I need to get those counters clipped, but this is a real page turner.
Grog • nard (noun) 1. An old soldier 2. Someone who enjoys playing board wargames, particularly the counter-heavy strategy games from the 1970’s & 80’s.
I’ve probably mentioned before how my son has embraced the gaming hobby full force. He’s all about military stuff and thus, war games are right up his alley. He’s been tearing up the iTunes App Store looking for strategy games for his iPod Touch. I honestly think I could break out Advanced Squad Leader and he’d be, “OK Dad, infantry and armor is great, but when do we get to the Off Board Artillery rules?”
Last Sunday, which happened to be Easter, was cold and rainy where we live. Maybe it was the sugar crash from too many jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps, but nobody wanted to watch TV or read. My son said, “Hey Dad, can we play that zombie game you got the other day?” Easter, candy, zombies…”Why not?” So we broke out Zombies!!! from Twilight Creations.
I’m a bit of what’s known as a “late adopter.” That fact surprises even me. I’d think I’d be all over new tech, but until recently, my motto (at least one of them), “I fear change,” kept me from messing around with newfangled stuff like iPhone apps. Until, that is, I stumbled upon some great ones like BoardGameGeek’s iPhone app.
As you know, I’m a collector. I like to keep track of my vast empire of stuff. Until now, I’d always done so by using a list compiled on MS Word. The problem with that is, you have to make sure you keep up with it, updating it religiously. You forget to do it a couple times and now your inventory’s useless. Well, for the game collector (or just the player with a bunch of titles), BoardGameGeek’s got you covered.
You know, I realized that some recent cracks on Game Workshop could lead one to believe I have an ax to grind with them. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: lower those prices! Just like “if you build it, they will come,” I sincerely believe an across the board price decrease would go a long way to create some good will with hobbyists and gamers who love GW products.
But that being said, I thought I’d relate a story from a few years ago that demonstrates GW does have a heart.