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Gathering of Engineers

Ludographic considerations from the Silicon Forest

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Errr, umm, hi, I think....

It's about this time that I'm really beginning to wonder what I'm doing here. It sounded like such a cool idea at the time, to be part of a regular blog group. KInd of like those great ideas in the pub on a Friday night after several pints of beer. Like the one we had to drive down to the south of France for the weekend, leaving right after lectures on Friday and getting back for lectures on Monday. From the north of Scotland. Only 1000 miles as the crow flies, except we weren't crows and had to deal with such minor inconveniences as ferries, motorways, tolls and other such details that are oh so insignificant after the afore mentioned several pints of beer. In the light of day the idea was tossed as being rather impractical, although we reckoned it could be done. At least long enough to write a postcard saying 'Hello, mom!', a quick paddle in the Med and then time to head off again. Man, I miss being a student.

Anyway. As the others seem to have started with a brief summary of their gaming history, I might as well do the same. I recall playing some games with my parents. Flutter, especially, comes to mind, and I recall evenings playing that with my mom, dad and brother. I was also very much into building plastic model kits, which developed into miniature wargames and from there it was a short (side) step to SPI/S&T wargames, Avalon Hill and that ilk. (Does anyone ever use the word 'ilk' any more? Is it just a Scottishism?) From there I developed into the early AH attempts at Euros, Brittania, History of the World, etc. At college I remember us playing lots of Talisman and Maneater.

After coming over this side of the world (further details are on my web-site for those desperate to find out more about it.) I met up and became more acquainted with the other fine gentlemen here, and most recently it's been almost exclusively Euros I play these days.

I say 'almost' because until very recently I hadn't played any wargames in an absolute age. I still had plenty on the shelf, and sometimes took them down, looked at the rules and lovingly caressed them. (Dave, you did say PG-13 was OK, right?) I even set up one or two of them, but could never quite find enough enthusiasm to actually play them. And so I started selling them. Slowly at first, and then in a big flood. Bye, bye S&T magazines! Bye, bye AH classics! Oddly enough it's been quite invigorating. (Hello, my name is Mike and I'm a game addict....)

And then a strange thing happened. I started playing wargames again. Mostly Columbia block games (which could be argued aren't really wargames), but there was some GMT stuff in there, with hexes and small counters! Egads! I'm looking for more opportunities to play deeper games of longer length. I'm still planning to sell the ASL collection, as I don't think I'll ever get back to that level of depth, but I'm no longer eyeing the last AH remnants for what they'll fetch on eBay. I'd like to thank my fellow gamers in the group for re-awakening my interest in these games.

So, where was I. Ah, yes, I was pondering on how I could possibly write an introductory blog entry, and how I'm under pressure to perform. Well, I appear to have achieved that target, in a roundabout sort of way. Enough for a first entry, more next week. (I bet you can hardly wait....)

7 Comments:

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger dave said…

    "I'm really beginning to wonder what I'm doing here"

    The same reason as the rest of us - for the nookie.

     
  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger Coldfoot said…

    You guys should each post a session report from the same game session. No peeking at what your fellow gamers wrote. Diplomacy or A Game of Thrones come to mind.

    That would be some interesting blogging.

     
  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger Dug said…

    Coldfoot, if we could all play the same game that would be great! I suppose Dip

     
  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Dug said…

    Whoops, that wasn't supposed to happen.

    As I was saying, I suppose Dip is out, as few if any of us play. Manifest Destiny has been popular with some of the group lately, that might be good. We are also playing Successors a week from Sunday. It is very hard to get enough of us together to play the longer mutli-player games more than once a month, and even rarer if it's from the subset that posts here.

    Still, this idea has quite a bit of merit, and I'll be seeing how others feel about trying it out.

     
  • At 4:43 PM, Blogger dave said…

    Let's see... there's six of us... how about Twilight Imperium? Better yet, we can play it PBEM, and create a spinoff blog for the running commentary.

    That was an in-joke. I once ran a PBEM TI game, which lasted 10 painful month and was eventually won by KC. This is a fine idea if, as Doug says, we can ever get all six of us to show up at the same session. I vote for Air Baron. :)

     
  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger Chris Brooks said…

    I wouldn't mind doing that for the new TI, Manifest Destiny, AGOT. The hard part is getting us all together.

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Dug said…

    Manifest Destiny has gotten quite a bit of play considering our general problem with games longer than a couple of hours. Mike's been in all three, and lost to me by inches in all of them (snicker).

    The Sunriver retreat is coming up in early October, that will be something I try to get in, although at least Chris and KC are unlikely to be there because of Essen.

     

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