Gaming WWIII: Lessons Learned While Modeling A Global War

Over the years here I’ve talked about the benefits and trials of simulating and modeling a global conflict from scratch. As is the case with most long-term projects, modeling World War III in large part through commercial PC and tabletop wargames was a journey made up of numerous peaks and valleys. The final product was …

Holiday Wargaming Patchwork 2022

The Christmas season always provides me the opportunity to catch up with wargaming odds and ends. Whether it be a forlorn examination of all the tabletop titles I’ve purchased in the previous year and haven’t taken out of the box yet, or selecting a PC game and making an empty promise to dedicate 12 straight …

WWIII 1987 Wargame Scenario Update: First One Drops In Early December

Yesterday I blocked out some time to look over some of the World War III 1987 scenarios I created to help wargame the conflict in many theaters. Originally the scenarios were designed and built using CMANO (Command Modern Air and Naval Operations). Once its successor CMO (Command Modern Operations) was released I was grateful to …

Gaming WWIII: Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf Theater Modeling Tools Part II

Mark Herman’s Gulf Strike is a classic. Not only did it present a contemporary (at the time) conflict in a theater outside Europe, it did so with a high degree of detail. In fact, given the geopolitical complexities in the Persian Gulf region in the 1980s, a number of conflagrations could be explored, from the …

Gaming WWIII: Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf Theater Modeling Tools Part I

The Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf (APPG) was probably the most entertaining theater conflict to outline and then subsequently to model. Ongoing conflicts, regional rivalries and the influence and designs of the Superpowers had combined to make their mark in the region by early July, 1987. The first challenge came in determining which of those factors would …

A Look At Some ‘Cold War Turned Hot’ Flashpoints For Writers And Gamers

When it comes to creating a ‘Cold War Turned Hot’ gaming or writing project most writers and gamers instinctively turn to a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact clash in Europe during the 1980s. The decade is ripe with incidents that held the potential of transforming the Cold War into a hot war practically overnight. It is safe …