The BBC 'broke' the story The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
- Psychopaths to run the country after Armageddon - Daily Telegraph
- Put the psychopaths in charge - Daily Mail
"The history of the world is the history of the triumph of the heartless over the mindless."
Having seen the BBC article I dropped a tweet to wargames historian and serious games expert John Curry, of http://www.wargaming.co/ and it's accompanying blog here (the report of the Matrix game running an ISIS scenario is particularly interesting). Whilst admitting having a book on some Nuclear Wargames (probably not of the Matthew Broderick kind) in the pipeline, John indicates probably won't be for a while, which is a shame because I'd rather like my 1980s Apocalypse game sooner rather than later. Of course, I could go for it myself, but am afraid I'd end up putting rules for radioactive biker mutants and psychoactive snack-foods in there.
A game scenario of Exercise Square Leg would certainly be interesting, as indeed would Exercise Hard Rock which was abandoned as local councils refused to play the 'nuclear war is something we should plan for' game which they saw as being part of central government legitimising the potential use of nuclear weapons.
|CND's propoesed SquareLeg Campaign map. via|
Gameswise how Exercise Regenerate was supposed to work, but I imagine it was a strategic/tactical level RPG where the players inevitably represented local government officials having to deal with a traumatised and decimated populations food and law and order requirements. What is interesting is how these games took on political dimensions beyond the scenario themselves, feeding into wider social discourse.
See also Armageddon 1981 for earlier musings on the perennial theme.