Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. It is a sizzling – and not in a good way – hot summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowingContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Quick and Dirty Overview of ‘F-15 Strike Eagle’ & ‘F-15 Strike Eagle II’

One of my favorite computer game series of all time was the original MicroProse Software’s F-15 Strike Eagle trilogy (1984-1992). I was introduced to the original game – designed by the legendary Sid Meier – in 1987 when I bought the Apple II port a few months after I was given an Apple IIe byContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Quick and Dirty Overview of ‘F-15 Strike Eagle’ & ‘F-15 Strike Eagle II’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Rainy Saturday & Stalking Japanese Carriers in ‘Silent Service II’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, June 11, 2022. It is a dark, stormy, and gloomy early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. As I write this, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under alternating bouts of rain and cloudiness. With humidity at 79% and the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Rainy Saturday & Stalking Japanese Carriers in ‘Silent Service II’”

Old Gamers Never Die: Running Silent, Running Deep on a June Afternoon

Well, I still have not watched either The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan, even though I have the family room TV to myself since The Caregiver is spending all day at the Tampa Bay area hospital where her current beau is waiting for a donated liver for a transplant. I thought about it aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Running Silent, Running Deep on a June Afternoon”

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’”

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)”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 2, 2022, or: Another Week is Underway in Tampa Bay…..

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, May 2, 2022. It is a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 94%, the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 2, 2022, or: Another Week is Underway in Tampa Bay…..”

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)”