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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.20/09/2014 at 16:49 in reply to: Review of Neil Thomas' Latest Book: One Hour Wargames #8933
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.
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.
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:
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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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.
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.