I'm not too keen to post this on the actual CID forum, I'd probably get banned for being slightly off-topic or something. I put together a small extension to make life easier for people wanting to run CID tests over Vassal.
It's nothing special, just empty base templates with letters on most of the models ("H" for hollowmen, "PB" for piggybackers, etc), but it beats having to drag out and rename proxy bases all over. Damage grids for beasts and casters are also there. I hope it's useful!
I've looked into Vassal in the past but never got very far; it always seemed like a pain to set up and like it was impossible to find a game if you didn't already know people. Is that the case or am I crazy?
Vassal's UI can look a bit intimidating sometimes, but setting it up and joining the server is not super-complicated. I'm going to try to make a tutorial video soon to hopefully get a few more people to give it a try. Once you've used it a couple of times, it's pretty basic.
For finding games, I've found if you live on the right piece of dirt it's usually not that hard. I live on the wrong piece of dirt, but I still have managed to find opponents in the past. Some people like to arrange games through another medium first, but quite a few people lurk on the server with the LFG flag set.
There's a reasonable Discord channel here: discord.gg/XgGmuh2 and it makes using voice for games a lot nicer than Skype (since observers can listen in as well). Shun the Skype. Shun it!
Great idea. I'm moving the topic to the resources subforum for now, but I'll see if we can fetch a section just to organize Vassals games. I think it would be a great help for players that have difficulties to find opponents or that want to battle against a worldwide community.
Normal voice - Mod Voice The less I use the latter, the better.
Nice one cryptix. The reason I wanted to make a new video was because a lot of stuff has changed in the module since that video (4.1? I never even saw 4.1), and not all of it is obvious to new users. I also wanted to cover the common conventions, like using numbers for focus/fury. It's common to see new people drag out counters and move them around one by one like they would on a table. It works, and I guess it's familiar, but it's a huge waste of time.
Note: I may have made a tactical error by naming and renaming it with the dates. You'll probably need to deactivate the existing one and then add this one. Sorry! I'll stick to this name for the rest of the Grimykin CID, and then figure something else out for the future.