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Gaming Nostalgia – Dragonbone Dice Wand

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Remember when an electronic dice roller was high-tech and futuristic?  And now everyone has a die roller on their smartphones.  Except you, Vance – you luddite.


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Gaming Nostalgia – AH’s Napoleon

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The block-wargame classic!  Who has played this one?


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Gaming Nostalgia – (Digital) Guderian

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The early days of computer wargaming.


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Unboxing GMT’s Fields of Despair

A look inside GMT’s WWI game ~

Chris Paquette, 26 April 2017

Fields of Despair is part of our program at this Summer’s GrogHeads Central Command at Origins.  What’s inside the box?

The box – the usual big GMT package

Unboxing B-17 Flying Fortress Leader

It’s a box that could break your toe if you drop it wrong, but what’s inside? ~

Michael Eckenfels, 22 April 2017

Mosby’s Raiders. Thunderbolt/Apache Leader. Patton’s Best. Cruel Necessity. These are but a few of my favorite solitaire games of all time, games I would be happy to return to the table any time, and each of which have prominent locations on one of my bookshelves. (Thunderbolt/Apache Leader happens to include both the DVG and GMT version, by the way.) Topping my list, though, is B-17: Queen of the Skies, a game by Avalon Hill from ancient times that I would easily play again and again without hesitation.

I was very interested when, quite a while ago, Dan at DVG made mention of a new tile they were working on – B-17 Flying Fortress Leader. My mind – and no doubt yours as well – instantly jumped to Queen of the Skies. Was it a remake? Was it a sequel? Was it an improvement? Most importantly, would it be good? I figured my time with this particular game would be a long time coming, so while I kept up with the thread in the GrogHeads forums to see where it was, I was very surprised when a copy landed on my doorstep today. Thanks to Dan and his team for sending this over for GrogHeads to get its paws on it and manhandle it appropriately.

This is the box – and holy crap is it hefty. I think I saw a post on Facebook in the Solitaire Wargames page that said it was 5.5 pounds; it feels more like 10, actually! Which means, mounted boards, tons of counters and cards, and just overall lotsa stuff packed into a large box.

Gaming Nostalgia – Star Trek III.5

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There have been a LOT of Star Trek games over the years; how many do you reckon were actually authorized?  Here’s an old one.


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Gaming Nostalgia – Metagaming

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Small boxes with some big fun inside.


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Gaming Nostalgia – Ral Partha Minis

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Ral Partha was the name in minis back in the ’80s.

 


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