“Game over, man”?


Perhaps, if the ceasefire holds.

Let’s hope it does.

Let’s see… in Ukrainian Crisis game terms, the situation would be something like: the eastern areas of the pro-Russian ethnic zone well populated with Russian irregulars and Special Forces, opposed by a mixture of regular and irregular Ukrainian units; Crimea has joined Russia through a Critical Incident roll; Ukraine declared an Invasion Phase some time ago in its “Anti-Terrorist Operation” to get kinetic on the pro-Russian irregulars, with mixed results; final score somewhere between a Draw (crisis has stabilized for now, but the advantage will be to Russia should it resume) or Tactical Victory (Russia will continue to be the primary influence in Ukraine’s decision calculus). Or it could be that the Ukrainians have just gotten a Truce, to get to the end of the current Strategic Round.

Meanwhile, last week I got a note from the Victory Point Games people: they had been diverted by having to finish other games in the queue ahead of mine, and it will be a little while before they finish it off, but they expect to get back to it “fairly soon”.

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5 Responses to “Game over, man”?

  1. Does the game allow for US military aid to the Ukrainian government? I ask because it will be interesting to see if that’s the next step if this truce breaks down. I

    • brtrain says:

      Yes and no. The diplomatic front in the game allows the US to be pushed up to Intervention status, which gives the Ukrainian player some Resource Points to be added to one of the fronts (Military, Diplomatic or Information), so that could be considered military aid.
      What the game does NOT have, and never will have, is the US Marine Corps doing an opposed landing at Sevastopol, the 82nd Airborne floating down over Kyiv, or other bullshit things like that. If I happen to be wrong about this, I certainly never wanted to be right.

      • I would be happy for those “bullshit things” not to happen either. It would be almost impossible for “Strategic Patience” Obama to choose such COAs. Mind you, if Russian actions towards Ukraine spill into, say, Estonia ….

  2. alsandor says:

    Ya…a bunch of countries get together to hammer out a peace treaty with at least two of the parties being aggressors in their own right and believing their viewpoint is the only one that matters…does anyone remember the Munich Accords? Who will bear the message? Perhaps Angela Merkel should brandish the document and reiterate the words of Neville Chamberlain as follows: “The settlement of the Ukrainian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the Russian President, Herr Putin, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine.” etc etc….

    We know how that first one turned out…diplomacy should be left to diplomats and not to politicians.

    • brtrain says:

      Well, I did say “perhaps”, Michel!
      No telling at this point if or how long this will hold out, and whether the parties involved are really willing not to let this get any bigger.

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