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The Best of Board Wargaming

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Unknown Binding, 194 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Hippocrene Books
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Jul 04, 2012 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: game-criticism
Contrary to what it says above, this book (as you can see from the cover) is by Nicholas Palmer.

Published in 1980, The Best of Wargaming offered cutting edge criticism for its era. When Nicholas (Nicky) Palmer (who went on to become a Member of Parliament in the late ‘90s), Diplomacy player extraordinaire and founding editor of Flagship magazine, decided to update his Comprehensive Guide to Board Wargaming, he opted to provide general surveys of the types of games one could play (operational, sc
Christopher Rush
Apr 24, 2014 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
Somehow even more out-of-date than his book from three years earlier, Nicholas Palmer (not Karl Purnell) spends some a brief amount of time surveying genres of games before embarking on the obvious reason for the book: another 100+-page survey of games, many of which are not even in circulation in the second-hand market. On the plus side, Palmer has gathered some friends to help review games he hasn't played, and he has included a bit more structure for the reviews, giving us rating scales for ...more
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Nov 02, 2015 John Kerry rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and enjoyable book, though some of it is out of date now. The first section discusses the various types of wargames (i.e. Operational, Monster (meaning the size of the game), Science Fiction, Beer and Pretzels, Computer and Realistic). The illustrations might be dated but basically an operational game now is going to be similar to what went before. The same applies to the other types discussed so this section is as relevant now as it was when the book came out.
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Dated, but interesting and informative. Since the author divided his work in this book between reviews of specific games and basic design features or choices that apply in the creation of any game, this is handy not only as a buyer's guide to the games he talks about (which can still be found via eBay, BoardGameGeek, and other websites), but as a loose set of guidelines on how to shape a game that is both fun and a learning experience about some historic situation (except, of course, for the ...more
Dec 04, 2011 David rated it really liked it
For serious gaming geeks. Dated now, but many of the games it describes are still classics.
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