Old Gamers Never Die: Meeting Engagements in ‘Regiments’ are a Tough Challenge for This Armchair Tactician


Adrift in the Fog of War Last night, for the first time since I bought Regiments in mid-August, I tried another of the three types of Skirmish single battles in the recent Cold War-turns-hot real-time tactical simulation created by Bird’s Eye Games and published by MicroProse. In addition to Attack (the type of mission I’veContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Meeting Engagements in ‘Regiments’ are a Tough Challenge for This Armchair Tactician”

Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’


“In case of doubt, attack.” – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. USA I’m getting better at playing Regiments. I’m not yet as good a commander of armored forces as George Patton, one of America’s best-known generals from the World War II era and the namesake of the U.S, Army’s Patton series of main battle tanks.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’


Dies Irae: The Story Continues…. In early 1982, Sidgwick & Jackson of London and Macmillan Publishing of New York published The Third World War: The Untold Story, a war novel co-written by General Sir John Hackett and seven collaborators, many of whom had co-written The Third World War: August 1985, published four years earlier and,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’


On May 1, 1978, London-based Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. published The Third World War: August 1985: A Future History, a work of near-future speculative fiction by Sir John Hackett, a retired general in the British Army, and a group of co-authors that, according to the publisher, included an admiral, an economist, and a diplomat, allContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Fighting Near a Nuclear Power Plant in ‘Regiments’ Poses New Twists, New Challenges


Regiments: The Battle for a ‘Hot’ Zone Last night, after trying – and failing – to choose a movie or TV show to watch, I decided to play Regiments again. Once more I selected the Skirmish titled Raw Power, which depicts a fictional 1989 battle near what looks like a nuclear plant in what wasContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Fighting Near a Nuclear Power Plant in ‘Regiments’ Poses New Twists, New Challenges”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 8, 2022, or: Stormy Weather, the End of an Era, and an Unexpected Victory


Thunderstorm Thursday It’s late afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, September 8, 2022, and the weather outside is awful. It’s dark. It’s rainy. Thunderstorms are not yet overhead, but they are on their way. It was oppressively hot earlier, but now there’s a mix of cold and damp air leaking into my room throughContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 8, 2022, or: Stormy Weather, the End of an Era, and an Unexpected Victory”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – More Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben in Skirmish Mode


Regiments – More Lessons Learned in the Battles for Grasleben “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War At ease, ladies and gentlemen. Please take your seats; the briefing will start in a moment. IContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – More Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben in Skirmish Mode”

Old Gamers Never Die: My First Total Victory in ‘Regiments’ (Oh, and This is Blog Post #1,000!)


V-Day in Grasleben! “The fight isn’t over until you win.” ― Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin Last night, while refighting the Battle of Grasleben for – I think – the 10th time since I purchased Regiments (Bird’s Eye Games/MicroProse, 2022) on August 16, I earned my first Total Victory as the Blue force (American) commander againstContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: My First Total Victory in ‘Regiments’ (Oh, and This is Blog Post #1,000!)”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!


Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben: There’s No Shame in Retreating “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” – Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from playing Regiments’ Grasleben Attack scenario multiple times is that even though the objective of the mission is to capture and successfully defend asContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons from the Battles of Grasleben: There is NO Shame in Tactical Retreats!”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben


Introduction – Regiments: A Game About Cold War I Released During Cold War II I grew up during the second half of the first Cold War between Russia (then the core republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and the Free World led by the United States and its allies. For almost half myContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – Lessons Learned from the Battles of Grasleben”