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  • in reply to: Computer-Moderated Games: A List? #147746
    deephorse
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    It’s amazing how a set of rules you’ve played for years, and thought to be quite tightly-worded, can be shown to be ambiguous when you try to explain them to a computer. All the best, John.

    This effect also applies when a set of rules is first exposed to people who are a). not the authors, and b). not the playtesters.  They know the intent of the rules too well, and don’t realise that the rest of us have no idea what they are talking about because they failed to explain it clearly.

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    in reply to: Computer-Moderated Games: A List? #147671
    deephorse
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    I can only think of the two computer moderated games that I was unfortunate enough to play many years ago.  So long ago in fact that I cannot remember their titles.  One was Napoleonic naval and the other Napoleonic land.  I disliked them both because using them was akin to your opponent throwing the dice for both of you behind a screen so that you couldn’t see the result.  And then reading off the results from a chart that you didn’t have a copy of, and weren’t allowed to see either.  As the maths exam paper says,”show your working out in your answer”.  Have such game aids improved over the last thirty odd years?

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    in reply to: Long Term Plans/Goals #147477
    deephorse
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    My long term goal is to still be alive this time next year.  Beyond that, nothing else matters.

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    in reply to: Forum Etiquette #147299
    deephorse
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    Whilst you’re here Mike could you please enlighten me on the etiquette of Forum Signatures.  Twice now you have asked me to remove signatures on the grounds that they were ‘political’.  Whilst they were quotes of a politician, they did not advocate for any political point of view.  So I don’t personally see how they were ‘political’ in the sense that I understand that word to mean.  Do you view any quote of any politician throughout history as forbidden in a signature? Thanks.

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    in reply to: Star Trek Lower Decks #146785
    deephorse
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    Not heard of it either, and I have SKY!

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames #146784
    deephorse
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    To be honest Mike, and please don’t take offence, I don’t care what you think about the hobby.  But then I don’t care what anyone thinks about the hobby.  I don’t follow ‘fashions’ in wargaming, and I don’t go for the latest ‘ooh shiny’ in rules or models.  I made my choice of period, scale and rules many years ago, and no-one’s thoughts on the hobby are about to change those choices.

    What could be of interest to me would be rules authors explaining their thinking behind the design and intent of their product.  It would be nice to have an answer to all those “what on earth were they thinking when they wrote that?” moments that I often have.

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    in reply to: January 1983 #146681
    deephorse
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    I blame my mother.  Or, more properly, I am eternally grateful for her pushing me towards this all engrossing hobby.  I was gluing Airfix kits, and my fingers, together at about age 6.  All those canopies ruined by glue fingerprints.  At age 9 I too was pushing Airfix figures around the carpet.  At some point in my very early teens my mum bought me this book, and I discovered that ‘pushing around’ could have regulation applied to it.

    For lack of an opponent, my brother was too young for the hobby, I looked around for another way to play wargames and I discovered the hex boardgame courtesy of SPI.  After four or five years of playing these games solo I found that there was a wargame club in my town, and I never looked back.  So I’ve probably been playing with toy soldiers for well over 50 years now, and I can’t see myself ever giving up.  What a great hobby!

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Starting Afresh – Urgency #146558
    deephorse
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    I cut corners on figure painting – I pay someone else to do it for me.  I no longer have the patience, or life expectancy, to devote the hours I once did to painting hordes of soldiers.  I still prefer to assemble and paint my own vehicles/tanks etc. though.

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    deephorse
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    Here’s one from King and Country.  Doubt that he would have worn the Swallow’s Nests on active service though.

    https://www.kingandcountry.com/wehrmacht-bugler-p-2691.html

     

    and it looks as though they didn’t

     

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    deephorse
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    Thanks John, I knew I could rely upon you.  Now to try to find the same bugler photos that you did, and then to persuade someone to make one!

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    deephorse
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    Many thanks for this John.  Some rule writers should be made aware of this.  As an aside, what ‘musicians’ did a German infantry platoon/company have, buglers?  I don’t recall seeing photos of such men, or figures offered for sale by figure manufacturers.  A couple of ‘Jingling Johnnies’ would enliven my platoon HQs no end.

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    in reply to: Panzerblitz at fifty #146108
    deephorse
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    Whilst I have heard of Panzer Blitz, I have never played it, much less owned a copy.  1970 would be about two years before I fell victim to the hex-based board wargame.  But for me it was SPI all the way, with the odd Victory Games (I think it was) towards the end of my collecting.  No AH game, branded as such, has ever crossed my threshold!

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    deephorse
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    I’m afraid my budgeting is pretty much see it, “ooh! shiny”, want it, buy it!

    I thought that was the established standard. Although I haven’t attended a wargames show for quite a while now, my method for shows was to try not to spend more money than was in my wallet at the time. All the best, John.

    For many years that was my approach too.  I’d withdraw a wad of cash from an ATM and when it was gone I’d leave.  Unfortunately remote chip & pin terminals put paid to that tactic.  No cash?  No problem.  As others have written, time is my budget now.  I’m much older than I’d like to be, and I have to be realistic with what I devote my remaining time to.  Consequently, if the product before my eyes doesn’t fit into one of two well established collections then it doesn’t get bought.  No more flights of fancy or “oooh, shiny” for me now.  ☹️

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    in reply to: The Universal Infantry Battalion #145804
    deephorse
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    Meanwhile, I point out that all the weapons in the golden haze of mythology surrounding the British infantry’s skill-at-arms, the Welsh longbow, Brown Bess, and the SMLE, have been noted for their rate of fire, not their high precision. All the best, John.

    Having somehow managed to miss a Figure 11 target at 100m range with the SLR I can vouch for that lack of precision.  Only the once mind!

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    in reply to: The Universal Infantry Battalion #145760
    deephorse
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    Thanks for this.  The content looks familiar, and seeing that the copyright was August 2019 I might well have seen it before.  It all seems very sensible and well thought out.  Consequently, the chances of it happening must be zero.  “We’ll see what happens”, to quote someone.

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    in reply to: Soviet artillery data preparation time #145638
    deephorse
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    a depressingly high proportion of WW2 tactical games I see don’t seem to include artillery at all. All the best, John.

    When I create a scenario, and by that I mean invent rather than make real events into a scenario, I use very little, if any, artillery, beyond that which is organic to a battalion, such as mortars and infantry guns.  My reason is that artillery, as in real life, tends to kill everything, and that’s no fun.  In recent times I have moved from a desire to have everything accurately portrayed on the tabletop to having an enjoyable and sociable time with my friends.  Although I’ve managed precisely three games since March this year, and I cannot foresee when we will be able to meet again at this point.

    When they start to take casualties, some player’s chins drop and they mentally take their bats home instead of looking for a way to progress in the game.  This attitude spoils the event for everyone in the end.  My group includes one of those players, and so I’d rather keep him involved and playing by limiting artillery and maximising the enjoyment of just playing together, unrealistic as that may be.

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    in reply to: Postage Rates! #145432
    deephorse
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    postage price is subjective.

    It’s a specific amount of money. How can that be regarded as “subjective”? All the best, John.

    Subjective = based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. Postage can be at different prices thus its all about personal feelings or tastes.

     

    Ah, now I understand.  At first I was with Mr. Salt on this, how can a postage price be subjective?  It’s actually your opinion of the postage price that is subjective, and not the postage price itself.  Thanks for clearing that up.

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    in reply to: O Group WW2 Rules #145340
    deephorse
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    That’s good news, thanks David.

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    in reply to: Postage Rates! #145331
    deephorse
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    For £14.22 I’d expect the seller to turn up on my doorstep, in person, the next day.  P&p can never really be free, can it?  It is surely subsumed into the price you’re paying for the product, but I get your point.  You must have really wanted that product because if I’d seen £14.22 at checkout I’d have walked away.  And yes, tell us who it was?

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    in reply to: O Group WW2 Rules #145330
    deephorse
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    Thanks David.  Will the rules contain organisations for all WWII combatants, and if so what time frame will they cover? E.g. can I play games set in France 1940 with them?  A slight drawback with Panzergrenadier Deluxe for me was that coverage only started with 1943 IIRC.  That aside they were a great set of rules.

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    in reply to: Lend-Lease Churchills #145302
    deephorse
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    I like them.  No buts ….. 😇

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    in reply to: All at Sea – HMS Tonnant #145292
    deephorse
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    Excellent!

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    in reply to: The Duke of Brunswick in 15mm #145028
    deephorse
    Participant

    Excellent!

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    in reply to: God’s Own Scale Episode 18 PONY WARS! #144844
    deephorse
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    Clearly I must have bought all my TTG rule sets post 1985.  Can’t say I’m nostalgic about any of them though.  They haven’t seen the light of day for maybe 25 years, which is why they are 40 miles away!  They were of their time, and times change.

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    in reply to: God’s Own Scale Episode 18 PONY WARS! #144827
    deephorse
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    I have several TTG rulesets and I don’t remember any having shiny covers.  I can’t check because they are 40 miles away from where I am now.  Maybe I bought mine post 1983?  Anyway, I bow to your superior knowedge 🙂

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    in reply to: God’s Own Scale Episode 18 PONY WARS! #144815
    deephorse
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    The £228 looks like an original copy.  The other one doesn’t.

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    in reply to: God’s Own Scale Episode 18 PONY WARS! #144801
    deephorse
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    The link doesn’t work for me either.  I want this project to succeed, and I have backed it, but I’m not really surprised that the subscriber counter has barely moved since I did so.  Surely this is a game intended to be put on at a show (remember them?) or club night when everyone takes part.  In my experience only one or two people in the club would buy the rules and they would teach everyone else how to play.  It’s not a 1 v 1 game across a 4′ wide table where, traditionally, both players would have their own copy of the rules.  At a club that I know, but no longer attend, one person has subscribed.  The others, thinking that one copy would be enough, haven’t paid up.  At this rate you’re going to need nigh on 1,500 different clubs signing up, and what’s the chance of that?  Sadly I don’t see this project succeeding.  But if it does I’ll find an edible hat and eat it!

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    in reply to: 1/2400th ACW river gunboats #144798
    deephorse
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    Excellent

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    in reply to: Lighting for Wargaming Photos and Videos #144708
    deephorse
    Participant

    Thanks.  That’s a very interesting product.  I might invest!

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    in reply to: Ironing a Neoprene Mat – How to and Review #144707
    deephorse
    Participant

    Thanks for the review.  When looking for gaming mats I steered clear of neoprene, imagining it to have the weight and flexibility of a wet suit.  I didn’t want to have store or carry around several 6’x4′ rolls of that.  Your writing caused me to do a little research and it turns out that you can get neoprene as thin as 0.5mm, though how strong that would be without backing material I do not know.  The printing on your example is very nice, I have to say.

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    in reply to: PSC’s RSOs now on my blog! #144687
    deephorse
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    Great work on the guns and vehicles.  But (and there’s always a but with me, isn’t there?), do those German uniforms look a little on the brown side?

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    in reply to: B Troop IS coming back! #144634
    deephorse
    Participant

    ‘The Washington Football Team’ is the new (albeit temporary) name they chose this season to avoid the controversy Mike – which was deephorse’s non-controversial light hearted point I think.

    It was, thanks.

    Very nice!  But my attempts at painting 6mm can’t match those, so I’ll stick with 15s.

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    in reply to: B Troop IS coming back! #144632
    deephorse
    Participant

    Ah. In that case my apologies.

    Your initial response made me think that you hadn’t understood my point, which was why I followed up with my question.  Apology accepted. 🙂

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    in reply to: B Troop IS coming back! #144631
    deephorse
    Participant

    ‘The Washington Football Team’ is the new (albeit temporary) name they chose this season to avoid the controversy Mike – which was deephorse’s non-controversial light hearted point I think.

    It was, thanks.

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    in reply to: Building PSC’s RSOs: A Video #144613
    deephorse
    Participant

    I forgot to add, how about showing what the sprues contain, and describing what can be made from the box, rather than the assembly?

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    in reply to: Building PSC’s RSOs: A Video #144610
    deephorse
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    You certainly get a lot of options with PSC 15mm stuff.  Unfortunately for me I do 20mm and their boxes offer far less ‘value’ in terms of what can be produced from the set in comparison with the 15mm.  You got some nice results at the end.  Thanks.

    Now a bit of critique 😧

    Your hands hid most of the assembly section, so I’d either put the camera directly opposite your body if you intend for us to see that, or skip it entirely.  PSC stuff is generally simple to assemble anyway.

    Thanks again for posting.

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    in reply to: Editing Wargame Rules #144548
    deephorse
    Participant

    Compare the left and right side of each image.

    Right, I see it now.  You’re blog entry of “Here you can see two pages pre and post editing.”, made me think that the two separate pages were the upper and lower images, and not that the two pages to be compared were in fact in the same image.  So I was comparing upper with lower and seeing completely different pages.  Better editing might have helped me in this instance! 😉

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    in reply to: Editing Wargame Rules #144471
    deephorse
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    “Here you can see two pages pre and post editing.”

    But, as far as I can tell, the two pages are entirely different pages, so how can I compare pre and post editing?

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    in reply to: B Troop IS coming back! #144469
    deephorse
    Participant

    Or The Washington Football Team.

    No.

    Not a follower of American Football Mike?

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    in reply to: B Troop IS coming back! #144455
    deephorse
    Participant

    Or The Washington Football Team.

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