Is there a creeping Hollywoodization in wargaming? Or has it always been there? Should we rail against it? Or embrace it? These are some of the questions, and loads more besides, we contemplate in the theme articles for this issue of Wargames Illustrated.
Our hobby is a broad church and can accommodate on the one hand games and rules that seek to simulate historical battles, in which the players can take a step back from the table and contemplate the fact they are taking part in an accurate representation of a battle, and take satisfaction and enjoyment from that being the case, and on the other players can also enjoy games in which their units or characters are able to perform the virtually impossible, accomplishing feats of strength, valor and luck rarely seen on the battlefield, but regularly seen in Hollywood movies.
Two of this month’s articles are given over to the discussion of ‘Wargaming Hollywood’* with a further three based on wargaming actions portrayed on the silver screen. But we’re not all Hollywood razzmatazz this month, we also have articles on Ghost Archipelago (gaming and modelling), hunting for the right rules, World War One in the Middle East, balloon wargaming, Weird Wild West and more beside.
*Check out a third article – What do we need, history or Hollywood’- for FREE here.
Happy reading and gaming.
The photos seen here are from the collection of Andy Lyons. Andy used a Hollywood theme for his Adepticon 2017 SAGA Display Board. The figures are Byzantines (and crew!) by Crusader, Gripping Beast and Pulp.