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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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Board Wargames

This medium flourished in the 1960s and 70s, and unleashed a tidal wave of creativity. There were, of course, a preponderance of dull, predictable designs, but several designers, especially Jim Dunnigan and Redmond Simonsen of Simulations Publications, Inc. (SPI), produced dazzling designs. Herewith are a few of the more noteworthy games of that period.

Napoleon at Waterloo

Designed by Jim Dunnigan and published by SPI around 1973. A marvelously clean, simple design; it was wargaming reduced to its essence. It is simple to learn, easy to play, and yet captures all the elements of good wargame design.

StarForce Alpha Centauri

Designed by Redmond Simonsen, published by SPI around 1971. A truly weird space combat game centered on ...

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