From: Salinas, CA
Nice scenario list, but I have to vote against trying to make this game. Lacking any 'history' to work from we will just get a particular designers 'take'. Besides all of the scenarios listed have only one likely outcome, and not fun to even think about let alone play out. Just because its a cliche, doesn't mean its not true. MAD has worked since we had the good fortune to have mostly rational leaders on both sides. They knew and still do that once you start a war it would be virtually impossible to prevent escalation. A no win situation. To expect such a conflict to 'stay conventional' contradicts human nature, and assumes the loosing side will not play the last card. The risk is far to great for any 'rational' leader to accept.
The whole idea is the lack of "history" to work from. There are Cold War games out there, unfortunately very old. Don't you get tired playing the same old wars over and over again? I thought that since Wastelands already has a European map going fpor WW2, with plans to do WW1, then why not the Cold War. I like the new 1945 scenario in Strategic War in Europe because there is no preconceived history to bias what we should or shouldn't do.
I think you place too much worry on the escalation aspect or the horrific what if that thankfully never happened. Obviously strategic nukes would make it game over for all participants, and wouldn't be worth gaming. This is about avoiding severe escalation and seeing how events might have played out in Europe had the balloon gone up.
As I demonstrated there are many interesting match ups at various times in history for several decades where we could have seen a limited war. There's plenty of history as to what each side had and where it was likely deployed that we do have something historical to reproduce. I just get tired of playing the same old wars over and over again, it's refreshing to play a situation like SWiE's 1945 poses of early NATO versus early USSR & Warsaw pact.
Kudos to doomtrader for thinking outside the box!
Omnius - also from the Pacific Time Zone