|★ LITTÉRATURE ★ ENGLISH ★ Wargaming on the Amstrad ★|
|Wargaming On the Amstrad (Your Computer)||Littérature English|
Combining new technology with old has always been a pastime which creates odd though normally interesting results. As any historian would tell you, war-gaming has been an occupation for many centuries. On that time-scale, however, computers are distinct newcomers.
Owen and Audrey Bishop are according to people who know a great deal more than I do on this subject, the originators of computer war-gaming. It is obvious that they have spent a great deal of time researching this book and making it appeal, not only to war-gaming buffs, but to anyone intent on finding alternative uses for an Amstrad.
Designed obviously to appeal to the dedicated hobbyist, the book is complete with three separate type-in programs which will provide war games to satisfy everyone from the War of the Roses to World War II. What must be said, however. is that the book is much more than just an explanation of how to war game. It takes the approach that everyone will want the computer to be an integral part of any actions and ihc authors take every opportunity to show how their programs can be adapted and altered to suit the needs of each reader.
One of the most innovative and interesting sections describes how it is possible to connect two Amstrads to allow multi-player war-gaming. Also described is how to adapt the provided games to play using this method.
Taking the idea one stage further, the final chapter describes how to play wargames by telephone, using a modem. For Amstrad owners who want to try something completely different, the book is refreshing and interesting and the authors enthusiasm adds a great deal to a book which might otherwise have failed to keep anyone interested beyond the first chapter.