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Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:17 PM

Have you ever heard of, or played the following games:

Cosmic Wimpout (dice game)

Illuminati (by Steven Jackson)

Traveller (a RPG)

Stellar Conquest (it is a strategy board game, but there was a play-by-mail version too)

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Reply Have you ever heard of, or played the following games: (Original post)
FSogol Sep 2017 OP
Kaleva Sep 2017 #1
unblock Sep 2017 #6
Kaleva Sep 2017 #10
atreides1 Sep 2017 #8
Kaleva Sep 2017 #14
Codeine Sep 2017 #9
Kaleva Sep 2017 #13
Iggo Sep 2017 #11
Kaleva Sep 2017 #12
Dave Starsky Sep 2017 #24
Kaleva Sep 2017 #25
Dave Starsky Sep 2017 #29
hopeforchange2008 Sep 2017 #2
unblock Sep 2017 #3
Salviati Sep 2017 #4
atreides1 Sep 2017 #5
Codeine Sep 2017 #7
Binkie The Clown Sep 2017 #15
comradebillyboy Sep 2017 #16
malthaussen Sep 2017 #17
FSogol Sep 2017 #22
DFW Sep 2017 #18
gratuitous Sep 2017 #19
FSogol Sep 2017 #20
DFW Sep 2017 #21
jberryhill Sep 2017 #27
DFW Sep 2017 #28
Dave Starsky Sep 2017 #30
Dave Starsky Sep 2017 #23
Pope George Ringo II Sep 2017 #26

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:22 PM

1. I used to play Avalon Hill games

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:30 PM

6. My first one was France 1940

I thought it was really cool how they made a competitive game out of such an asymmetric historical event.

Basically, Germany is going to tear through France; the allies win by slowing the invasion and running out the clock. It's virtually impossible to actually stop the invasion.

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Response to unblock (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:41 PM

10. My first was Stalingrad

I could never win as the German unless my opponent made colossal mistakes. If he played a competent game, I could drive to Lenningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad, even take one or two of the cities but then run out of gas for lack of adequte replacements and end up being defeated.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:33 PM

8. I use to play AH and SPI

My first AH game was Alexander the Great, I still have it!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 01:00 PM

14. Stalingrad may still be in the closet at the old farm where I grew up.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:36 PM

9. I'm still playing games like that.

There's a thriving little niche/cottage industry of games like that still being produced and played all these years later.

And the Euro-style and modern board game hobby is enormous these days, of course.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:59 PM

13. I should check that out.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:48 PM

11. Blitzkrieg!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:58 PM

12. Panzer Leader, Squad Leader, Jutland. Good times!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 07:48 AM

24. I loved AH games. Some of my faves...




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Response to Dave Starsky (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:39 AM

25. I liked Panzer Blitz and Panzer Leader as you could combine the boards

The German units from one game worked in the other and I'd somtimes play a US/GB vs. Soviet scenario.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #25)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 02:12 PM

29. I remember one game of Panzer Leader...

Where I dominated the board with an artillery piece I carted to the top of a hill in a horsedrawn wagon, having lost every other effective unit I had. My friend couldn't get rid of that thing no matter how hard he tried. The combat table just was never in his favor.

I gave that horse an Iron Cross for his heroism and service on the battlefield in turning the tide of war.

I loved those games. My friends and I used to loan each other the rulebooks for a week, so that we all could study them in excruciating detail before we began our next showdown.

My gamer friends have died or moved on, so these days, I play Memoir '44. It's nowhere near as deep or involved as those AH/SPI games of old, but it sort of recaptures the spirit of those games. And it's simple enough and fun enough that my wife (and even my mother-in-law!) will play it with me.





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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:23 PM

2. Yes to cosmic wimpout

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:27 PM

3. I vaguely remember illuminati

But only vaguely....

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:29 PM

4. Just Illuminati...

and it's fun but it, along with Munchkin, does suffer from what we called "Steve Jackson Game Syndrome"... Which is to say that the person after the first person to make a serious bid to win usually wins.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:30 PM

5. Traveller

Played Traveller, have heard of Illuminati and Stellar Conquest!



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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 12:33 PM

7. Three out of four ain't bad.

Not familiar with Stellar Conquest, but I've played the others, including both versions (original and CCG) of Illuminati.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 01:11 PM

15. I've played Cosmic Wimpout & Illuminati, but not the other two. nt

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 01:52 PM

16. I've played Illumaniti

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 09:46 AM

17. Sure, I ran a Traveller campaign a few decades ago...

... they never got the market share that DnD got. Didn't get Illuminati, though, read the books instead. Stellar Conquest was fun, but I never heard of Cosmic Wipeout. One has visions of surfing the Solar Wind.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 10:37 AM

22. I had all the Traveller books, but could never find campaings to play in. Everyone was obsessed with

DnD.

I highly recommend Cosmic Wimpout. It is a dice game and at $3.50, there is no better game for that price. We carried it and played on backpacking, mountaineering trips, train trips, etc.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 10:29 AM

18. None of those. How about 43 man Squamish?

May be a bit obscure, I suppose.

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Response to DFW (Reply #18)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 10:30 AM

19. They forbade 43 man squamish at my junior high school

I think it was after a kid broke a collar bone. Or maybe his arm. But we were fierce aficionados of the game.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #19)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 10:31 AM

20. You could afford squamishes?

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #19)

Mon Sep 25, 2017, 10:31 AM

21. Kudos to your school for providing a flutney to play it on

Most schools would turn down flat a request of that nature.

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Response to DFW (Reply #21)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:02 PM

27. I was Offensive Nibling for the All-State squad!

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #27)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:53 PM

28. Now THERE's a claim not too many can make! n/t

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #19)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 02:21 PM

30. But did you actually play it per the MAD Magazine rules?

There were a lot of injuries at schools that tried to play this game, but it's because they didn't follow the actual rules. Most of the injuries centered around the fact that the referee needed to flip a FRESH Spanish peseta to even start the game.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 07:40 AM

23. I have played the first three.

The only one I still play on a regular basis is Cosmic Wimpout.

These games were popular on college campuses in the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:52 AM

26. This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone

Mayday...Mayday...we are under attack...main drive is gone...turret number one not responding...Mayday...losing cabin pressure fast...calling anyone...please help.

I learned algebra just to play Traveller and I'm familiar with Illuminati.

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