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Welcome to Play History

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:45 am
by IainMcNeil
What is PlayHistory? (10.29.2007)

'Imagination rules the world' – Napoleon Bonaparte

Slitherine Software launches PLAYHISTORY today, 9th of November. And today is also the anniversary of a number of events that have changed our world, 18 years ago; Communist controlled East Germany opened the checkpoints in the Berlin Wall allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany and the ordinary citizens of Berlin turned out in droves to demolish this symbol of oppression.
Today, 90 years ago, Stalin entered the provisional government of USSR.

Today, 208 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte led the Coup d'état of 18 Brumaire ending the Directory government, and becoming one of its three consuls.

As we remember history and look back to these momentous events, our fascination with the past will hopefully be encapsulated in our new portal, our own window in time leading to all things ‘history’ and assisting us to understand events that have shaped our lives. PLAYHISTORY will inform, amuse and focus on the many ways that we have found to enjoy our common passion through movies, books, videogames, wargames, boardgames and all of the other forms of entertainment that we use to recount History and make it relevant to the present.

PLAYHISTORY opens its doors with a feature about the 3rd Servile War, using a few images from the videogame THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome (2007) to illustrate the events depicted. The Slave Revolts are just another example of Napoleon's famous words 'Imagination rules the world'. Like many other momentous events from the past this dream of freedom is a story of courage and fortitude that would challenge the writers of fiction. It is events like this that we will seek to celebrate over the coming weeks and months.

Our other opening feature has some less 'serious' content and follows the visit by some members of the British Historical Games Society to South Africa earlier this summer to take part to in the International Wargame Federation's World Individual Championship. We're talking tabletop war-games, of course, and it is with an ironic tone that James Hamilton guides us through these 7 days of pure enjoyment, the highs and lows and moments of relaxation, and of course not forgetting his chronicle of the matches played.

Our vision is that PLAYHISTORY will become a constant point of reference for all of you who share our enthusiasm. So if you are looking for more knowledge, news or just pure entertainment, you will find it here. In the months to come we will provide articles and information on events, people, products reviews and special features, and of course you will be able to buy your favourite games. In the future, we will extend our product range to all things of interest to history addicts.

We also want to hear from you and will listen to your views, you can even contribute if you have some information or a story to tell. We hope to see you coming back time and again in the knowledge that you are in the company of likeminded friends who share our common passion and share our belief that it is truly “imagination that rules the world”.

The PH team.