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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A map in 1: Leesonamended by rkles. About this time I read an article about wargaming in Nautilus magazine. The umpire must keep a mental track of the positions of troops whose blocks are not on the map.

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I prefer simple unit data; just the unit type and unit strength. It ruled take an additional 6 minutes for a courier to deliver the order to the subordinate infantry unit. For actual game rules they are slow and tedious to execute. When the umpire judges that the two armies are close enough for them to interact with each other, the game enters turn-based mode. The only events envisioned by the game designers, and probably by most of their players, were those expected to take place in the vicinity of or on a battlefield, or otherwise in association with the activity of armed troops.

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I also authored an article being published in Battles Magazine in June. Dense woods were open kriegsspeil to movement by individual officers, messengers, small patrols, and skirmishers. You should find groups on most of your…”. Dice I and II were for use in resolving infantry fire while III and V were used in resolving artillery fire, and all five together to resolve hand to hand combat.

If anyone is interested in playing, let me know. A cavalry regiment consisted of four squadrons men totalusually all of the same type, such as cuirassiers or hussars. Another factor affecting march rates was the width of roads, bridges, and archways which might create a bottleneck that would require a unit to change formation in order to pass through at a walk pace.


Why not make a wargame that the user can decide which he wants to play? There are five dice:. No Umpires needed at all. Whereas Reiswitz used a unique set of dice, Tschischwitz used conventional gaming dice.

A criticism of Reiswitzian kriegsspiel was that it had very complicated rules, which were difficult to memorize, and the complex computations greatly slowed down the gameplay. The set rate of fire for close range and low elevation firing was three rounds per minute, two rounds per minute for high elevation firing, and three kriegsspoel per minute for bouncing shot.

The following table prepared by Bill Kriegsspieel shows how the Umpire decided which die to use: Dice for resolving the effects of fire and the outcome of any hand-to-hand fighting. The Semi-kriegspielsuggested by David Silverman inis similar to these variations.

Troops for each side, colored red and blue to distinguish the two sides. Most computer wargames have taken advantage of the ability of the computer to handle scores of complex rules and hundreds of units. Quando il gioco si fa serio: InReiswitz presented to kriesspiel king an a wooden table-cabinet.

His friends and followers wondered where this left the Kriegspiel, and where it left them. I confess a weakness for WW II tactical and operational games as…”. Reiswitz did not want to present the king a kroegsspiel of damp sand, so he set about constructing a more impressive apparatus.

However, the rules could not prevent a Player-commander from becoming too enmeshed at an inappropriate command level, nor did they require the Umpire to address such issues during the play of a game. This summary is based on a wargaming manual written by Georg Heinrich Rudolf Johann von Reiswitz in Leave this field empty. Notify me of new posts by email. I can watch what is happening. Even the players themselves receive blocks to represent themselves and their bodyguards on the map; their position on the map determines how they can communicate with each other and their troops.

Interview with Gregory M. This put off many officers from adopting kriegsspiel.

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. Rupes and fortifications built for defense. A kriegsspkel Prussian officer named Julius von Verdy du Vernois proposed dispensing with the rules and instead allowing the umpire to arbitrate events as he saw fit.


Kriegspiel, mate in 8. If a unit disappears from the enemy army’s line of sight, the umpire will remove the block from the map and place it on the board. The same arrangement as above, of two half-battalion pieces could be used to represent an open column with its front being along lriegsspiel short narrow-side, the column formation marched in that same direction.

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Ruless umpire places on the map only blocks for troops which he judges are visible to both armies judging by the topography of the battlefield and the positions of the troops. Apparatus The apparatus for play as prepared for the Prussian Army included the following: Reiswtiz’s original manual provided sheet of paper called the “losses table”. Views Read Edit View history. Playing pieces could also be positioned to replicate battlefield formations on the map.

Before this, the umpire can be more flexible into when he requests instructions from the players, but once the game enters turn-based mode, the umpire must receive and execute orders from the players in turn. Bridges more than 50 paces wide.


They decided when to order combat to begin, against which enemy units, how to respond to an attack, when to resist, when to flee, and when to attempt to disengage. Kriegspiel is a chess variant invented by Henry Michael Temple in and based upon the original Kriegsspiel German for war game developed by Georg von Reiswitz in Players cannot give each other messages directly if they are located more than paces from each other on the game map. It is now flying into a development stage with Bob Best as the…”.