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What is the best game to learn Vassal with

Postby bestivick » October 9th, 2020, 10:15 am

I 've been thinking about getting into Vassal for a long time but I always balk once I get started. If you've used Vassal, is there a "best" game to learn to use it with?
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Re: What is the best game to learn Vassal with

Postby DaveJM » October 11th, 2020, 3:07 pm

I would recommend Battle for Moscow the BFM mod. It started life as print and play so all the instructions are on the internet and there are not many rules. For PBEM as the attacker does the defenders retreat this speeds up play. I am not saying that this is the "best" game because there are hundreds I have not played but of the few I have this is my recommendation. Hope you have many happy hours playing via Vassall.
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Re: What is the best game to learn Vassal with

Postby JoelCFC25 » October 11th, 2020, 4:22 pm

The game you choose to try really isn't very important. I would recommend that you use the time you might devote to deciding which game to start with and redirect it to reading the User's Guide instead. In particular, focus on the parts that talk about how to save games and record your moves (making logfiles). After that, simply pick a game you have interest in. Most good modules have a README or some kind of instructions on how to use them. Have your baseline expectation be that you will be moving/dragging things around manually and be responsible for applying rules yourself (rather than a module doing it for you). After you get the hang of that, you might explore the pieces/features in your module--right-click things and see if any shortcuts/conveniences are built in. VASSAL isn't complicated if you read the manual and calibrate your expectations based on the understanding of what the software (and a module) will and will not do for you.
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