Board Games of War

gm19Are you fascinated by war operations engaged in by the military? Do you admire what servicemen do out there in the field and would like to feel like part of the action? Instead of playing the regular cardboard games, there are games that give players the feeling of being at the centre of military operations. Almost all war games depict military units using cardboard counters. There are numbers and special symbols on the counters used to describe the attributes of a certain military unit. It is common to see the type of unit, the size of the unit, combat strength of the unit and speed of their movement as listed attributes.

Sometimes you will come across war games that make use of miniature figures to illustrate the nature of the units. These are referred to as block games. There are different timelines associated with war games, from ancient tactics to what is presently utilized and to what is bound to happen in the future of military operations. Whatever your interests as a player, there is most likely a board game replica available to indulge in.

Levels of War

War games are available for different warfare levels, most commonly known as tactical, operational and strategic.

  • Tactical – with small units that depict battlegrounds that could be part of a larger operation. The battlegrounds do not have many units associated with it, and in some cases, the battle occurs in series.
  • Operational – War games of this level have many military operations happening at the same time. The scope of the war for this level may be larger, and therefore, the area of coverage is also big. A single war operation may be covered on the level of a campaign that is part of a greater war.
  • Strategic – this is often a recreation of a major war that is happening on a large scale. The typical units of war are either army corps or military units, but monster games can also be classified under the strategic level rubric.

Type of Wars

This describes the nature of the war with reference to the units that are in combat. Naval and Marine types of battles are common, and so are Air Force engagements. The general assumption is that the complexity of war games is a notch higher than other types of games. This is because all war games are expected to involve some form of combat, even though the degree of combat may vary between games types and levels.

Number of Players

Although the standard number of players that can participate in a war game is two for most games, there are versions of games that are designed for three or more players. To record a win in a war game differs from game to game.

How to Win

Common victory conditions include: capturing of objectives, destruction of opponent’s forces and territories. Other options for winning include accumulation of points through hitting set targets, and successful movement of one’s own troops from one point to another.