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Grell -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/30/2009 5:16:48 AM)

Thanks for the review JD, I'll have to keep this game in mind.

Regards,

Grell




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/30/2009 8:59:11 PM)

After much dallying, I ended up ordering Commands and Colors: Ancients from Gameslore today. I've wanted to play this for a long time, so Conflict of Heroes is on my list for next time [:)]

Thanks for the review JD, much appreciated. Have you looked on their site yet? They do have extra scenarios and updates available to download, but nowhere near as much content as there is for M44.

Cheers,
Jim




JudgeDredd -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/30/2009 10:45:17 PM)

Yes I have Jim...a bit disappointing on the Firefight front, but then I bought it knowing the content. I do hope they release more, although the game does seem to have longevity.

I hope you're happy with your purchase. Personally I'm not a big fan of ancients, but good luck with it m8




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/31/2009 2:17:10 AM)


Command and Colors is a great game..... much fun to be had there with plenty of expansions. I've been persuaded to paint some miniatures to play the game using a Kallistra hex table. A good site for CC is http://www.ccancients.net/




Adam Parker -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/31/2009 7:41:52 AM)

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ORIGINAL: Jim_H

After much dallying, I ended up ordering Commands and Colors: Ancients from Gameslore today. I've wanted to play this for a long time, so Conflict of Heroes is on my list for next time [:)]


Jim when you get the C&C:A game and you take out the card board game board, don't despair if it's not your cup of tea, as you've got a number of options open to you now!

For a mounted board you can either buy a copy of the Battlelore Epic module which basically comprises a same sized, oriented and scaled map board as C&C:A - very well worth the purchase as it's green and the C&C:A tan/desert terrain titles contrast and fit perfectly with it.

Or you can now go to GMT Games and order a new fully mounted desert colored C&C:A board that comes with expansions 2 and 3.


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leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/31/2009 10:29:14 AM)

Thanks for the URL Punk Reaper. That site is amazing! [:D]

Adam, the map is about the only consistent criticism mentioned by people in reviews, so thanks for the info. It's good to know I can change it if I'm not happy. I really like ancients, so will almost certainly be buying the expansions for this one too.

I wish the post would hurry up! [:)]




Adam Parker -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/31/2009 11:37:33 AM)

See what you think of the dice too.

You've likely seen the Consimworld forum for the game. There was some good chatter about that recently. I've never used the dice that came with the game! Instead I opted for a quality set of really nice feeling and looking crimson and gold Chessex D6!




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (1/31/2009 12:19:56 PM)

Adam's suggestion of the battlelore board is a good one. I think it was Adam who suggested it to me a while back and I followed his advice and this is the board I now use. Have fun bashing those nasty Carthaginians.




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 9:04:21 AM)

It's arrived!!!!!! [:D]

That's a LOT of wooden blocks and stickers! It's going to take a while to put those on. The board is a bit disappointing, considering the quality of everything else in the box. In fact, if they'd made the board out of the same material as the box, it would be perfect. I'm probably going to order the Battlore Epic expansion as it's only 10 here in the UK and Battlelore is a game I'll end up buying anyway.

I've only had a quick look so far, but the dice don't seem too bad really. I saw a link the other day to a game company called Valley Games who produce some nice wooden dice for C&C:A for $7 (http://www.valleygames.ca/games.html#acc).

Right, I'm off to steal my wife's eyebrow tweezers to put the stickers on with! [;)]

Cheers,
Jim




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 1:32:00 PM)

Slight spanner in the works. Sticker sheet three is printed badly and hasn't been punched propery. So, not only are the stickers virtually impossible to remove without tearing them, but the cutouts are a few millimetres into each sticker instead of being on the edge. I've emailed GMT Games to ask if they can replace the sheet as the game isn't playable as it stands. I have never dealt with them before though, so don't know what their service is like.




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 4:23:10 PM)

What a let down. Hope they sort you out quickly




petdoc -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 7:39:16 PM)

From personal experience I can tell you that
1 GMT's customer service is fantastic, really second to none.

2 Valley games dice are nice but their service is really REALLY crappy. Your order may end up in a black hole and you may not see your dice for months or ever for that matter. Buyer beware.




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 8:22:41 PM)

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ORIGINAL: petdoc

From personal experience I can tell you that
1 GMT's customer service is fantastic, really second to none.

That's reassuring, thanks petdoc. I offered to send a pic of the sheet for them to confirm that I'm not pulling a fast one. After all, they don't know me either, so I'm happy to prove there's an issue with their printing. It's just disappointing that I can't play the game.

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ORIGINAL: petdoc
2 Valley games dice are nice but their service is really REALLY crappy. Your order may end up in a black hole and you may not see your dice for months or ever for that matter. Buyer beware.

I only saw one or two references to their dice, but no comments about customer service.

Cheers,
Jim




Adam Parker -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/3/2009 8:51:33 PM)

You will be fine Jim, they respond very trustingly. In your case, page 3 is the only sheet not duplicated in the game's inventory so you need help fast.

Note, that they sell everything separately too - so if you want more blocks or a mounted map, might be a good opportunity too!

I had to have the company Z Man Games send me a complete set of wooden blocks the other day, for their "1960 Making the President" game as mine were completely dirty. No questions asked and they sent me a big bag in just over a week Down Under.

Hey, as a tip and I don't know if you've discovered this but because I play solo I decided to only sticker one side of my blocks! Many gamers lay their units flat for face to face play too. So its a great way to save some stickers - maybe make some extra units up and save time. FYI for when you get stickering again.

I think GMT will appreciate your contact. They could have a faulty batch of games they can now keep track of.

Best,
Adam.





leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 9:51:58 AM)

Since emailing someone named Tony Curtis at GMT on Tuesday, I've heard nothing. So, I emailed their general address last night in case he didn't get the email or isn't at work. If they don't reply by Monday next week, I'll just go back to Gameslore and ask for a refund, as 46 is a lot to spend on a game I can't play. [:(]




Adam Parker -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 11:12:07 AM)

Jim I posted a heads up for you on the Consimworld C&C:A forum.

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?13@338.tlUNezvmOfU.7@.1dcfbb8c/6246

Be a shame to miss out on this one as both the fault and the nil response are unusual [&:]

But I can understand your disappointment. Could the store open a 2nd box for you?

Cheers,
Adam.




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 11:22:29 AM)

Thanks Adam, that was very good of you to post the message. I wouldn't have thought to go there for help.

Gameslore don't publish an email address on their site, so I filled in a form this morning to ask if they could help. The form failed on submission with an SMTP error. As I'm at work, I can't telephone them at the moment.

I'm not having much luck with this one so far. [:)][:(]

PS Sorry to JD for completely hijacking this thread, it just happened (again).




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 3:46:05 PM)

Just spotted a reply on ConsimWorld from someone suggesting I use the live chat feature on the GMT site. I'll give it another go when I get home and will try and monitor it a bit more closely. Every time I've looked so far, it's been showing "offline" though. I guess that's due in part to the differences in time between the US and UK.




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 4:54:29 PM)

I just got home and booted up the PC. Onlilne support was available on the GMT site, so I connected. I spoke to a very nice lady called Sherry who confirmed that they'd had a reports of a few other customers with this sheet three printing problem. My emails don't seem to have reached them.

She took my address and said the replacement would be sent out today!! Now that is what I call good service!! Awesome.

You guys were right about their customer service and thanks for the help [:D]

That's made my weekend.




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/6/2009 6:39:17 PM)

next week those pesky Carthaginians better look out.




Adam Parker -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/7/2009 8:53:31 AM)

Awesome news Jim!

It looks like they've taken the game off their shelves too for now to have this glitch fixed [;)]




CapnDarwin -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/7/2009 10:37:02 PM)

I just had the war game fairy drop off my copy of Blood and Bridges Friday. Mark's World at War series is a blast to play. Quick, simple and concise rules (this does tend to lead to folks overthinking the rules at times), big map, tons of counters, and full color rule book and player aid cards. Very, very good looking game.

I hope you get a chance to play it. [8D]




Marc von Martial -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/9/2009 5:55:43 PM)

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ORIGINAL: sterckxe

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ORIGINAL: JudgeDredd
Ahhh...GamesLore has it...thx Eddy...might pick it up


Given current 1 Euro == 1 GBP exchange rate I've been actively supporting the UK economy as of late [;)]




Yeah good to see a new market we EURO currency countries can plunder now that the dollar is back to 1 == 1.3 [:D]




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 5:13:50 PM)

Couple of questions:

1. Did Jim get Command and Colors sorted?

2. JD how is Conflict of Heroes coming along?. I've just got Tide of Iron which I'm enjoying. Loads of miniatures with it. Like playing with toy soldiers again, but this time with rules.




JudgeDredd -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 5:21:04 PM)

Conflict of Heroes is very good and very polished.

I have still to get past the first couple of scenarios...not dealt with armour or anti armour or cards yet....still "solidifying" the rules. That isn't to say they're very difficult, just I have a bad memory which is a problem I am able to bypass by learning whilst playing...helps keep them in there. Not only that, but the Six Nations rugby is on which eats my weekends when I generally crack out on of my boardgames.

I'm also taking my time with it because there are only a few scenarios unfortunately and it doesn't seem as widely used as say Memoir '44, which has a plethora of scanrios on the website for printing off.

I was hoping to get it out tonight for a game, but I'm at the gym and I have Generation Kill to watch so won't get a chance...and the rugby is on at the weekend...maybe Sunday




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 5:34:15 PM)

Sadly I've been trying to get a copy of Memoir '44 but to no avail. The company I ordered it off online failed to respond. Finally got hold of them and it appears they may be going out of business and are unable to fulfill any orders at this present time. Trouble with a bank calling in an overdraft. Credit crunch madness strikes again. Just hope my number one supplier stays solvent because online is the only way to get these games nowadays.
I agree it can be difficult remembering all the rules but somehow I find it is more relaxing than computer games. Unless I am playing against my ultra competitive lads, then its more like the real thing.....[:)]




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 7:36:38 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Punk Reaper
Sadly I've been trying to get a copy of Memoir '44 but to no avail. The company I ordered it off online failed to respond. Finally got hold of them and it appears they may be going out of business and are unable to fulfill any orders at this present time. Trouble with a bank calling in an overdraft. Credit crunch madness strikes again. Just hope my number one supplier stays solvent because online is the only way to get these games nowadays.
I agree it can be difficult remembering all the rules but somehow I find it is more relaxing than computer games. Unless I am playing against my ultra competitive lads, then its more like the real thing.....[:)]

Who did you order from? I can't believe it's become so hard to get hold of.

What's going on here? I've just looked at Amazon UK and Memoir '44 is 128!!!!!!! [X(]




leastonh1 -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 7:39:58 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Punk Reaper

Couple of questions:

1. Did Jim get Command and Colors sorted?

I'm glad you asked [:)] Within 4 days of my being promised the replacement sheet, it arrived! I'm still in the process of putting the stickers on the blocks, but it's relaxing to do. One thing I have noticed is that they have changed some of the graphics on some units. It only seems to be with a couple, but they are quite different.

I'm a very happy person though. GMT's after sales service is superb. [:D]




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 9:51:02 PM)

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Who did you order from? I can't believe it's become so hard to get hold of.


I've sent you a PM.
Still dream of sticking those stickers on. But its worth it. Now creating a full size miniature version of the game... will look pretty good if I finish it. [;)]




PunkReaper -> RE: Lock n Load Board Games in the UK...Where? (2/25/2009 9:53:50 PM)

Meant to say that if I could sell Memoir '44 for over 100 then I would and just be happy with Command and Colors, Conflict of Heroes and Tide of Iron.




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