My learning this week is that I shouldn’t have offered to give this game away.
If you are an old school board war gamer, you will remember that Avalon Hill did a card game based on its popular WW2 game of infantry combat, Squad Leader. It was notorious for the ridiculously handsome, almost angelic SS guy on the cover. I’m surprised that image has not been resurrected by the Alt-RIght. The bits below, including AH’s Pacific War expansion, Banzai!, was gifted to me by an Army friend of mine. I tried playing it a few times solitaire, and it didn’t really seem that much fun.
This week I offered the game up on a Facebook group called Wargamer Pay It Forward. The deal is that members can place dibs on games they want, and if they win one, they have to offer a game in return. It’s a great system. I had won a copy of GMT’s Labyrinth, a game on the US War on Terror against international jihadism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It seems like a good trade to me, as I like contemporary games and am a fan of the thoughtful work done by Ruhnke and his sometime collaborator, Brian Train.
However, I wasn’t prepared for the 90+ claimants that have put in their dibs for Upfront! I am fully expecting the number of entrants will top one hundred by the deadline of noon tomorrow. Yikes. I think I’ve found a robust random number generator that will do the job, but it will be a big job. I suppose I could write the names on slips of papers and let Stanley the Cat draw one. I’ve done it here before.