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Axis & Allies: The Board Game revisited

I first played Axis & Allies almost 30 years ago when Milton Bradley (now Avalon Hill/Hasbro) first published it as a board game. It was heavily promoted in Playboy magazine with an impressive print ad campaign.  When Hector Perez, a college buddy of mine, and I were looking for an intellectually challenging pastime, I suggested we look for a copy of Axis & Allies. Even though it was pretty pricey for my budget ($30.00 at Toys R Us), Hector and I went "halfsies" and bought a set. We ended up playing Axis & Allies all afternoon and well into the night, with the Axis (under Hector's command) triumphing over the overmatched Allies (yours truly).

Change the Course of History in a Few Short Hours
AXIS & ALLIES is a classic game of war, economics, and strategy. Victory goes not only to the team that conquers its opponents on the field of battle, but also to the individual player who seizes the most enemy territory.

Axis & Allies has many virtues as a board gam…

Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Book Review

Nos·tal·gia: Pronunciation: nä-'stal-j&, n&- also no -, nO-; n&-'stäl- Function: noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek nostos return home New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches 
1 : the state of being homesick : HOMESICKNESS 
2 : a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also : something that evokes nostalgia 
- nos·tal·gic /-jik/ adjective or noun 
- nos·tal·gi·cal·ly /-ji-k(&-)le/ adverb 


For most of us, the past sometimes seems more attractive than our present or somehow less frightening than the undiscovered country of the future. It's an illusion, really, but memory has a way of dulling all but the sharpest pains, the saddest memories, and the rest of all our yesterdays become a series of sepia-colored memories in which we take refuge from our 21st Century red state-blue state, conservative vs. liberal, w…