Category: Wargaming

Diplomacy: Update

I lasted three turns. It went…poorly.

I did learn an important lesson, though: if negotiations are going well and you propose something and that player doesn’t get back to you, that means they’re going to attack you.


I’ve been invited to play Diplomacy  online. Here’s the setup map. I’m Turkey.

The last time I played Diplomacy I was about 20 years old. I was a terrible negotiator and I didn’t really get grand strategy.

I think I can do a little better this time. Turkey is a pretty good beginner’s country, with only one immediate neighbor. It’s obvious to everyone where I’m going to go.


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Medium: The Korean Wargame Series (3 Part)


I’m About to Fight Korean War II in My Living Room“Medium, 8/7/2013.

I Just Fought Korean War II in my Living Room“, Medium, 8/8/2013.

I Learned A Lot From Wargaming Korean War II“, Medium, 8/9/2013.

Northeast of Seoul, the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division — untouched by initial North Korean attacks — holds its ground rather than counterattack. The South Koreans scream for help from the Division’s Apache helicopters, but the Americans refuse to commit their already tiny force piecemeal. Finally, east of Donducheon, the ROK 2nd Division and elements of the South’s IV Corps strike, destroying a brigade of the North Korean V Corps.

Medium: This Wargame is a Warning to China


This Wargame is a Warning to China“, Medium, June 28, 2013.

It’s a bitter historical irony: the U.S. Marine Corps teaching Japan how to conduct amphibious warfare. Japan in fact invented modern amphibious methods, particularly ramped, shallow-draft landing craft capable of beaching and offloading infantry. The Marines studied these developments in the 1920s and ‘30s and used Japan’s own tactics against it in the Pacific.