Wargame Campaigns by Henry Hyde

This is a beast of  a book, weighing in at over 500 pages.  It is as complete and thorough a treatment of the subject as we have seen since the days of Featherstone and Bath.

And it includes gems like this:

All in all, “Wargaming Campaigns” is a fun and engaging read…but!

There is always a ‘but’, isn’t there?

This book is very broad and not terribly deep. It introduces a lot of concepts, everything from map-making to fog of war to ladder campaigns, and provides a starting point that will leave the reader with a basic understanding of the concept, without adding much innovation or detail.  As an introduction and reference work, it shines.  As a next step in campaign development… not so much.

Which is not a complaint or criticism.  What it does, it does well.

While digging through its pages I have found a number of lottle ideas to add to my arsenal.  Little things I have overlooked. It has pointed me to a few new authors that dive deeper into select topics.  These will be most helpful in my own wargame journey.

And Henry’s conversational style makes for a light and engaging read.  “Wargaming Campaigns” makes for a nice addition to my shelf, and I don’t regret the purchase.  If you don’t expect too much in the way of new ways of looking at campaigns, you won’t either l.