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Wild Weasel #3


News: 1:46

Nick Karp: 11:39

COIN collecting: 27:04

Links to items mentioned

Fatal Alliances: The Great War from Compass Games

Don’t Tread on Me! from White Dog Games

Print and play repository at wargamedownloads.com

Bounding Fire Productions

China-Burma-India: The Lost Theater from the St. Louis ASL Club

Nuts Publishing

The Chosin Few from Victory Point Games (solitaire game)

Designer Nathan Hansen of The Chosin Few demonstrates his game via video

No Trumpets, No Drums by One Small Step Games

Operational Studies Group (Napoleonic games)

Next War: Poland from GMT Games

Time of Crisis from GMT Games

By Mountains and Sea from Legion Wargames

Liberty or Death from GMT Games (already sold out, is in reprint status)

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5 Responses to “Wild Weasel #3”

  1. Good job Bruce. Really enjoy listening to this podcast. I’m going to start playing Liberty or Death today. I’ve chosen to play the French and Patriots against the non player Indians and British. Stay Up Bruce.

    Posted by Cyrus | March 29, 2016, 11:49 am
  2. Excellent again.

    The question of appropriate topics for games /wargames is one I’ve been mulling a lot lately.

    Why is this a matter of “art”? Books cover these topics without any special pleading required.

    It starts to raise the uncomfortable question as to why we’ve avoided these topics.

    There is a lot of interesting game design space that is opened up once we expand our world.

    We’ve seen this in tabletop rpgs, it is time for boardgames to open out.


    Assymetric games aren’t new, we have the Tafl games and Maharajah and the Sepoys chess like games that have been around for a long time.

    Posted by Steven Davis | March 31, 2016, 12:41 pm
  3. Hi Bruce,

    The podcast has been very enjoyable and informative, thanks for putting it together and thank you for introducing me to Dien Bien Phu. It’s on the table now and I’m really looking forward to having a go this weekend.

    Your comments on COIN hit home as I find myself in the category of those who’ve fallen off the COIN wagon. Have them all from Andean Abyss through Fire in the Lake. The topics the series covers are great. The historical contexts are excellent, the solo gameplay is a perfect fit. Like a moth to a flame I keep circling these, setting them up and then stashing them back on the shelf, partially played.

    Your podcast got me thinking about this again and wondering why this keeps happening. For me it seems to come down to the blocks and the so called ‘bots. For some reason they don’t appeal to my inner grognard and hold my attention. Oddly I think if the blocks were replaced with counters, suitably illustrated in a modern wargame style, the games would work better even though the blocks are easier to handle. The ‘bots could use a makeover too. A more graphical style would make these play faster for me. As a solo player I have a limited amount of grey matter to process words AND strategies a quicker ‘bot chart could be a solution. I may have to take another look at the series and take a hack at a better ‘bot, but not until after Dien Bien Phu! 🙂

    Posted by Patrick Hildreth | March 31, 2016, 12:51 pm
    • Kevin, I completely agree with your assessment of the block issue. “Inner grognard” is a great way to put it. The thing that saves the series for me, I think, is how incredibly thematic the cards are. They do such a good job of establishing the historical situation that I can get by with abstract pieces.

      I haven’t played any of these games with the bots, so I can’t speak to that, but I do find the games actually play pretty quickly in person. Once you internalize the game symbology, you move right along.

      Posted by Bruce Geryk | April 7, 2016, 7:00 am
  4. Hi there,

    Thanks for the podcast! Sifting through it all is rewarding. Like hearing about publishers I’ve never heard of, the casual chat, and lists!
    Lucked into finding your podcast and site due to a random comment from Mark Johnson and then realized I’d recently started following your Youtube channel. Looking forward to your future releases.

    Posted by Casey Nedry | April 20, 2016, 6:58 am

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