Cold Wars 2009

I got to go to Cold Wars this year. I was seriously in doubt I would make it but Wargames LLC needed help with the show so the thought of getting paid to attend the convention was irresistable. Off I went.

It was a good show. I half expected with the economy it would be a ghost town but it was quite a good show. I saw many friends including Jan Spoor who I haven’t personally seen in one or two decades. He was running a F&IW game that was quite attractive. I was in a game of Barbary Pirates vs. English. That one used 28mm ships (yes they were huge!)

I got to play in Howard Whitehouse’s new WWII game “Combat” that is in the playtest stage. Quite an interesting take on WWII. I think it will be a promising game.

The dealer room was excellent as usual. I picked up from Eureka Miniatures the Apeonauts to go with the boilersuit apes I got from them a year or so ago. I got a board game from Academy Games called “Conflict of Heroes” which is a WWII game set during the winter phase of Barbarosa. The game appears to be a nice mix of accurate unit representation and simple mechanics. What I don’t like about Memoir ’44 and Tide of Iron is the abstraction that was done to the units. Tanks aren’t generic like they are in the other games. I can’t wait to see how it plays. It is a very tactical game – like Advanced Squad Leader but with only a few pages of rules.

I picked up some ships to start playing Warhammer Historicals “Trafalgar” which upon my first read through is a fascinatingly easy way to play Napoleonic Age of Sail. I love “Close Action” by Mark Campbell but it is a bit onerous to play and has a bit of a steep learning curve for a pickup game. I played quite a bit of Age of Sail using Close Action for years. I like the tactical problems present in these battles. You have to think on your feet because the infamous changes in the wind can make or break your plan. The new Warhammer game looks to cover the bases quite nicely and I hope that it plays well. Initial reports are very positive. Back in the 90’s my roommate got hooked on the original game that Trafalgar was based upon (Man ‘O War I think?).

Fox Miniatures was there selling BSG resin and pewter fighters. The heavy raider was finally in! I got 20 of them! I also picked up a bunch of extra fighters and some bases. I think I should have these painted soon. I still don’t have a set of rules I will be using but I think I’ll have something figured out shortly.

Of course I bought the usual t-shirts and such. Nothing major to note there.

Overall a great time. I started a project on Saturday when I wasn’t feeling well. I started to program a damage deck simulator for Wings of War. My biggest complaint about the game is that you can’t get extra damage decks without buying the base games over again… so screw them. I am writing a software program that will allow multiple planes to be tracked, their damage and all. Data entry should be simple and I’ll even make it networkable so several computers can access the same database allowing even faster data entry. I may even come up with a mobile version of the software so that you can submit your attacks via the web browser on your phone. It’s all in an effort to re-aquaint myself with C#, to learn Silverlight and WPF and the latest web 2.0 tech.

Well that is my report – see you at Historicon.


  1. Peter M. says:

    Same here. Thanks for the demonstration of your game – it really sold itself to me. I’ve got it all set up for our first game. I hope you did well at the show. Your booth looked very busy and for good reason!

  2. Uwe Eickert says:

    Peter, It was great meeting you at Cold Wars! Enjoy CoH. 🙂


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