Interview at The Players Aid blog: Tupamaro

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The ever-alert Grant Kleinheinz, one of the “Faithful Eight” (readers of this blog, that is) asked me some questions about Tupamaro, my game on the Uruguayan urban guerrilla movement that is coming out soon from One Small Step Games (Tupamaro available for pre-order from OSS Games!)

Step over and have a look!

https://theplayersaid.com/2017/03/27/interview-with-brian-train-designer-of-tupamaro-from-one-small-step-games/

Review of Operation Whirlwind in Small Wars Journal

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Over in the clandestine caverns of the Small Wars Journal, Michael Peck has written a good review of Operation Whirlwind:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/game-review-operation-whirlwind-the-soviet-assault-on-budapest-1956

Go check it out!

“Kandahar: the dark, cynical, bitter sibling of GMT’s COIN series”

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James Sterrett sees right through me:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1677733/kandahar-dark-cynical-bitter-sibling-gmts-coin-ser

James’ conclusion:

I mentioned these and a number of other factors to a co-worker (and fellow gamer) who served in Afghanistan; he was not sure the game was quite cynical enough to be accurate, but more so than A Distant Plain. You can make a case that A Distant Plain is a better game, but Kandahar feels like a better simulation, and if you are interested in the topic, it is well worth giving it playtime.

Thanks James! You have seen to the bottom of my insufficiently rotten soul.

Also, a quick link to Neal Durando’s cogent thoughts on the game, which James also references:

http://defling.com/blog/?p=85

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Thoughts on Kandahar

 

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Some recent posts from Neal Durando’s Defense Linguistics blog:

Kandahar Hot Washup

Through a Glass, Darkly

I think this man gets what I’m trying to say, or at least that I’m trying to say something.

Money quote from the latter, at least for me:

Of Brian’s designs with which I’m familiar all attempt a similar level of honesty. They are deeply skeptical of ideology and other power fantasies. Their mechanisms give you plenty of rope with which to hang yourself. Glorious blitzkriegs, chevauchées, razzias, and shit-hammerings are rare and never engaged without careful calculation of the downsides. If he had designed OGRE, there would be the possibility of co-opting the cybertank by surrendering power stations along with a good wash and detail. I still say his Algeria is way too hard on the French, although I’ve been able to win playing both sides.

These are, in their way, anti-games. They resist commercialization in the best way by raising the bar for their audience while keeping their author impoverished and angry.

Go read the rest of it! This man is a WRITER.

Much appreciated, Neal.

Algeria is available for pre-order!

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Now available for pre-order from OSS Games: the revised version of Algeria: The War for Independence 1954-62, the first game ever published on the war (Microgram Co-op, 2000).

Revised counter mix (140, back-printed, diecut, art by Jon Compton), a redrawn map with very nice graphics by Ania Ziolkowska, and cleaned-up and streamlined rules that feature three scenarios (1954, 1958, 1960).

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Sample counters, scattered aesthetically… the game uses the familiar “four boxes” system.

Preorder price is $18.95; later, it will cost you $23.95.

http://ossgamescart.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=77

Binh Dinh ’69 is ready for preorder!

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Coming soon (well, as soon as enough people express an interest with their dollars)!

Nice map by Ania Ziolkowska (who worked on the other ones), counters by Jon Compton.

$18.95 now, $23.95 later.

http://ossgamescart.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=76

OSS Folio Games Sales Report

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Just got a sales report from OSS Games – these four folios of mine all came out in the first six months of the year, and so far have sold over 700 copies between them.

Far more than I was selling through BTR Games for the first three, and Operation Whirlwind (which has sold the most, at 214) had been out of print for quite some time.

Quite pleased to work with OSS! They’ve treated me well.

As detailed before, 2016 will see two of mine in this series (Algeria and Binh Dinh) and maybe more on top of that.