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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Great job as usual, Pete.
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Thanks Pete

I had it to where back in the day I calculated my Axis unit moves and positions so I could wipe out the southern Allied units by turn 3,turn 4 at the most including Bir Hacheim with a southern swing around and up into the rear of the fortified boxes.

Well this spring I played it again after a long period of years not touching it. I sure wasn't able to repeat my wonderful performance of when I was 20(year it came out) even with trying hard to do so.
This is one where I want to play it again soon to get my Axis mojo back where it once was
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This was a good design choice because allowing any changes would bring Field Marshal Nostradamus and his 20/20 hindsight into the process.
Thumbed for this.

Although, I can't but feel that all these old Quad games are lessened in value, since Jim Dunnigan himself came on BGG and admitted that they were merely puzzles to be solved.
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Dunnigan was responding to somebody talking about Operation Olympic, which was a solitaire game, and not a Quad game. Solitaire games do in fact tend to be "merely puzzles to be solved".
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Thanks for the great review.

I have played MANY great games of Cauldron on Hexwar.com.

A fascinating study.

Hexwar.com has an option for "Fog of War" which has all units four units away are invisible. The game is good either way but FOW adds some mystery.

On Hexwar.com, the supply rules with their restrictive advances is incorporated into the game so no figuring out on your own whether a unit is in supply or not.

My handle on hexwar.com is iam2509 if anyone wants to give me a challenge.
 
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Outstanding review - thanks. I play a Paul Rohrbaugh game called Fox's Gambit which is set at the same time with the British boxes and mines in place. It sounds like you know your history when it comes to this period in North Africa, Pete. Can you recommend a book to read on Rommel in this time frame?
 
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Nice review, Pate, well done. Always glad to see someone playing the North Africa quad!
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
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Can you recommend a book to read on Rommel in this time frame?
Panzer Battles, by von Mellenthin. He was a staff officer with the Afrika Korps and got to see a lot of Rommel up-close and personal. The most hilarious part of the book is when Rommel was traveling somewhere as he was wont to do, and he got cut off and almost killed. When he got back to the command post, von Mellenthin and the others were carrying on calmly, preparing to launch the next attack without him. Rommel was flabbergasted that anyone else could do the job that he though only he could do and went off to his tent to sulk.
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
jumbit wrote:
InvisibleRobots wrote:
Can you recommend a book to read on Rommel in this time frame?
Panzer Battles, by von Mellenthin. He was a staff officer with the Afrika Korps and got to see a lot of Rommel up-close and personal. The most hilarious part of the book is when Rommel was traveling somewhere as he was wont to do, and he got cut off and almost killed. When he got back to the command post, von Mellenthin and the others were carrying on calmly, preparing to launch the next attack without him. Rommel was flabbergasted that anyone else could do the job that he though only he could do and went off to his tent to sulk.
Much obliged for the book ideas, Pete and Jumbit. I'll try them both as they are conveniently rooted in each opposing side.
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Re: The classic SPI QuadriGame system and the Gazala Gallop
Nothing I love better than nice, timely reviews like this one of games with those modern graphics, well-written rules, well play-tested, etc. Can wait to order my copy from SPI in NYC.
 
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