April 4, 2021

March Madness (solo) vmod

Here's a vassal module that supports solitaire play of March Madness (Avalon Hill 1990). It consists only of the strategy card deck and dice rollers.

The scoring results tables and team cards are not included. Score keeping and team management is done with paper and pencil. The module only handles strategy cards and dice.

Link to March Madness vmod file.

The board is a table of four rows with seven spaces per row:

  • Favorite: hand
  • Favorite: coach and 6 playing positions
  • Underdog: coach and 6 playing positions 
  • Underdog: hand

A game "clock" is included in the toolbar as a turn record, showing the current minute of the game and the number of dice to roll.

There are toolbar buttons for rolling 1 to 5 dice. Treat the first die roll in each result as the "white" die.

The Coaching cards in the module start in a separate deck - for variant rules that involve pre-game selection of coaching strategies. Be sure to send the Coaching deck to the Draw Pile before starting standard game-play.

March 25, 2021

Operation Jubilee

Precursor to the "D-Day at..." series of solitaire games by John Butterfield. This game depicts the disastrous 1942 raid on Dieppe by Canadian forces and Royal Marine commandos. A grim situation but a good first-step into the game system. The problem is, the game is out of print and hard to find, with no hint of a reprint.

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March 6, 2021

Battle for Italy: vmod

Battle for Italy is a game about the Austrian attempt to relieve the French siege of Mantua in November 1796 - and Napoleon's response to the two-pronged advance.

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March 4, 2021

Hero of Weehawken: vmod

First published in 2011, HoW is a gem of a solitaire game on an obscure topic in American history. There has been talk of a second edition for a couple of years now, and those who desire tabletop bling will most likely wait for the deluxe version (as with the updated Nemo's War). But here at Consim Comment, we still enjoy the funky desktop-publishy first edition.

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Carrier: vmod

Jon Southard's WWII Pacific games, Carrier and Tokyo Express, could be the best Pacific war solitaire consims ever.

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