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)”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part One of a Series)

Background Briefing Earlier this year, Atari – which owns the rights to many of the original MicroProse Software’s library of games – rereleased the three games in the mid-1980s Command Series trilogy of wargames: Crusade in Europe, Decision in the Desert, and Conflict in Vietnam. Designed by MicroProse co-founder Sid Meier and Ed Bever andContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part One of a Series)”

Old Gamers Never Die: Pointers for First-Time Players of ‘Crusade in Europe’

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. ­– General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, Supreme Commander, Allied ExpeditionaryContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Pointers for First-Time Players of ‘Crusade in Europe’”

Classic Computer Game Review: ‘Crusade in Europe’

Crusade in Europe (1985) Genre: War/Strategy/Historical Simulation Setting: World War II, Northwest Europe Campaign (D-Day through Ardennes Counteroffensive, 1944-1945) Designed by: Sid Meier and Ed Bever, Ph.D Publisher: MicroProse Software, Inc. In 1985, MicroProse Software, Inc. published Crusade in Europe[1], a World War II-themed strategy game that allows you to play the role of aContinue reading “Classic Computer Game Review: ‘Crusade in Europe’”

Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)

Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 24, 2022, or: Waiting for the Mail to Arrive

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, January 24, 2022. It is a chilly day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 45˚F (7˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 2 MPH (4 KM/H) and humidity at 89%, the wind-chill factor isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 24, 2022, or: Waiting for the Mail to Arrive”

On Books & Reading: Suffering Succotash! My TBR Stack Keeps Growing!

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, January 3, 2022. It’s a chilly winter – or what passes for winter in the Sunshine State – day. Currently, the temperature is 62˚F (17˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 76% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 12 MPHContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Suffering Succotash! My TBR Stack Keeps Growing!”

On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. It’s a chilly and gray early winter day. The current temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under cloudy skies and there’s a dense fog advisory for the Fish Hawk area. With humidity at 97% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast atContinue reading “On History: ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy’ – FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan”