Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

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Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby patrokles » 30 Sep 2017

... hundreds years ago ... in 1983, my best friend borrowed from his friend a book ... "Operation Warboard" by Gavin and Bernard Lyall. It was the first wargaming rulebook in my live. It was my first year of education in my Secondary school. I've just started to learn English. Despite of that fact, with friend of mine (Hello :wave: Tadziu ;) ) and with some help of my "Small English Dictionary" we translated the whole rulebook ! Translation was of course terrible - my English in 1983 was basic (in 2017 my progress is not too impressive ... anyway... :shock: ) and I could hardly say "Hello" in English that time ("How do you do?", "Thank you", "Where I buy alcohol and cigarettes?") but it was like a first step behind the doors of wargaming. Since that very moment our adventure with wargaming had started. For over 30 years of playing we (Tadeusz, Marcin, Adrian, Tomek, Jarek and Tomek "PzDzdz" and me) have been changing the rules, tables, distances ... everything. Now we call our system "Symultany" because it has reserved the main wargaming engine from Lyall's book - simultaneously moving and firing. Lack of time allows us to prepare a game or two a year. The last one was in the beginning of September.
A small sleepy town in Germany. Spring 1945. The tiny force of defenders (Veteran German Infantry Platoon, AT Guns battery, MG42 MMG plus reinforcements - 4 old Pz. III tanks) have to stop advancing Americans (Company of Infantry, M10 Platoon, M24 Platoon, M5 Platoon) ...

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The German Infantry, guns, tanks and most of terrain was made by PzDzdz. Roads and US Infantry by patrokles :hello:

Thanks for watching ! :hello:
patrokles :wave:
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

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Re: Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby etranger » 02 Oct 2017

Very nice. It was a great book!
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Re: Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby SP> » 02 Oct 2017

Great stuff- nice to see you still playing after all these years too. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby patrokles » 02 Oct 2017

Bluewillow wrote:Neat mate :thumbsup:

Cheers
Matt


Thank you Matt. Greetings from Warsaw :hello:

etranger wrote:Very nice. It was a great book!


It's great to hear that there is somebody else Who knows that book ! :yahoo: It is still one of my favourite wargaming systems. I haven't been playing it for years but I'd like to do that from time to time :wave: Memories .... :cray:

SP> wrote:Great stuff- nice to see you still playing after all these years too.


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Re: Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby dhtandco » 11 Oct 2017

One of my first wargaming books, still on my shelf after 40 plus years.Happy days.Thanks for posting
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Re: Tribute to Gavin and Bernard Lyall

Postby patrokles » 15 Oct 2017

dhtandco wrote:One of my first wargaming books, still on my shelf after 40 plus years.Happy days.Thanks for posting
It looks a nice set up


It's good to hear that the Lyall's Rules are as important for you as for me :hello: yes ... there were Happy Days ...
Greetings from Warsaw :hello:
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