Making History is a series of Turn-Based Strategy games, set in and around the World War II period. Current instalments in the series are:
- Making History: The Calm and the Storm (2007)
- Making History: The Calm and the Storm Gold Edition (Updated Re-release, 2008)
- Making History II: The War of the World (2010)
- Making History: The Great War (2015, WWI)
- Making History: The Second World War (2017)
These games allow you to take control of any of the nations of the era and rule as you see fit. While the main purpose of the game is to prepare your country and fight in WWII (WWI in case of the third game), the series is heavily open to Alternate History, and as such, each game can vary wildly. While many nations will do what they historically did without your interference, timelines of games can range from very historical to Stupid Jetpack Hitler. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from continuing a game for as long as you want past the usual end.
What if Those Wacky Nazis had acquired nuclear weapons? What if the Soviets had started the war? What if Cuba became a major empire? All of these and many more can be explored by the player.
This series contains examples of the following tropes:
- After-Action Report: There are subforums for MHII and MHI/Gold, where players tell their stories in this format.
- Airstrike Impossible: Just how does a strategic bomber hit a target in the mountains?
- Artificial Brilliance: Every so often, the AI does something genuinely unexpected and clever.
- Artificial Stupidity: Many players complain that even on high difficulties, the AI makes some dumb decisions.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: The enemy will sometimes send one-division suicide charges into your armies, which cause way more damage than they should, if it happens several times. This was eventually patched to become a less frequent occurance.
- Cool Boat: Quite a few examples, but supercarriers are the most obvious one.
- Death from Above: Bombers, in sufficient numbers, can be used to deadly affect.
- Defeat Means Friendship: It's often a good idea to create a new government in a conquered country, making an ally out of your former enemy.
- Easy Logistics: Averted in II. You have to pay close attention to supply lines or risk running out of supplies.
- Enemy Civil War: Can easily happen, especially if you fund political opposition against said enemy nation.
- Enemy Mine: Having a common enemy makes even nations that hate you much more likely to accept an alliance.
- Friends with Benefits: Even if another nation isn't willing to accept an alliance, if relations are high enough they may allow you to use their ports and airfields, or move through their territory.
- Glass Cannon: Nuclear missiles, and nukes in general. They can cripple a nation, but are a one-shot deal.
- Government in Exile: Even if its mainland is captured, a country will continue to exist as long as it has land.
- Invaded States of America: One of the more difficult things to achieve, but it happens sometimes.
- La Résistance: People who are unhappy with their nation may revolt and start a civil war.
- Level Editor: One of the main features of the series is the inclusion of a scenario editor.
- Mordor: A nation becomes this when it focuses only on its military, and neglects its economy.
- Obvious Beta: The sequel suffered from an extreme number of bugs on release, and for quite some time afterward. As a result, it's one of the rare strategy games to possess an outright negative Metacritic score.
- Red Shirt Army: The Militias.
- "Risk"-Style Map: Where the entire process takes place.
- Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Getting nuked multiple times doesn't really seem to bother countries all that much.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: This happens frequently and literally, if Germany survives long enough.
- Tank Goodness: Sending thousands of Heavy Tanks across an enemy border: Priceless.
- Why Won't You Die?: So you're at war with a country. Captured their homeland? Destroyed their military? They're out of supplies and starving to death? At the time of this writing, countries in MHII almost never surrender.
- You Nuke 'Em: If you successfully research nuclear weapons, you can do this.