Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Innovations in Wargaming Vol. 1: Developments in professional and hobby wargames

One of the things that awaited me on my return home was a package from John Curry that contained a proof copy of the latest addition to his History of Wargaming Project, INNOVATIONS IN WARGAMING VOL. 1: DEVELOPMENTS IN PROFESSIONAL AND HOBBY WARGAMES (ISBN 978 1 4710 4127 3).


The book contains the following:
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: Designing Wargames Rules
  • Chapter 2: The Hunt for WMD: A Committee Game
  • Chapter 3: Kriegsspiel
  • Chapter 4: A Naval Kriegsspiel by Paddy Griffith
  • Chapter 5: Tactical Exercises Without Troops
  • Chapter 6: Space Invaders on the Rhine: A Hall Game
  • Chapter 7: Hijack! An anti-terrorism wargame
  • Chapter 8: Sen Toku, A World War 2 Japanese Imperial Naval Staff: a Black Game
  • Appendix: How to Design and Play Historical War Council Games by Paddy Griffith
  • Bibliography
I am not sure how soon John Curry will be publishing this book (or how much it will cost), but I think that it will be of interest to anyone who designs or aspires to design wargames … and this recommendation is not made on the basis that I wrote one of the chapters (Chapter 1, to be precise) but because it covers so many different design methods.

10 comments:

  1. It's available for ordering, so I assume it's ready to be shipped

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  2. Jur,

    That is good news! I wondered if it might not be available for a month or two, but hearing that it can be ordered now means that it should be available in the very near future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Thanks for the heads up- I'll get a copy ordered.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  4. Peter,

    I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. I liked the Sprawling Wargames book (I love sprawling wargames, or megagames as they are otherwise known). I have have high hopes for this one as well.

    John mailed to say they will be posted on Friday or Saturday, depending on the snow.

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  6. Jur,

    I have taken part in quite a few Megagames in my time ... and I have enjoyed them although I would not want to take part in them all the time.

    I hope that you enjoy the book when it arrives.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

    From what I can gather there are quite a few wargames books being published over the next few months ... so you might need a larger wallet!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. tandsio year,Received Innovations in Wargaming in the post to day, only to find that Bob has been a bit modest, since he's a contributor.

    I'd expect you get a free copy then ;-)

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  9. Jur,

    As I pointed out in my blog entry, I did get sent a proof copy (there were some minor corrections that were required) and I did write the opening chapter ... which is probably the least interesting bit of the book for most wargamers.

    The rest of the book was new to me ... and I did find it very interesting to read.

    I hope that you enjoy your copy as much as I enjoyed mine ... and you are right; the proof copy was free!

    All the best,

    Bob

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