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  • in reply to: Gaming Rituals…? #19638
    Russell Phillips
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    A couple from my old club:

    For reasons lost to the mists of time, if a roll of 2+ was needed, we’d generally say “You need ‘ote but a one” (this was in Yorkshire). It developed into a superstition that being told that would always result in rolling a one.

    One member believed that in order to ensure a high dice roll, you should throw the dice high into the air. This frequently resulted in angry swearing if the dice landed on a table with figures on it.

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    in reply to: Free advertising in the SOTCW Journal #18963
    Russell Phillips
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    Arthur,

    We’re always happy to get new advertisers, especially if they offer a discount 🙂 We have a new editor: Andrew Laing ([email protected]). Feel free to email your advert to him, I’m sure he’ll be happy to get it.

    Russell

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    in reply to: Wargame Vault Question #18524
    Russell Phillips
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    Ah, right. In that case, you might want to know that as well as number of page views, it shows the visits per sale (ie the number of visits divided by the number of sales).

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    in reply to: Wargame Vault Question #18520
    Russell Phillips
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    Yes. From the Publish page, go to View product page view counts (under Sales Reports): http://www.wargamevault.com/pub_views_report.php

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    in reply to: To like or not to like #17339
    Russell Phillips
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    Depends on what the off the shelf packages allow, there are a few. Some seem to vary between like and thumbs up and thanks… Depends on price too!

    If one that uses “Like” suits in every other way, it might be possible to edit the code to change it to “Thanks” or whatever. I’d be happy to take a look, but make no guarantees that I’d be able to do it 😉 Send me a PM with details of which ones you’re looking at and I’ll let you know if I think it’s feasible.

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    in reply to: To like or not to like #17338
    Russell Phillips
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    I voted no because I can’t really see the point in a ‘like’ feature. If you like a post why not take the trouble to tell the poster that you like it? You could even go crazy and tell him why you like it. You never know, you might even end up having a conversation.

    Sometimes I don’t reply to posts because I don’t really have much to say, and posting just to say I like it seems pointless. On other forums, people have been accused of posting such things just to increase their post count, which makes me even more wary of posting just to say “I agree”.

    I would be interested to hear why other people have voted no, though.

    And do we really want a league table of the most liked posts (which will inevitably become a league table of the most liked posters)?

    I hadn’t really noticed that part of the question. Personally, I don’t see the value of a list of most liked posts, but I wouldn’t strongly object to one, either.

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    in reply to: To like or not to like #17275
    Russell Phillips
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    I chose “yes”, because I think it’d be a nice feature to have, but it’s not something that I have strong feelings about.

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    in reply to: My Painted MRR (BMP) for 5Core Brigade Commander #17221
    Russell Phillips
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    It’s not that I don’t trust O8 or anything, I just get paranoid that something will happen and cause problems. At the day job, we always try to avoid a “single point of failure”, and the mindset extends into my normal life sometimes 😉

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    in reply to: My Painted MRR (BMP) for 5Core Brigade Commander #17156
    Russell Phillips
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    Very nice.

    I like the idea of 3mm, but is O8 the only supplier? They’re nice models, but I get wary about only having a single source.

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    in reply to: Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers #15364
    Russell Phillips
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    Is there a few page, free sample we can review online to help us decide if we should take the plunge?

    We’ve created a free sample issue. It’s about half the size of a normal issue, and is free on Wargame Vault.

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    in reply to: Wargames Company Listing #15289
    Russell Phillips
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    Good-oh. I collected them in 2013, and they were all live then, so hopefully they’re all still valid.

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    in reply to: Wargames Company Listing #15286
    Russell Phillips
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    I think there were 42 URLs, so that was obviously the problem. There was no error message, though.

    I’ve sent you a PM, which seems to have worked. Let me know if you haven’t received it and I’ll email them to you.

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    in reply to: Wargames Company Listing #15274
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve just failed twice to post a set of links, I’ll see if I can PM them to you instead.

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    in reply to: Poll Test #14398
    Russell Phillips
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    It’s interesting that it tells you who has voted, but not how they voted.

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    in reply to: Poll Test #14393
    Russell Phillips
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    I am of course waiting to see how many no votes are cast…

    🙂

    It seemed to let me vote when I wasn’t logged in, though now that I’ve logged in and voted, it doesn’t appear to have actually recorded the vote from when I wasn’t logged in.

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    in reply to: Lost and found #12774
    Russell Phillips
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    Your brother sold them? That’s pretty harsh 🙁 I think I have at least one or two of the TO&E books, and the book of scenarios (Battlegrounds? Something like that).

    Possibly my most treasured wargaming book is Charles Grant’s Battle. My brother-in-law gave it to me when I first started showing an interest in miniature wargaming. I was probably about 10. I’ve still got it.

    I’ve just thought of another one, though it’s not quite what you asked. When I was much younger, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a copy of “Battlegames Book 4: World War 2”. It’s a book about the war, with four board wargames included. I never got rid of it, but I did lose all the counters and rules 🙁 Recently I managed to get hold of a complete copy (with counters and rules) for a very reasonable price on Ebay.

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    in reply to: Lost and found #12772
    Russell Phillips
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    Many years ago I got rid of (can’t remember if I sold them or gave them away) my copies of Challenger, Challenger II, and Challenger 2000, all by Bruce Rea-Taylor, on the grounds that I’d never play them. Last year I saw copies and got all nostalgic, so I bought them 🙂

    I didn’t know Zaloga wrote a book called Red Army, are you sure you’re not thinking of the one by Ralph Peters? Amazon have the Ralph Peters one.

    I used to have the board wargames Air Force, Dauntless, and the Air Force Expansion Set. Every now and then I kick myself for selling them, even though I’m not sure I’d ever get to play them.

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    in reply to: Favourite Military Vehicle #11916
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m too fickle to have a single favourite, but I’m partial to the Vickers Light Mark VI and the Kettenkrad, both of which have already been mentioned.

    I also rather like the Tiger, the BTR-80, and the T-72.

    I was at Bovington Tank Museum last week. The only one of the above that they don’t have is the BTR-80.

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    in reply to: Twitter hashtag for wargaming #10589
    Russell Phillips
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    As Angel Barracks said, a hashtag is not a definition. It’s simply a convenient term to group related tweets. The meaning needs to be obvious to its intended audience, and (ideally) it shouldn’t already be in use for something else. I believe #minwargames fulfils both those criteria.

    If you’re bothered about people trying to change the definition of the hobby by referring to “miniatures” instead of “models”, I’d suggest that the existence of a magazine called “Miniature Wargames” should be a greater concern.

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    in reply to: Twitter hashtag for wargaming #10531
    Russell Phillips
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    You disagree with the suggestion for Twitter and admit you don’t know what Twitter is?

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought that was a bit odd.

    To answer the question, Twitter is a social network, which allows users to post status updates up to 140 characters long.

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    in reply to: Book review copies available #9365
    Russell Phillips
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    I have also sent a pm, Russell.

    Seen and replied 🙂

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    in reply to: Book review copies available #9360
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ll be posting a copy to Steve later today. Any other takers?

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    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks for the review. The book looks interesting, I’ll have to see if I can get it in ebook format.

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    in reply to: Rules formats #7180
    Russell Phillips
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    Personally, I’d quite like a plain text version, because I could easily convert it for my Kindle. With plain text there’s nothing to mess up, and conversion is as simple as emailing it to my Kindle’s email address. Amazon converts it on the way, so that it arrives on my Kindle as a mobi file.

    For me, PDF + text is a good compromise, but I’ve no idea how many others would feel the same way. Mind you, I don’t know how many people would want rules on their ereader, either.

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    in reply to: TWW #7154
    Russell Phillips
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    I haven’t looked in detail, but I appear to be getting more traffic now than I was getting from TMP when I was advertising there. I hardly ever posted on TMP because I really disliked the forum software, and its maintenance downtime window tended to correspond to my prime browsing time. Admittedly, I don’t post much here, but I do post more than I did on TMP.

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    in reply to: Rules formats #7039
    Russell Phillips
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    I always assumed PDFs worked fine on Kindles. When browsing PDFs on these other platforms, do the resize options not appear:
    Also as my rules are free, is there way to convert them without uploading to a vendor site?

    Kindles (and most ereaders) will read PDFs, but they’re not very good. Here’s a photo of your KR16 rules on my Kindle:

    KR16 on Kindle

    Bear in mind that my Kindle has a 6″ screen (corner to corner) – the image may be bigger. It’s readable on my Kindle, but the text is quite small, because an A4 page has been shrunk down to the size of the Kindle screen. When you resize, it shows a part of the page, and you have to scroll around to read the whole thing – it’s a real pain. Also, some features (bookmarks and notes, for instance) don’t work. I believe it’s similar on other ereaders.

    With a mobi file (or ePub on other ereaders), the text simply adjusts to fit, and if you resize the font, it’ll adjust to fit again. This image should show what I mean, it’s two screenshots from my Kindle. It’s the same mobi file, but with two different font sizes:

    Yes, you can convert your rules without uploading them to a vendor site. How well the conversion works will depend on a variety of factors. Don’t convert from the PDF, as it will almost certainly end up looking like a dog’s dinner if you do. Use the Word file or whatever format you wrote the rules in. If you have a HTML version (eg if you have an online version of the rules), that would be an excellent format to convert from, since ePub & mobi files are actually collections of HTML files.

    Calibre will convert from virtually any format to ePub and mobi. There are also online converters, almost all of which use Calibre to do the actual conversion. There are also people on sites like Fiverr that you can pay to do it for you.

    If you have any problems, I’m happy to advise.

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    in reply to: Rules formats #7038
    Russell Phillips
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    It’s on our list of things to do and has been for a few years, actually.
    We’ll be exploring ePub format in some upcoming releases.

    That’s good to hear. Kindles won’t read ePubs, but Calibre will convert them for me 

    If you need help, I’m happy to advise.

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    in reply to: New lines in signature #6796
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve always been a trend-setter 

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    in reply to: New lines in signature #6790
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks. I don’t claim to be a graphical wizard, but I can manage a bit of text in a graphic 

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    in reply to: New lines in signature #6786
    Russell Phillips
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    Looks like an image is the answer. I should be able to put one together, when I get around to it.

    Thanks, Mike.

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    in reply to: Tiger tank slippers #6771
    Russell Phillips
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    Do they do them with a swastika flag over the grill?

    You have to make (crochet) them yourself, so no, but I dare say you could knock one up if you really wanted one.

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    in reply to: Snapshot Submarine Rules #4022
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve not played it, but it looks interesting. There is an email address given on the website ([email protected]). Have you tried emailing him?

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    in reply to: Free advertising in the SOTCW Journal #3678
    Russell Phillips
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    You’re welcome. I’ve been a member of the SOTCW for years, and I’d like it to continue, so I’d like more traders to support it 🙂

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    in reply to: Good luck…. #3535
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks everyone, spread the word! TTW is here! :D

    What’s TTW? Is that another new wargaming site?  🙂

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    in reply to: Another dumb 'how to' question! #3350
    Russell Phillips
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    Here’s a screenshot of mine:

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    in reply to: Congratulations #3014
    Russell Phillips
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    My thinking was that you might want to coordinate something, so you had something to offer when you officially launch.

    In lieu of that, I’ll set something up and post to the supporting members forum when I’m at a proper computer, probably tomorrow.

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    in reply to: Congratulations #2995
    Russell Phillips
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    Is there anything traders could do to help with the official launch? Offer discounts? Donate prizes for a competition?

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    in reply to: Congratulations #2984
    Russell Phillips
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    When is the official launch?

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    in reply to: Congratulations #2978
    Russell Phillips
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    MWBG here and doing everything I can to spread the word. I know how hard it is to reach that ‘critical mass’ so I’m tweeting, Facebooking and blogging it out there and I’ll put a piece into the magazine issue 377. I’ll try to get the other mags on board too.

    I discovered the site via one of Henry’s tweets 🙂

    I’ve been posting about the site on various forums, and on social media.

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    in reply to: Good luck…. #2710
    Russell Phillips
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    Good luck with this. My first impressions are positive, so I have high hopes that this will become a most excellent site 🙂

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