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A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:17:21 AM   
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A Few Good Men

Matrix Games and The Campaign Series Legion are seeking to expand the Beta Brigade for John Tiller’s Campaign Series. We are presently looking for 10 Campaign Series players that are interested in the longevity of the Series.

As a member of the Beta Brigade, you will get to playtest new scenarios and campaigns, track down and confirm bugs, find new bugs and test new features. All that is required is commitment, dedication and filling out reports.

If you are interested, leave a post below


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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:34:37 AM   
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I'd be up for that if required.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:37:52 AM   
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Hi Jason

Sign me up

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:52:51 AM   
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How about new scenario designers? There is a serious lack of any scenarios covering the Finnish front 1944 (I'm working on one).

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:55:30 AM   
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Hi Jason

It's been a few years since I played these but I would be happy to volunteer.

I've playtested individual scenarios for designers, mainly with Combat Mission, but not for developers.

If you need people with more recent experience with CS, I fully understand.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 1:50:10 AM   
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Hi Jason

I'd be keen to help out on bug hunt missions.

I do some playtesting for SSG so generally know the drill.

I've had the originals since West Front was released.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 2:02:24 AM   
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I would very much like to participate in this.

I helped identify bugs and new campaigns with the game Strategic Command, and I've been playing the Campaign Series for Years and Years.

I'm a history Major in college, so I have a passion for these things, and would give my all for it.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 2:10:36 AM   
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Be happy to contibute in keeping CS alive.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 2:10:57 AM   
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Hi. Been there before:

TS - RS
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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 6:41:33 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Keke

How about new scenario designers? There is a serious lack of any scenarios covering the Finnish front 1944 (I'm working on one).


I'm reading "A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40" by William R. Trotter. Trotter explains that there isn't that much out there in English because of the translation problems. Trotter himself seems to have backed into the subject while he was studying the Soviet military. Trotter's book is an interesting read. I've only read the first two chapters, the first explains why the Soviet Union picked a fight with Finland, and the second dealt with Mannerheim, who, oddly enough, did not learn Finnish until he was fifty, sometimes needed interpreters to give orders to his troops, and, when he retired, moved to Switzerland. There are a few scenarios involving the Winter War, but not many. I'm not aware of any scenarios involving the later fighting.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 6:51:21 AM   
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I read that book years ago, its an excellent book

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 7:48:53 AM   
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Hi Jason:

If you need another tester I've been playing the CS games at the Blitz since 2001.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 10:05:18 AM   
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tell ya what, started playin the CS on Lejeune in 98 on a 133 mhz cyrix. I dont know the ins and outs of computers, but i know when somethings wrong. Having said that, if you need some more help i'm here.
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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 10:33:57 AM   
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Dear Jason,
Just got back online and saw the Beta Brigade invitation. I remember they were in the original CS credits years ago when the games first came out. If there is still room for another volunteer, I would love to help out. Count me in if still possible.

Thanks, Hammer 732.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 12:13:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: 1925frank
I'm reading "A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40" by William R. Trotter. Trotter explains that there isn't that much out there in English because of the translation problems. Trotter himself seems to have backed into the subject while he was studying the Soviet military. Trotter's book is an interesting read. I've only read the first two chapters, the first explains why the Soviet Union picked a fight with Finland, and the second dealt with Mannerheim, who, oddly enough, did not learn Finnish until he was fifty, sometimes needed interpreters to give orders to his troops, and, when he retired, moved to Switzerland. There are a few scenarios involving the Winter War, but not many. I'm not aware of any scenarios involving the later fighting.


There are actually quite many books of Winter War in English compared to the Continuation War (as we Finns call the war 1941-44). You might call the latter a "forgotten battle" of the eastern front. The fighting was fiercest during the offensive period in 1941 and when the Soviets made their first summer offensive in 1944. The Finns managed to repulse it after losing Viipuri (Vyborg). Because it wasn't a full success for the Soviets, their histories generally ignore the repulsing part, and because Finland changed sides in September 1944, Germans ignored it too. After the war the main thing for the Finns was to have good relationship with the Soviets, so not that much was published about the Continuation War, especially not in any other language. So for example the battle of Tali-Ihantala June-July 1944, which in scale was bigger than the 2nd battle of El Alamein, is quite unknown outside Finnish borders.

Regarding Mannerheim, after the war he was the President of Finland for two years 1944-46, but retired for health reasons (and moved to Switzerland). His mother tongue was Swedish, which wasn't uncommon for Finnish political and military leaders back in those days.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 1:01:13 PM   
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Keke,

Can you recommend some books in English on the Winter War and the Continuation War for those of us interested but currently ignorant? There is a lot of great military history out there but there is also plenty of dross. Spending cold cash on a disappointing book is very frustrating.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 1:28:19 PM   
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I am hugely interested in the longevity of the series. I'm still pinching myself that these games have been developed and re-released. I don't think I'm expert enough in how the game functions, or knowledgeable enough about the theatres of war, to be a beta tester, but you ever do head into French Indochina / Viet Minh territory with Rising Sun, please let it me know. I think I could really make a valuable contribution to that.

Keep going guys, this is incredibly exciting!

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 1:50:52 PM   
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I could recommend many books in Finnish, but I haven't had the need to read those few books that are in English. I've heard Trotter's book is quality, and I believe Osprey's Finland at War 1939 - 45 is a good introduction, but that's about it I'm afraid. I hope Mr. Glantz would include the Continuation War in his series of Forgotten Battles soon. 

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 3:44:49 PM   
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I'm interrested in this mission ...
especially about the Pacific Theater ...

I did an historical campaign for Rising Sun (Eniwetok atoll 1944- LCG) and many scenarios for RS (Makin Raid, ... )and WF (Vaagso 1942, Toulon 1944, ...)
and changed some sounds in my RS version...

You can see them on the "Wargamer" web site
http://www.wargamer.com/gamesdepot/
Game : Rising sun

Long Live The Campaign Serie

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 4:01:33 PM   
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Hi Jason

I play from many years Campaign Series. As I have experience of programming, I have delighted to discover content of the fileses used by Campaign Series and sometime I modify them by a tex editor to change values that I don't consider uncorrect, for instance quantity of the reinforcements in  LCGs, number of turns of scenary than i am palyng when I cannot reach a decision etc. 
Now I am modifying database Access East Front Unit Display v1.2 of Ioannis Kalafatis provided by Craig H. Foster (chflss@aol.com) to manage your reissue of campaign Series, tool that I think very useful, expecially for developers,  to see you different unities quickly. 
I would be well pleased therefore to become as volunteer member of  Beta Brigade and participate as playtester or other to developement of Campaign series.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 6:38:53 PM   
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Hello Jason,

    I'll be glad to help - experienced playtester going all the way back to SPI in NYC (1976!)...half-decent CS-er, learning all the time   :)      Arizonus1@yahoo.com

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/16/2007 8:37:19 PM   
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If there is still room for a UK based tester I'd like to be in.

Have been a Wargamer back to SPI (SPUK as their office here was called)and Avalon Hill. Also acquired all the original CS games after wiping drool off face!

At the moment I am off work on extended sick leave so have time on my hands

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/18/2007 7:02:51 PM   
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Hi Jason,
I would be very willing to help. If you have a slot open please sign me up.

Thanks,
Bob

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/18/2007 7:09:37 PM   
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Jason:

I am ready willing and able. Been playing the game ever since it came out. Familiar with the files as I do mods on them.

Bill

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/18/2007 9:19:03 PM   
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Jason,

As a new player, I would be very happy to help.

I may be able to bring some insight as I do not know how everything works or how it should work.

This could help make new Tutorials and How To Sections easier for first time players.

Plus I used to QA Medical software, and was a Trouble Shooter for Compaq, tracing down hardware and software defects.

I am 40 years old, been playing War games from 17 on, played with the 101st when I lived in TN, the base was on the border of KY.

I now own way too many board games :)

If I can help, let me know.

Lee

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/18/2007 10:54:56 PM   
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Been there done that ... EF - re-checked all the scenarios prior to inclusion in EF2 for TS (with a team I set up). A bit of late EF2 testing, WF wrote some of the unit test (the stuff you read when you press F2), testing and scenario design - including LCG, RS likewise testing and design until the date of the Great Escape.

You know where I am if I can be of help.

FWIW also did a tiny bit of testing for PzC before spending time with Charilie at Breakaway Games on Waterloo and Austerlitz and am familiar with the principles of NDAs having signed a few in my time.


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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/19/2007 12:29:08 AM   
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We had an informal NDA on PzC. I used to harass Charlie form time to time but haven't seen him in a few years.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/19/2007 12:35:21 AM   
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I spoke with him last Christmas ... well not 2006 it was back in 2005 I think Steve L was still over with him as was Bob (technically) but he was still working on simulations for the military - I think. Certainly that's what he was doing whilst the rest of us were playing Napoleonics.


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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/19/2007 12:39:14 AM   
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Looking through the credits you only see a handful around these days. I lost track of Bevard after his work on DG. Good to see Matrix getting everyone back together. I looked for Sheppard but to no avail.

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RE: A Few Good Men - 6/19/2007 12:48:01 AM   
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Yup, I'll tell you what kicked all this off for me. I was having a "sort out" of old disks a few months ago, found WF and fired it up, popped over to the Blitz to see if it was still going (it is) and jumped in.

Lo and behold I'm now playing a few chaps I haven't spoken with in years including Loza - one of the original "Scenario Squad" who helped re-evaluate/test the EF scenarios for EF2. And of course I saw Jason over there, one thing lead to another and here I am ... Small world ...

I'll tell you who I haven't spoken with in ages, Dave Hickman, believe it or not we were writing a book together and then it would appear we had a bit of a falling out over something I said and he misheard a couple of years ago. It'd be nice to get back in touch with him and see if I can heal the wound ... if someone has a current email.


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