Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Surveys and TV Stars

I suspect a lot of you will already have seen both of these items but it's always worth another plug....

The annual Great Wargaming Survey which has been run by the haps at Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine is having it's latest outing at the moment.  It usually makes interesting reading and is worth spending 10 minutes to complete...there are prizes and everything!  The closing date is August 19th...

survey link

Time Commanders

The other news item which caught my eye is the return of Time Commanders.  This was a BBC series back in 2003-2005 which let teams " go head-to-head with some of the greatest generals from history".  It was more entertaining that it sounds...usually the pleasure came from watching the teams fall apart as one of them would ignore the instructions of everyone else and do something stupid (actually that sounds like a normal team game...and yes, it's usually me doing the ignoring!).  The performance of the team would also be picked apart by a panel of experts including Dr. Aryeh Nusbacher of Sandhurst, Mike Loades, Saul David, Mark Urban or Adrian Goldsworthy.  There are episodes available on YouTube I believe.

The original series used the game system from the Total War series of computer games so it'll be interesting to see the difference 11 years has made to the tech.  Looking at the list of battles fought in the first 2 series they seem to have been mainly Ancient with the latest ones being Stamford Bridge and Hastings (presumably because it used the Rome:Total War engine).  The games have since moved on to later eras so perhaps later battles will feature?

I've already had my brush with TV fame this year (hmm...maybe the subject of another blog post...) so over to you folks....