John B. Firer is a wargame designer and freelance writer who lives in Wisconsin. He is the founder and sole proprietor of Fog of War Publications, LLC specializing in CDG simulations, established in 2016.
He is a retired U.S. Army officer. In addition, he served 15 years as a part-time member of the World Class Opposing Force (OPFOR) for the Army Battle Command Training Program, centered out of Fort Leavenworth.
BASS in International Relations (graduated with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) and MA in National Security Affairs (MidEast/North Africa Regional Concentration). Army Command and General Staff College Honor Graduate. Combat service during DESERT STORM. Two tours in Germany and one in the Middle East. Numerous state-side tours.
He has been wargaming since 1963, hitting his stride from 1969 - 1975 with the classic SPI designs. His renaissance in interest began with the advent of the card-driven systems pioneered by Mark Herman. He prefers operational and strategic level games. He got involved in wargames through his love of history.
“Napoleon’s Campaign In Egypt”, Conflict Magazine, 1972
Air Force Intelligence Study (Morocco), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1986
“Morocco’s Security Concerns”, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1986
Ground Force Intelligence Study (Morocco), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1987
Algerian Army Reorganization, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1988
Tunisian Defensive Study (Draft), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1989
Ground Force Intelligence Study (Algeria) (Draft), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1989
Middle East Military Intelligence Study (Morocco and Western Sahara sections), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1986-1988
Middle East Military Intelligence Study (Algeria and Tunisia sections), Defense Intelligence Agency, 1987-1989
“Alexander’s Lieutenants”, The General, Volume 32-2, 1998
“Lesser Mortals”, The Boardgamer, Volume 4, Number 4, October 1999
“Gifts from the Gods” The Boardgamer, Volume 5, Number 2, April 2000
“Alexander’s Marshals”, The Boardgamer, Volume 5, Number 4, October 2000
“To the Strongest”, The Boardgamer, Volume 6, Number 1, January 2001
“Hinge of Fate”. Operations, Special Edition #1, Summer 2008
"Successors (3rd Edition)", GMT Games, 2009
"Spartacus: Crisis in the Roman Republic", Compass Games 2009
"The Grand Alliance", War Dairy, Issue 1, Spring 2014
"A Shorter Stalin's War", War Diary, Issue 2, Summer 2014
"I am Spartacus", War Diary, Issue 4, Winter 2015
"Spartacus Revisited", War Diary, Issue 5, Spring 2015
"Drang Nach Osten - 1914 Style", War Diary, Issue 6, Summer 2015
“WWII Blitzkrieg Variant – Eastern Front” Fog of War Publications, Feb 2016
“WWII Blitzkrieg Variant – France 1940” Fog of War Publications, May 2016
"The Sun King vs. the Captain General Thoughts on Strategy and Operational Art in No Peace Without Spain!”, War Diary, Vol. 2, No. 4 Winter 2016
"1866: The Struggle for Supremacy in Germany", Compass Games 2016
"Age of Bismarck: The Unifications of Germany and Italy 1859-1871, Fog of War Publications 2017