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    BletchleyGeek reacted to benpark in Fire and Rubble   
    Similar models, with new textures and a few new things to work with. Churches and Commercial have some new adds- Central European churches, a domed building, a factory. These are based upon the footprints of existing ones.
    Yes, adapted to Central European cities. The roofs have been changed on some to better simulate urban rows.
    Berlin has it's own set of textures, which would do for most cities. A destroyed texture as well, with the windows punched out- remember talking about that one years ago?
    The flavor objects round it out, as well. Some destroyed stuff, and some things to make towns and cities look a bit more previously inhabited.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to rocketman in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    Steve: "final phase of the 'last minute details"'
    Me: F5
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Commanderski in Fire and Rubble   
    The screenshot that I would love to see is that showing the progress bar for the upload of the Fire & Rubble installers onto the Amazon servers
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from BFCElvis in Fire and Rubble   
    The screenshot that I would love to see is that showing the progress bar for the upload of the Fire & Rubble installers onto the Amazon servers
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Warts 'n' all in Pervitin.   
    It still amazes me that people who post stuff like this on the net think that they are telling us something new. It might be new to them, but it isn't to anyone who has been reading books for the last fifty or so years.
    "Wakey wakey" as Billy Cotton used to shout. 
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to George MC in Pervitin.   
    If you want to read some research rather than hyped up stuff page 21 of this paper might be useful. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amos-Wright-Iii/publication/230590819_Methamphetamine_for_Hitler's_Germany_1937_to_1945/links/5a86ebbaaca272017e5a77b7/Methamphetamine-for-Hitlers-Germany-1937-to-1945.pdf?origin=publication_detail
    summary from above paper:
    Methamphetamine was synthesized in Germany in 1937 and commercially re- leased in 1938. It became a popular stimu- lant for tired night workers and a recre- ational drug for young people until mid- 1941 when it became a controlled substance. It was abused by the armed forces during World War II when it was distributed by some commanding officers (occasionally over the objections of the units’ physicians) to prevent or treat the fatigue of exhausted troops and thus allow them to survive, de- spite the strict restrictions issued by the Army Inspectorate. There is no evidence
    for the claim that the use of Pervitin was encouraged by the Nazi government to cre- ate a “superman.” In fact the Health Leader L. Conti strongly discouraged its use.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to AttorneyAtWar in Pervitin.   
    ...What does that have to do with pervitin?
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to RescueToaster in Pre-reading recommendations   
    Been lurking for a while and decided to sign up for the forums and hopefully add to the discussion since I'm all hyped up for CM:CW!
    I was browsing the Googles and found this bibliography file of 10 Cold War related books and figured I should share. I believe almost all of these have already been mentioned, but I like the brief description for each book. 
    I'd like to make it clear that I did not make this list - I'm just sharing (and formatted and edited it a tiny bit to make it easier to read!).
    https://img.lib.msu.edu/general/events/contest/2006/2006GrevstadBib.pdf  written by Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock
    For those who don't want to click away: copy/paste below the break - book names are in bold, author names in italics.
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    “Ten Literary Accounts of a War that Was Never Fought”
    Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock
    Bibliography List:
    - World War 3. Bidwell, Sheldon, ed. (1978).
    Though non-fictional, Sheldon's work takes on an air of fiction when it hypothesizes about how a third world war in Europe might realistically start, and how it would play out. Like other books in this collection, slogging but indecisive conventional warfare inevitably leads to the use of nuclear weapons.
    - Red Storm Rising. Clancy, Tom. (1986).
    Clancy is, of course, the best-known author of the group included here. This work, one of his earliest, describes a NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict on land and on the seas.
    - Armor at Fulda Gap: A Visual Novel of the War of Tomorrow. Cook, J. L. (1990).
    Cook's illustrated work is an unusual mix of fact and fiction-of real-world armaments that would have been used to fight a third world war as well as fantastic imaginings of what the near future might hold. The title of the book makes reference to two common themes in the theory and literature describing a NATO-Warsaw Pact confrontation in Europe: the Fulda Gap, a historical passage-a "gap" in the otherwise rough terrain-from eastern Europe to the west, named after the German city; and armor, the tanks and mechanized vehicles that would contend for this strategic region.
    - Team Yankee. Coyle, Harold. (1987).
    This best-selling work intimately chronicles the efforts of an American tank platoon in defending a small swath of West Germany during a Warsaw Pact invasion. The story is based on the Hackett's The Third World War: August 1985, which Coyle acknowledges in his introduction.
    - The Third World War: August 1985. Hackett, John, General Sir. (1978). 
    This influential account of World War III is told by a British general. The illustrated edition features images of the battles, including the two terminal moments of the short war: nuclear strikes on Birmingham, England and Minsk.
    - The Third World War: The Untold Story. Hackett, John, General Sir. (1982).
     Hackett's follow-up fleshes out and expands the narrative begun in "August 1985."
    - First Clash: Combat Close-Up in World War Three. Macksey, Kenneth (1984)
    First Clash offers a Canadian take on NATO's efforts to repulse the Red Army during its invasion of West Germany. That this fiction is based in fact is emphasized through the use of annotated maps, images, and text boxes that contain discursive notes on tactics, armament, military organization, etc.
    - The War That Never Was. Palmer, Michael A. (1994).
    Written after the Cold War ended, this book describes World War III on a global scale (a war that "never was"), as told by a fictional Russian character to his old enemy and new ally: an American.
    - Red Army. Peters, Ralph. (1989).
    Peters's book is unique in that it tells the story of a conflict in Europe from the perspective of soldiers in the Red Army. This is perhaps one of the best written of the books of this genre.
    - Red Thrust. Zaloga, S. J. (1989). 
    Though no less fictional than any of the other works included here, Zaloga's text reads almost like a casebook. He offers a series of hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact battle scenarios in Western Europe, each with an accompanying postmortem: tactical strengths, weaknesses, and what might have been done by military leaders to affect a different outcome.
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    Hope this helps some, and also thanks for all of the recommendations so far. I currently have a few of these on the way!
    -RT
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to IICptMillerII in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    To be as clear as possible:
    Cold War will release through Battlefront (BFC) in April as a completed game. All features, assets, and normal playability and functions will be present. This includes the PBEM/multiplayer functionality as it is with every other CM game. 
    In June, Slitherine will release Cold War on Steam. That release will come with a new mulitplayer feature, the Slitherine PBEM system.
    Between April and June, the Slitherine PBEM feature will be developed by Slitherine and added to Cold War. Players who own the game from BFC will have the opportunity to try out the new PBEM features and report back on any bugs they encounter.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from purpheart23 in Fire and Rubble   
    Man, that's the business of making games. I don't know what is Battlefront threshold sales to break even - 2,000 copies, 5,000 copies? Those volumes, in the context of actual war games are "best sellers".
    Hence why so much (board) war games now run campaigns on a variety of crowdfunding platforms, have "pre-order" targets (like GMT Games does), and so on. You make an elevator pitch, people put their credit cards on escrow, and then you get a sense how many more sales than the ones you already have in prep orders are statistically likely given historical sales data.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Commanderski in Fire and Rubble   
    The problem the Soviets had with that large of a force on such a small area is that they basically became a "target rich environment". The Germans couldn't help but hit anything Soviet if they just aimed in that direction. The Soviet losses were huge as they were ordered to take Berlin by May 1 (Mayday).
    The battles and scenarios hopefully will reflect that.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Dogukan in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    I am from Turkey so steam had been god-sent for me. 
    Political ups and downs where I live have seriously wrecked TRY against USD, and thankfully steam adjusts the prices geographically. I paid 5 times less than I would for CMSF (no hard feelings please! :P) - Previously I paid a ton of dollars for blacksea which later come out far cheaper on steam. That was a loss on my end
    Turkey is a huge potential market for the game but people would not consider even looking at the prices with USD tags on it. 
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Rice in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    When you buy it on Steam, both Steam and Slitherine take a cut before it gets to BFC. When you buy direct from BFC there is no cut taken. It's pretty simple.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from JonS in To our friends from the UK and the Commonwealth   
    Nightlife there looks really rough (see below at the 11:15 mark). Glasgow has a completely undeserved reputation, compared with this place.
     
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to IanL in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    Sounds like an important test case we should push on. Finish a big turn press the BRB wait a moment or two and pull the LAN connection and wait for it to time out and see if we can get bad things to happen.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from TJT in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    The facts of Slitherine PBEM++ system is that you don't need Dropbox. The files are exchanged over the cloud, through Slitherine's servers. There is a matchmaking service too, where you post "challenges" which can be open to the public, or protected with a password (so your buddies can get into it but no randos). Whenever a new turn file is available, you get an e-mail letting you know about it.
    This system, in coordination with a third-party app like Discord (or even Steam internal chat system) I think is a pretty positive and a significant step forward.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Bufo in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    The facts of Slitherine PBEM++ system is that you don't need Dropbox. The files are exchanged over the cloud, through Slitherine's servers. There is a matchmaking service too, where you post "challenges" which can be open to the public, or protected with a password (so your buddies can get into it but no randos). Whenever a new turn file is available, you get an e-mail letting you know about it.
    This system, in coordination with a third-party app like Discord (or even Steam internal chat system) I think is a pretty positive and a significant step forward.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to t34577685 in Fire and Rubble   
    I used to watch 《Patton》 on TV, a Bridge too far, Saving Private Ryan in the cinema, and a series of war films about the Soviet Union. I prefer the uniforms and weapons of the US, British and Soviet armies, but I am not interested in German ones. people around  who are interested in World War II are the opposite of me.
    I can only find friends with the same preferences on the Internet,
    You know, it's lonely not to have something in common
     
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from badipaddress in Pre-orders for Combat Mission Cold War are now open.   
    The facts of Slitherine PBEM++ system is that you don't need Dropbox. The files are exchanged over the cloud, through Slitherine's servers. There is a matchmaking service too, where you post "challenges" which can be open to the public, or protected with a password (so your buddies can get into it but no randos). Whenever a new turn file is available, you get an e-mail letting you know about it.
    This system, in coordination with a third-party app like Discord (or even Steam internal chat system) I think is a pretty positive and a significant step forward.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to snarre in Fire and Rubble   
    went to side track wery fast 
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to dbsapp in Fire and Rubble   
    By 1945 there were 8,5 millions members of Nazi Party. How many of them were found guilty in a court of law? 
    Just for starters:
    Wikipedia
    Deutsche Welle
    Spiegel
    As for professor Fullbrook, that you quote to whitewash Wehrmacht, her massage was quite opposite to what you are trying to prove. She complained that the numbers of convicts were too low: 
    "Fulbrook, professor of German History and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at University College London, notes that “perhaps 200,000 people, and possibly closer to a million, were at one point or another actively involved in killing Jewish civilians. And the ranks of those who made this possible were far wider.”
    She adds that “The total number of persons convicted under the Federal Republic for Nazi crimes was in itself fewer even than the number of people who had been employed at Auschwitz alone.”
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to AlanSA in Fire and Rubble   
    While I agree there was a degree of so-called "wehraboo-ism" about the German military there are now those going too far in rehabilitating the conduct of Soviet army.
    Lets not forget the Soviet military initially invaded Poland along with their Nazi allies and committed the Katyn massacre. They also invaded the Baltic countries who joined the Eastern Poles enslaved under a genocidal regime.  All in line with the The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.
    Lastly Soviet soldiers did not liberate Eastern European countries but merely exchanged one tyranny for another. Many of those same "liberating" Soviet solders would later turn their guns on the people of Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
     
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to AttorneyAtWar in Fire and Rubble   
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    Yes, no other soldier displayed bravery like the German soldier, definitely not the Russian soldier who literally fought for the survival of his people. Who knew that if the Germans succeeded a genocidal campaign would be carried out to kill or enslave every single Russian in his country. I don't even know what to say about your comment on American soldiers, your sweeping generalization is just funny to me honestly. I'd imagine though that the ones who encountered the concentration camps or heard of them fought pretty damn well against the bastards who enabled it, that's good enough for me for that war.
    German soldiers being war criminals is well documented in every service, so yes you can try to hand wave away a lot by saying "Not every German soldier!" but it doesn't do anything to the now well known fact that the Wehrmacht carried out the policies of the Nazi government and systematically murdered their way through Europe.  Also your right most did know they fought for an evil regime and they still kept fighting before they even knew they were going to lose! What does that tell you about those men?
     
     
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