The History of Wargaming Project
The project aims to make the largest possible collection of wargaming books and rules available to the modern reader. Ranging from second editions of wargaming classics, to professional wargaming rules used by the military and innovations in current wargaming.
Perspectives on Wargaming Counter Insurgency on the Tabletop
27 January 2018by David Wayne Thomas
Edited by John Curry
The author has been a wargamer since the 1970s,
member of Wargame Developments and a serious rule writer since the early
1990s. His longstanding interest in asymmetric warfare led him to
develop a series of wargames to reflect the individual characteristics
of such conflicts. This is his first book published through The History
of Wargaming Project.
The topic of counter Insurgency is under
represented in table top hobby wargames. The relatively few sets of
rules in this area have nearly all focused on the tactical level combat.
All except one of these sets of rules are written to portray the
operational/ campaign level situation. Using card based systems, these
games are particularly suitable for the solo wargamer.
These games are not ‘fair’; they each aim to give
the wargamer a greater understanding of the particular conflicts they
represent. From the sands of the Sahara, to the Mountains of
Afghanistan, they place the wargamer in the position of command; facing
an elusive enemy.
The games include:
Boots on the Ground: Company Level Actions in the
early 21st. Century
An Isolated Outpost: Six Months in the Sahara
Eight Years in a Distant Country: Soviet
involvement in Afghanistan
Ovambo: Counter- insurgency in South West Africa
Good Morning Vietnam: LBJ’s War 1965-68
Flying Column: The Irish Troubles 1920-21
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