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Undoubtedly the most important wargames book ever published, the von Reisswitz Kriegsspiel rules are unique in that they are rules written by a Prussian . Overly technical rules. The original Kriegsspiel rules for combat are a great piece of history that document real world experience of combat in. Tschischwitz’s version of kriegsspiel was very much like To show these wider deployments, the rules represent.

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There may have been something in that, and it may have been why Reisswitz had been shunted off to Torgau instead of getting his promotion in Berlin. Large wet ditches and streams that can be waded. The Brigade Fortress Publications Inc. Nineteenth Century Military War Games: All he knows is what his Corps commanders tell him in written reports that are delayed.

Did the Umpire roll a 1 for me? Screen captures of various unit types and facings in General Staff. By definition, a ” wargame ” is a strategy game that attempts to realistically represent warfare. Mass production became the order of the day when ktiegsspiel Kaiser ordered a game for every kriegsspiek in kriegsspirl Army.

But the rumours were soon confirmed. A very good article about the original Kriegsspiel can be found here. Lee Daniel Crocker Photo at left.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first tin soldiers became popular in the s, but the earliest published account of using them for play comes from Scribner’s Magazine in December Jane was a pioneer in naval wargaming in the late ‘s. The playing surface was also changed from terrain tiles to an actual map.

This was disastrous for the defender, as then the enemy could flank and isolate units and destroy them. W e just ran two Gameplay Surveys to find out exactly what kind of units and unit structures you wanted to see in General Staff and the results are in. Two half-battalion pieces placed adjacent to each other along the short narrow side represented a battalion of infantry in a three rank battle line with the long sides of the two pieces facing front men in all on a man front, standing three men deep.


I just wanted to have fun. Steven Hammond joined Matt Severns’s group. The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.

Wells also produced wargaming rules based on miniaturesfirst in Krieysspiel Games in and later Little Wars in Additional playing pieces represented man platoons to depict skirmish lines and smaller pieces to represent smaller patrols, pickets, and even munitions wagons attached to a battery in play. It has been found that when care is taken to indicate positions clearly, and written messages are made precisely, the maneuvers become a most interesting exercise, and give rise to numerous considerations and discussions.

I am extremely pleased to announce the development of my first new computer wargame in over twenty years: The game became a permanent fixture of the Kaiser’s residence and became a favourite family pastime.

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It also indicated the nature of the artillery fire, i. Dice for resolving the effects of fire and the outcome of any hand-to-hand fighting.

The rules also noted that when moving a large number of units deployed together in the same line, movement need be measured only for the two units at each end of the line. Kxf2 or Rxf2 is stalemate as well. The duplicate maps marked individually for each team, with a master in possession of the umpire in this case also eliminated the need for the wooden concealment boxes.

The word kriegsspiel literally means “wargame” in German, but in the context of the English language it refers specifically to the wargames developed by the Prussian army in the 19th century and any foreign wargame patterned after them.


One system, Tracticsfirst published inwas the first game ever to be published with a sided die. However, two things stopped this plan dead in its tracks: The Umpire would make a single die roll for each battery firing upon the target. The Prussian army had recently begun using highly accurate topographical maps, which were the product of new advances in cartography and printing.

While such a record was apparently not available to the players, rhles playing pieces themselves reflected varying unit strengths.

Once these had been placed in their new positions on the map, the other units making up the line could be quickly moved into the appropriate positions. Shallow fords, with defending troops under some cover.

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The map, made to a scale of 1: Much of this design is aimed at solving key problems in Kriegsspiel. The Baron presented the game almost a year later at the SansSouci Palace. The umpire also arbitrated situations which the rules did not explicitly cover, which plugged any gaps in Reiswitz Jr.

A modern-day rules set for recreating campaigns of the Napoleonic wars.


The tiles were modular and could be arranged in any way to create a custom battlefield. Now that he had a framework that tied in space and time other problems could be addressed. An exchange piece represented this reduced formation.