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. Kriegspiel. Wargaming, taken here to mean the use of maps and representational .. In , rules-based Kriegspiel once again fell into disfavour with a “free.

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Besides from my experience in command, the hidden intell is the least of your trouble.


Establishing a common scale helped to solve many of the problems that are common to any wargame designer – most importantly, how to regulate movement and combat. Mathematical formulas were used to rulds combat results, and though many rules were arbitrary, the results that the game provided were kriegspuel more realistic than Jane’s. It is just a quick, easy 2 player game. Like many junior officers, Reisswitz the Younger may have made enemies for himself inadvertently.

Kriegspiel (chess)

He is rumoured to have committed suicide infeeling that he had been banished. Ultimately, wargames, cloth models or any kind of simulation is only as good as the kind of data that the creator of the simulation feeds into it, and the number of factors the creator kriegspiep taken into account when working out the mechanics of resolution.

Good job, and I feel foolish. My remaining friend and I sat in seperate areas, each with our own chess set, while the BASIC program I wrote kept track of the position, in memory, as though it was the referee. Fearing his small sandbox display would not weather a trip to Potsdam, the better part of a year had been spent designing a table with a six foot squre top, filled with four-inch square plaster terrain tiles, carefully painted, with porcelain unit markers, complemented by such playing aids as dividers, rulers, small boxes for concealing hidden units, much like a concealment counter in Squad Leader and a written set of rules.


The Baron presented the game almost a year later at the SansSouci Palace. The original Kriegsspiel rules for combat are a great piece of history that document real world experience of combat in The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.

Most wargame designers – certainly those concentrating at the tactical level – are information junkies or trivia masters to begin with. White has captured on d3. His recommendation, published in the next issue of a military magazine, highlighted, as we would say today, the playability aspect.

If you are trying to convince friends why they should play this game with you for the afternoon, it is a big problem. When the move is not legal, the referee also announces that the player attempted an illegal move, and the player must make a new attempt to move, until he makes a legal move. This eventually became translated by the British as an “umpire”. Von Troschke was one of those who had recently become interested in the game. The game spread around the world quickly, and was played by several famous chess players, including Lasker.

For instance, the referee could announce: Jordan Becker’s Kriegspiel Chess page. The Quick Start rules fit on 1 page!

Grand Duke Nicholas, in Russia, had heard about the new version of the game from Kfiegspiel Wilhelm – anyone who felt the need to tell old friends about the arrival of Advanced Squad Leader in can probably relate – and was anxious to learn about kriegspiek.

A larger playing surface could thus be fitted into the same space as kriegspidl, and more units, allowing larger actions to be fought with more room for manoeuvre. I recall that the rules were as described above, except as follows: Back in the ‘s, with two other friends I played many games of what I fules was a Canadian version of Kriegspiel that was described in the Chess Federation of Canada’s printed magazine that was still being published then.

The referee does not announce with which type of piece the capture has been taken place, or which type of piece is taken. This took place over 40 years ago. I have to admit: This greatly expands the potential player pool. 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.


If you are a junior officer ordered to participate in a training Kriegsspiel that is ok.

With a common scale, one only needed to regulate time – segmenting movement into units of time – and the distance that troops could move would be known instantly, given that men and horses both moved at commonly known rates of speed.

Pub Battles plays in hours. Did the Umpire roll a 1 for me? All announcements by the referee are heard by both players. The Semi-kriegspielsuggested by David Silverman inis similar to these variations. The answer kriegspirl all these problems was to have a third party involved in the game, who would be a confidant to both sides, a person who was trusted by both sides to act fairly.

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It is almost like kriegsipel computer gets to play the game and I just sit and watch. Wildebeest Chess Wolf Chess. Tinsmiths, painters and carpenters were assembled by Reisswitz the Younger, to create the blocks used as unit counters. Incidentally, inLeeson translated the Kriegspiel into English and sold it as kriegspkel modern commercial wargame.

One system, Tracticsfirst published inwas the first game ever to be published with a sided die. The scale was changed to 1: The rules are as follows. Also that the Army Commander does not sit at this table.

Inthe first rules published in the United States appeared, called Sham Battle: Currently, the game is occasionally played by chess players, and can also be played on the Internet. 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 Of course, as with all tabletop kriegspifl, there’s nothing to stop kriegsppiel from coming up with truly unique lore to set the scene.

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