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Title: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 14, 2015, 08:24:43 AM
While the GrogCast is on its Summer hiatus, we've got a new Tuesday feature for you: Gaming Nostalgia! (http://grogheads.com/?tag=nostalgia)

We're going to be running all sorts of old ads and articles from 25 or more years ago, back in the ancient days of gaming.  Keep your eyes out for some serious cobweb-clearing memory-shakers over the next few months :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 14, 2015, 08:25:03 AM
First up today - Recon (http://grogheads.com/?p=8541), the RPG
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on July 14, 2015, 08:41:23 AM
pssst.... linky goes to "Got to Games: 7 Wonders" not Recon...
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Double Deuce on July 14, 2015, 08:48:29 AM
Recon is one I never played. Wasn't really a fan of Palladium's stuff but now I'll have to scour the interwebs seeing what a copy of it costs.  :knuppel2:

Reading that ad, I wonder how we ever survived the "Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery". With all the ADD/ADHD out there these days, kids would probably be rioting in the streets if that was the case now.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 14, 2015, 09:01:44 AM
I never played Recon either...role-playing in Vietnam didn't really appeal at the time, though there were plenty of ROTC classmates in high school that liked it.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 14, 2015, 09:07:54 AM
pssst.... linky goes to "Got to Games: 7 Wonders" not Recon...

fixed - thanks
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 14, 2015, 09:08:25 AM
wait 'til you guys see some of the coming weeks :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 14, 2015, 09:10:41 AM
DriveThruRPG is selling the PDF of Deluxe Revised RECON for $12.49.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/61131/Deluxe-Revised-RECON-RPG
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on July 14, 2015, 09:15:38 AM
Hmm, I just found issues 1-7 of my ancient Task Force Games Nexus magazine if you need any content (if it's legal to do so, of course).  8)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 14, 2015, 09:42:36 AM
Hmm, I just found issues 1-7 of my ancient Task Force Games Nexus magazine if you need any content (if it's legal to do so, of course).  8)

Probably not, as they are still selling PDFs actively:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/168819/old-task-force-games-now-available-pdf

...though after checking each link I'm not finding Task Force Magazine, specifically, just a bunch of SFB stuff. I'm guessing they'd still claim copyright on Nexus, though.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on July 14, 2015, 01:47:05 PM
Played a boatload of Recon which was originally released in a near-pamphlet format.  It then became ADVANCED Recon (oooooh) and was given a folio release.  Painted up a bunch of 22mm plastic VietNam era Marines to play ownside and, if memory serves, some Italieri VC.  There wasn't so much with the role playing in this game as there was the period between combats where you resupplied, rested, and prepared for the next mission.  The combat was also that modifier-heavy, check 14 charts, mid-80s sort of a thing that made Twilight 2000 such a joy.  Still, for the topic, it was the only game in town and, searching the collection, I've found I have two copies of Advanced Recon for some reason or another...

Best,

Jim
"Cyrano"
:/7)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 14, 2015, 02:17:30 PM
if memory serves, some Italieri VC.

these guys?

(http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/SetScans/ESC229a.jpg)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Capn Darwin on July 14, 2015, 02:47:35 PM
Airfix soldiers?
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on July 14, 2015, 02:52:10 PM
ESCI, later Italieri, but, yeah, much the same thing.

That was them!

Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 21, 2015, 08:33:55 AM
Today?  Bond... James Bond. (http://grogheads.com/?p=8542)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 22, 2015, 07:00:15 AM
Today?  Bond... James Bond. (http://grogheads.com/?p=8542)

I really liked how the 007 modules differed from the movies enough to make them playable and at least somewhat surprising.

And who didn't create a 007 character without the 'weakness for women' trait?  ^-^
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on July 22, 2015, 09:00:46 AM
umm yeah, it was my 007 character with that trait
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 22, 2015, 09:05:01 AM
Like anyone here needs to figure out how to role-play 'horny.'
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on July 22, 2015, 09:15:32 AM
Like anyone here needs to figure out how to role-play 'horny.'

And welcome to my sig line.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 28, 2015, 05:38:09 AM
Elfquest?  Elfquest! (http://grogheads.com/?p=8543)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on July 28, 2015, 07:31:08 AM
Huh.  I never knew there was a game. Was it bad?  It seems like it would be bad.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 03, 2015, 05:16:17 AM
Not from our site, but still a chuckle - local newspaper ad from a toy store in Spokane WA in the early 80s.

(http://www.battlegrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/dungeonsanddragons.png)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on August 03, 2015, 06:09:23 AM
That's the only D&D set I ever owned. I wish I still had it.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 11, 2015, 06:57:06 AM
So what's on the front page (http://grogheads.com/?p=8545) today?  Hmmmm....
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Sir Slash on August 11, 2015, 09:03:04 AM
Mars needs.... Pizza. Don't remember this one. Did it ever go anywhere or just a flash in the galaxy?
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on August 11, 2015, 09:08:56 AM
I don't recall this one either. 
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 11, 2015, 09:14:43 AM
I played the hell out of this game from 4th grade to about 8th grade. The car chase rules were a lot of fun, and all of our adventures always seemed to have several chases.
For straight up new planetary exploration, Justifiers is a better game, as it's designed with that in mind. But for urban science fiction adventuring, Star Frontiers was a ton of fun
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: RedArgo on August 11, 2015, 02:07:35 PM
Star Frontiers was my group of friends second favorite rpg after AD&D.  There was also a ship combat add on (I guess, that was a long time ago) that played similar to Star Fleet Battles.

here it is Knight Hawks
http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2010/11/retrospective-knight-hawks.html (http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2010/11/retrospective-knight-hawks.html)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: MetalDog on August 11, 2015, 09:36:21 PM
In order:

Had 007.  Never had anyone to play the game wit.  Bought it mostly because I liked Bond.

Read the Elfquest graphic novels.  Even read some of the anthologies.  Never played the RPG.

Totally dug Star Frontiers.  Easier than Traveller to get into.  Also, the only sci-fi RPG I had after someone got my Traveller rulebook.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on August 11, 2015, 10:10:58 PM
Sorry lads, Star Frontiers was for whoopsies and great women's blouses:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe_%28role-playing_game%29

Come talk to me when you've built a single solar system for this ridiculous creaking mass of an RPG and then we'll have some real nostalgia...

Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 12, 2015, 04:47:40 AM
Come talk to me when you've built a single solar system for this ridiculous creaking mass of an RPG and then we'll have some real nostalgia...

{raises hand}

I actually fought at least 2 battles using the Delta-Vee system, too.  Never again.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on August 13, 2015, 12:42:53 PM
I actually LIKED World Killer and the Cartesian representation of 3D space...then again, I liked trig a lot too, so that may be saying something.

Delta Vee, on the other hand, like so much else that SPI did, just drove that sumbitch off a cliff...
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 18, 2015, 07:14:52 AM
Remember when Palladium was all about historical reference books?  So do we! (http://grogheads.com/?p=8546)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 25, 2015, 08:23:43 AM
you want obscure?  we've got obscure...  O0
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2015, 08:32:25 AM
you want obscure?  we've got obscure...  O0

What you don't have is a link - http://grogheads.com/?p=8547
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2015, 08:35:46 AM
And yes, Combots is obscure. I may have even played it once or twice, eons ago.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 25, 2015, 08:36:42 AM
I don't think I ever heard of Combots. Head of FASA of course, but f&ck them.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2015, 08:42:46 AM
Don't be hating on FASA. Many of my fondest memories of gaming are from FASA games - Star Trek the RPG, Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator, Battletech, the Dr Who RPG...
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on August 25, 2015, 08:43:47 AM
Don't be hating on FASA. Many of my fondest memories of gaming are from FASA games - Star Trek the RPG, Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator, Battletech, the Dr Who RPG...

+1, why hate FASA?  :o
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on August 25, 2015, 08:45:40 AM
Don't be hating on FASA. Many of my fondest memories of gaming are from FASA games - Star Trek the RPG, Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator, Battletech, the Dr Who RPG...

+1, why hate FASA?  :o

+2  :o  :o
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2015, 08:47:25 AM
Burn the Heretic!!!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 25, 2015, 08:48:51 AM
I used to love them (LOVE them), but they screwed me on a mail order back in the day. I ordered a copy of "Trader Captains and Merchant Princes" (the first edition, from '83 or '84 or so when it first came out) for the ST RPG. The book was a hot mess - pages double-printed, repeated, not all the content was there, some blank pages...it was an utter and complete travesty that ANYTHING like that could go out the door without being noticed. All they had to do was flip through the bloody thing to see it looked like a thesaurus and dictionary had wicked sloppy sex and left their letter leavings everywhere. And they never made it right.

I might still have it upstairs among my RPG stuff. If I have a chance later I'll go look for it and scan a few pages. As a tech writer/writer in general, sending someone something like that is akin to taking a hot shit into a book and mailing it to the customer. Unforgivable if not made right, and it wasn't.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 25, 2015, 08:51:36 AM
(whoops, cross-posting, no idea how that happened)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 25, 2015, 08:56:32 AM
"Trader Captains and Merchant Princes" is one of the few ST:RPG books I don't have (yes I still have all of mine stashed somewhere).

I will grant you that the editing and production values of many FASA ST products left a lot to be desired.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 08, 2015, 07:21:56 AM
y'all oughta check out the ancient TSR ads out there on today's front page :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on September 08, 2015, 10:59:22 AM
Which front page?
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 08, 2015, 11:04:39 AM
Which front page?

pick one
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on September 08, 2015, 11:05:34 AM
Which front page?

(http://kaktackle.co.za/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/683828.jpg)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on September 08, 2015, 11:10:09 AM
"Star Probe"  :2funny:
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 09, 2015, 05:29:26 AM
"Star Probe"  :2funny:

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic313942_lg.jpg)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bob48 on September 09, 2015, 05:42:12 AM
SPI's 'War in the East'

I played that a lot, back in the day.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on September 09, 2015, 08:33:44 PM
Just for the record, note how many of these are minis games...

*sigh*

Like my guy Doug said, I just keep noticing all you damned kids on my lawn...

Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 10, 2015, 04:32:13 AM
I just want to know how many of them you own?
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 24, 2015, 03:19:07 PM
ZOOoOOOOOOoooOOOoOOoOOOoooOOOOoOOOOOmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .>>>>>>
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 01, 2015, 08:30:46 PM
which direction are we going today?  Up front, of course!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on October 02, 2015, 01:46:51 PM
Was and remains revolutionary...

Often imitated, never duplicated.

*sigh*

Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 02, 2015, 04:22:17 PM
At least no one tried to make a CCG of it :/
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 08, 2015, 04:04:25 PM
another game company you never heard of on today's front page :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on October 08, 2015, 06:13:28 PM
What no link?  OMG!!!!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on October 08, 2015, 06:17:45 PM
What no link?  OMG!!!!

This place is really going downhill :P

http://grogheads.com/?p=8979
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on October 08, 2015, 06:24:36 PM
O Thank God!  I thought I was going to have to google "grogheads" just to find the front page.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on October 08, 2015, 06:30:16 PM
O Thank God!  I thought I was going to have to google "grogheads" just to find the front page.

It's not really as simple as that.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on October 08, 2015, 06:34:27 PM
O Thank God!  I thought I was going to have to google "grogheads" just to find the front page.

It's not really as simple as that.

Damn it! 
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on October 16, 2015, 10:39:48 PM
Played Morloc's Tower and its near relative (different company) Temple of Apshai.  I don't recall the former offering me the company and services of the lovely Imelda quite that way.  There is a very deep sense of bathos derived from a game looking like this one did -- dig them screenshots -- that repeatedly panders to the male libido...

Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 10, 2015, 10:31:39 AM
C64 takes the spotlight today :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 24, 2015, 12:54:02 PM
this week?  the classic 1981 TSR catalog (http://grogheads.com/?p=9055) :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 31, 2015, 10:23:47 AM
hey look - another one!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: MetalDog on December 31, 2015, 03:41:20 PM
I had the purple and the blue D&D Box Sets.  Think I still have the Expert Rules Set, too.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on December 31, 2015, 03:43:04 PM
Purple? 
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 31, 2015, 03:51:54 PM
Purple? 

It was the weed
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on December 31, 2015, 04:22:29 PM
Purple? 

It was the weed

Or shrooms.  :)
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: MetalDog on December 31, 2015, 06:20:39 PM
Purple? 

It was the weed

Or shrooms.  :)


Yes.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on December 31, 2015, 06:30:12 PM
Front page?
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: MetalDog on December 31, 2015, 11:01:04 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Double Deuce on January 01, 2016, 12:33:56 AM
I have the Basic and Expert rules lying around here somewhere, probably mixed in with my box of modules.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 22, 2016, 09:38:06 AM
Car Wars.  'nuff said
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 22, 2016, 11:15:42 AM
I could grab my old Car Wars gear and do an article. After all the other articles, that is. Oh, and podcast. Podcast and articles. Lulz.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on January 22, 2016, 11:16:15 AM
First time I ever encountered the pernicious effect of feature creep.  But the game in the leetle box was unfettered joy and genius.
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 28, 2016, 05:40:38 AM
it's #tbt!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 17, 2016, 12:28:15 PM
more today!
Title: Re: New Column: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on March 17, 2016, 12:43:24 PM
Wow, a game that's checkmarked for both Level 2 and Level 3!  :2funny: O0

Some seriously nostalgic ads though!
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on March 17, 2016, 06:04:45 PM
I have to admit, I like the simplicity of the counters

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic63597_md.jpg)

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7355/red-storm
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2016, 10:29:40 AM
Today's entry should get some chuckles...
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2016, 08:15:21 PM
I want to believe that is a joke.  Seriously.  Tell me that's a joke.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2016, 08:40:41 PM
s'no joke. that was a real game.

https://rpggeek.com/rpg/1737/dallas
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2016, 09:19:46 PM
Ha!  That's hilarious.  One rating for a one star. 
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Double Deuce on March 24, 2016, 10:29:12 PM
s'no joke. that was a real game.

https://rpggeek.com/rpg/1737/dallas (https://rpggeek.com/rpg/1737/dallas)

Damn! Now that theme song is stuck in head . . . you all need to suffer too.   8)

Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 31, 2016, 06:48:09 AM
gamebooks!
http://grogheads.com/?p=9677
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on March 31, 2016, 06:57:09 AM
The key word in the Dallas RPG description is "family," as in "Dallas is a family role-playing game."

Personally, I'd rather play Scot Free with the family. Looks like loads of fun.

Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on March 31, 2016, 06:58:14 AM
gamebooks!
http://grogheads.com/?p=9677 (http://grogheads.com/?p=9677)

Man, I used to love the Endless Quest books

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_Quest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_Quest)

I think Return to Brookmere was the first one I read and I collected a bunch of others.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on March 31, 2016, 07:02:17 AM
Damn! I loved Return to Brookmere, too. I had the first six up to Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons but stopped collecting them after that for whatever reason.

Be An Interplanetary Spy was another favorite of mine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_an_Interplanetary_Spy

I usually hated those kinds of puzzles (like Games Magazine used to do), but I loved them in the BaIS series.

WHOA. Holy crap. You can download them for free for e-readers: https://archive.org/details/Be_an_Interplanetary_Spy_01_Find_the_Kirillian

Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 31, 2016, 07:25:46 AM
I've got a bunch father Endless Quest books that I got for Bayonet Jr when he was in 2nd or 3rd grade.  He never really took to them, but I'm hanging onto them for Bayonette :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on March 31, 2016, 08:18:54 AM
I should pick some up. I think my daughter would dig them.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 06, 2016, 01:15:29 PM
I want to believe that is a joke.  Seriously.  Tell me that's a joke.

You can buy one on Craigslist
http://cleveland.craigslist.org/tag/5514545954.html
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 07, 2016, 01:45:24 PM
SPI classics today :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on April 07, 2016, 05:20:01 PM
Ha! I still have my copy of Air War! Great idea for a game but nearly unplayable.  :idiot2:

And just look at those prices!!!  :o
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on April 07, 2016, 05:24:34 PM
Great idea for a game but nearly unplayable.  :idiot2:

That describes a lot of SPI games.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on April 07, 2016, 05:27:46 PM
True but I still liked, and have, Invasion America. First monster I ever bought.... O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on April 07, 2016, 05:28:46 PM
I want to find a copy of Objective Moscow.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on April 07, 2016, 05:39:57 PM
Never saw that one before.... there's 6 copies fer trade on BGG....

https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/items/boardgame/6270?fortrade=1

Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 18, 2016, 06:58:27 AM
(http://grogheads.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Nostalgia-Potkin.jpg)

plenty more on the front page!
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Sir Slash on August 18, 2016, 08:19:15 AM
16K Cassettes? What will they think of next?  :o
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on August 18, 2016, 09:05:22 AM
Well, don't freak out man, but I heard Seagate is working on a 20MB hard drive!  :o
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on August 18, 2016, 09:45:53 AM
I will now strike terror into those who played wargames loaded by cassette tape records.  This horror is far greater than that caused by Pennywise, the demon in "The Exorcist", and Jar-Jar Binks combined.

*C

Good Day,

Jim
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 18, 2016, 10:00:39 AM
You sir, suck.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on September 02, 2016, 05:17:54 PM
I remember when Space: 1889 first came out and being completely perplexed by the concept and mocking it.  Then, a few years later I discovered the wonders of the Victorian era and dove head first into the game.  We had a lot of fun playing it (and me GMing it) but most of us were more interested in settings on Earth than in the whole Martian/Venusian sci-fi aspects of the game.  Still have all my books for the game but sadly the miniatures have long since disappeared. 
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on September 02, 2016, 07:58:33 PM
I never could get into Space: 1889. I liked Gamma World a lot more but couldn't find players or gaming groups.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on September 03, 2016, 11:17:16 AM
Gamma World always seemed a little to cheezy for my tastes.  If I was going to play a post-apocalyptic RPG, I preferred Aftermath.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on September 22, 2016, 10:00:00 AM
Sixteen Kilobytes for the Avalon Hill games in today's entry.

Sixteen.

Sixteen.

Sixteeeeennnnnn

It is entirely possible that... wait, hold on... (attaching doc file)

The doc file attached below is 20 KB in size. (Or 19, estimates differ.)

It consists entirely of a text reading, and I quote:

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Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on September 22, 2016, 10:03:24 AM
Of course, I programmed code for an ad hoc means of calculating combat for Red Arrow, Black Shield, back in that day, on a Kaypro II, so I know that could really amount to, what, sixteen thousand lines of code? Sixteen thousand characters of code?

It's just uncanny that an empty text doc today takes up more space than a full game back in those days.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on September 22, 2016, 11:20:28 AM
I had NA Raiders, B-1 Bomber and Midway... all running on my C-64.
I even when into the code, it was just basic and not even compiled, and hacked around changing things to make the games harder/more interesting.

Good time.  O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on October 14, 2016, 03:48:23 AM
West End Games.  Man, I bought a lot of their stuff back in the day.  I liked Air Cav a lot but always had trouble getting anyone to play.  I liked the initiative system in Fire Team but felt the game itself was a bit lacking.  Soldiers seemed like it could be fun but that's one I never managed to get on the table.

I also bought pretty much all their Star Wars RPG stuff and still have a fair amount of it in a container somewhere.  (I also bought their Ghostbusters RPG....bad idea...)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on October 14, 2016, 03:54:05 AM
I had a fair amount of the West End Star Wars stuff. Think I gave it all away. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on October 27, 2016, 10:35:25 AM
(http://grogheads.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Nostalgia-CivilWar2K-700x367.jpg)

Heh. I remember these ads.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 10, 2016, 07:59:20 AM
today's nerdiness is a glimpse into "if Mirth was a grown-up in the 80s"
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on November 10, 2016, 11:12:43 AM
I had forgotten just how far back Epyx went. Ah, ye Temple of Apshai -- a game updated several times afterward iirc.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on November 10, 2016, 11:14:35 AM
today's nerdiness is a glimpse into "if Mirth was a grown-up in the 80s"

Hell, I'm not a grown-up now.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 12, 2016, 09:16:45 PM
WEG was indeed awesome. I loved Air Cav, but I too was never able to play it other than solo.

I was especially a huge fan of Paranoia, the very sick and twisted RPG that WEG put out. I still have all the books. Loved loved the sense of humor in those.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 24, 2016, 08:43:58 AM
We even found a TANKSgiving one for y'all ;)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on November 24, 2016, 08:47:53 AM
We even found a TANKSgiving one for y'all ;)

I suppose I have to go all the way to the front page to see it <sigh>
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on November 24, 2016, 10:43:19 AM
If this is a supplement to the Recon RPG I know -- which I played the heck out of on the VietNam side -- you'd be wrong about the representation of tedium.

It reveled in it.

Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on November 24, 2016, 10:49:34 AM
If this is a supplement to the Recon RPG I know -- which I played the heck out of on the VietNam side -- you'd be wrong about the representation of tedium.

It reveled in it.



We've seen your crooked dice stickers. Clearly you're insane :P
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on January 19, 2017, 04:11:35 PM
there's more every Thursday!   (hey, is that today?)  O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 02, 2017, 08:22:17 AM
yep, Elfquest ;)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on April 13, 2017, 11:01:37 AM
Oh MERCY did I enjoy Death Test.
 
That's it, teaching the boy TFT for his birthday.

Still better than D&D in some ways...
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 13, 2017, 05:18:44 AM
Solitaire ASL?  Say it isn't so! :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on July 13, 2017, 01:19:29 PM
Solitaire ASL?  Say it isn't so! :)

Seems kinda pointless without another person to argue rules with  :buck2:
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on July 13, 2017, 03:48:48 PM
ASL still isn't as exciting as reading a random county's tax laws.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 03, 2017, 05:28:25 AM
http://grogheads.com/pix/14515

A3R, my first 'real' wargame. Don't think I ever played it, but I read the rules, fondled the chits and dreamed...

Maybe I'll break it out and round the counters.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on August 03, 2017, 05:52:35 AM
Dick.

I play my copy of Third Reich enough the map folds are coming apart and the pieces a are worn. Great game for it's time.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 03, 2017, 06:29:39 AM
Is it Third Reich or Advanced Third Reich? My understanding is that there is a big difference between the two.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Barthheart on August 03, 2017, 07:25:28 AM
Good point. I believe mine is Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 4th ed.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 03, 2017, 07:54:38 AM
I think that was the last edition of the old Third Reich. I'm not sure A3R was ever really a playable game. They moved on to World at War (which I'm still not sure is a playable game).
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 03, 2017, 08:53:42 AM
The AH version was playable, but always seemed a little predictable, unless you were able to get the minor powers into play to shift things around.

I've heard mixed things, tho more bad than good, about the Avalanche version - GJK can probably weigh in on that one.  I did like the graphics updates for the Avalanche version.

The new LNLP version will be interesting to see.




(opening a new 3R/A3R-specific thread in the Wargaming folder...  http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?topic=20179 )
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: W8taminute on August 04, 2017, 06:26:21 AM
I loved Advanced 3R.  Great game but I only played it once and that was by myself.  Never did finish the game either.   Wish I could turn back time...
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 04, 2017, 06:28:42 AM
I had the original Third Reich game...that thing was a PITA to learn, especially the economy rules, but I would be damned if I wasn't going to try to play it back in the day...and did so many times, more than a few solo. $60 for a wargame back in the 80s was a king's fortune then.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 04, 2017, 06:33:01 AM
Yeah, I bet I paid at least $40 for A3R back in the early 90s. That was a good chunk of dough for a kid making less than 20K/yr
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 04, 2017, 06:37:30 AM
I think I was making 3.50 an hour...maybe closer to 4.00...whatever minimum wage was back in the late 80s.

It's sobering to consider that you'd have to work 20+ hours back then to pay for ONE wargame, whereas today, if I had free capital, it takes much less time to earn the dough for a game.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 04, 2017, 06:39:29 AM
We're lucky that game prices have remained mostly flat over the past 30 years.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 04, 2017, 06:47:59 AM
Very true...

It's funny that software is about the same, too. I worked at Babbage's back in 1989-90 and Electronics Boutique in 1990-91 and remember games like Leisure Suit Larry costing upwards of $59.99 or so when it came out. Just about every game was $59-70 or so brand new...didn't matter the platform. Amiga, Nintendo, PC, Apple, Mac, you name it.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 04, 2017, 06:51:27 AM
I'm just happy we're not paying $150-$200 for games today.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 04, 2017, 06:53:03 AM
Well, some games are priced at that level...we're talking about mega-games, though. I haven't seen many but it seems that the price point has gone up for a few of them, upwards of $80-100 or so for some.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 04, 2017, 06:54:43 AM
Sure, but those are well outside the average. It's unusual for me to pay more than $60 for a game, board or video. Most of what I buy is well under that.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 04, 2017, 06:57:15 AM
I tend to add a shitload of games to my Amazon cart and then select 'save for later.' Every so often I'll go check them, because the cart will show a list of any price changes on them. Sometimes they go down drastically in price. Armada, for example, was around $90, dropped to around $65, then soon after went back up to $80. It's like a retarded game stock market. I pretty much just hope that whatever I want is not on an upward trend when I earn a couple of Amazon gift cards.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on August 04, 2017, 07:43:05 AM
Brant's gonna be pissed that we're not using the new thread :P

http://grogheads.com/forums/index.php?topic=20179
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 05, 2017, 10:06:04 AM
When has that ever stopped us from derailing a thread?
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on August 24, 2017, 07:04:15 AM
Meanwhile: DRAGON STRIKE! (http://grogheads.com/pix/15597)

...the SSI "dragon combat simulator", not the board game.

I thought this was pretty fun, back in the day. Beat the campaign at least twice.  O0

Not as great as Drakan: Order of the Flame (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/Drakan), for various reasons, but that was of course much later. (Essentiallly "Lara Croft: Dragon Raider".)

(http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/6760081_std_7401.jpg)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 24, 2017, 07:12:55 AM
i remember Dragon Strike. I thought it was kind of lame at the time. ;D

I was more into the lame-ish combat sims then...F-19, Falcon, etc....
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Cyrano on August 25, 2017, 01:40:19 PM
I really, really, really wanted it not to suck.

But it did...
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on August 31, 2017, 06:34:11 AM
Meanwhile, Republic of Rome (http://grogheads.com/pix/15601) which seems to be having a bit of a renaissance lately, especially thanks to a fan-produced prequel called Republic of Carthage.  O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on October 06, 2017, 08:33:10 PM
I remember getting the board game of Diplomacy (http://grogheads.com/pix/15609) as a kid, and having almost no idea what I was supposed to be doing or how to play it with my brother. Consequently, I never bothered with the C64 edition years later. Wonder if there's a GoG-PC for it or something like that... (and whether the PC adaptation was even worth playing the game on).
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 12, 2017, 02:24:58 PM
Napoleonic role-playing you say?!

http://grogheads.com/pix/15631
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: btrain on November 02, 2017, 09:59:50 AM
The Fantasy Trip was the only RPG I ever got into, via Melee and Wizard (I collected most of those cheap and tasty Metagaming Microgames back in the day).
What D&D I had played was proving pretty dull, with unimaginative DMs and Monty Haul dungeons.

Funny that you illustrated the article with the cover of the second edition of Melee, the one in full colour of what looks like two Halflings and a dwarf fighting a gargoyle. The gargoyle has his reproductive appendage hanging out for some reason - are there even lady gargoyles? Still, I once read an online post by a  self-proclaimed fundamentalist Christian gamer complaining about how he had to draw swim trunks on the gargoyle so he wouldn’t be offended!

Brian
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 02, 2017, 10:07:34 AM
Funny that you illustrated the article with the cover of the second edition of Melee, the one in full colour of what looks like two Halflings and a dwarf fighting a gargoyle.

First, that's the one that was in the ad :)

Second, we talk a bunch of Melee in an upcoming episode of Dragon' Up The Past (http://grogheads.com/category/books-movies/dragon-up-the-past) :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 10, 2017, 06:32:02 AM
Buck Rogers...man I still have my RPG and am still hoping to be surprised by GOG when they add Countdown To Doomsday and Matrix Cubed... :smitten:
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 10, 2017, 06:37:28 AM
Buck Rogers...man I still have my RPG and am still hoping to be surprised by GOG when they add Countdown To Doomsday and Matrix Cubed... :smitten:

are you talking about the digital game, or the tabletop game?
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 10, 2017, 06:49:02 AM
The RPG is tabletop of course. The other two (Countdown to Doomsday (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Rogers:_Countdown_to_Doomsday) and Matrix Cubed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Rogers:_Matrix_Cubed)) are both digital, done by the same folks (SSI) that did the gold-box D&D games.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Emeraldlis on November 11, 2017, 02:55:11 AM
I had the Buck Roger's computer game when I was a kid :) loved that game and played it to death.... Even the 15 minutes of waiting for the tape to load didn't put me off, lol, very nostalgic :)
The RPG is tabletop of course. The other two (Countdown to Doomsday (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Rogers:_Countdown_to_Doomsday) and Matrix Cubed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Rogers:_Matrix_Cubed)) are both digital, done by the same folks (SSI) that did the gold-box D&D games.

I'm just interested BC, did you ever play the tabletop game? I never did, just wondered what it was like if you did :)

I'm loving the Buck Roger's poster on the front page :) it's very cool!!!!!
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on November 11, 2017, 12:42:39 PM
^ I did try it once or twice but the group didn't really grok to it. They were more D&D players.

I had that issue whenever I tried to introduce new games - Twilight: 2000, Paranoia, Tales from the Floating Vagabond...they didn't take to Buck Rogers at all.

I loved the universe - it was rich and there were many fiction books that came out covering things, so it had all kinds of support. I just never knew anyone that actually played it and it kind of died out unfortunately.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 11, 2017, 01:47:45 PM
I loved the universe - it was rich and there were many fiction books that came out covering things, so it had all kinds of support. I just never knew anyone that actually played it and it kind of died out unfortunately.

you just summed up our entire point from Dragon' Up The Past #168
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Emeraldlis on November 11, 2017, 02:49:03 PM
^ I did try it once or twice but the group didn't really grok to it. They were more D&D players.


It's a shame D&D cornered the market first. Maybe other games would have Stood a chance to become established and loved, if D&D hadn't so completely closed people down to looking at other games. Not that there's anything wrong in loving a game and becoming hooked, just it's sad other good games fell by the wayside. I'm glad you got a chance to try to introduce it though to a game group :) Thanks for explaining to me why you thought the game failed, it's interesting :)

I loved the universe - it was rich and there were many fiction books that came out covering things, so it had all kinds of support. I just never knew anyone that actually played it and it kind of died out unfortunately.

you just summed up our entire point from Dragon' Up The Past #168

I really enjoyed listening to Buck Roger's being discussed on that episode of dragon' up the past  O0  I think you and Cyrano covered all angles of that world, computer gaming, RPG tabletop, and TV/movie stuff :)  I was only 11 years old when I was playing the game in the late 80's, so it's great to hear all you guys talk about it, you've definitely broadened my knowledge of that whole gaming system  O0 it's been a lot of fun and really interesting to walk down a Buck rogers memory lane :) I wish I'd have known about the books when I was 11, I would no doubt have devoured them!!!! Lol :)

Thanks guys  O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 01, 2018, 04:53:32 AM
some interesting Mac goodness today :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: ComradeP on March 01, 2018, 12:22:03 PM
The Mac game didn't just beat the IBM game, it beat the historical landings by a whole day.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Staggerwing on March 01, 2018, 06:22:28 PM
some interesting Mac goodness today :)

Is that the 'V for Victory Series' Utah Beach?
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on March 07, 2018, 07:56:29 AM
Catching up here:

1.) That little print ad even looked like it was made on a Mac of the time!  :bd:

2.) I seem to recall the two SSI Buck Rogers RPGs being available on GoG by now. I haven't validated my fuzzy memory on this yet, but I do have an apparent memory of seeing them there. (Bro and I beat the first one on release, can't recall if we ever got around to beating the second one but I'm at least 80% sure we tried.)

3.) How this thread has not yet answered the question of whether there are female gargoyles, with links to Demonia or whatever her name was from the Disney cartoon, is beyond me.  ::)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on March 07, 2018, 08:19:10 AM
Update: alas, no, the SSI Buck Rogers RPGs aren't at GoG yet.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: BanzaiCat on March 07, 2018, 05:19:14 PM
Update: alas, no, the SSI Buck Rogers RPGs aren't at GoG yet.

Buck Rogers is an intellectual property separate from the other 'gold box' games, and not owned by SSI or WotC, and there's also quite a legal mess around Buck Rogers in general (movies and series being canceled), which might be why it won't ever get made. But who knows.

Spelljammer was a meh title but I wouldn't mind seeing it appear on GOG either.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 29, 2018, 09:47:13 AM
TalonSoft's East Front today :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on March 29, 2018, 09:54:08 AM
I still have my original disc.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on March 29, 2018, 12:45:57 PM
My brother has my original disc. Or rather I'm sure he has lost my original disc, long ago. ;)

No matter. I've got the Campaign Series from Matrix.  :smitten:
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on April 04, 2018, 12:17:27 PM
Hm; so MtG's first advertisement in Dragon Mag, was for the Arabian Knights expansion? Its first expansion iirc.

Notably, for only $50 (a very reasonable price under the circumstances), you could buy a full deck of the production-release cards (plus enough land duplicates to be useful). Not the 'alpha' or 'beta' sets exactly, but what eventually became the first full production run.

I rather randomly stumbled on a YT channel this morning where a collector from back in that day had traded any rares he picked up for 2 booster backs (or one booster pack for a rare), thus ending up now 20ish years later with over $150,000 worth of collectable booster packs. He had created a channel dedicated to opening those packs. I can only assume he was either insane, or else was betting he'd pick up enough higher-cost ancient cards this way to make the value exchange (in opening high-cost unopened booster collectables) worth it. But then, to capitalize on that, he'd have to flood the market and devalue his own stock.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 04, 2018, 12:20:17 PM
Hm; so MtG's first advertisement in Dragon Mag, was for the Arabian Knights expansion? Its first expansion iirc.

WotC didn't run any ads of their own before that one ran.  WW was a distributor back then, and they had the first .\\tG ad.  WotC started running ads around the time Legends was released.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: GroggyGrognard on April 04, 2018, 05:27:19 PM
I used to frequent Wargames West in the mid to late 80's. It was my second home when I was a teenager, whiling away many weekend hours in the back game room. I worked for their warehouse for a couple of years back in the early 90's--a few years before Magic: The Gathering craze hit.

Good memories. Thanks for posting!


Groggy
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 07, 2018, 09:46:28 PM
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/30412671_2383758441638147_6741163535729950720_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeGrQ_M20_VBnc90rAzo6VXKGl5m99LSaFdRT1zmUcn5J_sJUeG3OM4wcRBc68lyk1jU1IvRtXZb5LXkuETSFH7BG2HZxXL0Ky0peioIiOrJ3w&oh=160db1c942f352d0e069466f446dac53&oe=5B2DB7C4)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on April 07, 2018, 11:32:16 PM
Things certainly have changed

Quote
As a pro athlete, Curt commands instant credibility

 :2funny:
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: JasonPratt on April 26, 2018, 07:17:51 PM
Hey, the digital Great Battles (of antiquity) series! Available in modern times at GoG, as I recall.  O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: ComradeP on April 27, 2018, 04:57:41 AM
I haven't played Great Battles of Hannibal yet. Of the other two, I think I liked Alexander more due to what felt like more varied battles. Caesar scenarios tended to become epic slugging matches, which were fun and historically accurate but could get repetitive.

I got Alexander from an uncle, who knew I liked strategy games, though was a bit too young to appreciate it fully at first. I remember sitting in his living room and playing Alexander when one of my cousins in her "horses are awesome" phase came in and gasped at the dead horses on the battlefield (the dead hoplites were seemingly not a problem). I removed them, clever of the designers to include a more family friendly option to remove the dead bodies. Well, it also removed clutter, maybe that was the real reason the feature was added.

The North vs. South Civil War spin-off (albeit by the series' designer) was mediocre, particularly considering that the excellent Grant, Lee, Sherman: Civil War Generals 2 had already been released two years earlier.

It might be typical for my "generation" of wargamers that I only found out a few minutes ago that the series was actually based on board wargames by GMT. I thought they were inspired by, not actual adaptions of, board wargames. For a number of series, I've only played the computer versions of the wargames in that series.

I liked the opening theme from Caesar so much that I listened to it for half an hour or maybe even an hour at some point (which I believe required shutting down and starting the game as it didn't loop IIRC, or maybe it only required starting a scenario and going back to the main menu). Those blasting trumpets and the booming score were one minute of epic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9TLvXVzOVs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9TLvXVzOVs)

Man, does that bring back memories. The battle themes were simple but effective, some quality sound design there.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 07, 2018, 01:13:20 PM
Traveller 2300 today :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bbmike on June 07, 2018, 01:25:00 PM
I've only played the LBB version of Traveller. I have the new Mongoose edition but have yet to play it. I don't know much about Traveller 2300 but I do know a lot people didn't like it.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Ardwulf on June 07, 2018, 06:53:50 PM
I've only played the LBB version of Traveller. I have the new Mongoose edition but have yet to play it. I don't know much about Traveller 2300 but I do know a lot people didn't like it.

It was very different from regular Traveller, and misbranded such that a lot of people mistook it for a prequel or reboot. It's really quite a neat setting in its own way, more hard sf than Traveller tends to be.
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 07, 2018, 07:56:50 PM
^^^^^

Hey look, an Ardwulf sighting!
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Ardwulf on June 08, 2018, 04:23:22 PM
^^^^^

Hey look, an Ardwulf sighting!

Somebody said "Traveller."
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: mirth on June 08, 2018, 04:36:17 PM
Is that all it takes?
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: Ardwulf on June 08, 2018, 05:53:31 PM
Is that all it takes?

What else could possibly be needed?
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: W8taminute on June 17, 2018, 07:57:28 PM
^^^^^

Hey look, an Ardwulf sighting!

Somebody said "Traveller."

Are you Ardwulf as in YouTube's 'Ardwulf's Lair'?  If so I love your videos.   O0
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on June 18, 2018, 05:07:28 AM
yep, same dude.  He's in a bunch of the videos / pics we've been posting from Origins, too.  I think we're the only friends he has there for wargaming :)
Title: Re: #TBT: Gaming Nostalgia!
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 07, 2018, 03:09:43 PM
We've had a few TWERPS appear in this series so far...  more to come, too :)