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COMBAT COMMO: A Battleground WWII site

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Combat Signal, a website created just for Easy Eight's Battleground WWII game. First of all, I want to avoid any legal wrangling and state that this website makes no attempt to infringe upon the intellectual or electronic rights that are held by Easy Eight Enterprises. Please read disclaimer at the bottom of the site.

What this site is about
This site is an attempt to catalog and illustrate the many ideas and individually created supplements, house rules, custom scenarios, and any many other item for use with BGWWII. No official rules or other item copyrighted by Easy Eight will appear in this newsletter. Now, with that caveat aside, lets get introduced!

Combat Signal exists quite simply because there are quite a few BGWWII players out there who love the game. Its fast play, detailed yet easy to learn rules, exciting fog-of-war aspect, and attempt at maintaining historical accuracy combine to create a tabletop miniatures game that is suitable for almost any scale of figure. A fierce debate rages over what may be the best scale, but after playing 15mm, 20mm, 25mm and 28mm, I have found that the best scale is the one that you like best. All the scales have their good, as well as bad points. For example, 15mm really allows for extended ranges for all you tankers and artillery men, yet this scale often is too small to illustrate some of the fine detail on the models. Yet, 28mm sometimes leaves you wanting for more range, but has a very appealing tabletop look. There is no right or wrong answer just play what you like! Easy Eights Web site http://battlegroundwwii.com has scaled ranges for most ranges available.

The term grognard is slang for someone who likes to play wargames. Thats me. Wargames have been played throughout history. In preparation for war, or for stimulating entertainment, wargames have been played across many a table around the world and through-out time. The Romans played them to simulate their tactics against their enemies. Napoleon and his generals learned vital strategies doing the same. The War College in the US does it as well. Why? One lamentable, but entirely unavoidable fact is--war exists. Vegetius stated, "Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum." (Let him who desires peace, prepare for war). No doubt, wargames today originated from the early miniature tabletop training that was used to simulate a war situation--albeit, in a rather crude fashion compared with today. Wargaming neither glorifies war, nor does it condemn or refuse to acknowledge those who fight in it. War is a fact; a way of life that, since the beginning of time, has been used to accomplish an end. It is not the end itself, just the means. Although, in the era of nuclear détente, it was feared as the end. I believe a famous Prussian once said, "Der Krieg ist nichts anderes als die Fortsezung der Politnik mit anderen Metteln." (War...it is not an act, but a political instrument...a continuation of politics by other means).

This website attempts to reach out to wargamers and let them share information about this game that they like. If there are any articles that you would like to see published in this newsletter, please email me and will see about posting them.

In creating this site, I just sat down and thought to myself: what stuff would I like to find on other websites about BGWWII? The content comes from a variety of sources: some I've written myself, some has been written by friends, and some has been contributed by other Internet users just like you.

I hope you enjoy this site. Be sure to sign my guestbook at the bottom of the screen or send e-mail to let me know what you think (or to contribute articles or ideas). I'll be updating frequently, so check back often!

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LINKS

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Yahoo BGWWII Newsgroup (look for the new Yahoo group too!)

Historical Miniature Gaming Society--Great Lakes Chapter  The best gaming society anywhere!  Note: that may just be an opinion...;)

Icon Miniatures--Some of the best figures for WWII

Some darn fine miniatures!

Foundry Ltd. Figures

Solido/Verem Tanks--Moving turrents & tracks, pre-painted, and they don't break when you drop 'em.

SkirmishCampaigns is a series of campaign books for recreating skirmish-level battles and campaigns from World War II. Each book contains background, pictures, maps, 10 scenarios, and a campaign system that allows the linking of several scenarios all within the context of a campaign from World War II.

Grandiosity--a great place for all your gaming needs.

Snapdragon Terrain

Email me at the Contact & Availability page with any cool ideas, pics, 'house' rules--anything pertaining to BGWWII and I will post it on the appropriate page.

DISCLAIMER: Combat Signal is a free website covering Easy Eights Battleground WWIIŠ Miniatures Tabletop Game. The material here is free. There is no intention to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of Easy Eight Enterprises; therefor, all material printed in any of their licensed products are not reprinted (in its entirety) here. As Easy Eight Enterprises is currently defunct, there are no future supplements planned for production.