I wanted to step away from D+18 briefly to talk about my plan for the blog in December, 2021. I really enjoyed setting up and running the March Madness tournament for WWIII genre novels last spring. It was interesting to see how the relative newcomer titles stacked up against the classics of the genre like Team Yankee and Red Storm Rising. And of course, in the later rounds when the classics squared off against one another, some of the clashes were every bit as violent as the battles portrayed on their pages. To sum up the experience, it was a hell of a lot of fun and I was very pleased to see the readers become so invested in the tournament. We all have our favorite WWIII novels, the same way we all have our favorite tournament teams when March rolls around every year.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a similar tournament for December. Only this time the fields will contain World War III table-top, miniature and video games. The format and details still require a lot of work yet, but I’ve begun the process. What I need from readers are suggestions about what games to include. The classics of the WWIII gaming world will undoubtedly be there. Harpoon, NATO: The Next War in Europe and others that we’ve discussed so fondly here over the years. I’m aware that several of this blog’s readers are involved in gaming to one extent or another. Please feel free to throw out suggestions on games or, in the case of miniatures, gaming systems. I’m also certain there are some quality titles out there which seem to have slipped under the radar for one reason or another. Throw those into the mix along with any of the more obscure, lesser-known games you might be familiar with. There is no shortage of titles when it comes to World War III games. 😊
Early in November, I’ll provide an update on tournament preparation and hope to have a field of at least 24 titles ready to go by 1 December.
Okay, brief detour concluded. Back to World War III and D+18 either tomorrow or Saturday. –Mike