The Complete Wargames Handbook

The Complete Wargames Handbook

This second edition of the Wargames Handbook is back by popular demand. This in itself is encouraging. Twelve years have passed since the first edition was published. A lot has changed in the wargame world since then.


The most visible development has been the introduction of personal computers on a large enough scale to allow a substantial shift of commercial wargaming activity from manual (on paper) to computerized (on PCs) play. A less obvious change has occurred in professional wargaming, as the Defense Department gamers increasingly adopted the techniques pioneered by the “hobby” gamers. Overall, there has been a lot more gaming within the military since 1980 and the story behind that is a fascinating one that is detailed within these pages.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a Wargame
  • How to Play Wargames
  • Why Play the Games
  • Designing Manual Games
  • History of Wargames
  • Computer Wargames
  • Designing Computer Games
  • Who Plays the Games
  • Wargames at War

Book Details

Author(s): James F Dunnigan
Format(s): HTML
Link: Read online.

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