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Postby gavinpreacher » July 29th, 2018, 3:40 pm

Good morning everyone

I have recently become interested in getting into War Games. I have never played one before, but they look like a lot of fun. I was directed here by a post on FB. I would love to get involved and get into some gaming, but have no idea how it all works.

1- how does it all work? I assume that I need to download the Vassal engine for starters.
2- What would be a good game for a beginner to start with?
3- whatever game I end up playing, I assume I need to own a physical copy of that game?

any help or suggestions and recommendations that can help me get started will be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day everyone!
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Re: New to All of This

Postby DrNostromo » July 31st, 2018, 9:27 pm

1- how does it all work? I assume that I need to download the Vassal engine for starters.


Yep. Then you would go to the module section to download any modules you wish to play. If you have any troubles or need details, the Docs area has a manual or just asking here will usually get a response.

2- What would be a good game for a beginner to start with?


I don't play war games as much as I did back in the 70's and 80's but I cut my teeth on Panzer Leader and Panzerblitz. Many consider those two games as pretty much setting the standard for war games and still a favorite of mine if I do play a war game. Modules for both are here.

3- whatever game I end up playing, I assume I need to own a physical copy of that game?


Not particularly. Most games here are fully complete as they are distributed by permission of the authors or original creations. There are some games that have restrictions ...like, for example, cards may no have descriptions as the original authors what you to have the original game to use the Vassal module version. If a module does not include rules, you can almost always get a PDF copy from boardgamegeek.com.
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Re: New to All of This

Postby BazLak » March 26th, 2019, 2:38 am

I really like Russian Campaign. It's not overly complex, and I don't mind playing with a new player. Also i can help you learn to vlog (record) your turn so your opponent can replay it move for move and battle to battle.

I also like Hitlers War, which is pretty awesome, and I have a pdf copy of the rules for the European campaigns to go with the vassal modules.

Panzerblitz (except that combat rolls are at the beginning so it's easy to just re-roll till you get perfect dice). Post movement combat is better for PBEM with vlog recording.

I'm at "davemorello@comcast.net" chat me up!
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Re: New to All of This

Postby JulesHil » April 11th, 2019, 1:24 pm

Russian campaign gave me a headache, but it was fun as heck. I'm also pretty new to all this.
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Re: New to All of This

Postby BazLak » April 19th, 2019, 2:20 am

So who's up for a game? I play either side in Russian Campaign, and can give you high quality play. If you're new, optional rules can be introduced for balance. Most optional rules favor one side or the other. I don't like it when a player quits. Unless the player is new and is getting destroyed. Then we can call it a learning game.

Like I said in a previous post, Russian Campaign is very good for PBEM, as a player turn is completed without the need for opponent input.

Battle of the bulge comes to mind as another good game for PBEM. Not sure if there's a module have to check. Similar to Russian Campaign in that one side starts on the offensive and then the other side has a counteroffensive.

That's why I get tweaked by players quitting. There are offensive and defensive phases for both players in campaign games, but if one quits early...the other guy gets burned. As the Soviet, as soon as I start counterattacking my German opponents have a tendency to quit. IT'S NOT SOLITAIRE lol....

I'm playing a game as the Germans with a Sov player I had to plead with to keep from quitting during 1943. It's now 1944 and I'm on a desperate defensive. My southern forces were forced to route (run away) or be destroyed, and my northern front is trying to GTFO but is going to sustain heavy attacks and I may not have an army group north or center (south is already too weak to hold a line) when I get my opponents current turn.

So never quit. Make your opponent get a sudden death victory. Go down fighting!
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