This review is from: War Games and Their History (Hardcover)
I found this to be a hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book with lots of new insights into war games--and big bonus--it's superbly and lavishly illustrated in full colour.
Some of the games described go back to the times of the Napoleonic Wars, and each one has a summary of how it was played--I found this to be really informative. The book gives a window into the wide range of ideas which the inventors introduced in their attempts to combine a degree of realism with playability.
Many of the earlier games had very fine and colourful pictures on the boxes and boards, showing scenes of warfare, and the book does full justice to these.
One chapter deals with war games in ancient and medieval times. Some of these, I believe, have now almost vanished from sight, including William Fulke's pioneering and elaborate strategic game of 1578, when two armies fought across a river in order to lay siege to the opposing castle.
The book also covers "official" war games, some used for army and naval training since the 19th century, and others in more modern times for simulating nuclear conflicts. It's truly chilling to realise that such games are being used today for predicting the outcomes of future wars.
I felt that this book was highly informative, interesting, and excellent value for money--I highly recommend it!