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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby joels344 » 26 Oct 2018, 16:14

I used to play in Magic: The Gathering tournaments. I'm still up for the occasional game these days, but I don't play much anymore.

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby yomptepi » 26 Oct 2018, 16:44

I had a guitar. When I was in I sat in my room and played it. But I was out nearly all the time. When I think of how much energy I had it makes me tired.
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Postby Toby » 26 Oct 2018, 16:46

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The Modernist wrote:Never got into D & D and didn't know anyone who did...maybe I'm too old to have caught its first wave. By the time I'd heard of it, it was something to take the piss out of.


I suspect people like you were the bane of my life when I was 14. I gave up at about 22 when raving pretty much took over, but I’m sort of ready to go back to it now, particularly as my son is approaching the age when he can get into it. As an alternative to the digital norm, a social occasion and brilliant use of the imagination, I think it’s terrific. It’s just a shame that I had to endure a few years being into something “secretive” to avoid being taken the piss out of. Oh well, character building I guess.


22? Fucking 22??

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What? It was with a group of mates I'd grown up with in my teenage years. We were friends and that's what made it good fun. Every Sunday night for about 7 years or so...

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Oct 2018, 16:47

Of course, Toby and his mates lived in castles anyway, so the atmosphere was already set...
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Postby Toby » 26 Oct 2018, 16:49

Yeah like there are loads of castles in Croydon...

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 16:56

Did anyone play strategic war games, those from Avalon Hill? I played "The Rise and Decline of the Third Reich" for a while. It would take all day to play the European theater of war from 1939 to 1945.

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby Deebank » 26 Oct 2018, 18:38

GoogaMooga wrote:Did anyone play strategic war games, those from Avalon Hill? I played "The Rise and Decline of the Third Reich" for a while. It would take all day to play the European theater of war from 1939 to 1945.

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We had a few Avalon Hill games, Kingmaker was good and easy. Squad Leader was a bit complicated - I think Copehead still has some of them.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 18:43

If you played the Axis side in the Campaign Game and you lasted until the spring of 1946, you'd win the game. I even managed to play the Axis side and win WWII. By not trying to invade the Soviet Union, and instead concentrating my full air power on Britain, before the USA entered the war.
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Postby Deebank » 26 Oct 2018, 19:55

GoogaMooga wrote:If you played the Axis side in the Campaign Game and you lasted until the spring of 1946, you'd win the game. I even managed to play the Axis side and win WWII. By not trying to invade the Soviet Union, and instead concentrating my full air power on Britain, before the USA entered the war.


They tried that though, didn’t work.

We had the Judge Dredd game too, it was shit. I don’t know if it was AH but it was in the same ‘bookcase’ type box.

When we were little there was a games shop in Bangor - it being a university city - that had all sorts of cool games.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby Deebank » 26 Oct 2018, 19:57

I always thought there was something a bit dodgy about people who played the nazis with too much enthusiasm - first noticed playing Escape From Colditz.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 20:05

Deebank wrote:I always thought there was something a bit dodgy about people who played the nazis with too much enthusiasm - first noticed playing Escape From Colditz.


Know what you mean - but someone has to play the bad guy or no game. It's a challenge to play the Axis side, but of course you have to look at the game as an abstraction - divorce it from the horror and crimes of the war.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 20:08

Deebank wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:If you played the Axis side in the Campaign Game and you lasted until the spring of 1946, you'd win the game. I even managed to play the Axis side and win WWII. By not trying to invade the Soviet Union, and instead concentrating my full air power on Britain, before the USA entered the war.


They tried that though, didn’t work.


That is right, Battle of Britain was in 1940, and the attack on Soviet Union was in 1941. In the game, it also depends how good your opponent is, whereas in real life it was a whole other matter.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby Toby » 26 Oct 2018, 20:13

The modern iteration of this is Hitler's Reich, out this year. 2 hours to play and can be done solo too.

https://theplayersaid.com/2018/07/15/un ... gmt-games/

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 20:51

Toby wrote:The modern iteration of this is Hitler's Reich, out this year. 2 hours to play and can be done solo too.

https://theplayersaid.com/2018/07/15/un ... gmt-games/


I like that it can be learnt quickly and only takes two hours. I am a bit skeptical about the Conflict Cards, makes me think of those Monopoly cards like get out of jail or advance to start.
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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby The Modernist » 26 Oct 2018, 20:51

GoogaMooga wrote: I even managed to play the Axis side and win WWII. By not trying to invade the Soviet Union, and instead concentrating my full air power on Britain, before the USA entered the war.


I think we all should be very grateful that Hitler had Rudolph Hess to advise him rather than GoogaMooga.

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Postby Toby » 26 Oct 2018, 20:52

Er, it's more finely balanced than that. GMT make serious games.

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 20:54

The Modernist wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote: I even managed to play the Axis side and win WWII. By not trying to invade the Soviet Union, and instead concentrating my full air power on Britain, before the USA entered the war.


I think we all should be very grateful that Hitler had Rudolph Hess to advise him rather than GoogaMooga.


Hey, if ANYONE is forever indebted to the British Tommys, it's GoogaMooga. You guys saved our collective asses. Montgomery got a hero's welcome here in 1945.

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 20:56

Toby wrote:Er, it's more finely balanced than that. GMT make serious games.


Good to know. If I were to start playing again, I'd certainly consider it.
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Postby Toby » 26 Oct 2018, 20:59

GoogaMooga wrote: Montgomery got a hero's welcome here in 1945.



Montgomery, who never fought anyone unless he had overwhelming odds in his favour.

It is now believed that his complete failure in clearing Antwerp in August 1944 set the Western front back by roughly six months. If he had done that, the Allied forces would probably have been in Berlin long before the Soviets.

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Re: Uncool stuff

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Oct 2018, 21:03

We were just grateful to be liberated. May 4th is our remembrance day, candles are put on the window sills to commemorate the liberation and the end of the curfews. My family was active in the resistance, and I lived in a May 4th hostel in my early student years.
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