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’”

On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

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: 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”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘The Untouchables’ Steelbook Arrives Today; ‘Red Dawn’ Drops in August!


Hey, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. It is a warm and humid last day of spring in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 83°F (28°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 73% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 8 MPHContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘The Untouchables’ Steelbook Arrives Today; ‘Red Dawn’ Drops in August!”

Old Gamers Never Die: Hunting Soviet Sub Tenders in Arctic Ocean is No Cakewalk in ‘Cold Waters’


The Time: 13 November 1984, 1300  Lima The Place: The Arctic Ocean The Mission: Intercept and sink a Soviet Don-class (Soviet designation Project 310 Batur) submarine and any REDFLT submarines it might be replenishing and/or rearming. These sub tenders are high-value targets and are likely to have support from submarines, surface ships, and naval aircraft. If youContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Hunting Soviet Sub Tenders in Arctic Ocean is No Cakewalk in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion on ‘Beating the Odds’ in ‘Cold Waters’


Background Briefing Cold Waters, the 2017 Cold War-turned-hot submarine simulation developed and published four years ago by Australian game studio Killerfish Games (Atlantic Fleet, War on the Sea) is one of my favorite computer games. Inspired by the 1988 MicroProse game Red Storm Rising, Cold Waters puts you in command of a nuclear-powered submarine fromContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Discussion on ‘Beating the Odds’ in ‘Cold Waters’”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Armored Brigade’ PC Game Review


Armored Brigade Developer: Veitikka Studios (Finland) Publisher: Matrix Games (U.S.-Great Britain) Released: November 15, 2018 Genre: Strategy/Real-Time Tactical Setting: Modern Timeline (1965-1991) No. of Players: 1 (Human vs. AI) On November 13, 2018, Matrix Games, a U.S.-U.K. publisher of computer games, released Armored Brigade, a real-time tactical war game which depicts land combat in aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Armored Brigade’ PC Game Review”

Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’


TITLE: Armored BrigadeGENRE: Simulation, StrategyDEVELOPER: Veitikka StudiosPUBLISHER: Slitherine Ltd./Matrix GamesFRANCHISE: Armored BrigadeRELEASE DATE: Nov 15, 2018 As someone who grew up in the shadow of the Cold War (1946-1991) and can still remember that the present Russian Federation was one of 16 “republics” in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), I have long beenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’”