November 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The most recent issue of Modern War magazine, published by Decision Games, had a preview of upcoming issues over the next three years. Four of them are mine:
#9 (Jan-Feb 2014) Next War in Lebanon – This is “Third Lebanon War”, with a somewhat revised combat system. The Staff Card system remains and I think shows well the asymmetries between the two types of military forces. There is also a 2006 scenario.
#11 (May-Jun 2014) Andartes – The Greek Civil War 1947-49, using a system for COIN warfare by Joe Miranda that will be introduced in his game “Decision Iraq”, coming in issue #6 of the magazine. My game on the Greek Civil War using the original “Algeria family” system, will be coming out from Fiery Dragon at the end of 2012.
#13 (Sep-Oct 2014) Kandahar – Afghanistan 2009-10. Substantial tweak to the counterinsurgency game system I used for games like Algeria, Greek Civil War etc. Players are regional commanders (Afghan military (not NATO!) and Taliban) scrabbling for the resources to allow them to earn Victory Points, which are granted in accordance with objectives set them by the same higher authorities that provide them with those resources. Players will find themselves in the position of having, if they wish to continue to get high levels of support, to follow courses of action that are not the most effective in opposing the enemy but are more valued by their superiors, and which themselves change from time to time during the game. When you run out of support, the game ends – the war continues but with a different commander! Comes in three versions so players can add complexity as they go. Intelligence/counterintelligence system, hidden information, morale, training and unit quality, civic infrastructure, economic development, lasting effects of violence and terror, differntiation of kinetic and non-kinetic missions, etc. but we’ll see how much of this actually makes it into the magazine as printed (fortunately DG pledges to support its games with space available on its website for advanced and optional rules, counters and so forth).
#18 (Jul-Aug 2015) Green Beret – Central Highlands of Vietnam 1964, before the large American units arrived in 1965. On one side, the Civilian Irregular Defense Groups, raised trained and advised by Special Forces A-teams, resist the Viet Cong and NVA to control the population and prevent them opening supply routes to the coast. The game focuses on processes of progressive recruitment, population control, evasion and detection. Map-and-counter port and extensive revision of a card game I did a long time ago.
So, good news!
Edited to add: 29 March 2013 –
I have been informed that #9, “Next War in Lebanon”, has been replaced in the lineup by the publisher with “Target: Iran”, a game by another designer that was originally for #17. Whether future military US/Israeli action against Iran is more likely than Israeli action against Hezbollah, I really can’t say. But I’m not the publisher either.
The more worrying thing is that Lebanon has been bumped back to #13, the issue slotted for “Kandahar”, and no word for now how far back that one will be bumped – perhaps to #17, which must now be vacant? Anyway, there will be an extra wait of 8 or 9 months for everything, but the good part of the news is that as far as I know all of the games will be published eventually.