John "Sagrilarus" Edwards (He/Him)
Associate Writer

John aka Sagrilarus is an old boardgame player. He has no qualifications to write on the subject, and will issue a stern denial of his articles' contents on short notice if pressed.

John "Sagrilarus" Edwards
Associate Writer

Articles by Sagrilarus

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Summer Gaming Challenge -- Bolide
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5075   0
  It took more than a bit of time to come up with what my Summer Gaming Challenge title would be.  There were several on the list that seemed to be in the neighborhood of good choices, but most were games that got plenty of traffic or had gotten recent playtime by me, both of which weren’t in the spirit of this Summer’s challenge.  Then I recalled that Bolide had sat for years on my shelf.  I recalled a reread of the rules last year (or maybe two years ago now) that had surprised me in their...
Warriors of God -- Solo Play on Vassal
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5281   0
I started off with a quick post to What Board Games Are You Playing but I'm going to spend a minute to move it here so that it can get a little more attention from people looking for it. For those unaware, Warriors of God is a two-player low-chit-count wargame from Multi-Man Publishing, part of their International Game Series. It is set during the 100 Years War in England and France (1300s roughly). Originally designed by Makoto Nakajima, it was published as a magazine game in Japan, then was picked up by MMP...
Fired Hot
Rants & Raves S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 6846   0
A year ago I received a Kindle Fire for my birthday. I hadn’t asked for one and in a lot of ways I really didn’t want one, but I toyed with it a bit and realized that I kind of liked it. It was quicker to get web access on it than it was my laptop, was more mobile and generally lasted longer on a battery. Over a six week period it grew to be a pretty big presence in my life, and my traditional e-ink Kindle was more or less set aside. I pull...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated July 31, 2018 19024   0
Alright, so after having a conversation with Dogmatix about the price of storage containers, I decided to finally break down and take some snapshots of how I have my stuff arranged for transport.  Below are photos that more or less cover 100% of my Wings of Glory WWI material, 30+ planes, decks for each, additional decks out the wazoo, damage decks, boards, sticks, rules, reference book for each aircraft, the works.  Only thing missing is empty boxes in case I need to mail stuff off to people.
That Final Dice Roll
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5694   0
        Ladies and Gentlemen, you’ve been playing for three hours, and the entire game comes down to just one die roll.  180 minutes of painstaking planning, careful negotiation and tactical response, and everyone is looking at the guy on your left, waiting for one throw of a couple of cubes to pick the winner and the loser.          And that’s exactly what’s supposed to happen.         To some extent I’ve withdrawn from the “what a game should be” debates that rage unabatedly on the Internet, mostly because I’ve found they’re just piles...
heroscape game
Up Your Game S Sagrilarus Updated April 23, 2019 9120   0

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"Why can't WE play that?" That was the response my buddy Steve blurted out when I told him what we had played when he was away at Gencon. He and Chris, the regular host of my Tuesday night gaming session had traveled to Indianapolis and in their absence I had thrown out the question to the usual suspects – “anyone want to head...
Hold the Line: Frederick's War
Board Game Reviews S Sagrilarus Updated April 25, 2019 4081   0

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A few years back I asked my personal historian Paul what the deal was with the Thirty Years War. Why did it start, who was involved, what were the driving motivations of the people involved? Paul’s response – “if you figure it out let me know. I’ve never really gotten my arms around it.” This came from a guy that could name the English and French monarchs off the top of his head in order. The Thirty Years era was quite the complication. So when I stumbled across...
Knights of the Air
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4690   0
    For the last six months I've been trying to get my arms around an article describing the heavy gaming group my son participates in at the local library every Saturday.  My buddy Tim, a wargamer from way back brings in kids from ages ten through seventeen or so and sits them down to "big" games -- Axis & Allies, Conquest of the Empire, you know, Ameritrash.  I don't use the word when I'm there because it's not well understood outside of hobby gaming circles but it's pretty clear -- Tim plays Trash, and he's my prime example...
Gettysburg via Battle Cry
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3606   0
Strategic Titles
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4730   0
For the last few months I've been sitting on an article, largely because my understanding of the subject matter changes every two weeks. My son aged 12 has been attending a Strategy Gaming "club" that meets on alternate Saturdays for six to eight hours per session. Lunch is eaten on the fly, coaching occurs throughout the session and after-action reports occur at the end of the day. Conquest of the Empire, Axis & Allies, Joan of Arc, mostly long DoaM games where conflict and long-term goals are featured...
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