Oh my goodness, not another solo AAR by that fellow who can't seem to stay in a competitive game with other opponents. Well other than himself and I'm not sure how competitive he is even when playing against himself.
I admit it. I'm a MWiF junkie. I've tried my hand at WiF CE using vassal, solo of course. And while I'm extremely impressed by the CE vassal module and its functionality, I keep coming back to MWiF. Why, well let me list 4 key reasons:
(1) Rules enforcement. I just like the fact that the computer takes care of all this for me.
(2) Book Keeping. Again, it just makes my life easier. (1) & (2) leaves me more time to play the game instead of having to search through the rules or keep track of the counters, various pools, etc.
(3) Map and Navigation. I've grown accustomed to the look, feel, scale and navigation of the MWiF map versus the CE vassal maps with their different scales.
(4) Features. Again, I've grown accustomed to the forms and mouse clicks in MWiF. I'm just able to work my way through the map, units and details of the game in MWiF versus the CE vassal module. Not to say that the vassal module isn't incredible, it is, I just prefer the way MWiF looks.
Call me lazy but I just like all the details, well most of the details, handled by the computer in addition to the look and feel of the map and units in MWiF.
I admitted earlier to being a MWiF junkie. Well that's not exactly true. I'd say that I'm a WW2 history junkie who's hook on MWiF. I usually have a book going on the subject. Here's a list (sorry for it's length) of the books that I've read the recently (past 3 years), am reading or will read soon:
1. The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King – The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea. Walter R. Borneman
2. American Knights: The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. Victor Troy Failmezger
3. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle Nest. Stephen E. Ambrose
4. The Battle of Midway. Craig L. Symonds
5. Behind Japanese Lines: An American Guerrilla in the Philippines. Bernard Norling and Roy C. Hunt
6. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters. Cole C. King Seed and Dick Winters
7. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture. Joshua Levine
8. Easy Company Solider: The Legendary Battle of Sergeant from World War II’s “Band of Brothers”. Bob Welsh and Don Malarky
9. Helmet for My Pillow: From Paris Island to the Pacific. Robert Leckie
10. How They Won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz and His Admirals. Edwin Hunt
11. Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II. Joseph A. Springer
12. Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific. Bill Marvel and R.V. Burgin.
13. The Liberation Trilogy Box Set. Rick Atkinson.
14. The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau. Alex Kershaw.
15. Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal – The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of the War. Joseph Wheelan
16. Miracle at Midway. Donald M Goldstein, Gordon W. Prange and Katherine K. Dillon
17. Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway. Laura Orr, N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss and Timothy Orr
18. Nimitz. E.B. Potter
19. No Surrender: A World War II Memoir. James Sheeran
20. Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army’s Victory That Shaped World War II. Stuart D. Goldman
21. Order in Chaos: The Memoirs of General of Panzer Troops Hermann Balck. Carlo D’Este, David T. Zabeck, David J. Biedekarken and Herman Balck.
22. Pacific Thunder: The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943 – October 1944. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
23. Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Along Side John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima. Chuck Tatum
24. Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor. Clinton Romesha (Not WW II, but excellent and inspiring read!)
25. Shatter Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Anthony Tully and Jonathon Parshall
26. Twenty-two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine. George Peto and Peter Margaritas.
27. Under a Blood Red Sun: The remarkable Story of PT boats in the Philippines and the rescue of General MacArthur. John J Damagalski
28. We Were Going to Win or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan. Fred H. Allison and Roy H. Elrod.
29. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa. E.B. Sledge
30. You’ll Be Sor-ree!: A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War. Sid Phillips.
31. Landing in Hell: The Pyrrhic Victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944. Peter Margaritas
32. Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Solider on the Eastern Front. Gunter K. Koschorrek.
33. Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway. David Rigby.
34. Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter. John Robert Slaughter.
35. Enterprise: American's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II. Barrett Tillman.
36. Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II. Larry Alexander
37. Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Volumne I: July 1937-May 1942. Richard B. Frank.
38. Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front: The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt. Volumne I: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle. Hans Heinz Rehfeldt.
39. Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front: The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt. Volumne II: Russia, Hungary, Lithuania, and the Battle for East Prussia. Hans Heinz Rehfeldt.
40. Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World. Chris Wallace.
41. Command Missions: A Personal Story. Lucian K. Truscott.
42. Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu. Jim Mcenery.
43. Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Segeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers. Marcus Brotherton.
44. Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway & Guadalcanal. John Lundstrom.
Also, I subscribe to WW II History and WW II Quarterly.