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Subject: Bravo Romeo Delta
TrustButVerify    7/16/2007 12:43:58 PM
There's an old nuclear war simulator called Bravo Romeo Delta out there which I've been toying with on and off for a while. It's almost entirely text-based (except for a pair of maps and some background graphics) but does seem to be relatively detailed for its time frame. You can download a copy at if you're curious. Now, to the point. Can anyone shed some light on how on earth you're supposed to make any headway in the game? It's not clear to me how one can compel the other side (USSR or USA, you chose your side) to surrender without escalating to the "Armageddon" exchange.
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Nichevo       7/21/2007 12:28:57 AM
So far haven't figured out much.  Except Moscow is a pretty hard target.
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TrustButVerify       7/21/2007 11:30:12 PM
It seems to me that hitting the opponent's population centers sends them into Armageddon mode, i.e. he's allowed to launch every warhead in his arsenal. Presumably the trick is to make it impossible for the other guy to hit back at you. I've tried several strategies, such as gunning entirely for command-and-control targets (on the grounds that you can't order missile launches if your all of your communications are down) and various counterforce schemes. No use.

The A.I. for either side keeps going for your BMEWS and other early warning targets early in the first volley. I'm not sure why.

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Nichevo       7/22/2007 4:53:09 AM
try tit for tat?
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Senor Droolcup    BRD: Any progress   7/7/2008 2:49:05 PM
TbV, did you make any progress with BRD? I never was successful with that game: I suspect the ending was never finished.  It was also frustrating that there was never any "See All" cheat so that you could figure out what the heck was actually going on. After a few hours, your commo is so degraded, you have no idea what's been launched, what's hit, etc. It would be fun to have this game updated with a better interface.....
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TrustButVerify    Nope   7/11/2008 7:24:48 AM
I haven't fiddled with it for a long time. The game is so abstruse, thanks to the lack of documentation, that it deserves its own wiki. (Maybe there's an idea there.) I did go back a few months ago to record the CEP and launch times of each USSR weapon system (6 hours for the SS-N-18s? Meshugah!) as well as making a map of the various US military targets... But that's it. I haven't tried any more approaches to the scenario.
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