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First Edition Game / 1st Edition in Clermont Florida.
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:38:56 PM »
In other, somewhat better news, I am now living in Clermont Florida, and I have a little bit of interest in 1st ed here.  In case anyone lives nearby, let me know.

First Edition Game / Fuji
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:33:48 PM »
He was never a friend, he was always my brother.  Fellow gaming nerd, Paratrooper Brother, and Brother in Christ- Always!,  Len Fujimoto died from pancreatic cancer June 2020.

My turn in the Barrel (the Axis) last weekend.  Bad dice for Japan, okay to better rolls for China.  Eastern front wasn't going so hot either.  Amphibed an Italian tank into a West Egypt  attack for a total of 3 tanks to his 2.  Odds slightly in my favor for the attack as a whole.  Both of my tanks coming in by land missed on 3's, both of his hit on 2's.  Amphib tank missed, surprise- his didn't.  Barely got past popping his fort, I retreated with one infantry left out of about 7.  Air attack on his fleet- 5/7 of my fighters hit air to air, 4/5 of his hit.  His naval AA took out 2/3 of my bombers.  At that point I figgered Il Duce got strung up a helluva lot earlier than historical, the Germans went, "hmmm.....", gave it some thought, came to their senses, and followed the Italian example.  Looking forward to a convention one of these days for a change of scenerey- a complete stranger whuppin' my ass for a change.

General Discussion / Re: CONVENTIONS
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:39:48 PM »
Looks like I'm staying in Alaska after all, but I'm thinking about bringing Struggle to Tennessee Games Day on 14-16MAR2014.  Anyone in that area?

General Discussion / New addict!
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:31:41 PM »
Fuji and I have added to the cult!  He works at the shop where Fuji had the Advanced Europe map printed, and is coming back for a second evening of Russia in '41.  Also, I am deserting the Wall, and my fellow Crows, and moving to Florida next January.  Any Strugglers down there?

It says there combat value is reduced to zero, so I reckon that means no, along with carriers, right?

Rules questions from first edition / Re: Airbase attacks and AA guns
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:54:34 PM »
Nope, basic/1st ed.

General Discussion / Winter is coming- Play by email?
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:47:18 PM »
As I've mentioned before, I think a 2 player game tends to favor the Allies.  Fuji and I came up with the idea of seeing if anyone would like to play by email this winter.  A lot would depend on his babysitting availability, but we can usually manage a few hours a weekend.  I'm thinking try to do moves in advance, and roll dice "simultaneously" (be warned- dice tend to hate me, and love Fuji), post results, then mech and build.  There aren't usually a lot of mech moves in the Pacific, so I figure the active player for that theater could do most of the result posting.  We just started another game, so we're thinking of maybe doing this in October if anybody is interested.

Rules questions from first edition / Airbase attacks and AA guns
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:43:39 AM »
If an attacker does an airbase attack, and there are no other air attacks into the territory, then the AA guns are not supposed to get any defense?  I always thought that airfields almost always had AA, primarily for that reason.

Rules questions from first edition / Re: clarification on mech phase attacks
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:37:13 AM »
I had ALWAYS interpreted as meaning if you started your turn in mountains/forests you couldn't mech attack that turn at all.  So NEXT time.....

General Discussion / Re: First game of struggle last weekend....
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:33:01 PM »
In my decades of playing several versions of A&A, I think that a 2 player game really has a tendency to favor the Allies.  Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin did not agree on everything.  I've always noticed a little more success for the Axis in a 5 player game.  If "One of these kids is doing his own thing", for the Axis it's no big whoop, but I've seen (and participated!) in a lot of Allied Grand Strategic Arguments.  Which is probably a helluva lot closer to actual history.

General Discussion / Re: CONVENTIONS
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:40:11 PM »
Due to the costs of pending home repairs (I need to replace my furnace, which is kinda important here in Alaska), and traveling due to family health issues, I ain't gonna make it to any lower 48 cons this year.  Someday, but not this year.

General Discussion / Re: First game of struggle last weekend....
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:30:03 PM »
After you've played '39 a few times, try '41.  I think that gives the Axis a better chance.  At '41 setup you can see what an idiot Comrade Stalin was, just before you stick it to 'em!  An experienced Allied player would never leave such an open mess.  Also, if you are the Axis player and you have a run of bad luck before '41, you are even more hosed.  Welcome to the best A&A club.

General Discussion / Re: Crossfire- The best tactical miniature WWII game.
« on: November 22, 2011, 05:17:32 PM »
Yep, it's a minis terrain game.  I've played "Flames of (blank)", and several others, but in over 25 years this is still my favorite.

General Discussion / Crossfire- The best tactical miniature WWII game.
« on: November 08, 2011, 04:52:26 PM »
Just as my humble opinion is that WWII SEA is the best strategic WWII game, Crossfire is the best tactical miniature WWII game I have played.   Use the power of google and it will take you there.  The short version- no measuring tapes or rulers.  At usual 1/72 scale/20mm figures- weapon range is line of sight, and movement is terrain feature to terrain feature.  It is a game that concentrates on tactics, rather than volumes of rules.  I hit upon the idea of putting the top over the Struggle game, and using a Crossfire game to determine whether an Airborne bridge assault works rather than just rolling the one die in Struggle.  We havn't tried it yet, we're still working on getting minis and terrain.  I will keep everyone posted if we ever do.  If you get a chance to check Crossfire out, or if you're lucky enough to have also played it, please post some feedback here.

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