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Strategic Simulations, Inc.


When wargame giant Avalon Hill and then-current computer game publishers were not interested in his first title, Joel Billings had to found his own company to publish and distribute his computer wargames. SSI was the dominant force in computer wargames from then (1981) into the early 1990s, holding its own against Avalon Hill's own efforts and other competitors.

In the mid 1980s, two of SSI's more prolific developers left to form their own company, SSG. The split appears to have been at least as much a result of the two living in Australia as of any business or creative reasons.

In the late 1980s, SSI signed a deal with TSR, Inc., to publish official Dungeons and Dragons computer games. The "Gold Box" D&D games took the company in new directions. Although SSI never stopped publishing war games, the D&D license quickly became the main source of income and produced their best-known products.

The loss of the D&D license to Interplay was the swan song for SSI as an independent company. No longer dominant in their original wargame market and suddenly without their primary franchise, the company was acquired by Mindscape in 1994. It changed hands several times after that - from Mindscape to The Learning Company, Mattel Interactive, The Gores Group and finally to Ubi Soft. Ubi Soft used the SSI logo and name on some of their titles, including Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor and Destroyer Command, but has since retired the brand.


Destroyer Command(2002)
Silent Hunter II(2001)
Warlords: Battlecry(2000)
Earth 2150(2000)
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth(2000)
Reach for the Stars(2000)
Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy - Utah Beach to Cherbourg(2000)
Panzer General 3D Assault(1999)
Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War(1999)
Warhammer Universe Strategy Game Collection, The(1999)
Imperialism II: The Age of Exploration(1999)
Close Combat: The Battle of the Bulge(1999)
Flanker 2.0(1999)
Ultimate Wargame Collection Volume 3: Modern Warfare(1999)
Ultimate Wargame Collection Volume 2: World War II(1999)
Fighting Steel: World War II Surface Combat 1939-1942(1999)
Luftwaffe Commander: WWII Combat Flight Simulator(1998)
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate(1998)
Soldiers at War(1998)
People's General(1998)
Panzer Commander(1998)
Ultimate Wargame Collection: World War II(1998)
War Wind II: Human Onslaught(1997)
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000(1997)
Dark Colony (Covermount Demo Version)(1997)
Pacific General(1997)
Silent Hunter Patrol Disk #2(1997)
Su-27 Flanker (Squadron Commander's Edition)(1997)
Su-27 Flanker Mission Disk(1997)
Dark Colony(1997)
Steel Panthers: Campaign Disk #2(1997)
Silent Hunter: Commander's Edition(1997)
Panzer General II(1997)
Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905 - Campaign Disk(1997)
Decisive Battles of WWII: Ardennes Offensive(1997)
Steel Panthers III: Brigade Command - 1939-1999(1997)
Five Star Collection(1997)
Star General(1996)
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat(1996)
Steel Panthers: Campaign Disk(1996)
War Wind(1996)
Complete Great Naval Battles: The Final Fury, The(1996)
SSI Compilation, The(1996)
Twenty Wargame Classics(1996)
Steel Panthers II: Modern Battles - Campaign Disk(1996)
Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905(1996)
Fantasy General(1996)

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Related Web Sites

  • The History of SSI Games (An SSI fansite which offers a bibliography of the company's releases, accompanied by summaries from the original product catalogs, as well as information on the SSI/TSR collaboration, a commentary on the company's tenure, and other additional information.)