I'm Bill Florig, a US Army Colonel retiring after thirty years on 1 Sept 2016. I spent my thirty years in Bradley mechanized, Armored, Air Assault, Airborne and Mountain Infantry assignments. I started gaming in 1978 with Panzer Leader and played my first game of Yaquinto's Panzer back in '79. I was hooked. I own three copies each of Armor, Panzer, and 88. My friends and I did this to fight huge Battalion and Brigade sized battles on our basement floors. Those fights were awesome! I have AH's MBT and IDF and love both games. I have all the new GMT Panzer modules and am looking forward like a kid at Christmas to MBT showing up at my house this week! I hope the North Africa and France 1940 mods will be out soon as well. I'm very interested in participating in play testing and game development and also in building scenarios. Let me know how I can help as I retire from the Army. I am married with two children and live in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
Hi, my name is Mike, I have lived most of my life in Ohio, long time wargamer, since around '74 probably...i was a kid then, and was taken with my dad's new copy of Panzerblitz, for some reason. I ended up playing it far, far more than he did. (Probably never entirely correctly, though) I was a rabid wargamer through the rest of the '70s until '84, when I went to college, and mostly went off the wargaming grid. Although I had some Yaquinto games (my favorite was Flattop, easily, I played that obsessively), I never had any of Jim's designs. I think they seemed too detail laden in the Tobruk manner - I'd played Tobruk to death earlier in the '70s, and Squad Leader had caused me to leave that sort of detail and dice rolling behind. I actually got the ASL rulebook and Beyond Valor when they were released, but I ended up hardly touching the game at the time.
Like many people, I started returning to the games in the late '90s, and even got back into ASL about three years ago. I think I will always be a dabbler in the system, though...the full rules are just too much unless you really play it consistently. I do love the idea of the historical modules, and I hope to see something along those lines for Panzer/ MBT.
I finally was able to get the p500 reprint of Panzer (I know GMT is running a business, and I appreciate them very much, but I don't think it was a great idea to leave the base game oop for so long), and I picked up all the expansions. There are a lot of things to like about the system, and, while hardly simple, it's far more reasonable to keep in your head than ASL. I also ordered MBT and preordered the expansions. I really like the vehicle cards in Panzer. It makes determining shot effects very quick, and it also allows the players to quickly analyze the tanks' relative strengths and weaknesses, and how to try to take advantage of them.
I think the best way to popularize the system is with intriguing scenarios, and, especially with historically based maps and situations. The Kursk themed scenarios in the first expansion are very cool. Those two aspects have done a lot to make ASL popular. (Also, it came out at the right time, and it's been around so long...few wargames have stayed in print so long...)
I have high hopes for Nadir's work...I believe he has done things along these lines for ASL. His historical map looks excellent.
I am a retired IT Professional (after 33 years of service) and now that I have more free time I am returning to one of my youth's hobbies - wargaming.
In the 1970's I played most of the Avalon Hill and SPI "classics" along with a variety of other games from similar companies. I enjoyed Panzerblitz, Panzer Leader, Squad Leader, ASL, MBT, and many more over the years.
I recently discovered that MBT has now been released by GMT and I was interested to try it out once again as I enjoy Cold War era gaming. My only disappointment with MBT 2nd Edition is that GMT used five fold cardboard maps instead of mounted ones. I don't mind the map art but I think that the multi-folded cardstock maps is not the best for laying flat and gaming on.
Hi all. Real name is Ed and I have been a war gaming junkie since 1975. Mostly AH Tobruk and Squad Leader. Moved to P games when Combat Mission came out in 1999. Now I have twin boys and we play board games!
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Post by vikingarcher on Jul 11, 2017 13:08:19 GMT 1
My name Rich. I'm an American, living in the Netherlands. I've been playing wargames since about 1970. My first game was AH Afrika Korps. I was a subscriber to the original Strategy & Tactics. These days I do my gaming solitaire as I can't find opponents.
Okay, my name is Bob (Robert) Hamilton and I reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia good ole USA. I have been into wargaming and conflict simulations since around 1970ish. My first wargame was Tactics...(does that ever date me). I have probably purchased, traded or swapped perhaps hundreds of wargame titles in my life and currently have only around 20 t0 30 titles now, mostly of the solitare genre since finding players who are into this type of gaming is getting harder and harder. Seems everyone is into the fantasy stuff in my area like War Machine and Hordes. Old grognards are hard to come by. I am also an avid metal detector who really likes hunting for old Civil War ground and digging up bullets, musket balls and all kids of relics of that era, not to mention really old coins.
I currently have MBT, Panzer and all three of its expansions, and I have ordered the British and the Federal German expansions for MBT and the France 1940 expansion for Panzer. Now I am just waiting for them to be released and shipping to begin. Waiting is always the hardest part!