Wargames To Go





From gallery of MarkEJohnson
From gallery of MarkEJohnson




My next exploration through smaller wargames is about the Vietnam War. This is something that was almost contemporary when I first started wargaming (1979), so that was too close. I stayed away for years, just as I'm not ready to play simulations about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now. I need some historical distance in order to process & understand what's going on.

Unlike some other topics I've tackled, there are a LOT of books, games, and movies about this subject. Just knowing I'd eventually want to get into it, I acquired a game here, a game there over the years...and it turned into a large list (see link, above).


Books
A Bright Shining Lie
Pleiku
Chickenhawk
Tet Offensive (S&T Quarterly
Hue 1968
Nam Moi

Movies
The Vietnam War (Burns/Novick doc)
A Face of War
Sir! No Sir!
Last Days in Vietnam
Hearts and Minds
We Were Soldiers
Hamburger Hill
The Green Berets
Platoon
Apocalypse Now
The Deer Hunter
Full Metal Jacket
Da 5 Bloods


This was Part 1, and there will definitely be another part. I need to get to all(?) of those other battle-scale games, especially the ones about the Battle of Hue. Is there someone I should seek out to join me on the podcast? I'm open to suggestions.


-Mark

 
Direct download: WGTG_21-1_Vietnam_part_1.mp3
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