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Offline BanzaiCat

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2013, 06:23:49 AM »
Thanks all. I know it's sacrilege but I haven't ever played on VASSAL. I know what it is, I just never cracked it open. I will change that oversight now.


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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2013, 06:36:58 AM »
Let me know if you have any questions, problems or issues getting it working or in using it.  It's not rocket science but it's not as simple as most other computer programs that installs it all for you.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2013, 10:19:54 AM »
Another Carrier player chiming in to recommend you get to punching those counters (following a light application of clear-coat) ASAP. It takes some persistence to make it through the rulebook, however the end results are totally worth it. The game packs a wicked AI and focuses on the interesting/fun aspects of commanding a WWII carrier group.

I also own a copy of Tokyo Express that I've yet to play. I'm sure to get around to it eventually considering the high regard I have for Carrier. I've heard scary things bout the TE rulebook though...

Both of these titles are good candidates for modding; good user mods available for download.

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2013, 10:45:00 AM »
I grew up reading manuals for games like Third Reich - Avalon Hill gaming should at least bestow upon their players half the college coursework necessary when working on a JD or similar law degree. So yeah, not so much these days; I just don't have the patience or time for it. But Carrier is a pretty easy read - and TE is definitely looking a little more fussy. But I'll give it a shot.

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2013, 03:55:39 PM »
Just downloaded VASSAL and the Carrier module. Man, it looks GREAT! Nice work.

Now if I only knew what the hell I was doing...guess I better finish reading the manual.

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2013, 08:23:25 PM »
By the way, here's a screenshot of the ZunTzu gamebox that I did for carrier:


It uses a custom map and counters that I made for it.  ZunTzu works great for this game since it's solitaire only and hence no Pbem.  Get the gamebox here: http://www.garykrockover.com/zuntzu
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2013, 11:22:01 PM »
Look spectacular, Gary!

I do hope you'll consider creating the Midway map for the game to go with the Midway variant.  That would make me very happy.   ;D

Also, while I have everyone's attention, I am looking to pick up Tokyo Express, so if you have an interest in selling/trading, let's talk.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2013, 04:42:28 AM »
Making the Midway map would be quite easy and something that I can probably throw in to this ZunTzu gamebox over the weekend. 

Also, I think that I posted links and a comment to these videos before, but there is a full set of a video AAR (I guess you would call it) on BGG: 

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/videos/thing/1679?gallery=all&sort=recent

Those were done by Enrico Viglino, who can be a rather excitable guy I gather.  It almost gets comical with the amount of frustration that he goes through with the game but I think that once it clicks he rather enjoys it.  Hard to tell from the "rant" in the final review.  At any rate, they might be worth watching for the entertainment value alone.

And finally - and this is how much I like this game - something that I've been working on for years now and thanks to this thread it has sparked my desire to finally finish them....an ebook for the Carrier rulebook:




Using the .chm format, the rulebook is quick and easy to search and cross-reference:





...and will include all known errata plus all of the charts, players aids and scenarios.  This will be great as a reference to have open on your tablet or laptop or a nearby computer while you play the table top game or to have minimized or on a 2nd monitor while playing the VASSAL or ZunTzu gamebox.

All yours for the low, introductory price of......<kidding>  :)

The ebook is about 75% done.  I will work on it here and there to update it and will throw a copy of it on my ZunTzu page at:

http://www.garykrockover.com/zuntzu

So it can be downloaded there.  Just check the file date to see if I've uploaded a newer version.

If you have problems viewing the .chm file, let me know.  Some users report that they get a "page cannot be displayed" blank page on all of the pages.  The fix is rather easy and common.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2013, 05:46:04 AM »
There's a Midway variant to this game?!? Wow, I've been under a rock.

Very nice work on the eBook, sir. Looking forward to seeing it!

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2013, 06:21:15 AM »
It's on my ZunTzu page now (link above).  Again, maybe 75% done but it covers through Scenario 4 which would get you well in to the game.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2013, 06:28:08 AM »
I need to add that on my ZunTzu download page, you will want to right click and "save as" for all of those files there.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2013, 07:21:55 AM »
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ebook for the Carrier rulebook

Wow, Gary - that's cool! And since you are already into this eBook thingy...when can we expect the ASLERB? :P
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2013, 08:45:22 AM »
Well since you asked...






But perhaps you mean the Starter Kit rulebook (final)?



And your smartphone or tablet would be cool to have the ASLRB on it, wouldn't it??





I'll see about throwing those up on my ZunTzu site later today.  MMP might have a little cow over that though since they are currently working on their official version.
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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2013, 08:59:52 AM »
Outstanding work. Would love to get a copy, but yeah MMP might not be entirely happy about those. I'd recommend not leaving them available indefinitely if you do share them.

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Re: Carrier (Solitaire, VG)
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Gary - one of these days I need to talk to you about VASSAL modules and see if you can help me get a few built for some playtesting I need to do on some BayonetGames projects
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