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Today’s post was going be on “obsessive game modding” but we’ll get to that next week as this morning I came across an old article on Soviet cartography during the Cold War that is too good to pass up. From the Wired article: “They (the Soviets) had mapped nearly the entire world at three scales. The […]

Bay 12 Games’ Dwarf Fortress is a hybrid build game / RPG with an intriguing world creation process and offers features attractive to even the most detailed oriented gamer. A player can choose a Minecraft type game in which a band of dwarves build a thriving community or an adventure in which a player character explores the […]

During my war gaming career Nafziger was always on the outskirts of my awareness. I never read his books but his name constantly popped up when reading gaming magazines and he could always be found as a reference or in the footnotes.  As my involvement in the hobby deepened into scenario design I began to […]

This will be a short post as I found a blog I believe most war gamers and military history buffs will value.  I’ve been working on a post covering George Nafziger and his prodigious output of historical military non-fiction and order of battles (OOBs).  While conducting a Duckduckgo search I found a link to Obscure […]

When you get to the end of a game, and you’re begging for it to be over (out loud even, at least once), that’s not a good sign. I’m not saying it’s a bad game, just that it’s way too long. I wish I could tell you that Final Fantasy XV was completely awesome in […]

While reading about the armies Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa 1830-1914 by Bruce Vandervort I had a thought that a feature of miniature war gaming is the diversity of readily available figures.  A case can be made that the economics behind computer game development drive game topics to well known/popular historical periods (along with a “Euro-game” […]

The scenario ends in a major German victory.  Instead of retreating my opponent continued to fight forward and left his last tank company exposed.  I was able to mop up the company and a couple disrupted platoons off screen. After the jump I’ll compare the Mk III and T-34/1941 using the Campaign Series unit data […]

This post will concentrate on the organization of a mid-1942 T-34 tank battalion and start laying the ground work for the final post’s comparison of the Panzer Mk III against the T-34/1941 followed by turns 5 and 6 of the During Action Report (DAR).  The battle has turned into a slug fest.  All this after […]

This post covers an unexpected Russian advance to the western outskirts of town.  I’ve been reading T-34 In Action, one of the Stackpole Military History Series and it seems early war T-34 tankers were supremely confident of their tanks superiority over German panzers.  One of the veterans interviewed: “Against the T-34 the German tanks were crap”. I’m […]

A first in a series of posts that will be a mix of a game During Action Report (DAR) and numerous sidebars covering combat on the Russian Front.   The game is Campaign Series: East Front and the scenario is Tanker’s Holiday. Russian infantry advance with a T-34. Scenario Briefing. Excerpt from the scenario briefing: “Gotha, […]

Everything’s been done before. If you think you made something totally original, don’t worry: you haven’t. You’re just don’t know who did it before you yet.

I figure any Wargame Wednesday post that falls on the 4th of July should be related to the holiday.  The problem is I don’t think I have ever played a military simulation of the Revolutionary War. The closest I got was the old Colonization computer game. There are a few games available such as Trenton […]