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: Another Victory in ‘Regiments’? I Must Be Learning How to Survive (and Thrive) in World War III


“When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” – Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., USA Well, I’ll be damned. I won another victory against the Warsaw Pact in the Cold War-turns-hot real-time tactical wargame, Regiments.[1] As you know, I bought this game on the day it was released on Steam, partly because IContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Another Victory in ‘Regiments’? I Must Be Learning How to Survive (and Thrive) in World War III”

RIP Mikhail Sergeyvich Gorbachev – An Obit with Significa and Insignifica


Significa Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the former Soviet Union, died yesterday in Moscow at the age of 91. The man who rose to power following the deaths of Leonid Brezhnev (1982), Yuri Andropov (1984), and Konstantin Chernenko (1985) and was paramount leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics duringContinue reading “RIP Mikhail Sergeyvich Gorbachev – An Obit with Significa and Insignifica”

Old Gamers Never Die: Further Explorations of Operations in MicroProse’s ‘Regiments’


Logistics is the ball-and-chain of armored warfare. – Generaloberst Heinz Guderian Today I learned that while the Operations in Regiments – the new MicroProse/Bird’s Eye Games wargame that centers on a Cold War-turned-hot scenario in which the Warsaw Pact invades West Germany in 1989 – tell a cohesive narrative about World War III in CentralContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Further Explorations of Operations in MicroProse’s ‘Regiments’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Completing My First Operation in MicroProse’s Real-Time Tactics Game ‘Regiments’


“Winning isn’t everything–but wanting to win is.” ― Vince Lombardi I did it. I won my first victory as a combined arms field-grade commander in Regiments. As you know from previous posts in the Old Gamers Never Die series, I recently bought this cool new game developed by a small European studio, Bird’s Eye Games,Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Completing My First Operation in MicroProse’s Real-Time Tactics Game ‘Regiments’”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Campaign – Mission Accomplished


As you know, a few weeks ago I discovered that Atari – which owns many of the original MicroProse Software company’s intellectual properties – and Interplay Entertainment had released many of the games I owned in the 1980s and 1990s on Steam and GOG.com. They were, of course, tweaked so they would run on WindowsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Campaign – Mission Accomplished”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Classic Game Review


M1 Tank Platoon Developer: MPS Labs Publisher: MicroProse Software Released: October 1989 Genre: Real-time Tactical/Tank Simulator Setting: Late Cold War (1989-1991); Hypothetical World War III invasion of West Germany No. of Players: 1 (Human vs. AI) Reissued by: Interplay Entertainment Available on: Steam and Epic “Stand To!” An Overview of M1 Tank Platoon US TankContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Classic Game Review”

Old Gamers Never Die: An Overview of ‘M1 Tank Platoon’


Cold War Kids’ Games: A Little Background I was born in the early 1960s. Thus, I was a “Cold War kid” and lived through almost 30 years of tensions between the United States – my home country – and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), aka the Soviets, aka Russia. My formative years coincidedContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: An Overview of ‘M1 Tank Platoon’”