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Russia Says It Never Invaded Poland in 1939

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Did you know that Hitler invaded China in 1956? Or that America dropped the first atomic bomb on Paris in 1924? You didn't? Well, that's because these are taradiddles. Historical events that never actually happened. Michael Peck, writing for The National Interest, fills us in on this fascinating re-writing of history...

Interview with Legendary Game Designer Richard Berg

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Rick Martin checks in with 'The Pope of Wargaming', Richard Berg, designer of over 160 published games, for an Armchair General interview. Maybe part of Richard's secret in becoming a wargame master is that he understands the importance of "...doing stuff with friends..."!

Exploring US engagement in the Middle East: A Crisis Simulation

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Some weeks ago, Rex Brynen posted a report on the game methodology that he, Bilal Saab and John Watts developed for a crisis simulation held at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. The report from that game has now been released, and this PaxSims article is a brief recap...

Gioco & Storia Board Gaming Convention - Italy

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Gioco & Storia is a board game convention taking place on the 8th and the 9th of October at Piana delle Orme Museum - Latina - ITALY. The convention will be focused on board wargames with tournaments ("Twilight Struggle", "Commands & Colors", "Combat Commander"), auctions and a game lottery. Visit the stands, play games and see demos. Completely free! Check us out on

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The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3

The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2

Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1

We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861) No Safe Harbor Review

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Note - if you have problems unpacking any of the following files try using Fetch (version 2.1.1 or later) to get them using anonymous FTP from Unpack them with Stuffit Expander version 3.0.7 or later. Sit files are in MacBinary format.

  • 1863 - 1863.sit (28160 bytes) A game about the civil war. You play against the computer, or against someone else connected by a cable in the modem ports of both computers, or connected via modem. Will you rewrite history or repeat it?

  • Achtung Spitfire! (Big Time Software) - ASP_Demo_Mac.hqx Demo.

  • After the Holocaust (SPI) - Ath12stack.sit (358K, Stuffit compressed Hypercard stack) This is a HyperCard stack for Macintosh OS 9. Should run fine on Mac OS X. Requires HyperCard Player or HyperCard 2.0. Ath12.sit (2206K, Stuffit compressed) This is a standalone version for Macintosh OS 9 and Mac OS X. Does not require HyperCard. The stack fairly closely follows the SPI game. It is single player, for solitaire use. For multiple play on the same computer make a copy of the stack or application and rename it. As a challenge, try playing it solitaire with just the original 6 or 7 areas and see how many turns you can get through before your economy collapses. For this I highly recommend selecting the options on the opening screen and adding in Research & Development, Fertiliser and No trade. Questions can be sent to Allan Bell at

  • American Civil War - Acw-v16.sit(104576 bytes) A HyperCard stack that simulates a fictional battle in the War Between the States. Requires HyperCard 2.0 or greater.

  • American Civil War Soldier (By Design) - demo.

  • Assault - Assault2.sit (185728 bytes) A wargame of the WWII variety. Your mission as a unit commander is to assault the German defensive position and destroy the vital HQ. You get to command and attack with Sherman and Stuart tanks, and the 82nd Airborne, all backed up by air support!

  • Broadside - Brdsde20.sit (37504 bytes). This challenging game is adapted from an original board game from the Milton Bradley Company. Each player choses a navy then procedes to blast the other navy's ships from the water. Includes instructions and sampled sounds. Requires HyperCard 2.0.

  • Imperialism - demo.

  • Joy of Hex - Demo of a strategy board game based on hexes representing regions about one kilometer square. The game uses a planning-execution engine, where the basic unit size is of a battalion, but where company sized units can also be used. There are three possible opponents: a local human, a human via email, and the computer. Included is detailed documentation, a scenario editor and 50 complete scenarios.

  • Medieval Empires - Medemp31.sit (533492 bytes) is a simulation of the rise and fall of empires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the years from 770 to 1470. The game contains one of 6 scenarios and is shareware.

  • Midway - Midway.sit (66816 bytes). Refight World War II's Battle of Midway in this strategy simulation. Midway is a single player simulation of the famous naval battle. It runs on any mac with System 6.0 or greater, in color where available. It is a port from UNIX and looks like it, but it is still fun!

  • Onslaught (Frontal Assaultware) - OnslaughtDemo.hqx Demo.

  • Operation Crusader (AH/Atomic Games) - Crusader.sit (472960 bytes) This demo contains one fully playable scenario. The sound and some of the pictures have been removed (to save space) and the save/restore & PBEM features have been disabled. The scenario included is "To the Rescue" it simulates the early battles to relieve Tobruk (British 7th AD & 22nd Guards Brigade vs. Italian Ariete & Bologna Divs. & the German 15th Panzer). Requires a color Mac & 5mb of RAM.

  • Over the Reich! (Big Time Software) - OTR_Demo_Mac.hqx Demo.

  • Panzer Battles (SSG) - Pnzrbttl.sit (235136 bytes) includes an 8 turn version of the Moscow scenario, with the resources for either color or B&W Macs.

  • SimpleStrat - Simplest.sit (724K) SimpleStrat 1.0.0 is an undemanding turn-based strategy game that allows you to play on a map made of tiles and hexes.You have three choices for the opponent: the computer, a local human, or somebody over the internet. There are four unit types: infantry, engineers, armor, and artillery. Requirements: System 7.0 or greater, 256 colours, 10 MB RAM (can comfortably use as little as 2 MB).With the unregistered version you can only play the smallest sized maps. Registering allows you to play with larger maps. Author is

  • Strike Jets - Strkjets.sit (285184 bytes) is a simulation of modern jet air and air-to-ground combat. Players control squadrons of fighters and fighter-bombers. It is a strategic/tactical game, NOT an arcade shoot-em-up. The two scenarios that are provided with this demo include the U.S. F-16A Fighting Falcon and the Soviet-built MiG 23G Flogger interceptor (flown by Iraq in the provided scenarios), plus the AIM-9L Sidewinder, AA-7 Apex, and AA-8 Aphid air-to-air missiles.

  • TacOps (Battlefront) - demo

  • V4V Utah Beach battle set (360/Atomic) - V4v_demo.sit (394240 bytes).

  • Waterloo Campaign (By Design) - demo.

  • Xconq - website

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  • Achtung Spitfire! (Big Time Software) - Demo.

  • Age of Sail (Talonsoft) - demo

  • Dragoon (Art of War) - Demo.

  • History of the World (AH/CCC) - demo.

  • Napoleon the Emperor - (148222 bytes) simulates the battle of Waterloo. Units are brigade sized organized into divisions and corps. The map displays at both full screen strategic level and a zoomed in tactical level. Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and Commander type units with strengths given in men are available for orders issued every 20 minutes in simulated game time. There are 9 different speeds of resolution that can be selected. In the registered version of the program the battles of Ligny and of Quatre Bras, which led up to the climatic clash at Waterloo are also simulated.

  • Over the Reich! (Big Time Software) - Demo.

  • Qwxyz (JW Associates) - demo.

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  • Davinci's Art of War (Matrix Games) - Publisher Website Promo - Haven't completed warmed up to tablet/iPad-based war games yet (although companies like Shenandoah Studio make pretty compelling iPad simulations), but Davinci's Art of War is really a clever concept. If the game plays as advertised, it should be tremendously entertaining. Looking for some unbiased reviews...

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