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Posts tagged “Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa”

Feature: Black Friday bargain hunt

The Flare Path: Cheapskate Or Die

'Tis the season to be jolly vigilant. With the six-week Matrix/Slitherine Christmas sale underway and Steam in the midst of a five-day autumnal tariff squeeze, several excruciatingly expensive wargames are currently just expensive, quite a few expensive wargames are now affordable, and a handful of cheap wargames are doing passable impersonations of gift horses. Prowling the various bargain basements like an extra-grumpy Philip Serrell, these…

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Feature: Use Brain! Win Prizes!

The Flare Path: A Flush Of Foxers

The Flare Path turns five this week. Here in the UK that means it can no longer travel for free on funiculars, steam tinkers, or Bounding Billies, and risks prosecution if found in possession of an imaginary dog or an impish grin. Growing up sucks. Thank goodness there are occasional distractions like this compendium of word and picture puzzles. In the dappled glade beyond the…

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Feature: Modellers of materiel and minds

The Flare Path: Decisive Campaigns Debrief

Can you spare ten minutes? I'd like you to meet the two men behind Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa, the Ostfront office politics sim that's causing quite a stir in Grognardia at the moment. Cameron Harris (left) is the Young Turk whose passion for personality-driven strategy gaming gave rise to DCB's cast of self-interested, squabble-happy military NPCs. Victor Reijkersz (right) is the veteran hex hewer responsible for…

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Feature: Hands on with Cameron Harris' Halder Sim

The Flare Path Dissects Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa

Assault the town. Bypass the town. Commit your reserve. Don't commit your reserve. Wait for that Sherman Firefly to get into position. Don't wait for that Sherman Firefly to get into position... The choices in computer wargames conform and comfort far more often than they challenge and discombobulate. Homo Grognardus is not used to having mess-tins of snow-melt thrown in his face, and Anglepoise lamps…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Alphabetised

Alphabetia is a miserable disease. Like Malaria its symptoms come and go without warning. I realised I was having an attack early this morning in the shower. Usually, when it comes to lathering - apologies for the following mental image imposition - I'm a conventional head-to-toes sort of guy. Today's ankles-buttocks-chest sequence was a sure sign something was amiss.

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