Thursday, July 1, 2010


Hi Joe,

I just came across your youtube game videos and really enjoyed watching them. It seems like we have a lot in common- I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a cop, a board gamer with a strong preference for wargames, Twilight Struggle is one of my favorites, and my wife wins most of the time! Too bad I live in Pennsylvania and you live in Michigan. Currently I'm looking for a tactical game that I could play with my wife (instead of Memoir 44) or with other gaming friends who are mainly into designer games and don't really want to spend a ton of time learning rules. My too main candidates are Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel (I watched your review) and Tide of Iron. What are your thoughts on Tide of Iron? I saw that you have a copy in one of your wargame school videos but you didn't comment on it other than to say it wasn't your favorite.

Stay safe and have a great night.



It sounds like we do have a lot in common! As far as tactical games... I'd avoid ToI, I didn't like it, it is huge, expensive, and I doubt your wife will like it. Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel is a great game and I know my wife thinks it is "OK". Honestly, have you considered something like Hero Scape as a starter game for you wife? I bet she would like it. I am currently, slowly, teaching my wife ASLSK.

Good Luck!



  1. I had heroscape in the past and sold it off a year or so ago. Took up a ton of space, took a long time to set up, and fueled an urge to keep buying expansions for a game that I really didn't think was too great.

    I just traded for a copy of ASLSK1 and am waiting for it in the mail. I'll enjoy teaching myself, a few of my friends might be up for learning, and hopefully I'll locate some other ASLers in the area.

    One game which my wife does like a lot, that you might want to try with yours is Through the Ages. We both think its a great game. A little long for a weeknight, but definitely a ton of fun when you have the time.

  2. ASL SK #1 arrived in the mail today. I'm excited to start learning and will hopefully find someone in the area who already plays.