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American-Mexican War OnLine

American-Mexican War OnLine is a turn-based, military, resource, and political simulation of the American-Mexican conflict of the 1840s. AMWOL uses a hybrid software suite based on NWOL and CWOL. All these software systems are compatible with most browsers using HTML and Javascript - there is no software to load.

American-Mexican War OnLine (AMWOL) simulates the conflict between the newly established republic of the United States of America and the fragmented states emerging within the newly (1821) emancipated colony of New Spain. AMWOL is a linked game event for all CWOL iterations to give participating Players the shared experiences and comradery that leaders of the American Civil War gained as junior officers in Mexico.

The first session of AMWOL, AMWOL I, occurred during Autumn 2014. The next iteration of AMWOL is tentatively scheduled for 2017. Individuals interested in participating in AMWOL should join the Players Guild (click here) to monitor the news of HOLF game events and other developments concerning AMWOL.

Civil War OnLine

Civil War OnLine (CWOL) is a turn-based, military, economic, and political simulation of the American Civil War with both wargaming and roleplaying aspects.

CWOL features components that demonstrate the rise of the second generation of modern warfare systems on land (railroads, systemic logistics, more lethal weaponry), riverine and naval warfare, industrialized economics, plus the unique elements of ACW-era foreign policy, and the complications of regional domestic politics for both combatants.

The most recent iteration of CWOL,CWOL VIII, concluded in March 2015 with a CSA victory after a hard-fought contest. The next CWOL iteration, CWOL IX, will be offered in 2017.

Join the Players Guild to get the latest news about CWOL and other HOLF game events. Go to Players Guild home page and follow the instructions to get a account.

Napoleonic Wars OnLine

Napoleonic Wars OnLine (NWOL) is a turn-based, multiplayer simulation of combat and diplomacy during the Wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars (approximately 1793 to 1815).

NWOL IV concluded in October 2013. France was the winner among the Major powers, followed by Holland in the Minors category, and Sardinia in the Fragmented States. The next iteration of NWOL, NWOL V, will start on or about 15 May 2016. Details for player registration will be announced on this page and the Players Guild web site. Join the Players Guild, click here, in the interim to have access to game event announcements as well as other game-related activities.

If you have never played NWOL before, you should click on this link for information on how to enroll in the Academy and/or review the rules for play.

Historical Online Learning Foundation Players Guild

If you are interested in the games and activities offered by the Historical Online Learning Foundation, proceed to the Players Guild web site for information on current projects. At the Players Guild home page, you must click on "create new account" and follow the instructions to become a member.

The Historical Online Learning Foundation (HOLF) was incorporated in 2001 and maintains its registration in the state of Delaware as a non-profit corporation. It is funded by donations and private grants. There are no fees required for participation in HOLF-sanctioned events or activities. HOLF seeks to encourage the study of North American and world history through participation in interactive simulations presented via the World Wide Web.

BLADD (CWOL I & II) software concept and design - Tim Desmond.

SAS/GQ/CPAG software  (CWOL III thru VII) development and subsequent programming by Marcus Devine

AMWOL, NWOL and CWOL 21 software developed under agreement with Stephen Schmidt

WBTS software development & testing performed by MALCOM Games, Ltd

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