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Wild Weasel #13


News: 2:35

Michael Gower and Tom Abromaitis from Rally in the Valley: 12:50

Retreat? No.: 52:17

Links to items mentioned

Tom & Michael’s podcast, Rally in the Valley (from Wisconsin!)

Mark Simonitch’s Holland ’44 from GMT Games

Bruno Sinigaglio’s A Time for Trumpets from GMT Games

Greg Laubach’s Death Valley from GMT Games

Jim Day’s 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade (4CMBG) expansion for MBT (Main Battle Tank) from GMT (Gene Mike Terry) Games

Mike Nagel’s Saint-Omer to St. Crispin game from GMT Games

John Theissen’s Objective Shreveport from Hollandspiele

Bruce Costello’s Operation Icarus from Tiny Battle Publishing

Paul Rohrbaugh’s Black Lion’s Roar from High Flying Dice Games

Worthing Publishing’s Holdfast:Tunisia on Kickstarter

product page for Michael Rinella’s Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga from Last Stand Games

Consimworld discussion page for Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga

Four Roads to Paris, the ATO 2015 Annual Study edition

Pacific Rim Publishing – Jack Radey’s Korsun Pocket reprint

mounted game boards via Print and Play

Special Ops #7 with Autumn for Barbarossa game

Phalanx Games reprint/reworking of Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage


14 Responses to “Wild Weasel #13”

  1. Hi Bruce

    I was hearing this morning your rant about the new Hannibal version.

    Just wanted to let you know that the new edition of the game its in essential the same game as in AH/valley game editions. The only thing that have changed its that for sieges and naval movement they use custom dice instead of tables. But even so the tables and a d6 are included for the people who prefer the classic game.

    All this about streamlining and make the game easier and faster are just well… marketing gibberish to try to lure a wide (non wargamer) audience to the game 😉

    Anyway many thanks for your podcasts.

    Posted by Roi Espino Cid | October 3, 2017, 10:22 am
  2. Actually, Bruce, replacing the battle cards with dice can make a big difference in time (open question as to whether it’s the same, better or worse, depends on the probability distributions). As an example, Wash War replaced the We the People cards. Faster combat system, but required major redesign of other elements because it changed the probability distributions greatly (reducing attacker advantage). As for time, the experience on Wargameroom suggests that quicker battles makes a big difference in overall time.

    No comment as to the application in Hannibal

    Posted by George Young | October 6, 2017, 7:01 pm
  3. Hi Bruce
    Very much enjoyed your in depth reviews of
    “Died Bien Phu” war games.

    Have you played Decision’s solitaire Dien Bien Phu
    from a couple years back.
    Would welcome your opinion or comments.


    Posted by Rob Smith | October 6, 2017, 7:19 pm
    • Hi Rob,

      Yes, I have played the Dien Bien Phu solitaire game (from Modern War magazine). I don’t think it’s a very good game. I don’t think anything was lost for not covering it in the video series.

      The Vae Victis DBP game, on the other hand, is one I wish I had been able to fit in.

      Posted by Bruce Geryk | October 7, 2017, 12:34 am
  4. Hi Bruce,
    Thank you so much for answering my questions about No Retreat! , it was an honor and quite enlightening! It seems this game, opposed to some of my other favourite designs, doesn’t fall in that inbetween-gap of medium complexity games (like Conflict of Heroesor Combat Commander) that I tend to gravitate to and you don’t seem to enjoy as much.

    These kinds of listener interaction are great and I think a lot of commenters highly appreciate having their questions answered on air. Keep it up!

    I’ll let you know how my wargaming neophyte feels about the series. And I’ll leave my comfort zone regarding complex wargames and try out Dien Bien Phu – the final gamble some day!

    Posted by Michael Knarr | October 8, 2017, 12:48 am
  5. Re: Wisconsin-y wargames

    As a Wisconsinite I would have picked any ACW game featuring the Iron Brigade since they played such pivotal roles at South Mountain, 2nd Bull Run and, of course, Gettysburg. Three of its five regiments were from Wisconsin.

    As mentioned in the podcast, Dungeons & Dragons evolved from Gygax’s Chainmail wargame, and Gen Con originated here in Lake Geneva, WI.

    Legion Wargames, publisher of your beloved Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble, is also based in Wisconsin.

    Posted by Michael P | October 11, 2017, 5:27 pm
  6. Bruce,

    Thank you for directing me to episodes of your podcast in answering a question of mine posted to the video pages several weeks ago. I came to those pages after watching the video series on YouTube, which I had watched because of your time on 3MA and specifically the episode about Kanger’s DBP with Rob.

    Now that I’ve listened to the entire podcast series, first my thanks. It’s a wonderful format and I’m glad you do this for listeners as the only other wargamers who make regular similar material are entirely too U.S. / WWII focused and I feel so constrained listening and watching them.

    Second, a bit of constructive feedback: please put episode-specific information in the podcast titles and notes as metadata or whatever. Each episode of 3MA, for instance, is titled “Episode ### – game or topic.” Each episode has a description: “this week Bruce and Rob discuss whether GAME meets the expectations of its series…” or “Julian and Rob discuss their favorite games about MECHANIC”, etc. WW episodes by contrast are all named simply by number and have no notes when viewed in a podcast app and must be referred to on your site. Adding that information would make referencing different episodes much simpler, and help people know which to they’ve listened.

    Finally, a question: your #2 solo game was Navajo Wars. So I was anxious to hear you talk about Comancheria, but even after it was released (Dec 16), I don’t think you have mentioned it. Have you tried it? I’m stuck unsure which to buy until I know whether Commancheria has shuffled up your solo list.

    Posted by Keithustus | October 12, 2017, 3:38 pm
  7. Do you know if White Dog Games’ Mrs. Thatcher’s War is a new version of Where There is Discord?

    Posted by Curtis Shanks | November 13, 2017, 11:15 am
    • It is most definitely not a new version of Where There Is Discord. It is a new design by R. Ben Madison.

      Posted by Bruce Geryk | November 13, 2017, 3:46 pm
      • Maybe you could comment on this if there is anything worth mentioning about the game on your next podcast #14. I was very disappointed when I could not get Where There Is Discord. I joined the USMC because of the Harrier in 1986. Wish I could’ve been a 6024 instead of a 6012 but, A-4’s are pretty cool and A-4’s were used by the Argentinians.

        Posted by Curtis Shanks | November 15, 2017, 2:44 pm
  8. Dude…That voice you did of the people whining to Avalon Hill back in the day about late games is the same voice I hear in my head when I read the whiners commenting on a late Kickstarter game. 40 years later and the haters are still hating! Who knew there were so many people backing tabletop games to give as Christmas presents and now the holidays are ruined!?!

    Love the show!

    Posted by Mike Sloup | December 18, 2017, 6:08 pm

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