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Bud Backer last won the day on April 27 2018

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    WW II, History, Photography, other things. Fiction writer.


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  1. Welcome back! I bought CMBN in 2012 when it was the only CM game using the new engine (CMBB is the old engine), never having played the old games. It was a harsh learning curve and I was a terrible opponent to any human player. When CMFI came out I vowed not to bother with it, it was just the same thing as what I already had with slightly different maps and Italian forces which didn’t interest me. Boy was I wrong... I’ve ended up buying every one of the games over the years and still am amazed at how good each one is, and now each one offers something unique from the others.
  2. Well, his mother was. His father was German, and son of the first Kaiser. And ran very much against the archetype.
  3. Yes, I found that interesting as well. In addition, how, for instance, Bismarck and others encouraged a separation from his parents, both emotionally and politically.
  4. While that’s usually true, please bear in mind there is no certainty to that and upgrades have been known to make a hash of things when introduced mid-battle, or even simply make the saved game unloadable. If that happens one may need to revert back to the previous version to continue.
  5. Likewise. The picture one forms of the Kaiser is much more complex than the stereotype, both positive and negative.
  6. That might be because he was a war correspondent. But I do know what you mean, it’s one of the strong memories I have of the book.
  7. I read Goldsworthy’s Caesar. That was very readable. I like all his non fiction, but particularly enjoyed his Punic Wars.
  8. How are you liking Werth? I enjoyed reading that book. Definitely an easy read. I just finished Robert K Massie’s Dreadnoight and now I’m reading his follow up to that, Castles of Steel. Eye opening to German and British pre-WII politics.
  9. Those of you who are naval history buffs will perhaps be excited to see Norman Freidman’s Fighting the Great War at Sea and The British Battleship 1906-1946 are available in Kindle electronic editions for less than a dollar right now. They usually go for $50-80+. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SGC4WYY/ref=oh_aui_d_asin_title_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019EJVJT8/ref=oh_aui_d_asin_title_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. Regarding speed - it wasn't too terrible. It helps when the partners for each side are in approximately the same time zone (Ian and I live minutes away from one another, as it happens) so he could take his part of the turn, pop it back into dropbox, and that same evening I take my turn and send it off the opponents. In our case they were in the UK, so it was there waiting for them when they got up, did their thing and was waiting for us by evening. Now, when one or more people are delayed, yes, it will slow things down but I don't want anyone to get the idea that this can't work fairly briskly, as long as everyone takes their part in a timely fashion.
  11. Ah, ok! I wondered if that was indeed what you meant. I’ve done it once, with @IanL as my teammate. It was a fun, despite him having to step in the shoes of another teammate who quit mid-battle due to a difficult personal situation. But I’d be terrible in CMBS. pity.
  12. You’ll have a blast with those two games. Very different experience between modern and WW2.
  13. I love cooperative play in a lot of games. I’d love for a baked-in option for it but as a beta tester I also am all to well aware of the many demands that are already extant on the developer. I played a coop game with @IanL against two other players, and it was challenging and fun. I’m going to have a good look at your rules, as I am open to fresh ideas.
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