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Community Forum / Re: A Change in Direction?
« on: January 27, 2017, 07:07:47 PM »
There are, to me, two problems with x-wing.  First, there is no replayability.  It's just a dogfight in an asteroid field over and over again.  Second, cards.  Each ship pack comes with some unique cards that can be used to upgrade the ships.  But to get the cards, you have to buy everything.  Otherwise you quickly fall behind the power curve.  For just casual play it's fun.  But tournaments just suck.  I took part in three and it was just not fun.  Mostly due to the less than social attitude other attendees.  The game has some great possibilities,  but the community isn't interested in more developed games.

Community Forum / Re: A Change in Direction?
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:23:47 PM »
Good points Zach.  I will still be running FoW events and tournaments.  I still think it's a good game and we can work out prize support.

Community Forum / A Change in Direction?
« on: January 26, 2017, 12:03:06 PM »
Hello to all,

We are barely a month into 2017 and there is alot of change going on in the world around us.  The gaming community also continues to change.  At the Portal, it was decided by Jon to discontinue their relationship with Battlefront.  Jon and I discussed this at length and it came down to a simple fact.  The Flames of War Product was not moving as fast as BF wanted.  They suggested to Jon that he replace the TO (me), and gave him a sheet of directions on how to host tournaments that would be more conducive to helping sales.  They have also been shipping him product he didn't order and then charged him for it.  Jon stood up for not just his store, but us as well.  This was not an easy choice for Jon as I think he worried we would leave the store if he stopped carrying BF's products.  I assured him we would stay and remain a presence in the store.

So now the question becomes whats next?  We can still play FoW.  It is an open gaming store, so that's not an issue.  But running events will be harder without available product.  After a few chats with a couple of you guys, I feel that some of you might even feel weird trying to run an event they do not sell product in the store to support.  Now, we can just get product as prize support, Jon has assured me he can still direct order FoW product from other distributors.  But the times, they are a changin.

Now, over the last few years, we have diversified (nice word eh?) our groups gaming interests to avoid burnout from focusing on just one game.  Now this will come in very handy for us as we move forward.  The Portal still has several fine choices that they buy product for.  Warlord games (Bolt Action, Muskets& Tomahawks, Beyond the Gates of Antares, Pikemans Lament), We also have SAGA still in store stock (albeit mostly Crescent and the Cross).  And I'm sure we can see about what Jon and his staff are willing to help us with as we move forward.

Now, this is a list of games we, in small groups or as a whole have also brought to the club

Flames of War
Muskets & Tomahawks
A Fistfull of TOW's
Bolt Action
Chain of Command
L'Art de Guerre

Not too shabby,and there is alot out there for us to explore and try, so I say we move forward and open the horizons up!

Possibilties include:
Pikemans Lament
Check your 6 (WW1 Biplanes)
Wooden ships and Iron Men (Using miniatures instead of counters)
Beyond the Gates of Antares (for a sci fi change of pace)
Dropzone Commander
Classic Battletech
Killteam, Warhammer 40K Squad game (if we really want to torture ourselves)
Age of Sigmar (More Warbands)

So, there we are.  I'd like to hear from all of you and know what your thoughts are on moving forward.

Other Titles / Re: Pikeman's Lament
« on: January 25, 2017, 09:57:33 AM »
Warlord Games:

It looks like you can do most forces with one box of infantry and one box of cavalry.

Well now I know what that sprue came from!  When I went to my first US Nationals for FoW (back when you had to qualify to go)  My ticket into Historicon came with a swag bag.  One of the things was a couple of sprues for 17th century figures.  Never did know what game they could be used for.  Apparently they were from Warlord.  I have a Command sprue from Pike and Shotte Thirty Years War   ;D

Other Titles / Re: Pikeman's Lament
« on: January 24, 2017, 11:14:53 PM »
Sounds like fun.  Any recommendations on where to source the appropriate figures?

Team Yankee / Volksarmee review
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:12:52 PM »
I picked up the East German Volksarmee book yesterday at Black moon.  I just wanted the book for my collection, but after reading through it, I'm thinking of switching to this from the Sov Tankers. The book also surprised me by coming with the data cards in a pack with the book, which makes things easier.   The Ossies (East Germans) have a T-72 Battalion as well as the T-55's.  The points shift allows me to use what I have fielded already, and add a company of Motor Riflemen giving me a decent platoon for defense of objectives.  I'm going to reread the book more thoroughly tonight, but I'm liking this already.

Events / Speed Dating Flames of War style
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:51:53 PM »
Saturday February 11th 2017
CVG Valentines tournament; Speed Dating in Normandy
Normandy Books only, 600 points.  (HQ and 1 platoon mandatory)
Tables will be 4x4, missions adapted for smaller scale play.
6 rounds 1 hour each!
$10.00 entry fee
placing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best painted.
please email lists to: ctvalleygamers@gmail.com

Sign up soon!

Sign up List:
Ringer: Chris Kadish, British

Events / Re: Watch On The Rhine
« on: January 17, 2017, 07:51:09 PM »
Chris, are we still on board for me to ride up with you? If so, where should I meet up with you?

As far as I know. It makes more sense for you to head my way instead of me driving down to get you and then drive back.  Would it be possible for you to meet me at the Big Y grocery in East Windsor?  It's on your side of the river and we can quickly get on the highway from there.

Flames of War / Re: British List Challenge
« on: January 07, 2017, 08:37:38 PM »
I haven't used the mortar platoon you traded me.  Do you want to reclaim them?

Flames of War / Re: List for Battle of the Bulge
« on: January 06, 2017, 10:28:31 PM »
So, with more tweaking I now have a 4 platoon list for the 150. Panzers.

1iC smg team
2iC smg team
Two captured jeeps

Combat Platoons

5x Ersatz Panthers
3x Ersatz StuG's
SS Jager platoon
Command smg panzerfaust team
6x Rifle/MG teams
2x captured trucks

Support Platoons

Ersatz Panzerspah; 3x captured M8 Greyhounds
2x Skorzeney Commando teams.

Comes to 1695 points.

Flames of War / Re: British List Challenge
« on: January 06, 2017, 10:23:34 PM »
I have been following this with great interest.  I'm still trying to find the right mix for playing British Infantry myself.  The question I have, is what about the LW Commonwealth lists?  Are any of them good for dealing with Panzers to the Meuse or Sov Red Banner lists?

Flames of War / Re: List for Battle of the Bulge
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:42:02 PM »
Interesting.  So, beyond the lack of spearhead for the StuG's,  what was wrong with the 2nd Panzer list? 

Flames of War / Re: List for Battle of the Bulge
« on: January 05, 2017, 05:44:21 PM »
Ugh that's annoyingly listed on there in a semi-hidden place....

It should really just say you must have one SS-FJ plt or SS-Jager platoon as there's no other SS-platoons

Yeah I know.  But, it is was it is.  Either 4 platoons and or 5, it's still a small force.

Flames of War / Re: List for Battle of the Bulge
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:28:28 PM »
Can't.  List has to have 1 SS combat platoon as the HQ is SS. 

Flames of War / Re: List for Battle of the Bulge
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:00:53 PM »
Here's a 150th Panzer list I worked out this morning.

50. Panzerbrigade Kampfgruppe HQ (SS)   
1 Cmd SMG team
1 Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
2 Captured Jeep
65 points

Ersatz Panther Platoon (Heer) 
4 Ersatz Panther
730 points

Ersatz StuG Platoon (Heer)   
3 Ersatz StuG
285 points

SS-Jäger Platoon (SS)   
1 Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
6 Rifle/MG team
2 Captured truck
200 points

Skorzeny Commando Group 
1 Skorzeny Commando team
50 points

150. Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoon (Heer)   
1 Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
4 Captured M3 half-track
6 MG team
230 points

Ersatz Panzerspäh Platoon (Heer) 
3 Captured M8 Greyhound
135 points
Platoon Count: 5
1695 points

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