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  • in reply to: Desmond Bagley Wargamer #113313
    Russell Phillips
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    I didn’t realise Gavin Lyall was a wargamer. I enjoyed his Harry Maxim books. I don’t think I’ve read any Desmond Bagley, and probably won’t be, now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    in reply to: WI 377 Just Jack's Pics #112746
    Russell Phillips
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    I was looking on the WI site, as Mike guessed. Given that Jack didn’t seem concerned, I imagine he’s happy with the offer and the apology.

    I’d have preferred an acknowledgement of the mistake and apology on WI’s site, but since I’m not the aggrieved party, my opinion isn’t really relevant.

    Mostly I hope they’ve put something in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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    in reply to: WI 377 Just Jack's Pics #112730
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m a little concerned that I can’t find the apology. Am I being dim? Can someone point me at it please?

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    in reply to: WI 377 Just Jack's Pics #112689
    Russell Phillips
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    That strikes me as horribly unprofessional. I expect much better from a commercially-produced magazine.

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    in reply to: Which Rules for Cold War Games? #106375
    Russell Phillips
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    There are a couple of articles on Boardgame Geek.

    I’ll have to look them up. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    in reply to: Which Rules for Cold War Games? #106374
    Russell Phillips
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    We used to use WRG 1950-1985 at my old club. I bought a copy of the newer set (1950-2000 I think), but couldn’t get through them.

    I should dig out my old copy of WRG. Those games were always fun.

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    in reply to: Which Rules for Cold War Games? #106295
    Russell Phillips
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    Memoir 82 sounds interesting. Where would I find it?

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    in reply to: Which Rules for Cold War Games? #106271
    Russell Phillips
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    If I finally do move into bigger tank battles with lots of figures, right now my choice would be FFT3 but thatโ€™s subject to change.

    These things are always subject to change. I used to like complex rules, largely because I equated complexity to realism. Nowadays I’m much more partial to simpler rules.

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    in reply to: Which Rules for Cold War Games? #106265
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m a fan of simplicity, so I use the Pz8 rules. They’re split into 1950-1975 and 1975-2010, but the differences are minor.

    Both Cold War sets are included in this PDF:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161017002140/http://panzer8.weebly.com/uploads/4/6/7/2/4672947/pz8_rules_collection_v3.pdf

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    Russell Phillips
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    I’m in the UK, so I got a US ITIN and filled in a W8BEN form. There’s a tax treaty between the US & UK that basically means I get charged 0% tax in the US, and only pay tax in the UK. I’ve done that for various sites were I sell books.

    More recently, things seem to have changed. Most of them have an online form that I fill in, that only requires my national insurance number, not an ITIN.

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    Russell Phillips
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    What are the tax and royalties implications of using WV, or another, distribution website?

    In brief, keep a record of what you earn and your expenses, then file a tax return at the end of the year. Same as any other business.

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    Russell Phillips
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    I wasnโ€™t aware of that rule, but that said my one and only offering is pay what you want. So that route works.

    I only found out when I tried to upload a freebie first ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Russell Phillips
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    Just be aware that they won’t allow you to only upload freebies – you need to have at least one title that you charge for. I’m not sure if Pay What You Want titles count as freebies or paid for this rule.

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    in reply to: Best Cold War Naval Rules? #105772
    Russell Phillips
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    I haven’t played either, but I’ve heard good things about the old WRG Sea Strike rules. Go In And Sink is apparently very similar, and also very good.

    Go In And Sink are available from Free Wargames Rules: http://freewargamesrules.wikia.com/wiki/Go_In_and_Sink

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    Russell Phillips
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    All of my books are on there, and have been for years. I have no complaints.

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    in reply to: Banned? #103484
    Russell Phillips
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    I became aware of one site a few months back that is https, but the links then redirect to a plain old http site, which struck me as being very poor on their part.

    Way back when, some sites used HTTP for most things but HTTPS for sensitive bits like login pages. I haven’t seen that done for at least ten years, though. Back then, most servers struggled to serve HTTPS, so it made sense, but that’s rarely the case nowadays.

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    in reply to: Pet Hates #100734
    Russell Phillips
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    I think my main peeve is players that are desperate to win, to the point that they drain all the fun out of the game.

    Anyone who moves tank A, then tank B, then tank C, then decides that tank A would be better positioned 2โ€ further to the left, and that tank B should now be moved backwards a bit, then forwards quite a lot. In the end no-one knows where those tanks started their move nor how much more than their movement allowance they have moved. He does this quite a lot!

    This is the sort of thing I’m thinking of. Also arguing over everything that doesn’t go their way.

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    in reply to: Platform Specific Offers #100731
    Russell Phillips
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    Startups and small businesses seem to think itโ€™s a great idea to link everything through Facebook

    This does annoy me. Not everyone has or wants a Facebook account, and it’s not difficult or expensive to set up a simple website.

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    in reply to: Platform Specific Offers #100729
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    I don’t really care, but I think it’s a bad idea from the company’s perspective.

    Previous comments indicate that it will annoy at least some customers, which is obviously not great. Also, I think some small companies rely too much on Facebook, and this sounds like a symptom of that. When you rely on one entity too much, you run the risk of getting into trouble when they change the rules. Plenty of companies have already been burned because Facebook changed something.

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    Russell Phillips
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    Prague castle is worth a visit: https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors

    Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. Heydrich’s assassins hid there, and died there in a gun battle. Apparently there’s a museum dedicated to them.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ss._Cyril_and_Methodius_Cathedral

    If you have time, take a morning or afternoon to visit Lidice. The original village was completely destroyed in retaliation for Heydrich’s death. The village was rebuilt close by, and the original site has a museum.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidice

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    in reply to: Part Works mag with 3 pots of GW paint #98334
    Russell Phillips
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    I like the idea of greys for troops in power armour. Thanks, Rhoderic.

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    in reply to: Part Works mag with 3 pots of GW paint #98320
    Russell Phillips
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    I haven’t played sci-fi since WH40K about 30 years ago, so don’t really have a frame of reference.

    I don’t want to play WH40K, but have a few of the marines from the magazine Norm mentioned in the first post. I also have a dog or two from a completely different sci-fi setting.

    I thought I’d paint them up and find some generic rules. I’m just not sure how to paint them. It sounds like I might have to do some homework first.

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    in reply to: Part Works mag with 3 pots of GW paint #98318
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t have any interest in GW or 40K, but I’ve now got a few figures that were free or very cheap, enough for skirmishing.

    I have a question. What sort of paint scheme do people generally use for generic sci-fi gaming? A camouflage scheme, or bright colours like 40K tends to be?

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    in reply to: RPG's #95566
    Russell Phillips
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    It is sad that we, as adults, no longer have the time to hang out with our friends for gaming marathons like when we were young. I miss those days, staying up all night and pushing the story along and just having a great time.

    My wife and I played in a long running 7th Sea campaign that ended on my 40th birthday. We played until about two in the morning in order to finish it that session. I then had an hour-long drive home, and got up for work at six. It was totally worth it, but it’s not something I’d want to do regularly ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have friends that RP online, and I have played a short game via Skype and on ROllA20, as well as Play By post on forums. Anyone else try these?

    I’ve played in several games over text chat (IRC or XMPP), and I’ve GM’d a few that way (I’m GMing one now).

    It has advantages and disadvantages, like anything else. We have separate rooms for IC and OOC chat, so they are completely separate. The GM can talk quietly to one player without any others being aware of it. If the party splits, we can set up a new room for one half. We have logs, so can see what happened previously. Our current game has players in different areas of the UK, and in Denmark, so it’s the only way we can feasibly play together.

    On the other hand, it tends to be slower than face to face play. There can be technical issues of course, and some people find it just doesn’t work for them.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Russell Phillips. Reason: Typo

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    in reply to: RPG's #95465
    Russell Phillips
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    In my opinion making the players the characters from a book or movie is touchy at best. Place them in the same world time/space but say just next door, or just before or after the events of the source material.

    Agreed. I’m running a campaign set in the Dune world at the moment. It’s about ten or so years before the first book, and the players are Fremen. It’s working well.

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    in reply to: RPG's #95451
    Russell Phillips
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    I play RPGs, as does my wife. We’ve played them with our kids (6 & 10) a few times.

    I wouldn’t call our play style serious, but it’s more about the story than the dice, so your style sounds similar.

    To me, games that go heavy on maps, figures, and dice are wargames more than RPGs. That doesn’t stop you role-playing if you want to, mind. We play HeroQuest with our kids. There’s nothing about role playing in the rules, but the kids do it anyway. Once when playing with my daughter, her hero killed the last orc in the room, then went to the book case to read a story ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you want to try an RPG with your daughter, I recommend RISUS. It’s generic, so can fit any setting. We’ve played it with our two, using the very silly SHGGFTAWSGDSSFDF setting. This is an adventure that my wife ran for me and our kids: https://rpg.phillipsuk.org/doku.php/risus/supershinybrightbrightpolish

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    in reply to: Alternate History / What If's #92083
    Russell Phillips
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    That’s what I was trying to say, yes.

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    in reply to: Alternate History / What If's #92079
    Russell Phillips
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    I think itโ€™s best to put threads in a section of the forum where people who might be interested in the subject are likely to spot them.

    That’s what I wanted to say, but Victoria put it better than I could.

    My example would be Cold War turned hot in Europe. It never happened, so it’s a what if, but I tend to think of it as belonging in Modern. That may be because I started wargaming it in the 1980s, when we called it ultra modern ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    in reply to: Military Modelling Magazine… #92014
    Russell Phillips
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    Wow. Last time I bought that must have been in the early 1990s. I kind of assumed it went belly up years ago.

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    in reply to: What Paint For Cold War Soviet Armor? #91967
    Russell Phillips
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    I use Humbrol acrylic 116 US Dark Green, for 3mm and 20mm.

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    in reply to: WWII East Front Scenario Books? #89180
    Russell Phillips
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    Andrew: Yours is the only one I know of that’s relevant.

    Irish Serb: Glad to hear that it was useful.

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    in reply to: WWII East Front Scenario Books? #89116
    Russell Phillips
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    Is this any use?

    https://www.wargamevault.com/product/228504

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    in reply to: GDPR #88937
    Russell Phillips
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    It’s also worth noting that the UK government has said that GDPR rules will still apply to UK citizens even after we leave the EU.

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    in reply to: GDPR #88885
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t generally get personal details, with the notable exception of people signing up to my mailing list. Almost all of the subscribers on there had subscribed using a form that I’m confident is GDPR-compliant, but there were a few that I wasn’t confident about. For those, I did the following:
    Moved them to a new, temporary, mailing list.
    Sent an email to that list, explaining that in order to comply with GDPR, I wouldn’t email them again unless they re-joined the list. That email had a link to the new sign-up form.
    After about a week, I deleted the temporary list along with the subscribers.

    I stopped using Google Analytics some time ago and switched to a self-hosted Matomo installation, so that I have that data under my own control. Because I’m really paranoid and privacy conscious, I have it set up to get the data from server logs instead of using cookies to track people. That makes the data less comprehensive, but it’s still more than I ever use.

    I’ve created proper privacy policies.

    The day job sent me to a half-day training thing about GDPR. The main two points I got from that were that you need informed consent, and that the Information Commissioner will be more lenient if you have made good faith efforts to comply. On the other hand, if you’ve ignored it, you can expect to get hit hard.

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    in reply to: Mailing List Nag Screen #87904
    Russell Phillips
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    I had a pop-up for a while, although I’ve removed it now. I wrote it myself, specifically so that I could avoid all the things that irritate me about them.

    Personally, I don’t mind them as long as they’re not obtrusive. The ones that irritate me the most are the ones that trigger on “exit intent” (especially if they’re animated). Either I’m leaving or my mouse just happened to move out of the browser window. Either way, showing me an annoying pop-up will merely hasten my exit.

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    in reply to: Proprietary Software #87903
    Russell Phillips
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    I bought a couple of books in Adobe Digital Edition format. I wonder if this prevents piracy (much)?

    Short answer: No, although it may prevent casual sharing/piracy. Adobe Digital Editions was cracked long ago, and there are now plugins for programs like Calibre (ebook library software) that will strip the DRM automatically when you add an ebook to your library.

    Like Whirlwind, I’m not a fan of proprietary solutions like Exact Editions. One thing that hasn’t been discussed is the potential accessibility issues. Formats like ePub have options for embedding metadata that helps accessibility software. A simple example – images can have descriptions attached. These aren’t displayed, but can be read aloud by screen reader software. The font can also be enlarged or changed, effectively making any ePub a large print edition. Does anyone know if/how these proprietary solutions deal with accessibility issues?

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    in reply to: Wargames' subscription boxes #87240
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m not a cool kid so I didn’t know about it ๐Ÿ™‚ I know some cool kids, though, so I’ve seen similar things for other hobbies.

    I wargame a limited number of periods and scales, and the details are too vague for me – “a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy or historic models and accessories”. I assume the benefit is that what you get would cost significantly more if you bought them normally.

    I quite like the idea of getting random surprises in the post, but not enough to real money on it. These things always seem to cost upwards of ยฃ20/month, though, which is way too much for me to spend on the possibility of maybe getting something I’d like.

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    in reply to: Gaming – Diversity #86633
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve only just caught up with this thread. It’s an interesting discussion, but one thing hasn’t been mentioned. Some wargamers are very hostile to the idea of female wargamers, and presumably that’s a barrier, at least to women.

    I don’t know where the hostility comes from, but I’ve seen plenty of examples, mostly online, and heard horror stories from women.

    The only solution I can see to this particular issue is for those of us that don’t agree with it to speak up when it happens. Even if you don’t change the attitude of the person you disagree with, if their voice isn’t challenged, it’s easy for outsiders to assume that everyone agrees with them.

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    in reply to: Paper buildings 6/10mm #86324
    Russell Phillips
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    I like paper miniatures but I donโ€™t like those complex ones.

    I have to confess, I’ve never actually made a paper model. I am intrigued by the idea, though, and will do one of these days.

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    in reply to: Paper buildings 6/10mm #86320
    Russell Phillips
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    They look very nice, and a quick look at the previews suggests that they’re pretty simple to make, too.

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