A blog post worth sharing- ethics and the skirmish game.

As my friends will not doubt attest I’ve got intellectual pretensions (I’ve been reading Leviathan recently and “a Pete film” is my friends shorthand for anything that is subtitled, black and white or deeply depressing), this extends to gaming too. I’ve always been fascinated by other peoples attitudes to ethics in Wargaming, we are all in the final analysis making entertainment out of the deeply unpleasant. Some people have firmly held views that some events and units are simply too disagreeably to be gamed, I’ll give them the right to hold their own opinions but I rarely agree with all of them. Others like to explore the moral dilemmas that a close study of conflict brings up in so called ‘black wargames’, I’ll admit that I do fall into this camp, but bear in mind if you decide to follow to keep a sense of objectivity and the Nietzschian quote “And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you” close.

Anyway I could write a long winded self indulgent piece on my own views but instead I’ve decided to deffer to a recent blog post that managed to encapsulate all of the issues into a Spanish Civil War scenario in a manner far more elegant than I could mange.

In this case I urge you to look at the following blog post by Curt of Analogue Hobbies:


And since we are on the subject here is a rather good piece by David Mitchell:

Not that he needs any further exposure, being that he is on the telly rather a lot.