Red Sun Rising was the name of a conflict simulation game (wargame) published by Simulations Publications, Inc. (SPI) in 1977. I was a college sophomore when the game came out, and I bought a copy at once.
Red Sun Rising is a great game and an excellent explainer for the Russo-Japanese War. (Not to mention a source for the podcast series on the war.) It covers both land and naval warfare. The Japanese must move their armies into Manchuria and supply them via transport fleets that are vulnerable to Russian attack.
But the game was amazing to me for a whole other reason: I had, at that time, never even heard of the Russo-Japanese War. The game made clear not only the course of the war, but the fact that the war was an important development in the history of the century. And here I had never even heard of it!
And so, this week’s episode of the podcast is titled in honor of this amazing
wargame conflict simulation.