From: CA native, retired in FL
I miss REAL wargames.
'Real" wargame to me = anything you can learn in a day and enjoy playing for a lifetime.
I no longer have some of my old classics. I think it was a mistake to let them go.
I've been puttering around with some beat up Squad Leader era materials. Pondering revising all the 3 modules back to initial Squad Leader complexity.
I still enjoy Panzer Leader and I have downloaded a lot of user made boards and counters (there's a great wealth of it out there).
I'd rather play a board game solo, than pretend a single PC wargame has ever actually equaled the experience of a single board game wargame.
The beauty of board games, is the issue of AI is never even in the discussion.
And no opponent means you either play it by yourself both sides, or you don't play it.
And you just don't play designs that require secrecy to function.
And there are no shortage of designs that don't require secrecy in the operation of the design.
My current deluxe experience is The Longest Day. 5x5.5 feet of pure simulation. No secrecy, simple rules design, you just need a place to put it.
And as I can't seem to find a man to waste space on in my apartment, I have the space :)
You certainly like the Longest Day! I do too, one of the best "monster war games" ever made. My copy was lost to Tropical storm Fran - flooded the detached work room, (along with all the rest of my board wargames). So it's only computer games nowdays. Ted and I played Longest day twice, both great games - He won one as Allies, I won one as Germans! Simple in design, simulated the campaign very well, easy to play.