From: Cross Lanes WV USA
When I was 10 years old in 1967, the very first board wargame I ever played was Avalon Hill's Stalingrad. I still have it packed away in a closet. Then came Jim Dunnigan's massive "War In the East", which I bought in 1973. Still have that one, too. Over the years, I looked for a PC game to replace these. It finally came about in 2001 with Schwerpunkt's Russo-German War 1941-44. I recently revisited that game, and yes , it has been superceded by Grigsby's WITE, but it still gives me the feeling of playing a boardgame.
RGW 1.7 was the last version, and I'm glad that I bought it in the early 2000s. I'd recently thought about the subject of "monster" games, which made me think about giving it another try.
I'd briefly considered buying WITE, but the thought of a 373 page game manual was overwhelming. RGW's manual is 60 pages, and I already owned it, and after re-reading the rules, it seems fairly straightforward. Just like the Dunnigan boardgame, it doesn't have a complex rules structure nor a "cluttered with graphics" map. There's just a LOT of units and a BIG map. That's enough for me.
With a divorce pending and facing living alone again, I made a conscious decision to re-examine my older games, simply because I will have lots of free time while I get my life back in order.
Books note: I just ordered Guderian's unabridged version of "Panzer Leader". I've had the abridged paperback version for over 40 years, and it's in bad shape, so that's part of my new start. I also have a 1971 paperback edition of Paul Carell's "Hitler Moves East", which I will reread. There's maybe 25 Eastern Front books in my personal library.
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