Great, thanks Bruce! I read your TDV reviews on Wargame_space and thought you might have a thing or two to discuss with Ted, about TDV or wargame design in general.
The Dark Valley in my opinion is a very good example of a well-executed design for effect (a topic for discussion in itself!). I've been playing Gary Grigsby's War in the East recently, and I've began to appreciate the design of TDV more and more while charging through the Russian steppes in WitE. WitE is a complicated beast, but somehow TDV captures the feel of the eastern front just as well as this computer-driven system does, with only a (moderately) simple set of rules and a paper map. I hope you're able to persuade Ted to join the podcast and give some more visibility (or airtime) for this brilliant game.
Sorry for hijacking Dean's episode's thread, didn't know where else to post episode requests.