Simulating War explores the theory and practice of conflict simulation, as applied in the many thousands of wargames published over the past 50 years. It discusses the utility of this form of conflict simulation by setting it in its proper context alongside military and professional wargaming, as well as more academically familiar techniques such as game theory and operational analysis. The book explains in detail the analytical and modelling techniques involved, and provides complete illustrative simulations of three specific historical conflicts, as used in Professor Sabin’s own courses on the wars concerned. It gives readers all the intellectual skills they need to use published wargames and to design their own simulations of conflicts of their choice, whether for interest or as a vehicle for teaching or research.
Professor Sabin is currently the course convenor for three BA level courses in the War Studies Department. These are “World War Two in Europe”, “Warfare in the Ancient World” and “Fighting in the Air”. He is also the convenor for one MA level course, “Conflict Simulation”.
Last but not least, Sabin in the author of the “Lost Battles” game system. The game covers battles and campaigns in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Persian defeat at Marathon in 490 BC to Caesar’s victory at Pharsalus in 48 BC. It has been exhaustively tested and refined over the past several years, and is based on Sabin’s decades of research and simulation design on ancient warfare; and it includes an updated copy of his book, with extensive historical and design notes on every scenario. The game can be fought on three levels – the grand tactical, the grand strategic, or a combination of the two.