Some recent posts from Neal Durando’s Defense Linguistics blog:
Kandahar Hot Washup
Through a Glass, Darkly
I think this man gets what I’m trying to say, or at least that I’m trying to say something.
Money quote from the latter, at least for me:
Of Brian’s designs with which I’m familiar all attempt a similar level of honesty. They are deeply skeptical of ideology and other power fantasies. Their mechanisms give you plenty of rope with which to hang yourself. Glorious blitzkriegs, chevauchées, razzias, and shit-hammerings are rare and never engaged without careful calculation of the downsides. If he had designed OGRE, there would be the possibility of co-opting the cybertank by surrendering power stations along with a good wash and detail. I still say his Algeria is way too hard on the French, although I’ve been able to win playing both sides.
These are, in their way, anti-games. They resist commercialization in the best way by raising the bar for their audience while keeping their author impoverished and angry.
Go read the rest of it! This man is a WRITER.
Much appreciated, Neal.