Editor's Note: The Front

The Front

This week, The Escapist looks at the first, and most important, genre of gaming ever invented: wargames.

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My intro to wargames was renting Red Alert On the Psx. Then when finished, I asked for a simular game to it, and was recommended Civ 2 on Psx (which wasn't what I was looking for, but still loved). Not long after, I discoverd my local College had Starcraft spawned on the 3rd floor computer lab. Oh the lost hours... and the dates I blew off for Dragon Force marathons on the Saturn.

Now *this* is what I call an issue! An unapologetic ("the first, and most important, genre of gaming ever invented") celebration of the wargame: fantastic.

Woo hoo! Thanks, Cheeze.

Archon:
Woo hoo! Thanks, Cheeze.

It was interesting to read your Editor's Note: my love of wargames led to me almost attending a Naval prep school out of an interest in military history.

I never designed anything of my own, but one summer vacation I did sort of smush together Down With the King and Kingmaker into a wargame/rpg hybrid--the noble cards from DWtK had only a first name, while the noble cards from Kingmaker had only a last name. Seemed like an obvious fit to me!

And I never thought about it before reading your Note, but you know, being able to deal with wargame rulebooks is probably as good a preparation as any for dealing with legal statutes. Rules errata as redlining and amendments?

That was definitely my thought -- many wargame rulebooks, particularly the original generation AH/SPI rules, make even civil procedure statutes look simple.

"Rule 15.3: Disappearing Fire. When troops moving during phase 4(a)(i) are within Spotting Distance (as defined by 8.2)..."

Cheeze_Pavilion:
Now *this* is what I call an issue! An unapologetic ("the first, and most important, genre of gaming ever invented") celebration of the wargame: fantastic.

I would agree there, I find wargames to be extremely immersive. Even Medal Of Honor: Underground kept my attention all the way the the end. (And after, where you fight dancing dogs.) I like my WW2 games since i've studied it and i try to find as much as i can to relate to it.

 

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