Simulating War: Studying Conflict Through Simulation Games (Hardback)
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DescriptionOver the past fifty years, many thousands of conflict simulations have been published which bring the dynamics of past and possible future wars to life. Philip Sabin used such techniques in his acclaimed previous book Lost Battles to cast new light on Greek and Roman land engagements. In this new work, he explores the theory and practice of conflict simulation as a topic in its own right, based on his thirty years of experience in designing wargames and using them to educate both military and civilian students. Simulating War sets conflict simulation in its proper context alongside more academically familiar techniques such as game theory and operational analysis. It explains in detail the analytical and modelling techniques involved, and it teaches you how to design your own simulations of conflicts of your choice, as do Philip Sabin's MA students. The book provides eight simple illustrative simulations of specific historical conflicts, complete with rules, maps and counters. These games have all been employed successfully in class, and you can use them to see exactly how conflict simulation works. Simulating War is essential reading for all recreational or professional simulation gamers, and for anyone who is interested in modelling war, from teachers and students to military officers. A key feature of the book is its inclusion of illustrative wargames designed by Professor Sabin for use in class, complete with rules and full colour maps and counters. These are as follows: - Second Punic War (multiplayer diplomacy) - Roma Invicta? (Hannibal's early campaigns in Italy) - Kartenspiel (card game of Napoleonic battle) - Hell's Gate (the Korsun pocket, winter 1944) - Big Week (US bombing raids, February 1944) - Fire and Movement (WW2 British infantry battalion attack) - Block Busting (WW2 urban combat) - Angels One Five (grand tactical aerial dogfighting in WW2)
- Published: 22 March 2012
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781441185587 ISBN 10: 1441185585
- Sales rank: 80,540
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Reviews for Simulating War
More than a book
With his latest book, Simulating War, Philip Sabin shows us how use is made of board- and computerwargames to teach his students and the
military how 'games' can be used to show the complexities of military conflict.
What it stresses is that it doesn't always take intricate computer models or boardwargames with tons of rules and hundredths of counters to show how a conflict or battle in history evolved and why. Even a regular set of cards can be used to show this. It tells us about the advantages of using a cardboard and paper game over a computer wargame, but also how one can design such a game. The appendices give hints and tips on how to create one's own game and game components, and more.
Filled with lots of examples and including eight illustrative simulations covering Ancient times to WWII, Simulating War is a must have for every boardwargamer or professional wargame designer of gamer. by Hans Korting