In Canada, on November 11th, we observe Remembrance Day. A day to remember the sacrifice of those who serve or have served in Canada’s military, as well as those who have served in the military of our allies. We remember their sacrifice, their willingness to put themselves into harms way, that their families, descendants, and countrymen may live in peace.
In the board gaming hobby and in the gaming world in general, war is often a backdrop of our entertainment. Sometimes in fantasy worlds or the futuristic settings; Other times, based on our history and the deep difficulties that others have had to live through. Often for us it has been abstracted so that its little more than a mental puzzle with a WWII backdrop. Rarely is it the game’s goal to make us stop and think about what it truly meant, and to remember the historic sacrifices of those involved.
Don’t get me wrong. I like a good war game. I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy simulations or games based on past events. Indeed, I believe that those men and women we celebrate today made their sacrifices on our behalf so that we might enjoy entertainment and companionship in our homes with our friends and families.
But let us not forget that these are not just stories, or entertainment. The fact that we CAN forget so easily and view them as such now is due to the peace that our forefathers and brethren have fought for and achieved.