The Complete Wargames Handbook
The Complete Wargames Handbook:
How to Play, Design and Find Them
was written by James F. Dunnigan. The book is itself an
update of an earlier book of the same title published in 1980.
The 2nd Edition went out of print in 1997 but is currently
available for free online; a 3rd Edition was subsequently
published in paperback in 2000, incorporating information on
the growing importance of computers in the wargaming hobby.
The book gives a very brief
overview of basic concepts related to wargaming, and provides
a history of the modern commercial hobby, highlighting
SPI's role in the
development of same. Unlike the other references listed on the
books page, there is a chapter
devoted to the actual design process involved in making
wargames. There are two chapters on computer wargames, and a
demographical survey of who plays board wargames. Some
bibliographies range in usefulness, varying from such things
as a list of all computer wargame titles published up until
1992, and a bibliography of all of Dunnigan's designs.
Unlike the other references,
there are no thumbnail descriptions of wargame titles (aside
from those that Dunnigan lists in his personal bibliography).
There is also little discussion of tactical-level games.
Complete Wargames Handbook (Revised Edition)