the history of nuclear war series
I first conceived this series in June of 2011. The idea began with DoomYoshi, who was in love with Nuclear Spoils at the time and mentioned to me that there weren't enough good Nuclear tournaments. By a bit of serendipity, I was doing some reading at the time concerning Hahn's and Leitner's experiments, and I formed the idea of doing a grand tournament encompassing the full history of nuclear war from the early experiments to the distant future.
As I gathered maps to go with different parts of the nuclear story, I realized it was just too much to do in one tournament, and so I split it into four. Eventually four became more, and at present the series is expected, including the Grand Finale, to include ten tournaments.
History of Nuclear War I
-- explored the early days of nuclear research, from the discovery of elemental radioactivity in 1896 to the entry of the U.S. into WW II in 1941.
It was first posted on June 25th, 2011, and concluded on May 17th, 2012
- Culs de Sac
History of Nuclear War II
-- focused on the time from the entry of the U.S. into WW II in 1941 until the dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
First posted November 19, 2011, and concluded on January 3rd, 2013.
History of Nuclear War III
-- covered the history of the Cold War.
First posted March 14th, 2012, and completed on January 16, 2013!
- Junior Bee
History of Nuclear War IV
-- looked at current and future possibilities of nuclear war, now that the Cold War no longer dominates the political scene.
First posted October 02nd, 2012, currently in Phase 6.
History of Nuclear War V
-- was a precise clone of History of Nuclear War IV, to accomodate people who had signed up for IV and hadn't gotten in.
First posted November 9th, 2012, now in Phase 4.
History of Nuclear War VI
-- sunny version of HNW I
First posted November 18th, 2012, now in Phase 4.
History of Nuclear War VII
-- sunny version of HNW II
First posted February 02, 2013, currently in Phase 2.
History of Nuclear War VIII
-- sunny version of HNW III
History of Nuclear War IX
-- sunny version of HNW IV
History of Nuclear War GF
-- the eventual Grand Finale for the series.
Fog or Sun: In the first three tournaments, I had players vote on fog or sun. Most of the time the fog won, and sunny rounds were rare. In addition, it was a lot of work for me tallying the votes, and in fact a few times I tallied them wrong. After HNW III, a simpler system occurred to me. I would put out HNW IV as foggy with no vote, and then I would re-run the series as sunny. HNW V, however, was also foggy, because it was a clone of IV. The sunnies, therefore, are HNW VI, VII, VIII, and IX. The Grand Finale will have a combination, although the precise arrangement isn't set yet.