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About JerseyJohn

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  • Birthday 06/26/1949

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    Central Florida
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    Chess; music, especially classical, dance band, jazz, and vocals; writing, especially prose fiction; studying history in general, warfare and political in particular; playing war games as historical simulations; all fields of science; good movies and TV series like Rome, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire as well as history and science documentaries.


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    Successfully obscure novelist & short story writer; a real-life Kilgore Trout.
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    Central Florida
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    History, Science, Classical & Jazz Music and Modern Fiction.
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    Retired, and loving it!
  1. Part Two from above post ... I gave it another try this time hitting the Beyond the Sword Resources option instead of Play A Scenario and the game is holding up much better. Also, when it goes buggy (which it has once or twice this time too) I shut it down going back to desktop, then open it again and return to the saved game, which it's recovered from. The scenario itself (Europe 1936 - Historical Option), has been enjoyable and seems reasonably historical. My idea in starting with 1936 is to try to enter the war with more advanced research and industrialization than what Germany actually
  2. Thank you, and equally Awesome Brother Sea Monkey, the forum's original Master Chemist! I'll definitely go down there, very eager to see how it's developing, and equally eager to see old friends again. Michael Emmry has a thread at the general forum asking about CivIV (actually, if anyone is still playing it and, naturally, it isn't too archaic for yours truly ) where I've been talking about my current adventures with the Civ WWII scenarios; not bad when they're working properly, except as we used to say, for all the damn micro management. And, naturally, Civ has never had the feel
  3. Greetings Michael, good to see you again after all these years of being away. It was CivIV that, indirectly, brought me back to the forums. The past few years I've been toying with it on and off (solitaire), while glancing once in a while at the unopened CivV box, finally completed a few games of IV Beyond The Sword and then tried the WWII scenarios. Found them interesting, when they weren't crashing, like the idea of not starting out at war and being able to build up first, but soon found the total lack of realism to be a turnoff -- things like Yugoslavia, out of nowhere, attacking Italy
  4. Greetings Brother Rambo! Haven't been here in years, as you've probably noticed but finally curiosity, perhaps nostalgia, got the better of me. I've been playing the original SC solitaire on my old computer while watching TV, pretty much like playing card solitaire, but at this point it's doubtful I'd give much of a game to the great champ you've always been. Mainly I like to play around with odd scenarios, none of which are of a caliber to submit for others to try out. Assuming of course that anyone is actually still playing the original version two years after you posted this. Also, I h
  5. Hi Buddy!

    1. JerseyJohn


      And hello to you, Buddy! :--)

      Just started getting active in these things again, been down in the dumps since my wife Marion died a few days after Christmas 2008, gradually came out of it, moved to Florida early March 09, spent a lot of 13 and 14 in hospitals and rehabs (I'm 65 and feeling more like 95), all in all I haven't been very alive but finally decided I better snap out of it.

      Hope things have been great for you these past years, and will only improve...

  6. As you wish, Snowstorm. I'll bring this one out of retirement. Link, if picture doesn't show: http://images.art.com/images/-/The-Wizard-of-Oz-Photograph-C10110948.jpeg "Hubert said come back tomorrow. Or maybe the day after, or maybe the day after that. Yes, it will be ready for you then. Or perhaps next week. Yes, that would be a good time. Or, maybe next ..."
  7. The beginning of a wargame designing dynasty. And when Jr is in fourth grade we'll get SC-3. A win-win situation! :cool:
  8. Link to Photo, if not showing: http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/09_04/FatherSonDM_468x308.jpg "Okay dad, soon as I'm done with my homework I'll create SC-3, with hexes, so Jersey and Kuni and those other guys will finally stop nagging about it."
  9. Hubert, God, all these distractions! Congratulations to you and the wife and best wishes for the growing family. :cool: Very glad you like the ideas in this thread. :cool: -- Regarding the posts that have been put up since I was last here -- I think it's true that it would be unreasonable to expect a century scenario, or anything approaching it, with a tech that ranges from 1-5. It was probably unreasonable of me to put it that way in the first place, but I keep wondering what the political and economic world would have been like in 1950 if neither world war had come about. But, a
  10. Thank you, Snowstorm. Glad you like it and I also like your suggestions. :cool: After posting it I realized it would be asking a lot to have play cover a full century. I think four decades would be fine for the early 20th Century scenarios, maybe less for the later ones, but I think it would be interesting to be able to trace a hypothetical history spanning the late thirties thru the late seventies. If there weren't a Second World War, if the Axis powers weren't overthrown, would there still be a Cold War later on? My guess is techonology would need to range from L 0-9. In the ea
  11. Hubert I know this is asking for a lot, possibly too much, but the discussion in the Horn of Africa thread started me thinking about some other scenario ideas and I want to ask if it would be possible to set them up in SC-Global. They all have the same basic idea but from different starting dates: 1) The World of 1904 starts off with no major war going on and continues indefinitely through the 20th Century. Local wars in the Balkans; Japan and Russia on a collision course in Manchuria; Europe beginning to set up the complicated alliances that would lead to WWI etc. Human player takes a maj
  12. In August of 1940 the Italians conquered British Somaliland, but lost all of their East African colonies by the end of 1941. The British conceded that it wasn't a picnic, that many of the Italian units fought hard and well, but ultimately they can't do much due to being cut off from supply and reinforcement. As you say, there can be some interesting battles, but all in all with the Italians unable to either reinforce or ressuply the area they have to fall to the first determined push. Before the war the British were worried about a simultaneous push by Italy from East Africa through t
  13. There's an interesting account of the Italians in East Africa, The Civilizing Mission: A History of the Italo-Ethiopian War by A. J. Barker. It came out in the late 60s, which was when I bought my copy and read it so, unfortunately, I've forgotten a lot of it, will probably read the book again because, like The Washing of The Spears (the Zulu War) or Winston Churchill's book The River War, about the British in the Sudan (he served as a cavalry officer in the campaign), the Civilizing Mission is an interesting look at a apart of history that isn't much covered elsewhere. Anyway, the recent
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