|(My Road Trip Purchases)|
Shortly after the PNWA Writers Conference, I travelled to the east coast to visit my family.
During my journey, I managed to delve into The Citadel Games Cellar and unearthed a treasure trove of games I haven't seen in years--and still in their original shrink wrap.
The store has moved around a bit over the years, but still gets a good review on Boardgame Geek, especially for having older games in stock.
The first, Golan: The Last Syrian Offensive...
|(Golan's entry on Boardgame Geek)|
After flipping through the short rule book, the only issue I have with this game so far is there's no additional literature: No history about this campaign, nor any designer's notes. One reviewer called the Folio Series fatally flawed gems.
The next item is Issue #229 (2007) of Wargames Illustrated.
|(Some back issues are still available on WI's website)|
I snatched up this magazine at the last minute because it contained an article on Napoleonic Warmaster. Since I have Warmaster and Warmaster Ancients, I thought this would be a good supplement to add to my collection of Napoleonic rules.
The only problem was: The article is Part I of a two-part series. While I love gaming magazines, I get annoyed when these publications split a topic over two, or more issues.
Now I have to go on a quest to find out-of-print Issue #230.
Speaking of quests, I picked up Heroes of Olympus...
|(First edition boxed set)|
...to augment my Ancient Greece-base RPGs (role playing games) and supplements. Hardly anyone seems to have played this, but a tad over 16 years ago, Heroes of Olympus garnered a a good review on RPG.net.
I was never into crime dramas, but for $11.95, I was compelled to purchase Crime Fighter.
While Heroes of Olympus at least got one review, there's very little on-line data on Crime Fighter.
So much for a "just the facts" commentary here.
Last but not least we come to my favorite era in wargames: The Napoleonic Wars. I actually have an old copy of the Empire Campaign System...
...but I messed up the map in my attempt to numbering the hexes. Although I've never owned a copy of Empire III miniatures rules, I figured I could still use the Campaign System for any central European Campaign I'd conjure up, in a round peg-square hole sort of way.
Which I have to admit, I've not yet done so.
Anyway, this is another game, or in this case a game supplement, that gamers expressed little enthusiasm over. I found one wargame blogger who played out a short campaign two years ago.
The overall opinion was the campaign required a lot of paperwork and the map hexes were too small the counters, which made it hardly worth while running a full-blown campaign.
Despite the luke-warm at-best reviews, at least where such reviews exist, I'm happy with my purchases. I paid "80s prices" for each item, so I don't feel like I've wasted my money. Or at least too much of it.
Plus, these items take up very little of packed-to-near-capacity storage space--plenty of room for Wargames Illustrated Issue #230.