_Hutspiel_ is a military training simulation for the Goodyear Electronic
Differential Analyzer (GEDA) that simulates at a theatre level. Its intention
was to study the use of tactical nuclear weapons and conventional air support
in Western Europe in the event of a Soviet invasion.
The game pits two players against each other with one controlling NATO forces
in France, Belgium and West Germany, and the other in control of a Soviet
invasion force trying to penetrate a 150 mile frontage. Players could allocate
forces across sectors of the map and set targets (such as airfields, enemy
troops, supply depots and transportation facilities) for planes and nukes.
Early versions of the game would have the computer continue the simulation
until it was paused for further input. In later versions the game used turns
of fixed time increments. The game modeled troop reinforcement, resupply and
movement by rail. It did not account for terrain or weather.