My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 3 and Final Thoughts)

Welcome back to the third and final part of my solo campaign with GMT Game’s “The Dark Sands” by designer Ted Raicer. If you missed the first two episodes you can find the second part here, or start from the very beginning. Part two ended in the middle of Turn 14. The allies are inContinue reading “My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 3 and Final Thoughts)”

Learning to Play GMT’s East Front Series: The Battle of Sumy

About a year ago I decided I really wanted to get involved with one of the “heavier ” game systems out there. After reading several posts on BGG that compared GMT’s “East Front Series” and MMP’s “Operational Combat Series” I decided to start with EFS. The main reason I picked EFS over OCS came downContinue reading “Learning to Play GMT’s East Front Series: The Battle of Sumy”

From Russia With Love: Our First Play of “The Hunt for Red October”

I am a lucky fella. Not only does my wife kindly turn the other way when she sees me trying to sneak my latest game purchase into the basement, she also enjoys playing (some of) those games with me! In the past we’ve played things like Axis and Allies, Dawn Patrol, and Battlecry. I amContinue reading “From Russia With Love: Our First Play of “The Hunt for Red October””

My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 2)

Welcome back to my play through of “The Dark Sands”. If you missed the first part of this campaign you can click here to read about it. Just a few “housekeeping” items before I get to the gameplay. As I was about to start Turn 8 I realized I had completely misinterpreted a rule regardingContinue reading “My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 2)”

My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 1)

I have had a recent obsession with North Africa in WWII, and I added The Dark Sands from GMT Games to my shelf a few months ago. After reading through the rules and playbook, I decided I wanted to try and play the full campaign solo. Normally this isn’t how I prefer to game. I’mContinue reading “My First Real Campaign: The Dark Sands (Part 1)”

Thoughts on “Desert Storm: Unfinished Victory”

I had the pleasure to finally punch and play “Desert Storm: Unfinished Victory” designed by Thomas Honsa a few weeks back. It’s a small footprint game that manages to capture both the military and political struggles of the Gulf War. I played this game not too long after reading Rick Atkinson’s book “Crusade” and IContinue reading “Thoughts on “Desert Storm: Unfinished Victory””

New RetConCast: Invasion Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom

Got a double feature for you just in time for Halloween! Me and Ryan Pendergast sat down and talked about two games from Modern War Magazine that deal with two different military campaigns in Afghanistan: The USSR in the 1980’s and the USA lead coalition in the 2000’s. I also want to mention that ifContinue reading “New RetConCast: Invasion Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom”

Brawling on a Budget: Iron Cross

I’m not going to lie, I’m obsessed with getting something fun/useful for little or no money. Since moving into our current neighborhood I have “rescued” the following items from my neighbors trash pile at the curb: A set of multiple filing cabinets Some metal shelves for the garage A complete Fisher stereo system WITH AContinue reading “Brawling on a Budget: Iron Cross”

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