January 6, 2021

To the Green Fields Beyond

TGBF won the Charles Roberts Award in 1978 for Best 20th-century Game. It is operational scale: 1,250 yards per hex (1.1 km), with 17 one-day turns for the full game. Shorter scenarios are provided, including a 3-day British attack scenario that is excellent for solitaire play. The designer, David Isby is also known for his game Soldiers (SPI 1972) covering tactical WWI combat in 1914 - before trench warfare became the norm.

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December 21, 2020

Barbarossa: vmod

In the 1960's the only game about the Russian front of WWII was Stalingrad, by Avalon Hill. Jim Dunnigan designed Barbarossa as SPI's answer to Stalingrad. As a new game company in the late 1960's SPI had to offer direct alternatives to games from the the original (and only) commercial wargame publisher at the time. 

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December 20, 2020

The Marne: vmod

The Marne (SPI 1972) was designed by John Young - it depicts the culmination of the German advance in 1914 and the Allied counter-attack. There are four things about this game that bear mentioning.

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December 19, 2020

Franco-Prussian War vmod

The Franco-Prussian war was (apparently) a prime example of a military campaign where neither side had the slightest amount of intelligence about the enemy prior to contact. Fog of war is essential to the situation.

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December 10, 2020

Arnhem: vmod

From the SPI Westwall quad. A small game that captures the essential features of the Market-Garden airborne operation. 

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