Greg Costikyan describes an idea for a really interesting sounding game, Great Patriotic War, over on his weblog. It’s a war game, but instead of the painstaking strategy detail that most wargames have, Costikyan describes it as “a fast-action, arcadish game playable in 20 minutes or less”. It abstracts away the detail of war; command a unit to attack by dragging it to its objective, and don’t worry about the supply lines or whatever. It sounds like a really fun game to play from that perspective, but, as Costikyan says, it’ll never get written, at least not by him.
The fact that the two battling sides are the Nazis and the Russians on the Eastern Front is just gravy.