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’ – 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: 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: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me


War is hell. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. – General William T. Sherman As I have mentioned in several posts recently, yesterday the latest version of MicroProse published Bird’sContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: War is Hell, as My First Battle in ‘Regiments’ Pointedly Reminds Me”

Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General


Childhood Dreams vs. Cold, Hard Reality When I was nine years old and my mom allowed me to dream about careers that were realistically out of my reach because I have cerebral palsy, one of my “I want to be X when I grow up” roles that I wanted most was “professional military officer.” EvenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Confessions of a Digital Armchair General”

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: ‘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’”

Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!


One of my favorite computer games from the late 1980s to early 1990s was M1 Tank Platoon, a Cold War-turns-hot simulation of armored land combat in late 1980s West Germany. Developed and published in October of 1989 by MicroProse Software, M1 Tank Platoon placed the player in the role of – what else? – aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!”