4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
Graet nostalgia trip - Don's books were top of the list of those borrowed on a regualr basis from the local library when I was a child into wargaming. Easy to read, in some ways harking back to 'Little Wars' but in others still playable today. The only disappointment was the poor quality of reproduction of the photographs - it's quite hard to make out details in many of them. If you don't have an original copy and can't find one second hand, you just have to have this on your shelf if you're a wargamer - this series is providing a good service.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2012
Only two books exist entirely devoted to solo war gaming, so the re-issue of one of them after many years is welcome. The book is made up of a series of small chapters on topics like concealment, chance cards, and weather, together with a couple of reprints of essays by early soloists like Lionel Tarr. The illustrations are rather unclear, as the old glossy plates do not scan well, and the layout is rather amateurish. Not a wargames classic - Stuart Asquith's book is better - but the soloist will want both.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2010
I bought this partly for nostalgia for a long lost youth, and partly with the half-baked idea of revisiting that youth.
This book doesn't deliver on either count. The photographs haven't been replicated at all well, and occasional (but annoying) typographical errors have crept in. Worse than that, there is no coherent theme; the book is a merely a collection of a hotchpotch of articles loosely related to solo wargaming. There are, at least, one or two amusing interludes, for example page 39 says, "If you are a very patient man, so patient that you have managed, for example, to teach your wife to drive the family car...". 1973 (when this book for first published) was obviously a very different world compared to 2010.
For nostalgia, I think I'll stick to my venerable and well thumbed copies of War Games by Featherstone, and to my all time favourite, The War Game, by Charles Grant. As for my long lost youth, I'll have to leave it where it belongs - in the past.