Favourites Scenarios and Variants

Here is some material for some of my personal favourite wargames, that for the most part I did not write or design.

No challenge to the ownership of the original material is intended or implied. This is merely a place where hard-to-find material from orphaned publications and long-out-of-business companies can be found, for the interest of those who share my interest in these games.

The Creature That Ate Sheboygan (Greg Costikyan, SPI 1979)

CreatureVarM49  From MOVES 49, by Glenn Williams – simulating urban warfare where insurgents are the “monster” attacking the city. Rules for Agents Provocateurs, Assault Teams, Snipers, Riots, and Counter-Terror teams. One of my favourite variants.

Lost Battles (James Dunnigan, SPI 1972)

ADVANCED LOST BATTLES   THE UNIT COUNTERS OF LOST BATTLES   Alan Arvold wrote two pieces in 2020 adding depth and interest to this already quite interesting game on operational combat on the Eastern Front, 1943-44.

Lost Battles Arvold var ctrs  I made some variant counters for the pieces to go with his pieces.

Minuteman: The Second American Revolution (James Dunnigan,  SPI 1976)

Minuteman rules Scan of the rules to the game. 21 pages, pdf. Includes scan of counter sheets and the map!

minuteman NWO Scan of article from MOVES #79 (March-April 1994): extensive commentary and variant material by Joe Miranda, introducing new and updated units and a new scenario. 11 pages, pdf.

laraza A “Mexican invasion” variant I wrote for this game back in 1987 or so, rather like the “Occupation” scenario in the original. Writing variants is usually the top of the slippery slope for wretched game designers.

Nicaragua (Joe Miranda, 1988, Strategy & Tactics #120)

WG8-Nicaragua Material from Wargamer Volume 2 #8 (Nov-Dec 1988): extensive review and campaign analysis, three scenarios, optional rules, design notes. 18 pages, pdf file. Vital to appreciating this seminal game.

Nicaragua Moves 75 Material from Moves #75 (April-May 1993): rules and units for Special Operations Command. 2 pages, pdf file.

Search-and-destroy-articles-Moves 27  Scenarios for Modern Games (Phil Kosnett, 1979): In MOVES magazine #27, Phil Kosnett wrote several pages of imaginative scenarios for modern era SPI games: Mechwar ’77, NATO, Patrol, Search and Destroy, Sniper, Tank, Year of the Rat.  

Search and Destroy (John Young, SPI 1975)

SEARCH & DESTROY  S&D SCENARIOS   Alan Arvold wrote some updating and correction material for this very good grand-tactical game of combat in Vietnam, along with some scenarios.

SnD var ctrs Arvold  I made some counters to go with his material: a third rifle company for the Americans, extra medics and FOs, helicopter and Patrol Boat counters; while the NLF get some company cadre and heavy weapon units, and some more dummies. Both sides get many extra WIA and KIA counters to keep track of the bloodletting.

Search-and-destroy-articles-Moves 23   A piece from MOVES magazine that comments on the game’s metamorphosis from Grunt.

South Africa (Irad Hardy, 1977, Strategy & Tactics #62)

South Africa game errata, addns Significant errata and basic Rhodesia scenario.

South Africa Moves34 Rhodesia variant scenario by Chuck Kamps, in Moves 34 (Aug-Sep 1977)

There is further variant material at BGG, this set of house rules and scenarios by JP Kelly is good: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5956/south-africa/files

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