tank

I'll let Bob decide what side he wants

we'll see how this one goes

MsOtis

Dec 16, 2012

Is there a wargame, where I can be a sort of Princess Zena, you know, with a scantily clad 25-yr old body, and long sexy hair? And carrying a very large pointy spear?

Because then it might be fun.

 

calandale1

Dec 16, 2012

Try RPGs.

La-Ritournelle

Dec 17, 2012

from what I hear, ms otis, you would rather play a nice tactical wargame with pt-76's and ZSU-57's!

and none of them have any hair at all!

MsOtis

Dec 17, 2012

That's not fun. They probably gore people, and blood spurts all over, amirite?

I guess I'll stick to my Zelda games.

Unless they come out with one based on Game of Thrones. That's an interesting storyline.

La-Ritournelle

Dec 17, 2012

oh, dear.

I'm afraid you might have the wrong impression of these tactical games

I can assure you there is no blood whatsoever

but perhaps you would enjoy this more

at least her name is zelda

and she probably has some hair

calandale1

Dec 17, 2012

Unless they come out with one based on Game of Thrones. That's an interesting storyline.

Not a wargame, per se, but... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/103343/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition

 

It's supposedly very good. Picked up a copy, but haven't gotten to it.

La-Ritournelle

Dec 18, 2012

I keep meaning to return to your youtube channel calan and checking out some more wargame videos, but much of my free time lately is tied up with this fucking model of the mountain range

it is all glued together, and now I am working on the freaking river

the river is going to take a few days to finish.  I am thinking a thin layer of clear plastic sheet with painted blues, greens, and browns swirling underneath.  then the sides will be coated in thin carboard and glued and flocked to resemble rushes and water shrubs on the banks.

Ive been 'collecting' white glue for a few weeks now but still doubt I have enough to seal up the sides of the corrugated cardboard hills before painting with deep forest green

then I have to dip four fucking thousand Q-tips in various shades of green paint, let dry, then cut the tips off and dip the trunk ends in brown paint and glue, then plant each individual tree according to a satellite photograph of the area, whcih actually shows where all the pine trees are and what areas are free of trees.

 

then I have to make the road net from thin black rubber inner tubes, and glue a few odd houses of clay where they belong, and voila, its all finished

maybe two more weeks

calandale1

Dec 19, 2012

Meanwhile - I don't need to worry about any of that. :D

 

Once, I really enjoyed painting minis. Liked what terrain I made too. Now though -
I wouldn't have any time to game.

MsOtis

Dec 19, 2012

@La-Ritournelle,  I tried the Zelda the Welder game. Ha! Not what I expected. I'll have to check out simulation games more, that was fun.

 

@Calandale - thanks for the tip on Game of Thrones board game.

 

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