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The Flare Path: A2Z

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5 days ago

Feature: Snippets of sim and wargaming news

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Attentat approbation The team behind the thought-provoking Attentat 1942 won't forget 2018 in a hurry. After a nomination for Excellence in Narrative at the IGF, the sleuth-em-up centred on the aftermath of Operation Anthropoid, swept the board at the Czech Game of the Year awards (Best Story, Best PC Game, and Czech Game of the Year) and scooped prizes at A MAZE…

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The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot You Might Find In The Old West (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Pat Garrett was present, he might appear as… PTGR RTT

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2 weeks ago

Feature: A surfeit and dearth of war

The Flare Path: Feast and Famine

SystemSoft, the devs behind Daisenryaku, Panzer General’s long-lived Japanese cousin, don't make a habit of courting English-speaking desktop generals. Quite why they've decided to sally across the platform border with Daisenryaku Perfect 4.0 is a mystery. You have to wonder whether there are enough deep-pocketed, rough-edge-tolerant nostalgics amongst Steam's customers to justify the experiment.

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3 weeks ago

The Foxer

The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: roses, gold, postage stamps, and The 39 Steps). Identifying this is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is made up of 21 answers.

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Feature: A Wings Over The Reich diary (Part 1)

The Flare Path: Bigginings

Recently discovered, along with a silver-plated Luger, Shergar's noseband, and a 1940 copy of Razzle, in a hidden wall safe during a house demolition in Eastbourne, Neville Novichok's Wings Over the Reich memoirs were described as “vivid”, “utterly compelling” and “very cheap” by the bloke I purchased them from in the Dog and DUKW yesterday night. Though the few pages I've read thus far don't really justify such enthusiastic…

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4 weeks ago

The Foxer

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved onto word chains. To completely defox today’s you’ll need to provide my Chief Foxer Setter with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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Feature: Wings Over the Reich test-flown

The Flare Path: Merlinadequate?

Setting your new combat flight sim in beleaguered 1940 Britain is both a safe and a risky choice. Because helpful individuals have been producing publicity material for BoB sims for almost 80 years, most potential customers won't need to peruse a feature list or read a preview to realise that you're offering them a recreation of an air battle in which the stakes couldn't be…

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1 month ago

Feature: This and that

The Flare Path: Fragments

In all but one of the 32 airliner shootdown incidents listed on Wikipedia, the culprits have either owned up or been convincingly identified by subsequent investigations. Only in the case of Itavia Flight 870 does a shootdown remain veiled in mystery. Progetto Ustica, a free title from RIOT producer Ivan Venturi and games academic Mauro Salvador, sets out to remind and remember rather than lift…

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The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example,  A1, A2, A3, A4, B4 is a possible cluster, unlike C1, C2, C3, C4, D5.

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Feature: Buses and Blitzkrieg from Budapest

The Flare Path: Hungarian Edition

Hungarofacts! Budapest is actually two cities, Budap and Est, separated by a low privet hedge and profound mutual loathing. LVTs were nicknamed 'Magyars' because fully-loaded and silhouetted against  the skyline they resembled the outline of Hungary. Secretly dug during WW2, a three hundred kilometre subterranean tunnel linking Lake Balaton to the Adriatic allowed twelve submarines of the Hungarian Navy to defect to the Allies in…

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The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot You Might Find Inside the Arctic or Antarctic Circle (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Roald Amundsen was present, he might appear as… RLDMND SN

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2 months ago

Feature: Wargame and simulation blather

The Flare Path: Infinite Patience

Patience Scullion's Patience Treasury (1942) might not be the most comprehensive collection of patience rules ever published but, for my money, it's the best. What sets the volume apart is the way it's structured. Miss Scullion curates with context and consumer in mind. There are chapters aimed at insomniacs, invalids, and expectant mothers. She lists game forms that play well on crowded trains, in prison…

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Feature: Tactical talismans and traumatised testicles

The Flare Path: Doubty

When it comes to modelling courage and its wholly logical antithesis, cowardice, wargame devs are a conservative bunch. A morale test here, a leadership bonus there... why innovate or illuminate when you can follow and fudge. Very few delve into the complex psychology of the warrior as deeply as Green Tree Games, the makers of Burden of Command, or shun the subject with such baffling…

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Feature: 100% benediction

The Flare Path: A Filch of Foxers

The Flare Path turns seven this week. Here in the UK that means its base chance of spotting fairies decreases to 0.4%, and, in the event of it being arrested for murder or treason, it can no longer opt to be tried by a jury of stuffed toys and action figures. Growing up is a mixed blessing and no mistake. Unlike today's competition-crammed column which…

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The Foxer

The following enlargeable collage doesn't have a theme. Defox it by identifying the eight clue pairs. For example, a silhouette of this RAF trainer might go with an image of this LPG tanker... a pic of the 34th US President might pair with a photo of this member of the Dutch resistance.

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Feature: Snippets of sim and wargame news

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Absence of Amiens wargames. Want to mark the Battle of Amiens centenary by recreating the dazzlingly successful Allied push on your PC? Good luck with that. Amazingly, no-one except the odd Open General and Panzer Corps modder seems to have deemed “the Black Day of the German Army” as scenario- or game-worthy. I can only assume that no dev has ever stumbled…

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The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot You Might Find in the Sky (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Sopwith Camel was present, it might appear as… SPW THCML

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