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Computer Wargaming / Re: Its Friday!
« Last post by airboy on Today at 07:23:14 AM »
Lords of Waterdeep is one of my upcoming projects.  I have the board game and the PC game.

I'm handling Dash this weekend while the wife is at crafty class.  Puppies are not as time consuming as babies, but they are time consuming.  I'm also going to the Auburn-Kentucky BB game.

Game wise, I'm trying to finish up writing the Bataan scenario AAR.  I need to get back to Pillars of Eternity 2.  I also need to finish reading the Aggressors Ancient Rome manual so I can start that one up.
General Discussion / RIP John Bogle
« Last post by airboy on Today at 07:19:03 AM »
You may have never heard about John Bogle, but he made hundreds of millions of people across the globe wealthier.

John Bogle started the first index fund at Vanguard in 1975.  His theory was that professional managers could not beat the overall market when you factor in their fees.  Boy howdy was he right.

Index funds gave much higher individual returns on average than actively managed funds.  Index funds help a lot of people have more money in retirement.

At Vanguard John Bogle started a price war to cut investing fees.  Average fees (which come right out of your investment returns) have dropped a huge amount since the mid-1970s.  Today the S&P 500 index fund at Vanguard has an annual fee of only 0.04%.

He also lowered the threashold to invest in equity markets.  When he first started out you only needed $3,000 to invest in his first index fund.  At the time most funds had a $50,000 minimum.  Now with the price competion he started the minimum investment to get into an index fund is $250.

Today Vanguard is the 2nd largest investment company in the world with $4.9 trillion in assets.

Here are a couple of quotes about John Bogle:
"If all investors had heeded his ideas, they would be hundreds of billions of dollars better off than they are now" - Warren Buffett in a 2009 WSJ interview
Paul Samulson Nobel Prize Winning Economist said that the retail index fund was equal in importance to "the invention of the wheel, wine, and cheese, the alphabet and Gutenberg printing."

John Bogle is the single most important individual in personal investing in my lifetime.  He has personally helped me save and make thousands of dollars in investment fees I've never paid and higher investment returns.

John made money at Vanguard and took a salary.  But he relentlessly stressed frugality within the firm and in investing strategy.  He never paid himself a monster salary.  He preached: "invest in an index fund for diversification and low costs."  He provided customers very, very low costs and a message of "buy and hold."

May you Rest in Peace Mr. Bogle and may God have mercy on your soul.  You single handidly did more to help humanity than most anyone else in your lifetime.

"I guess we have to explain that comic books are a thing. It isn't like people are lining up to go see Marvel movies!" "And they never will."
Music, TV, Movies / Re: Film Genre Popularity over the
« Last post by JasonPratt on Today at 06:45:42 AM »
True, there's no way that 25% of the releases in 2012 were documentaries, except in some sheerly technical sense that no one even noticed.
Computer Wargaming / Re: Its Friday!
« Last post by JasonPratt on Today at 06:41:15 AM »
Let's see...

1.) Grogpublic umping, with the Republic nearing an existential crisis: there are three Active Wars on the board (4+ at the end of the Combat Phase, and everyone loses!), one of which has a punchy Leader -- and a punchy Feet which Rome doesn't work well against (that's the 1st Punic War); and another two tough Enemy Leaders just popped up. So Philip V of Macedon and Aristosomething of Syria are both planning something soon.

2.) Yskonyn, are you still playing our AoW3 game? I get the impression the system is just waiting 5 days and then passing your move...  :-\

3.) Working along on another mp AoW3 game with DMakman (aka Ethel the Frog here on the forums), which we may restart soon to add some more players. It's his first game and he's learning the ropes.

4.) Also working along past the mid-point of two mp games of Lords of Waterdeep. I'll have to be very careful not to accidentally run out of time this weekend on one of them! -- the early leader already timed out several turns ago!

5.) Now that I've fixed Shadowplay (by rolling back behind the newest invidious drivers  :pullhair: >:( ), I can get back to filming an Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic hotseat allied campaign where I'm playing for my nieces!  :smitten:

6.) I played my first full game of Tharsis last night! -- well, not a full game, our ship fell apart about 1/3 to Mars. It's a pretty nice boardgame conversion of something I'm not even sure is a boardgame per se! -- well, as "nice" as a game can be where the dice turn bloody after cannibalism... I might do a text AAR on it, not a video, surprisingly strong language (also: cannibalism) so not for niece consumption. Anyone who likes the theme + RNG risk management will like it a lot, I think!
Computer Wargaming / Re: Radio Commander...
« Last post by bbmike on Today at 06:38:15 AM »
Aw, man! I read the title of this thread and thought a WKRP simulator was released. I was all ready to step into the shoes of Arthur Carlson!  ^-^
Computer Wargaming / Re: Radio Commander...
« Last post by MikeGER on Today at 06:19:46 AM »
The very old 16-bit strategy game Waterloo did something similar too.  Your orders were not carried out immediately; they had to be carried by messengers who had a physical presence on the battlefield and could be shot enroute.

i remember that one as well :)
Computer Wargaming / Re: Radio Commander...
« Last post by jamus34 on Today at 04:46:23 AM »
I would love to see a game that focus on the higher level theatre management that has an almost RPG feel to it.

In that you are limited to what information you get on your own, you have call it initiative points that will let you listen / see certain intelligence however otherwise you have to trust your staff. And that staff has skill,, biasís and talents that can help or hinder you.

I guess it would be an amalgamation of DC Barbarossa, CK2 and any theatre wargame.
Computer Wargaming / Re: Radio Commander...
« Last post by Hofstadter on Today at 03:55:31 AM »
This looks real cool, hopefully it turns out well.
Computer Wargaming / Re: Its Friday!
« Last post by Jarhead0331 on Today at 02:58:47 AM »
Youíre doing it wrong.
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