Friday, February 23, 2007


I am finally punching out the counters in my ASL Starter Kit #2. I have been doing this chore on and off for at least the last 35 years. I think the first wargame I ever punched counters for was Avalon Hill's Waterloo. Since then we have had personal computers, the internet, mobile phones, robot spaceships exploring the solar system - but wargame counters are exactly the same as they always were. They don't punch out properly, they tear, you get wispy bits on the corners. Note too that these products are from the USA - the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. I bet they are still using the same dies on the machines as they were in 1970.

One thing has changed though - for the very first time in my long wargaming career I am taking the nail clippers to my new counters. Very light clippage - no octagonal counters for me thanks - but clippage nonetheless.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A rashly public Lent commitment

Following Maggi Dawn's suggestion, I intend to give up buying toys over Lent. You know the sort of things: CDs, DVDs, computer games, books, and (gasp!) boardgames. It's gonna be tough.....

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Online is where it's at...... for now

In the absence of real opponents I'm hitting the web servers.

Tipped off by Moritz Eggert (?) from The DiceTower, I am trying out HexWar, which allows you to play old SPI wargames by email. The free try-out, Napoleon at Waterloo, is a trip down memory lane for me. I got it when I first subscribed to S&T back in the 70's, and I used to play at lunchtime with friends at school. Back then my nickname was "The General".

I've also usually got a couple of games of Amun Re on the go at SpielByWeb - I'm not doing very well at the moment, though I did win one (somehow) a few weeks ago.

But hopefully soon I'll be at a table again looking my opponents in the eye.....