Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Four of a Series)

Hello and welcome once again to another installment of Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe.’ “You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower If you’re new to A Certain PointContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Four of a Series)”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Three of a Series)

Pre-Mission Briefing In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. – General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower Hello and welcome back to another installment of my continuing look at the classic 1985 game Crusade in Europe, which was re-released earlier this year by Atari. Designed byContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Three of a Series)”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Two of a Series)

This is the second part of an occasional series on how to learn the basics of Crusade in Europe, a command-level wargame set during the Northwest Europe Campaign of World War II. Originally published in 1985 by the original iteration of MicroProse and re-issued earlier this year by Atari, Crusade in Europe allows you toContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Two of a Series)”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: Operation Market-Garden, ‘Crusade in Europe,’ and Unexpected Victories

“Many historians, with an ‘if only’ approach to the British defeat, have focused so much on different aspects of Operation Market Garden which went wrong that they have tended to overlook the central element. It was quite simply a very bad plan right from the start and right from the top. Every other problem stemmedContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Operation Market-Garden, ‘Crusade in Europe,’ and Unexpected Victories”

Old Gamers Never Die: Pointers for First-Time Players of ‘Crusade in Europe’

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. ­– General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, Supreme Commander, Allied ExpeditionaryContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Pointers for First-Time Players of ‘Crusade in Europe’”

Classic Computer Game Review: ‘Crusade in Europe’

Crusade in Europe (1985) Genre: War/Strategy/Historical Simulation Setting: World War II, Northwest Europe Campaign (D-Day through Ardennes Counteroffensive, 1944-1945) Designed by: Sid Meier and Ed Bever, Ph.D Publisher: MicroProse Software, Inc. In 1985, MicroProse Software, Inc. published Crusade in Europe[1], a World War II-themed strategy game that allows you to play the role of aContinue reading “Classic Computer Game Review: ‘Crusade in Europe’”

Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)

Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”

Book Review: ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: A Graphic Novel Adaptation’

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Based on: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, by James D. Hornfischer Adapted by: Doug Murray (Writer), Steven Sanders (Illustrator), Matt Soffe (Colorist), and Rob Steen (Letterist) Publisher: DeadContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: A Graphic Novel Adaptation’”

On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. It’s a chilly and gray early winter day. The current temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under cloudy skies and there’s a dense fog advisory for the Fish Hawk area. With humidity at 97% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast atContinue reading “On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan”

On History: ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ – 80 Years After

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. It is a chilly day – for Florida, at any rate –  and a grey, dimly lit one at that. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under  mostly cloudy skies and dense fog. With humidity at 100% and theContinue reading “On History: ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ – 80 Years After”