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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Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5875   0
“If you swing at junk, what’s that pitcher going to throw you?”
Panzer General: Allied Assault . . . Commence Fire!
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4607   0
Ok so I got three turns of Panzer General: Allied Assault in tonight and spilled a bit of blood. This was a solo play (the Metz scenario) and the solo rules for the Germans were pretty doggone straightforward. Movement is exceptionally simple and the size of the map means that there just aren't a lot of opportunities to outsmart the enemy. This is smash-mouth wargaming -- you need to bring heavy guns to the front and spend them. Support units are a must to close the deal. My first attack was on...
Panzer General: Allied Assault . . . Delayed
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3472   0
Panzer General: Allied Assault showed up at my house from the math trade and I spent the last couple of evenings reading the rules. They aren't long or complicated, I've just been tired. The machanics of the game look pretty straightforward. But, the biggest issue last night was getting the decks set up and ready to play for the scenario I was going after. In theory each card in the deck is part of one or more groups, where each group applies to a scenario. That's what the rules seem to indicate....
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3526   0
       "You gotta give the dice a chance to bring you back." I was at WBC for all of four hours before being called home for an emergency.  But in that short interval I overheard this one sentence, in the wargaming room of course, from a guy maybe 55 or 60 years old.  It was almost worth the trip all by itself.  This is the kind of attitude that you just don't hear from modern gamers, and as near as I can tell the guy was just tossing it off in the...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3182   0
Summoner Wars and Heroscape -- Tuesday I got in a team game of Summoner Wars with my buds (my first play) which is a very simple war game. The session largely broke into two independent games with a bit of cooperation and didn't have a lot of interaction between teammates. A good game, there's plenty of room to support each other but the form factor tends to encourage separation instead of integration. Visually the game separates the teams. On my next play I'm going to need to work to break that. But last...
Settlers of America . . . Quite the Teuber
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3847   0
Here's a shot of the new Settlers of America that I got to play on Tuesday night. Sorry for the quality. In a word, it's quite Teuberish and I mean that in a good way. Note the little rondel-looking things on the corners. Those are where you place your settlement and goods markers to start -- they're your reserve that you need to deplete to win. The one in the upper-right has a settlement and two goods still in it (one good in the middle.) On each point of the...
Team Play
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5953   0
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about team games. I mean "team" in its most literal sense. How many board game are there where you and another player truly share the win or loss through shared effort, without reservation or caveat? If you're talking cardboard the list is pretty doggone short. Nearly a quarter of a century ago I visited Historicon for a day, more to gawk at the beautiful miniatures than to engage in the gaming itself. As I was walking through the main room late in...
Gaming Scene S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4735   0
When he paused I knew he was a Cylon. He didn't need to do anything. Pause, Cylon. As he stuttered I imagined a brig door at the far end of the huge ship swinging open. Alright maybe you need a little bit of background into the group to appreciate that this has nothing to do with strategy or tactics. I'm a tactical guy don't get me wrong; I can work the decision tree with the best of them. But sometimes it's even easier than that, and maybe even more dependable. Commander Adama...
Gaming Scene S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5224   0
"The game is on.  I'm flat on my belly, inching forward through scrubby brush trying to keep as low as I possibly can.  With yesterday's rain I'm good and dirty.  My weapon's out in front of me and every few feet I'm sighting down it, laying it on its side so that neither it nor I have to rise even an inch above the undergrowth.  Success or failure depends upon surprise; lives are in the balance Not really.  This is laser-tag at a kid's birthday party.
Valor & Victory on the Cheap
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 10593   0
So my plan for yesterday evening was a first solo game of Valor & Victory. There's a nice little scenario that plays in about an hour including setup. Instead I ended up making chits. This is a print & play squad-level wargame with about 12 pages of rules. Nothing too complicated in the actual gameplay but some of the scenarios are pretty big in the number of units and size of the maps. Like most games at...
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