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About kevinkin

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  • Birthday 02/22/1959

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    Red Bank, NJ USA
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    wargames, golf, chess, bass fishing, cooking, yard work, then sleep

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  1. kevinkin

    QB Maps

    I thought it would be very difficult to surpass the QB maps in Final Blitzkrieg. But the maps I see in CMSF2 are up there with the best CM has ever released. Before diving into the scenarios, refresh your tactics utilizing the QB engine. Somehow they were able to bring arid terrain and dusty urban areas to life .
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    CMSF2 Release Update

    March to the sound of the guns, guys, march to the sound of the guns.
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    CMSF2 Demos Released!

    As was said above, urban warfare requires a methodical approach. One technique is to divide the battlefield into manageable phase lines whereby you only reach the final objective with a few turns left in the scenario. This sort of forces you to go slow. This does not apply to all scenarios, but something to consider when doing your initial planning.
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    CMSF2 Release Update

    I like the way the term "wild" is use here. As the number of players using the software explodes, those corner cases driving BFC nuts will surface. Maybe a patch for Holiday gaming time will be possible. Man, where did 2018 go BTW?
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    CMSF2 Release Update

    Well said. Mark's work takes CM maps not to the next level or a new level ... but to a level none of us thought possible. Kevin
  6. Are you blocked from the site? That's odd. Anyway, keep up the good work. I would add Winter Mod 2016 to the list of sources you quoted above just to be complete. Will be checking out the new Mod after the first snow fall. Kevin
  7. Thanks for the clarification and improvements. How much of Winter Mod 2016 is in your new one? 1% 10% etc...? If I recall it used CM Italy winter textures to get a start. It's easy to get an account over there. It will help get your hard work distributed and noticed. Battlefront officially endorses the site. Kevin
  8. Looks great, but interested to understand how this mod differs from the winter one released over the 2015-16 holidays. Are there across the board improvements? Perhaps players can customize their set ups combining the two mods. For example, Winter Mod 2016 has "winterized" Soviet tanks. Since these mods contain so many files, it would nice to understand the differences. I agree this should be posted over at CMMODS. Winter Mod 2016 is there for those interested. - Kevin
  9. https://warontherocks.com/2018/10/return-to-gettysburg-the-fifth-epochal-shift-in-the-course-of-war/ Nice long article on patterns in operational history related to technology changes over time. Kevin
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    Urban Combat Training Article

    This appears to be some the text that the video I posted above is based on: https://prodev2go.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/rus-ukr-lessons-draft.pdf Fifty pages written in 2015. It's very good but lacks the graphical presentation (e.g. maps) that the video has. But I think it is an important piece of work regarding modern warfare. I will post these links over in the Black Sea forum too. Kevin
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    Urban Combat Training Article

    I will post this link here since the CMSF2 forum is getting a lot of traffic these days. https://mwi.usma.edu/video-dr-phillip-karber-ukraine-russian-way-war/ From a West Point presentation to cadets in April. Impressive one hour talk on the Russia Ukraine war circa 2014. The speaker was in Ukraine 30 times and conducted "staff rides". Good idea to pause the video and read the slides. Beware: there is a lot of detail. There is a portion that compares an Ukrainian '"thunder run" to Jeb Stuart's audacious cavalry ride completely around the Union army during Seven Days. Mentions one Ukrainian helo pilot that was shot down 3 times in one day with MANPADs and survived to tell about it. This may have been posted in a forum already. If so, I am simply behind schedule. Kevin
  12. This is a recent opinion piece from West Point: https://mwi.usma.edu/getting-beyond-door-kicking-four-tasks-urban-warriors/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB 9.19.18&utm_term=Editorial - Early Bird Brief Nothing will teach you how to play CM better. But it's a quick and interesting read. Kevin
  13. https://codenames.info/ Lists the names and describes many WW2 operations most of which are little known. It's a labor of love by the writer. I wish he listed his sources, but there is no reason to think anything is wildly inaccurate. Take a look.
  14. kevinkin

    Pick your poison

    While I never heard of those adult beverages, I can say there appears to be two types of board games these days since printing costs came down over the years. This one seems to have gone with ultra high quality components and a huge map. Many more come in around 20 bucks with lower quality stuff. These lower cost ones are sort of providing a resurgence in board gaming. It's not unreasonable for any military history fan to consider creating their own rules sets and maps these days. Thanks for mentioning Montélimar. I may just buy it since my father was in the Army Air Force as part of the allied invasion of southern France. Kevin
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    Next Korean war is coming close...

    I think armchair diplomats are giving to much credence to allowing Kim a cup of coffee on the world stage. My goodness, Trump was elected to the bulliest of pulpits out of nowhere and half the world still thinks he is a piece of sh*t. Kevin