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Car Wars – A Trip Down The Memory Fast Lane, Part 2

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Continuing his series on Car Wars, Michael rolls back through the memory banks again ~

Michael Eckenfels, 23 September 2016

TRUCK STOP: A CAR WARS (FIRST EDITION) SUPPLEMENT

This expansion, released the same year I bought the original Car Wars, added massive 18-wheelers and other large rigs to the Car Wars universe. It seemed only right, given the fact that tanker trucks were a lynchpin of the Mad Max universe. Besides, these things are righteously huge. Just imagine them armored up with large-caliber guns bristling everywhere, and one wonders how cars, much less cycles, would have a chance in Hades against them.

One could virtually feel the temptation to HULK SMASH and sledgehammer smaller opponents with tons of rolling steel death. (Hell…I have this feeling even to this day.) I had to have the expansion, and so I have owned it for 32 years now. The box has held up well in that time, and I probably haven’t opened it in some 30-odd years, to be honest. So this will be something of a time capsule.

This box is in surprisingly excellent condition. I hope the insides have aged well, too…

This box is in surprisingly excellent condition. I hope the insides have aged well, too…

Car Wars – A Trip Down The Memory Fast Lane, Part 1

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The first of a series, Michael looks back at the wasted years of burning rubber through the blacktop battlefields of yesterday ~

Michael Eckenfels, 09 September 2016

CAR WARS: A MEGA-ARTICLE RETRO LOOK

 Back in 1983 or so, when I was transitioning from middle school to high school, hobby stores were a refuge of mine. Mostly I, as well as some of my friends, were into role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. I still remember the modules at this store costing six dollars, which at the time was of course a princely sum for a 13-14 year old. (My first job in 1986 paid minimum wage, which I think was $3.25 an hour.) I’d be lucky to get five dollars from my cash-strapped parents, and having to save that money was a chore of epic proportions, because this was, of course, the heyday of the arcades.

Arcade games like Dig-Dug, Tron, Jungle Hunt, Zaxxon, Joust, and Burger Time hypnotized many a kid into pouring quarters into them, and I was one of the zombies. Saving money was never my strong suit, but when I found something I wanted in the hobby store, I’d save up religiously for it. Car Wars was one of those games.

Screenshot Feature: Steam Squad!

An alt-history wargame with some interesting graphics ~

Michael Eckenfels, 17 August 2016

If you’ve fantasized about a Steampunk game set during an era when humanity was actually just starting to leave steam-powered technology behind, you’re in luck. You’re even more in luck because the game is called “Steam Squad,” and is at heart a point-and-click, real-time tactical combat game set during World War I.

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GrogHeads Reviews Quartermaster General: Air Marshal Expansion

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What’s in the first expansion from Griggling Games’ epic WWII game? ~

Michael Eckenfels, 30 June 2016

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In June of 2015, I reviewed a unique board game called Quartermaster General. Ian Brody designed a rather unique game, in that where most World War II games add logistics almost as a second thought to their game’s mechanics, Quartermaster General instead made logistics the centerpiece. Players would draw and husband cards to play to place armies in connecting countries, and navies in connecting ocean spaces, to conquer and deny territory to the other players. It brought a lot of chess-like qualities to a World War II-themed game, and was quite enjoyable. The game is very easy to teach; the task of knowing the timing of card play is its most challenging aspect, and really the heart of the fun of the game (as you can play cards for yourself, but you can also interrupt others’ play, too!).

(Ed note: we also talked with the designer at Origins!)

B-29 Superfortress: Bombers Over Japan, 1944-1945
– First Look!

The shrink comes off the box~

Michael Eckenfels, 04 May 2016

ed note: Michael sent this to us a looooooong while ago, and we misplaced it.  Totally not his fault.

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Obviously, the box, but what’s cool is it is new and still in shrink-wrap. That’s cool, considering the game is a few years old at this point.

Twilight Struggle: An AAR – Part 14

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Our AAR of the new digital Twilight Struggle enters Turn 2 ~

Michael Eckenfels, 30 April 2016

PART 6

TURN 2, ROUND 6, USSR

FINAL ROUND FOR TURN 2

 

And let’s see what Red-influenced hits keep on a-rollin’…

 

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He plays this card for its Event, giving him Control of Romania.

Twilight Struggle: An AAR – Part 12

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Our AAR of the new digital Twilight Struggle enters Turn 2 ~

Michael Eckenfels, 28 April 2016

PART 4

TURN 2, ROUND 4, USSR

 

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The USSR plays TRUMAN DOCTRINE, and the game prompts me to remove Influence in one country. I’m not really sure this is a bad thing…obviously, he’s playing this for its whole 1 Op, and the Event has to fire…which makes me think he doesn’t have much in the way of cards.

Twilight Struggle: An AAR – Part 11

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Our AAR of the new digital Twilight Struggle enters Turn 2 ~

Michael Eckenfels, 27 April 2016

PART 3

TURN 2, ROUND 3, USSR

 

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In a dick move, the USSR player puts UN INTERVENTION out there, which means he can play another card and ignore the Event that would normally fire, if he played it solely for Ops. So that means a nice juicy US card is about to enter play.