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Why Wargame?

Wargames are “paper time machines” according to one of the great hobby founders and innovators Jim Dunnigan. Wargames offer a fresh way to engage with history in a meaningful, social, and competitive manner. This combination of competitive play not so unlike Chess or Go gives wargamers a fun way to explore the history that most people only watch on TV or read about.

The interactivity of history can lead some to believe that this is about glorifying the horror of war. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It has, almost without exception, presented a way of understanding the challenge borne by military leaders. Though dice, cardboard, miniatures, or pixels can never place a wargamer under the true burden of command…it does a believable job of creating that tension.

Recent Articles

Scramble for Identity & The Struggle to Control the Past

This past weekend, I wrote a blog post about GMT Games’, now removed, P500 title “Scramble for Africa.” In it, I bemoaned the poor marketing…

Scramble for Africa: A Lesson in How NOT To Launch a Game

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED AT THIS POINT AND I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU CHECK OUT THE LAST ARTICLE I’LL BE WRITING ON THIS TOPIC: https://wargamehq.com/scramble-for-identity-the-struggle-to-control-the-past/…

Lessons in Creating Wargame Valuation

I offered to help a new Boardgamegeek user a month or so ago with selling his collection. The first step was creating a market valuation…

Should Wargames Ever Be Finished?

Ever since George Lucas tinkered with the iconic original Star Wars trilogy, fans have asked one complex question. Should Lucas, or 20th Century Fox, have…

Mean it: The Debate Over Unit Ratings

I was listening to the excellent Harold on Games podcast a few weeks ago and heard Harold’s interview with Jack Greene. Jack mentioned that he…

Burning Water – Thoughts on Fire in the Lake

Fire in the Lake was released in 2014 and has remained one of the most popular COIN titles. Mark Herman and Volko Ruhnke managed to…