Suez was nothing at all like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the outstanding Seven Days in October scenario is one where decisions to escalate the situation create a rather unique experience for the Player. The scenario does an excellent job of recreating the real crisis and where it diverges, it does so in a manner that is reasonable. In Suez there are no such considerations. Break the scenario into smaller pieces? How, since the geographic objectives were all contingent upon each other. Model air combat only? BORING! Somebody around here once used the phrase "seal-clubbing" to represent situations where a carrier savages an inferior enemy and in Suez there are multiple carriers versus an entirely ineffective enemy. CMANO is not yet at the point where urban combat is sufficiently modelled and the air combat is entirely one-sided.
The military superiority of the Anglo-French-Israeli invaders was so absolute, particularly given the limited geographical objectives of the operation. Had President Eisenhower not slapped an oil embargo on the invaders, there is no reason tho believe that Musketeer would not have been a magnificent "last call" for European imperialism. The failures were almost entirely political and cannot (as yet) be modelled in a single-player game with a programmable AI.
Of course you could change everything to make a game out of it but it would bear no relation to the actual Suez crisis that proved so pregnant for consequences for the UK and of course the poor Hungarians, whose uprising against the USSR was overshadowed in the West by the combat in Egypt.
One could perhaps model the Israeli advance to the Canal in isolation but again, the CMANO ground game makes this problematic as a playable scenario. Having spent well over 30-hours trying to make a playable scenario of Operation Musketeer I do not think that it can be done (yet) but I am open to somebody proving me wrong AND representing the historical events. Good luck with that...
Now in a multi-player, umpired and/or moderated game with live opponents and a political dimension, Suez 1956 has the potential to be a totally awesome scenario but until that point is reached, no way. Fortunately for the Forum, I do not intend to revisit this topic.
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