If you turn him on to RTS wargames, you will lose him forever into that oblivion that thinks they are wargamers.
The first mistake was a console to begin with. I started my son off on commodore 64 games, I had some old units in the closet, and we sat down and played TURN BASED wargames from the get go.
SSI's Gettysburg, Shilo, Antietam, Sons of Liberty, and for fantasy wargaming which I enjoyed, War of the Lance. Then came Tigers in the Snow and Knights of the Desert and Normandy Invasion.
Although my son later got into platform console games, shootemups and beatemups because his cousin had this stuff, he's always come back to strategy turn based gaming after all is said and done. He doesn't even own a console anymore. He's 22 now. One of his favorite games and mine is MASTERS OF MAGIC. But, he likes Medieval Total War as I, and Combat Mission games as I. Thank God I didn't lose him to RTS or fast action games or FPS's ;)
Consoles to me ruin any chance of getting a grognard of the old style of wargaming. You sort of get hooked on that first thing that hooks you. For example I got hooked into board wargaming at 12 when I first saw Gettysburg and played it. Oh there was lots of other games to excite a 12 year old at that time Rock em Soc em robots, Monopoly, a real football or basketball or baseball and bat...., but, it was a boardgame that sucked me in....just like your son is now sucked into console fast action games. A board game or computer turn based strategy game now will be boring to him pretty quickly.
< Message edited by ravinhood -- 3/3/2004 3:44:36 PM >