Fire & Movement #18

Flashback Friday:
At this point in F&M’s magazines evolution it seems GDW was garnering a significant amount of column space with articles in previous issues regarding Drang Nach Osten in #17 and Operation Crusader in #16. Each edition had significant advertising and editorial regarding the titles.

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Issue 18 seen here breaks that short cycle and explores  not only titles regarding the Vietnam war but the 1979 Paper Strike! Who knew!?

I love how articles were usually accompanied by a Designers notes one pager for most reviews or strategy articles. A nice idea that needs to be revived, especially if there is a little rebuttal and to and fro from the Designer.

The cover story delves into titles from Prados, Dunnigan, Hill and even Phil Orbanes Viet-Nam (1965) the first ever wargame on the subject, sold thru Avalon Hill with plastic pieces. Not until 1971 was a Vietnam themed game published – Grunt! Prados talks here a little about some of the designs that were under way during the war:

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In fact a game covering the entire conflict would not be published until 1984 when the instant mini monster Vietnam was born by Victory Games.

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