My father passed away some years ago, and I think of him often. He loved history and boating. He was a man of many hobbies, crafts and loves. I now know that it was because in had an insatiable desire to learn. He liked having a full understanding of everything he tried.
As I have gotten older, my love for history has dramatically increased. I watch documentaries, thinking back when he used to watch them. WWII, Napoleonic and ancient history were all subjects he loved.
As my love of gaming is moving into historical conflicts, I know that we would have had a great time learning some of these games together.
I now picture him next to me, when I set up these games to learn the rules. I pretend to have conversations with him about the game, the history. I enjoyed his company, I enjoy thinking of him, and I enjoy the idea that we might be able to spend more time together.
Played Victory in Europe on 2015-05-09 (www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157521)
I think we are doing it right. My first attempt playing Victory in Europe. The newest Columbia games block game covering the European theater of WWII.
A friend of mine has a printed map (150% the original size.) It was a joy to play!
(via “Genesis” Game Map – Late Bronze Age – Middle East « C3i Ops Center)
Looking forward to this game so much!
I am not into comic books.
I feel as though I have missed the boat. There is a rich history and canon; interlacing of timelines and alternate histories, it seems impossible to “get it.” I think I would have loved to been immersed into the culture and mythos, and to have grown up with it.
Recently, I asked a few friends, all of them comic book lovers, what would be the “best” book to read. All of them told me to get Watchmen. I read it. And it was great. I burned through it. The style was old, yet, relevant. The story was gripping, poignant and tender. So great was that experience, I tried reading a few other trades. None of them I devoured, or even remotely enjoyed like Watchmen. If this was the magnum opus of the form, why would I read anything else that was less?
I fear that I will experience something like this with war games.
I have started getting into the hobby, by doing research. (ed: watching YT reviewers: Calandale and Marco mostly) I have been procuring games that I think would be the best of the type of components, eras/history, mechanisms or any combination of those. I wonder if I am setting myself up for some kind of disappointment after I play through the games I have. I see some of the other war gamers that have been playing 30 years, with hundreds of games in their collections and I wonder:
Will I be let down with other games of the same ilk, that are just not as good?
Seriously!?! One of the coolest gaming rooms I’ve ever seen on display, and befitting of one who is Assistant Professor at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Eric Monroe Walters — we salute you!