Innovation in Wargaming
In 1972, Tom Dalgliesh and Lance Gutteridge had an inspiration when working on the classic wargame, Quebec 1759. Instead of using traditional die-cut counters, they would use wooden blocks instead creating the first block wargame.
This change would revolutionize wargaming gameplay for reasons you are about to understand.
Traditional wargames have a “God’s eye view” of the battlefield where each player can see the other’s forces and strengths. This is not an accurate depiction of information commanders would have.
With the Columbia Block System, however, each player’s unit types and strengths are hidden from the other, giving a true fog-of-war feel that is vital to any combat simulation.