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Posts posted by Aragorn2002

  1. 20 hours ago, sid_burn said:

    A poor attempt at a comeback, don't make me get @Rinaldi or @IICptMillerII I know you live in fear of confronting them ;)

    I was indeed wrong about your sexual orientation. My apologies. 🤣

    And you did get Rinaldi! He even gave you a Like. How sweet is that! You know what? I will also give you a Like. Little boys like you can use all the support they can get at your age.

  2. 36 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    Maybe true in the very broadest sense, but far more blame goes to the Soviets basically throwing the whole country into disarray with their poorly planned and poorly executed invasion.


    Yeah, sounds familiair, doesn't it?

    36 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    This is a very spicy accusation. Clearly there can be no middle ground between the Taliban and depopulating whole villages like the Soviets did, right? Those barbarous Afghans need a firm hand and all that. The Soviets were just following the well-known and very successful tactics of another power that stabilized regions, Nazi Germany. Take fire from a village? Erase said village, pacify countries with this one little trick.


    Middle ground? Hmm, let me think. Vietnam perhaps?

    36 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    We shouldn't be surprised at this level of competence from the Soviet Union, they did after all compromise FDR ;)

    They sure did. But not the first and certainly not the last of your presidents who blundered his way through history.

    36 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    I'm curious how you read some of these books, like Afghantsy, and still come to the conclusion that the Soviets knew what they were doing lmao.

    I'm curious whether you can read. I said that the Russians, backing the communist government, had the best chance of stabilizing Afghanistan, especially when the West and Pakistan hadn't interfered. I didn't say it would have been easy or even succesful.

    36 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    Give me your wife's number, I'll call her up and we can hear what she thinks of such takes.

    I understand the thought of chatting with a woman without having to pay for it, excites you, but no, sorry. 😀

  3. 47 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    This is quite the chicken and egg problem you've created here, given that the rise of the Taliban was due in large part to Soviet brutality which forced millions to flee into neighboring Pakistani refugee camps where radicalization efforts were being undertaken. Turns out bombing cities doesn't exactly stop people from joining guerilla forces.


    Agreed. But let's not forget the support from the US. Without that no Taliban. Talking about the chicken and the egg...

    47 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    Its also weird to accuse NATO of being too soft, given we're in a thread about about the Soviets leaving Afghanistan, which they did in large part due to declining support for the war effort


    No, we're not just in a thread about the Soviets leaving Afghanistan. We're also in a thread about how difficult it is to stabilize the country. Without the West and Pakistan supporting the Mujahideen the Russians would perhaps have been able to do so. NATO certainly isn't. So the only thing that is weird is your comment. Especially as this discussion really started to heat up after someone said that the Taliban is 'the best bet' for Afghanistan. But perhaps you also agree with that?


    47 minutes ago, sid_burn said:

    I'd be genuinely curious to know what books you've read on this topic.

    Quite a few and more than I can remember. See below. Apart from that I spoke to lots of Afghans and other people who where there and know more about it than you and me together.

    The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

    Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

    The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

    Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond

    Farewell Kabul: How the West Ignored Pakistan and Lost Afghanistan

  4. 21 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

    PM sent.  :)

    I'm genuinely interested to know how you believe the Soviets could have prevented the rise of the Taliban or perhaps the morphing of the Mujahidin into the Taliban. 

    PM anwered. 😀

    I'm not saying that the Soviets could have prevented the rise of the Taliban, but they were more up to the task than NATO ever was or will be. War against the Taliban has to be completly ruthless in order to achieve victory and the West most certainly is nog capable of that. We're too soft and too sensitive of media and public opinion. So if there ever was a power that could have beaten the Taliban, it would have been the Russians.

  5. 31 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

    Do you really believe that?  :o

    Given the historically dismal record of attempts to impose external 'systems' on Afghanistan, I see Taliban (as a home grown 'institution', however horrible), as best bet for the future of the country.....My sincere apologies to the women of Afghanistan, but there it is.  :ph34r: 

    Can you please give me your phone number? My wife likes to speak to you. Yes, she's from Afghanistan. Refugee. Same as the rest of her family.

  6. 2 hours ago, RockinHarry said:

    Quite interesting! Most likely a placeholder for the CW module later on. From what I know windmills were more common in northern parts of the Netherlands (outside the Bulge battlefields generally), so BFC opted to leave them out for the base game.

    True, but Brabant, Gelderland and Limburg also have quite a few windmills. Interesting find indeed.

  7. 27 minutes ago, Falaise said:

    Yes, Aragorn, I'm going to put also the "disemboweled cow" that you asked me a long time ago!


    to make the roads, it's very simple as often with good ideas

    in "highway" use elements 8 and 10

    It assembles like that





    For the other direction, use 13 and 15 according to the same principle

    Thank you, Falaise. This was one of the few things I didn't like in the editor too. Great find!

  8. 23 hours ago, Erwin said:

    You guys have made some very smart decisions over the years.  It's a tribute that BF is one of the very few hardcore wargame sim developers still in business.  And the others are doing much less ambitions/interesting/compelling products.  Have always internally calculated the value of each CM game family to be in the approx $300 range and with all the modules etc. available that's about right.

    My concern would be that at the current rate of production it will take a very long time to get to the early war.  In the meanwhile, the play experience difference between a 1944 era game and a 1943 era game (ie: a one year difference) is not that appreciable. 

    One of the great features of CM1 was the ability to fight Barbarossa one day and a 1945 scenario the next.  It kept things fresh.  Of course we all understand that while CM1 was unbelievably fabulous value for customers it is not a commercially viable biz model for BF.  The dream has been that one day we would have 1941 to 1945 products all available at the same time.  If the CM2 engine is still viable 5+ years from now maybe we'll get there.  But, it could take a lot longer than 5 years.

    Currently, CM2 is effectively 2007 era graphics and despite all the wonderful engine improvements (to me at least) the system offers essentially the same gameplay experience.  Now that the CM2 system is 12 years old one has to wonder how many more years can it keep satisfying customers.  We all agree that graphics is not what motivates our interest in the CM system.  But, at the same time not many of us are playing classic games like "pong" or the 1990's simulations.  

    Am certain that BF has given much thought as to what the next evolution (CM3) will be and when it may be developed.  So, there is nothing in what I have said that will be news to you guys.  Just wanted to congratulate you on the success of the system but also voice my concern that things have to evolve well before your customer base gets bored.


    Well said. Personally I still love the graphics and I don't know any games that even come close to CM, let alone have better graphics. If CM2 would not exist, I wouldn't be playing other wargames, but would still be playing CM1.

    CM is a rare breed and there's simply nothing to replace or succeed it. The current rate of production worries me though, but let's hope that's going to change this year. I'm 55 now and I hope to be able to play CM for another 55 years.

  9. 15 hours ago, coachjohn said:

    Could be worse. Look at Command ops by panther games. Every time they have a major patch / upgrade you have to repay for each of your modules / DLCs to be upgraded. About 50% of original price.


    Or maybe paradox that has milked everything from their customers they can.

    Command Ops gives you the base game for FREE, including several great scenarios. The DLC is worth every penny. The small but active community also produces nice scenarios (about Caen for instance) and mods for free. It's a great game with lots of potential (perhaps Eastern front in the future). I also don't get what you say about repaying. Doesn't make sense to me.

  10. 9 hours ago, Jumpete said:

    Great news Steve. Reading your post, I was thinking that if the modules develop is so advanced, why don't bring us some screenshots as a last Xmas sweet.😉

    Yeah, Benpark, why don't you? Instead of giving away likes for silly comments. After all the waiting we would like to see a decent bone instead of yet another tiny bone fragment covered with some riddles.