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Michael Peck
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My piece for the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper. http://forward.com/articles/184721/war-games-depict-history-...

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Avalon Hill's Classic "The Arab Israeli Wars"
Perhaps not the very first but it sure was the first one I saw in stores and I still love it!

Avalon Hill's Classic: The Arab-Israeli Wars (built on the Panzer Blitz/Leader system!)
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Another Avalon Hill Great! The Seige of Jeursulam
Just one more then I will let others....

This one can be a monster game but, IMO is one of the best games if this type of warfare ever sold (all things considered): The Siege of Jerusalem (Third Edition)
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Interesting piece and panorama, Michael - I'm not Jewish but enjoyed the perspective.

Mark Herman's quote about wargames being a form of analytic history is especially apt.

And that was wise to highlight a simple title like Israeli Independence - I'm certainly a big fan of Darin Leviloff's efforts.
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Good article on introducing wargaming to a wider audience Mr.Peck. And, would also echo that Siege of Jerusalem is a great game. Had a blast playing it:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/866243/1944-anniversary-reun...

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Grumbling Grognard wrote:
This one can be a monster game but, IMO is one of the best games if this type of warfare ever sold (all things considered): The Siege of Jerusalem (Third Edition)


Concur - I own all three versions of SoJ (two HP, 1976/1980 and one AH, 1989).

This one serves well as an introductory wargame, but frankly the historical feel just isn't there:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8962/the-jewish-war
 
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Good one Michael!
 
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Thanks, folks. Had a cram a lot into a thousand words!

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Good targeted overview article! Perhaps some of the readers will become interested in wargames. You gave some good recommendations and ideas.


PS: Interesting/surprising to me that Mark Herman said "I won’t play as the Germans." (Did you interview him for the article, or were you quoting him from somewhere else?)
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Very good article, thank you for writing it and sharing it here!
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I interviewed Mark. Very interesting man to talk to.

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dtomato wrote:
My piece for the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper. http://forward.com/articles/184721/war-games-depict-history-...

Michael


Very nice work! I enjoy your writing style.

Frank Chadwick has one coming out through VPG on the Golan Heights '73.
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Jerusalem is another good one.
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Not very often you read a wargaming article for the general public that's this well written. Michael you hit a home run with this. I greatly enjoyed the perspective.
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Very good piece!
 
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Excellent find!

Also, this title

 
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Heights of Courage, an SCS title, is a very good game I enjoy very much.
 
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And not only the article, but also noted on page one.

As a print subscriber, I was quite surprised to see this in the paper. I thought it was well done.

Perhaps they will bring back the print version of the Bintel Brief as well ...
 
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Across Suez a great intro wargame one of my favorites!
 
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dtomato wrote:
I interviewed Mark. Very interesting man to talk to.

Michael


Thank you, and may I say a very nicely written piece of journalism.

Well done,

Mark
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No Jewish wargamers in Israel? cry
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Blofish wrote:
No Jewish wargamers in Israel? cry


That cannot be true if the national flag is accurate. I assume you mean there is only one Jewish wargamer in Israel.
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I am Jewish, my mom is Israeli, and I'm planning on playing Arab-Israeli Wars today! I'll be playing my newest vinyl acquisition, Poogy Tales, by Kaveret.
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Grumbling Grognard wrote:
Perhaps not the very first but it sure was the first one I saw in stores and I still love it!

Avalon Hill's Classic: The Arab-Israeli Wars (built on the Panzer Blitz/Leader system!)


I think I'm destined to suffer eternal disappointment about this one, because I actually owned the game as a kid and never got to play it. My father bought it for me when I dragged him into a game store to buy D&D minis, despite the fact that neither one of us played wargames at all. It was a matter of Jewish pride: we had to have this game. But I don't think he realized what a demanding game it was for a couple of wargaming neophytes. We struggled through the rulebook to play a couple of half-games, and I could never talk him into playing any more. Too many technicalities, too many different units with minuscule differences between them, too many battles that we knew nothing about in places with strange names.

This is a Jewish story, so there is going to be irony.

A few years after my aborted introduction to wargaming, we made aliyah. We settled on a kibbutz in the Golan Heights not five kilometers away from some of those very same battlegrounds. And a few years after that, I found myself in the IDF driving Merkava tanks and learning far more than I ever expected about those exotic weapons and tactics. And my best friend in the army was a fellow geek and RPGer who would definitely have appreciated AIW's dense ruleset and strategizing. Finally I could play AIW...

But I couldn't find the game. Apparently it had been either lost or fallen victim to foul play when we were packing our worldly belongings for the move to Israel. We had to discard a lot of stuff for that move, so I suspect my parents thought this seemingly unplayable game was not a priority.

Many years later and back in the USA (long story), I'm rediscovering gaming and finding that our "unplayable" game has developed a reputation as a classic. I'd love to try playing it again. I could probably afford a copy...

But now I have no one to play it with.
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