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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All rights reserved in the United States and throughout the world. The rules are as follows. They were simple, fun and addictive.

Umpireless Kriegsspiel

One face of Die I, which is used to determine ranged damage by infantry, and hand-to-hand combat results when the odds are even. The dimensions of the block reflected the actual dimensions of the troop formation it represented, to the same scale as the map. United States Federal Goverrnment Photograph. For instance, do troops receive their instructions via some kind of mental telepathy or do they have to receive instructions from the commander?

The notes below Table III give the adjustment to be applied to the results given in the table when the firing unit fired only a single volley instead of repeating its fire for the entire two minutes of the turn. Rulers and dividers to be used in measuring marches and firing distances. All other products and copyrights mentioned on Grogheads, LLC are the property of their respective companies, and Grogheads, LLC makes no claim thereto.

This, of krievsspiel, did not represent how real troops maneuvered in the field. It is a war exercise! The infantry fire system was based upon the half battalion, men in three ranks, which had a value of 90 hit points by way of rulfs a platoon of tirailleurs75 men, was worth 15 points if in line but 50 points in skirmish order which made them a much more difficult target.


The line infantry column in the losses table has only 15 dots.

Nineteenth Century Military War Games: I think players like to know what is going on. When the army suffers casualties from enemy fire, the umpire allocates damage points by moving the pins down their columns.

Both sides determine their moves and then prepare and issue orders; The orders and related information are given to the Umpire who implements the resulting movement of units and identifies any consequences of that movement.

About this time I read an article about wargaming in Nautilus magazine. While the game’s popularity spread throughout the Army, apparently Reisswitz the Younger himself felt unfulfilled. For other uses, see Kriegsspiel disambiguation.

He provided mainly a juvenile rule set for physical combat involving spring loaded miniature cannon, but also an appendix that captures the spirit of the earlier Prussian Kriegspiel.

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

Also that the Army Commander does not sit at this table. On top of that you need at least 1 Umpire. If either in the memoranda or the orders, or in any subsequent orders, the Umpire noted a contravention of the general or special krigsspiel, the Umpire would return it to the player for correction.

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Kriegsspiel Resources – ConsimWorld

Primarily a battle game, Kriegsspiel could replicate what today would be called the operational level of war. For the same reason, the white rook should move only to light squares — but only half of the light squares are reachable without visiting a dark square along the way. Once these had been placed in their new positions on the kiregsspiel, the other units making up the line could be quickly moved into the appropriate positions.


The world’s first wargame, and the world’s first wargaming geek? A cavalry regiment consisted of four squadrons men totalusually all of the same type, such as cuirassiers or hussars.

Kriegspiel (chess)

The younger Reisswitz introduced a number of innovations that resulted in a newer game, resulting in a more militarily realistic and useful experience.

He was convinced at first that Reisswitz had been seconded to the service of Nicholas now Tsar of Russia to give advice on the conduct of Russian forces during the Russo-Turkish war ruels had just broken out.

They do not speak to each other, so that the enemy team cannot hear their plans. I just wanted to have fun. The map represents the battlefield.

Kriegsspiel – Wikipedia

He was, however, devoted to the idea of physical combat resolution rather than dice or tables. In response to these criticisms, a Prussian nobleman and wargaming enthusiast named George Leopold von Reiswitz set kriegssppiel to develop a more realistic wargame wherein the units could move about the battlefield in a free-form manner.

Each lead block was painted with markings that denoted what unit it represented cavalry, infantry, etc.