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  1. Let me start by saying that I'm not taking a swipe at Spartan Games... And of all the online communities I've seen, this is by far the friendliest and most helpful for new members. Bravo! But the reason I've stopped playing is because (at least where I live in California) nobody -- and I mean NOBODY has even heard of this game. Even among long-time tabletop wargamers. The group I used to play with sometimes met at our local game shop. People there were always fascinated to watch our games. But one-by-one our old game group has died off, and no fresh players are showing up to take their place. So as it is, there's no one left to play with. It baffles me because this community seems to be thriving. But our local game shop eventually stopped carrying DW merc due to lack of interest. I can only speak from personal experience, but I fear that this might be the way DW is going in this area. I hope I'm wrong.
  2. Feels a little silly asking -- but if you insist... Could you add the Carrier MAR to the KoB AVENGER-Class fleet carrier? Had to look in the fleet guide PDF to find that it carries 9. Thanks, Nail.
  3. AUSTRIA -Graz, Graz Area: Wolfen – FSA -Klagenfurt: Dr, F.G. Hobo and growing group of non-forum players – PE -Klagenfurt: Constable – FSA, KoB, PE, Chinese, friends with RF, CoA, PE -Lower Austria: Chaki – PE, FSA EotBS -Vienna: bluelabeldrinker – PE, RoF -Vienna: Sokratos, 1 forum player, 5 non-forum players – CoA, EotBS, All Other Nations AUSTRALIA -Adelaide: Bejebas, 5 others – All Nations Represented -Brisbane: PullysJr + 5 others -Bundaberg: PFE1, 6 others -Burnie: theonegunslinger + 2-3 others -Campbelltown: Daemonette666 – CoA, CoFA, RC, OE, RoF -Devonport: NoRecoil, 5 others -New Castle: 4 – KoB, PE, RF, FSA -North Queensland: Nazduruk_Bugzappa, 3-4 others -Penrith: SillyWbbit99, 3-4 others – Majority of Fleets, @ Tin Soldier Penrith -Toowoomba: Skullaxe, 3-4 other non-forum players -Victoria: Kaldor -Victoria: caradoc and 1 other -Victoria: Brad - FSA, DRANZ, CoFA, Black Wolf -Victoria: Nick - OE -Victoria: Darcy - PE -Victoria: Liam - KoB -Victoria: Steve - Cov, LoIS -Victoria: Gus - RoF -Busselton: C0rruptd -Mandurah: catalyst2, 6 others BELGIUM -Herentals: KoB, FSA -Oostende: J-rom – RoF -Oostende: Sjapie, 4 others – CoA, RoF, EoP, EotBS,KoB, FSA, RC -Tournai: HMS Triumph – KoB, Canada, RC, Ottomans, Invaders, East India Cie CANADA -AB, Calgary: Zac – Russian -BC, Kelowna: Npf6 – CoA -BC, Port Alberni: Woldflord68 – CoA -MB, Winnipeg: Nathan – PE -ON, Ottowa: Robock – PE, KoB -ON, Toronto: Biaga – RoF -ON, Toronto: Darkjedi203 – KoB, RC -ON, Toronto: Fireymonkeyboy – EotBS -ON, Toronto: MurderousPenguin – CoA -ON, Toronto: procchi, DoRAaNZ – Kob/PE/LoiS, HEIC/Merchants respectively -QC, Montreal: knolan007 – EotBS, CoA -QC, Québec: Hicks – PE (+ 2 others) CZECH REPUBLIC - Prague + Jablonné nad Orlicí: Watchdog - KoB (Naval + some Aerial), Australians, EIMC/EITC?, HEC, OE, BWM, Mechant Navy + many other players DENMARK -Copenhagen: EotBS + 5-6 others – FSA, CoA, RoF, PE KoB -Svendborg: Mostly FSA, other nations represented FRANCE -Gif Sur Yvette: Urial – KoB, RoF -Haubourdin: HMS Triumph + ten others – KoB, Canada, RC, Ottomans, Invaders, East India Cie, PE, FSA, EotBS, CoA, RoF, Chinese, Australian, Italian -Lyon: Nucreum – CoA -Lyon: tartopom – EotBS -Lyon: Trollune – 10+ players, all factions -Marseille: Soltan – RoF -Marseille: Youenn + 3 others – RoF (CoA, EotBS, FSA) -Valence: Amiral X + 2 sons – RoF (FSA, EotBS), +5 others (CoA, FSA, KoB, RC) GERMANY -Bayreuth: Gaanger – EotBS, CoA -Berlin: Caine-HoA – CoA -Berlin: Hunger – EotBS, LoIS, CF -Berlin: Legion-Rancor – RoF, Invaders, LoIS, Ottomans -Frankfurt: RunRabbitJunk – KoB -Frankfurt: ThorinXV – PE -Karlsuhe/Pforzheim: PMOS1101 – 6 players with all Factions -Kaiserslautern/Mainz: EMMachine – all factions (except CoA/Invaders) -Kiel: EIErecose – RoF and 3 other players (PE, FSA, EotBS) -Mainz: crabking – EotBS, KoB -Mainz: Nightwalk – RoF -Mülheim und allgemein Ruhrgebiet: Rhunmaki and 7 other players (spieleclub) – all factions -Neuss: Bastian – KoB -Osnabrück: Vadous – FSA -Paderborn: Archangle – 7 players, all Factions -Tuebingen: the Prussian guy – PE -Speyer: Meterbrot – RoF -Bremerhaven: Jay-D - 8 players, all Factions LUXEMBOURG -Luxembourg City: Averlorn – FSA, 2 others (CoA, RC). Also other players at LGS INDONESIA -Jakarta: DasPotato – PE, KoB, and 7 others (all factions) ITALY -Brescia: Febbre – PE -Florence: Glados – CoA -Florence: Shaffer – PE, EotBS, FSA -Florence: TGK - RoF -Florence: Uncleleng – KoB, EotBS -Venter: Torino – RoF MALAYSIA - Kuala Lumpur/Petaling Jaya: mudster – RoF NETHERLANDS -Apeldoorn: Valki – FSA -Den Bosch: Galvainn – RoF -Deventer: Jass – EotBS, CoA -Eindhoven: Sky Captain – KoB, PE, 3 others -Groningen: Wandelaar – KoB, ANZ -Heerlen/Maastricht: ORick – KoB, FSA, PE, EotBS, CoA, RE, +5 other players in this area -Hengelo: Revenant – CoA, +4 others playing in Enschede -Sint Oedenrode: Faust – PE + 10 other in the region (all nations represented) -Swalmen: Jelmer – RoF, RC (2 more players in Venray with PE and FSA) -Veghel: Iron Elemental – PE -Waalwijk: Galathon - KoB and CoA + 6 more people playing in Tilburg. NEW ZEALAND -Christchurch: Karchev23 – RoF -Christchurch: Sirius – PE -Dunedin: chicjen_pi – FSA, RoF, CoA -Dunedin: Deimos – EotBS, CoA -Dunedin: SirEmilCrane – KoB, PE with RoF, FSA at local club, + another 8-10 in area POLAND -Katowice: softiron with 3 others non-forum PORTUGAL Location: - Lisbon- Pico (FSA, RoF, RC, KoB), another 5/6 in the area -Lisbon- Pirran (FSA, RoF, RC, KoB) SPAIN Location: -Barcelona;MgySgt.Reed (1250+,KoB) and 3 others ( 1250+ of FSA, PE, CoA) -Madrid; Abrilete - KoB (and a slowly growing group of players with all the factions, most non fourm members) -Ponferrada; bierzoman: 1500+ FSA, 1000+ CoA, 1500+ EoBS. SWEDEN Location: -Gothenburg: Serpent - KoB, EotBS (Gaming club also includes ~4 more players [CoA, PE, EotBS x2]) UK Location : England: -Beverley (East Yorks): Vanguard - KoB, RC -Bournemouth; Dr.Z Eotbs, FSA, Coa, PE, KoB -Bristol; Mr Evil - EOTBS -Bristol: Evil OK - EOTBS plus a few others. -Nr. Bristol; Lugosi - EotBS -Cambridge; Redmick - KoB / RC + at least 8 others -Canterbury; Rabenscharz - PE -Canterbury: CaptBrucesea- EIMC, MN, KOB (Naval Only) -Nr Chester:; Chancer - FSA, RoF, RC + at least 10 others at Deeside Defenders Wargames Club -Christchurch; RiftsCommando - FSA. 4 other local players. -Exmouth; Mick A - FSA -Glastonbury; PlayTeser - RoF, CoA, KoB, PE, FSA, EotBS -Gloucester; AsleepByDay KoB, Coa, Eotbs, PE -Gloucester; Zithith - KoB -Gosport (Hants); gb030104 - Britannia, CoA, RoF, Prussia -Gosport (Hants); podhead - Britannia. -Greenock, Meliadus KoB, PE -Harrogate - FSA, BrotherAlpharius. Also have friends who play KoB and CoA. -Huntingdon - Smeagol; Every Faction over 12+ players - Huntingdon & District Wargames Society - Thursday Nights Games -Ilfracombe, Devon - Captain Kyle: FSA, KoB, all naval/air only. -Kirkby Thore, Cumbria - Sailion - RoF/RoB, Lols and KoD. -Lancaster -Druss KoB, PE, FSA, Russian (all land sea and air) -Leicester - Sebenko, CoA, other Uni Gamesoc members with PE, EotBS, RC, KoB, RoF and FSA -Leicester - Castaras, EotBS -Leicester - Charley, FSA (only in town for Uni term time, otherwise NR Goole, East Yorks) -London (Crossgaming Club) - Lord Nat: KoB, FSA(sea/ air) + others with RoF, PE and more looking -Milton Keynes - Rasmus FSA, EotBS, LoIS + 4 others via MKWGS CoA, EotBS, PE, RoF -Merseyside - Kombine + 5/6 other players. -Newbiggen (Northumberland): KOSB x 3, FSA x 4, PE x 3, EotBS x 1, CoA x 1, French x 2 -North Walsham (nr Norwich, Norfolk): KoB, EotBS -Nottingham : Deckard - CoA, RC -Orpington - Java - Kingdom of Britannia -Petersfield (Portsmouth): Azriall - EotBS -Plymouth - Adamsoco, CoA, PE, Jedrington - EotBS -Portsmouth; Jetengine - Brittania -Teesside; Cleal - KoB -Teesside, DeadSteve - Prussia -Potton/ Sandy (Beds); Munkerz - KoB, EotBS -Ross on Wye Neal b via Dice and Decks RoF -Sheffield; SHG Drachenfutter, Solar, NES, LikeAsir, Thamoz +20 on and off forum FB group: Outpost yacht club -Shropshire, Shrewsbury - Gatekeepers Wargamers - 6 factions and growing -Southampton - dethbidonut: KoB & EotBS -Southend-on-Sea, essex - inq101 and several others. - EotBS, RF. -Tamworth (as well as Birminhgam and Nottingham) - HandOfIron - Coa, FSA, KoB -West Midlands - Santrix via Dudley Darklords CoA x1 FSA x1 EotBS x1 PE x1 RoF x1 KoB x1 -west midlands - Althorin + 4 others via Birmingham Marauders all fleets non land -Worksop - Kalisix RoF -Isle of Wight -Welsh RoF Scotland: -Edinburgh; Delboy, Kabbage, Squire, Kingfig + 14 others (all Land and Sea fleets @ +2kpts) -Edinburgh; Borris, MiddleMeadow, CoreDave + 2 others - COA, EotBS, KoB, FSA, RoF -Glasgow; RandomJohn: FSA and RoF, Fawlkes: PE and RoF -Glasgow: Bit: KOB and EOBS -Dundee (Elysium Wargames Society): Steve (Me), Mathew, Kev, Dave, Martyn + few others. PE, EOBS, etc Wales: -Bangor; LabRat101 - RC, PLC Northern Ireland: -Newry (Club is in Belfast though); DKoW (Plus 1 player. Know of 3 other players) - PE, KoB (demo force) USA Location : -AK, Anchorage: Aedian (Rus, KoB) -CA, Los Angeles: Admiral-General Louis – Russians, PLC, Ottoman’s & Growing -CA, Modesto: Capt_Dunsel – FSA -CA, Modesto: Widow Maker – KoB (naval and air), DRANZ/CoFA -CA, Monterey: Eisengratz – Covenenat, Australians, Russian Coalition -CA, Sacramento: reticent_bassist +2-3 others – FSA, France, CoA, Prussia -CA, San Francisco: pancakeonions – FSA, EoBS, CoA (Ottoman Empire!) -CA, San Jose: Curiasse d’escradre – RoF -CO, Colorado Springs: Groups at Castle Games and Gifts (Mondays), and Gamer’s Haven (Thursdays) -CO, Denver: Landlubber – FSA, RoF -CO, Littleton: Darthkema – KoB and RC (very soon) -CO, Parker: Cap’n Nemo with RoF (There’s ~8 of us in the Denver area that I know of) -CT, Manchester: Mezegis, and about a dozen non-forum players at The Battle Standard -FL, Daytona Beach: Doomed to RepeatIt – RoF -FL, Ocala: BigB and others – KoB (PE & FR Shortly), with others using EotBS, CoA, FSA -FL, West Palm Beach: kturock – EotBS, PE, KB, soon with FSA and LoIS -GA, Atlanta: SouthernCygnar – KoB, PE, FSA, EotBS -GA, Atlanta: McKinstry – PE, KoB, Aussie -IA, Cedar Rapids: Audun54 – KoB and 5 others (2x PE, 2x CoA, EotBS) -ID, Idaho Falls: d’Eon and 1-3 others – CoA, RoF, PE, EotBS, RC -IL, Chicago: Pistolwhip – Wiling to travel around Plainfield, Elk Grove, Schaumburg and area -IL, Grays Lake: ckosacranoid – SA Mercs -IN, Blookmington: northerndragons – EotBS, PE, RC, CoA, KoB -IN, Fort Wayne: Slovok – KoB, PE, RoF -IN, Indianapolis: naptown wendigo – Prussia -KS, Lenexa: Tergara – RoF -MA, Amesbury: Hugeonic – KoB -MA, Boston: Адмирал флота, MajorMcNicol – FSA & RC, RC & Independent Merc Company respectively -MD, Frederick: dedonta – RoF, KoB, PE, EotBS, FSA -MI, Port Huron: carlkay58, DirectorWily – CoA, EotBS respectively -MO, Columbia: diarianordo - RC -MO, Kansas City: bearsoldier - EotBS, FSA -MT, Missoula: Akinra – FSA, EotBS -MT, Missoula: illuminus23 – RoF -NC, Boone: Razorwing – EotBS, FSA -NC, New Bern: Kilted Cleric -NE, Lincoln: Ravenwatch – RoF, Prussia, KoB -NV, Las Vegas: Commodore Panda – EotBS, KoB -NV, Las Vegas: mortaine – CoA, EotBS, RoF (Also know about 10 others in town) -NY, New York: Redeye – CoA -NY, Rochester: Lord Nobody – EotBS, KoB -OH, Cincinnati: Cervantes3773 – EotBS -OH, Dayton: denyasis – Will Proxy Any, still deciding what to buy (Prolly EotBS or PE) -OH, Kent: dpratt00 – RoF -OK, Oklahoma City: Skullh4t – Prussia, CoA -OR, Portland: Baelspar – EotBS & others (local group @ cogcollective.org) -OR, Portland: Brother Glacius – EotBS, RoF, PE, KoB -OR, Oregon City: Cambrius and two others – KoB, DoC, RC (FSA and EotBS, CoA for the others) -PA, Easton: Toymaker – FSA, RoF -PA, Harrisburg: EvilSockMonkeyZed – FSA, PE -PA, Philadelphia: Unseelied – EotBS -TN, Knoxville: King Drew – PE -TX, Austin: morty_piper – Prussia, with bits of KoB -TX, Dallas/Plano: Groups at Madness Games and Comics (usually Sunday) and Texas Toy Soldier (email arrangement) – Thesock, Spellbound and 8 others – 2 EotBS and a ton of CoA -TX, Lubbock: DarkArchebald – StormCrow Games (Friday Night) Dystopian Wars Growing -TX, San Antonio: Natwist, Reacher, plus 8 others – Every nation represented -VA, Stafford/Woodbridge: CDR_G – FSA, RC, RoF, Australian, Merchants -VA, Woosbridge: don_mondo – EotBS, plus two others playing CoA and KoB -WA, Olympia: Dirty Bob – PE, FSA @ Olympic Cards & Comics -WA, Seattle: smguy – EotBS, PE -WA, Spokane Valley: Silth, The Gamers Heaven (Large group on Tuesdays) – RoF -WI, Appleton: Valthonis – RoF, FSA, EotBS -WI, Madison: Scooter – PE, EotBS, Tuesday @ Dragons Lair -WI, Madison: Zing – EotBS
  4. Love the new cards, Nail... And, yes. They are perfect for use on a mobile device. My printer thanks you! I posted a question regarding the size of the Regent-class battle carrier in another thread... http://community.spartangames.co.uk/index.php?/topic/9938-regent-battle-carrier-size-statistic/ There seems to be a discrepancy between the new rulebook and the "living document" in the downloads section. The Commodore edition rulebook shows the Regent as being a Large carrier. But the PDF in the downloads section (as of the May 29 update) shows the Regent as being a Massive carrier.
  5. Got it. Thanks! Aye, she is. But don't make her angry. She packs a wallop!
  6. Got my copy of the rulebook only last night. But there seems to be some confusion about the actual size of the new Regent-class battle carrier. On page 217 (in the Commodore Edition) the Regent is listed as being a Large Naval Capital Model. However, in the latest downloadable PDF which contains stats for all of the British ships, the Regent is listed TWICE (on page 3 and on page 8) as being Massive. My guess is that the PDF was a "work in progress", and that the rulebook supersedes that document... But the PDF is described as being a "living document"... and it was updated on May 29. Help?
  7. Since the Royal Australian units can be used to supplement Britannia's navy... And the Dominion of Canada appears to be mostly land supplements... I've been hoping that Britannian Raj would deliver some much-needed air support.
  8. Well, yes. But the point I was making wasn't that you have much chance of actually damaging a dreadnought with a corvette. Only that a corvette can be useful for pinning a larger ship down. At least, as I understand the collision rules: ANY collision forces both ships into an ALL STOP condition -- even if it causes the sinking of your corvette.
  9. Using the corvette as a 'bumper car' is, in my opinion, the only task that it performs well. A full squadron of 5 costs just as much as a full squadron of frigates -- without the benefits of a second turret or torpedo broadsides. The result is that if your opponent sinks even a single corvette, the remaining four ships don't pack enough firepower or AP to be a serious threat to anybody. And those points are wasted. When you consider that KoB has some outstanding frigates, this doesn't seem like a smart use of points. Especially if you're only using them to block LOS. But... Consider that the minimum squadron size for the Swift is 2 -- that's only 40 points. But it only takes one corvette to speed up to a dreadnought (13" movement), position itself where it will cause a collision and bring that 200+ point ship to a FULL STOP. And, what the heck. Lob a few shells at the dreadnought while you're in RB1. (Pro Tip: Don't position the corvette DIRECTLY in front of the dreadnought if it has the 'Iron Ram' MAR. It won't end well.)
  10. Once again, outstanding work, Nail! Any chance of there being an update to the Comparison By Class sheets? As a quick reference, those things are a indispensable! Especially now that the French units are out, and the Small Flyers have been released.
  11. Nope. Sorry... The dice that are labeled Empire of the Blazing Sun have a standard Japanese "Rising Sun" banner on them. The "Blazing Sun" has rays that twist outward from the center. The dice that are labeled FSA have a standard United States flag on them.
  12. In the never-ending quest to rid myself of this awful, awful money... In the 1.1 rulebook (pages 34 and 44 specifically) I spotted a new pretty. Acrylic turn templates! Acrylic measuring sticks! ...And, what's this?! On the Treacherous Trump Card blog post: Colored acrylic counters?! Now, I'd read that the turn templates were handed out as prizes at some tournament or other... But, see, there's this issue I have about trading money for things I like. And these are fine examples. Gimme!
  13. We've had the cards on-hand in every game I've played. In at least HALF of those games the cards didn't get used because they were forgotten. But... witnessing a game played by someone who remembered to use those cards every turn (and used them well), they seemed to be quite effective in harassing his opponent or giving his own units a boost. In short, if you face off against someone who knows how to use those cards, they can change the tide of the game. I recommend using them!
  14. I use dice from a game called World At War. Specifically, the set with the British flag, since the fleet I float in Dystopian Wars is KoB. But I'd scrap the set that I'm using (in a second) for some genuine KoB d6. Hurry up and take my money!
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