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A fascinating read
on December 13, 2011
I must place a disclaimer before I proceed: If you are not into the history of wargaming and fascinated by the challenge of designing wargames this book will be of absolutely no interest to you, unless you find amusement in the anachronism of Vicorian attitudes.
That being said, I have heard about this book ever since I was introduced to wargaming almost 35 years ago and I was always curious what it was like. Coming across it accidentally while in the kindle store was one of those epiphanous moments. I couldn't download it fast enough and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It is a rare glimpse into the creative process of simulation design, he starts out with a series of "back to the drawing board" games and then goes through the step by step developement of the game's design. I wish I could see the original illustrations, but ultimately they are superfluous to the key element of interest to me; the intellectual history of wargame design.
Would I like to play this game? Not really, wargame design has evolved way beyond this level, but it is utterly fascinating to read about.