Hotel Tango to Paul Manning for finding this article about the death of the hex and die-cut-counter wargame. In this telling, “TSR shot wargaming in the head.” You may recall TSR as the company that sold Dungeons and Dragons. This article seems to suggest that it was incompetence on the part of TSR. Paul, who brought this to my attention, seems suspicious that it was a murder, a purposeful effort by one gaming sub-culture to eliminate a rival sub-culture. Who knows?
All I know is that I owe my career in national security issues to wargaming. I bought my first wargame, Afrika Korps, at the Frederick and Nelson’s department store in my hometown. Sigh. Little did I know that even as I was buying that game, the entire industry was starting its slide into oblivion.