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The Complete Wargames Handbook: How to Play, Design, and Find Them

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With the wide availability of the home computer, wargame enthusiasts (now numbering nearly half a million) regularly confront each other in action-packed simulated battles. This is the definitive all-in-one sourcebook on the new potentials and classic excitement of wargaming--one of America's fastest growing hobbies. 40 maps and charts.
Paperback, 333 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by William Morrow & Company
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Christopher Rush
Jul 11, 2012 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
This was a pretty good read, though I was hoping it would be better. The subtitle is somewhat misleading: yes, Mr. Dunnigan spends some time talking about how to play, design, and find wargames, but most of the book is him telling us about himself, his work, and the history of wargames (from his perspective). I would have preferred much more time on what the subtitle says, especially playing and designing them, but since Mr. D indicates multiple times only a small select few are smart enough to ...more
Michael Dorosh
Jul 31, 2011 Michael Dorosh rated it it was amazing
The book is itself an update of an earlier book of the same title published in 1980. The 2nd Edition went out of print in 1997 but is currently available for free online; a 3rd Edition was subsequently published in paperback in 2000, incorporating information on the growing importance of computers in the wargaming hobby.

The book gives a very brief overview of basic concepts related to wargaming, and provides a history of the modern commercial hobby, highlighting SPI's role in the development of
Apr 06, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
I think I checked this book out nearly continiously throughout my Junior and Senior year of highschool. The how-to-section teaches you how to create ballanced, playable wargames (you know, the ones with hundreds of cardboard squares for pieces), and I used his advice to make a playable orcs-vs-elves game I forced my friends to playtest for me senior year. The history section is fascinating as well, starting with the earliest games in 15th century France up to the eve of the firs Gulf War, when t ...more
Max Lybbert
Apr 14, 2011 Max Lybbert rated it really liked it
Freely available at . This book is full of very helpful information, although I have to admit to chuckling through the parts about computer games (the information there is accurate but very dated).

Dunnigan is a great designer, and it's unusual to get so much information from a master in the field.

The book has convinced me to repopulate my wargame collection.
Marc Gacy
I read the web version on his site, not the latest edition. I still plan to get it, sometime. What can you expect from the man who gave us PanzerBlitz, SPI and "Up against the Wall, M-----f----r!"?
The world templated through simulation games, a view I hold near and dear, so of course I would like it!
May 05, 2008 Rob rated it liked it
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Still the best on the subject from the highly opinionated James Dunnigan. Good info here.
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