Game Play 2015 as of Sept…and Now its December! -doah

November last year I wrote this little doozie about game play. I was correct, reduced available time was what transpired in 2015! But we hung in there and and cranked out some fun solid game plays of nifty systems, and encountered only a few stinkers.


Looks like the Year will end up with 91 plays in total +/- this is an old image from September [above]. This pales to many hard core gamers, why just today I saw someone say they played 246 games!!!…but there were a lot of Euros too!

This year has been comparatively lean. The problems have been numerous, mainly self inflicted. A fresh approach for 2016 is going to be undertaken so that I derive more satisfaction AND a higher rate of play of un-played titles…Well that is how I felt until I did some analysis and looked at my rate of play in 2015.

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OCS Pre Orders up!!

Yep Tunisia II and Sicily II.
I am all in for Sicily.
I am not sure I care that much for Tunisia…tho the revision
is likely a nice one.
New maps revised OOB and some rules updates will no doubt help. Regardless with Tunisia the end campaign is a messy attrition fest.
Whereas it ‘seems’ like Sicily will benefit in lots of ways and be a different and possibly better game. I have not played it yet, so I cant really say much about it.


Sicily Details: NOTE 1 MAP – acquiescence to the ‘no more monsters mantra’

Sicily II is a full-sized game covering the amphibious invasion of that island in the summer of 1943. This new edition is quite different from Dean Essig’s original game from back in 2000. It features a revised order of battle, modified rules, and a new map. The most obvious change is in scale: hexes are now 3.5 miles across and there are two turns per week (the original had 2.5-mile hexes and four turns per week). This makes for a smaller, faster game that conforms to the scale chosen for Beyond the Rhine and the upcoming games set in Western Europe. We think Sicily II is a perfect way to give new recruits their baptism in the fire of OCS, and is also a worthy entry in the series for players who have already earned their stripes.

Here are some of the game’s highlights:

  • The entire campaign lasts just 16 turns.
  • There are six scenarios in all (three using the entire map, and three using just a portion).
  • The Allied airborne fiasco is recreated with simple scatter rules.
  • The amphibious landings can be played out using standard OCS naval rules, or players can mostly skip these and begin with the bulk of Allied forces already ashore.
  • The Luftwaffe’s Do.217K makes its series debut, armed with exotic Fritz-X missiles.
  • Rules for Italian unit wavering and surrender make every game different.
  • Several interesting options are provided, including revised Axis deployment and variable entry of the 29th Panzergrenadier Division.


World War Two Chronological Walk 1943

Lets follow the year of 1943 in WWII, and take a look at what titles used to cover off on the major events of ’43. All AARS future and past will be posted here to log our progress thru the war.

You can see past Years here: 1939 , 194019411942 

January 2, 1943 – Allies take Buna in New Guinea.

January 14-24 – Casablanca conference between Churchill and Roosevelt. During the conference, Roosevelt announces the war can end only with “unconditional German surrender.”

January 22, 1943 – Allies defeat Japanese at Sanananda on New Guinea.

January 29-30 – Battle of Rennell Island – Pacific Theater

February 1, 1943 – Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal.


See Pacific War game play of the Guadalcanal campaign.

February 2, 1943 – Germans surrender at Stalingrad in the first big defeat of Hitler’s armies.

February 19-25 – Battle of Kasserine Pass – North Africa

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Light Division


Reading designer notes and revelling in the pre Gulf War 1 concepts(1989), and thinking about transport, logistics and ground force capabilities.



1700 year old mosaic found in Israel

Measuring 36 feet by 42 feet, the colorful mosaic was unearthed in the central Israeli city of Lod last year during the construction of a visitor center for the Lod Mosaic, one of the most spectacular artwork in the country that was discovered two decades ago in the same place.

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