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  VASSAL Sun, 27 January 2008 01:47
I don't have a computer and have to use public ones. The lousy
city where I live isn't exactly wargame friendly, especially for
someone who prefers actual minis over flat cardboard counters,
so I'd like to play Memoir online or at least PBEM. The only
problem is I can't get to a computer as often as I'd like and
time is limited on them, so a game might take several days.
Also, I don't know what Vassal is, and if it would work on
public computers. Software isn't allowed to be installed on
some, and it isn't a good idea anyway, due to the nature of the
beast. Can anyone give me serious honest feedback about this?
I've heard about Vassal and assume it's a special software
program specifically for board games played online?
It may be several days before I can get back to people.

Thanks.
      
ColtsFan76
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Re:VASSAL Sun, 27 January 2008 02:28
You have to download the Vassal engine and then the module for Memoir 44. Both can be found at www.vassalengine.org.

I have no problem training you for PBEM. I do it all the time. My time is limited as well so I don't get to my moves as often as I like. I am playing a friend in England who gets me his move about once every three weeks! (Email across the pond must be slow!) So a slow game is no problem for me.

The problem you will have is downloading the software. It is free so no money is involved if something happens. But you have to be able to set up a folder for it and save the files that run it. In a worse case scenario, if the files got wiped, you could keep downloading the software each time (it doesn't take too long) but this would get especially cumbersome if you wanted to play any of the expansions.

It's also nice to have a place to store the logfiles - each recorded turn - in case you need to go back and correct something. But this isn't necessary as it can be held in email.

Tough call. I think it might be more hassle than its worth. Just depends how desperate you are to play.
      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Tue, 29 January 2008 22:05
Thanks, guy, for getting back. This is the first chance I've
had to get to a computer due to both not having one and health
probs and other stuff. I guess I'll pass on the Vassal thing.
Also, I don't mind long games, but I like them to end in the
same day they start. The suspense gets to me and I end up
playing out the game myself. Thanks for the info and offer,
though. By the way, I printed out your review on the Air Pack
a week or so ago. Excellent review. Have you played any from it
yet? I played Pegasus Bridge so far with someone. I like
that Howard is listed. I can do the "Heroic Leader" rule now
that I know, though I didn't play it when I did do the scenario.
      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Wed, 30 January 2008 21:10
You might be able to save the folder to a USB drive, or "thumbdrive" they are available in different memory capabilities, a cheaper 128 meg or 256 meg ought to work fine for this. I have my email program and firefox on one of these so that my bookmarks and email addresses are with me no matter what computer I use. I have family members that had broadband before I did, so when I went for a visit, I would check the m44 forum and do any downloads that I wanted onto the USB drive.

Its a good idea and it might work in your situation! Cool
      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Wed, 30 January 2008 21:41
Actually, that sounds like a really good idea. Vassal can be launched from the zip drive directly. All of the Memoir files are around 6.3 MB. Not sure how large the files are for Vassal itself. Can't be too large. Each log file is probably around 15 kB so they take up hardly anything.
      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Wed, 30 January 2008 21:52
A flash drive! Shocked Brilliant! Very Happy Be careful though, because I had a lot of my teaching materials (worksheets I had made, homework papers, letters to parents) on a flash drive and then totally lost it!! Mad I'm still holding out hope that it will turn up, but we'll see. So just keep good care of any flash that has Vassal stuff on it. Very Happy Or have the info in more than one place. Rolling Eyes

[Updated on: Wed, 30 January 2008 21:52]

      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Thu, 31 January 2008 00:06
You can also email files to yourself then store the emails in a Memoir folder. That way, wherever you have access to your email account you have access to the file attachments. I think Yahoo email allows you to attach up to 10MB, and store a huge amount.
      
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Re:VASSAL To Colts Fan Sun, 03 February 2008 23:19
I hear you Rasmussen! I once had one of these teeny tiny drives, and I lost it. So from now on, if I put them in one of those USB drive carrying cases. Walmart sells them. Then, as long as you don't lose the carrying case, you won't lose it. I also am hoping that my tiny drive will show up somewhere. It's frustrating! Mad
      
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Re:VASSAL Thu, 07 February 2008 13:34
If you can handle one more 'student' ColtsFan76, I'd like to sign up for a PBEM tutorial Smile

I've played with vassal about a year ago (with the previous version), so I am familiar with the program. Haven't played by email yet though.

PS: Is there a good way to find players for a memoir vassal game, besides going on vassal and hoping to meet someone there?
      
Bartholomew
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Re:VASSAL Fri, 08 February 2008 08:45
Sorry ColtsFan, I lost your info.

I don't seem to be able to access my forum messages once I've read them?
I also can't PM someone it seems (perhaps I haven't made enough posts?)

Could you resend info? I'll make sure I immediatly copy the info this time Smile
      
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Re:VASSAL Fri, 08 February 2008 13:12
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