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”

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”

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: ‘Regiments’ – It Wasn’t a Decisive Victory, But I’ll Still Take the Win


“It is a long-cherished tradition among a certain type of military thinker that huge casualties are the main thing. If they are on the other side, then this is a valuable bonus.” ― Terry Pratchett, Jingo Well, it took a while. A longer while that I would have liked, honestly. After almost 10 days withoutContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Regiments’ – It Wasn’t a Decisive Victory, But I’ll Still Take the Win”

Old Gamers Never Die: I Sought the Thrill of Victory in ‘Regiments,’ But Felt the Agony of Defeat


Veni. Vugnavi. Victus i. I came. I fought. I was defeated. Since the weather had not gone from mostly cloudy to stormy after I finished my earlier blog post, I decided to play another Skirmish in Regiments (Bird’s Eye Games/MicroProse, 2022). I figured, well, Skirmishes have a 30-minute time limit, so even if it stormsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: I Sought the Thrill of Victory in ‘Regiments,’ But Felt the Agony of Defeat”