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Subject: Good resources for modern-era wargame? rss

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Family Gill
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Hello, does anyone have some recommendations for resources in a modern era wargame? Ideally we want to keep it to maybe 3-4 at most. Resources would be generated through territory control and city control. Our initial thoughts were:

Personnel - actual humans to use for things, like recruits - used for most units
Fuel used to move units
Ore/Metal - a bit vanilla, but a very actual resource

Tech - secondary resource which operates differently, but represents what level of technology an army can operate at

Thanks for your recommendations!
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Carel Teijgeler
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Methinks, Uranium 232 would be a resource many parties are searching for.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Diesel gasoline.
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Nate K
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...Seems like most modern wars are fought with money, intelligence, and propaganda.

You throw money at the army so they have bombs and drones, gather intelligence so you know approximately where to send the explosions, and shout about patriotism and terrorists to keep popular support on your side. Run out out any of those three things, and you have trouble fighting a war.
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Ryan Keane
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Military objectives
Civilian support
Political bargaining chips

If you are trying to model modern warfare, look to COIN games for good models. Matching territorial control to specific material resources is not realistic. But successful capture of military objective could be linked to greater resource income from external sourcea. I would like to see wargames where the players, while controlling the actions of the combatants, are really just proxies and at the mercy of the changing support of external powers to continue or win the war. A simple example: If you capture a city with minimal civilian losses, your income or access to new military options increase, but if civilian losses are too high, your income goes down.
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Water. Soon we will all fight each-other for few liters of pure water.
Not even oil will be that much precious.
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