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http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=44317

“The Game of War”, an intricate 600 piece game dating from 1890 sold for £4,000, four times its pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2000. It was designed to train British army officers at a time of uncertainty in the years leading up to the outbreak of The First World War in 1914. No-one could predict exactly when, but it was common knowledge that war was coming. As a result, the armies spent their summers at camp, in effect playing war-games, and training for the big European war that was on the horizon.

The game is played on a map drawn on a scale of six inches to the mile, and the troops are indicated by small slate blocks, coloured red for one force, and blue for another. It is a later British version of “Kriegsspiel”, a wargame originally invented by Lieutenant Georg von Reiswitz in the early 19th century for training officers in the Prussian army.
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That looks cool.

I wonder if there were rules and combat resolution guides or if they're just illustrative tools used by instructors who moderated the operations.
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David Ells wrote:
“The Game of War”, an intricate 600 piece game dating from 1890 sold for £4,000, four times its pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2000.

That is some outstanding math there, artdaily.org! Now I wonder if it wasn't really a 200 piece game dating from 1980.
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David Ells wrote:
I believe the £4,000 was the price this item fetched at Sotheby's recently, not it the original price as published.

Agreed, but squonk's point was that it doesn't work out to four times the £1,500 - £2,000 estimate. Looking at the image, I'm wondering whether Bowen has been fiddling with a time machine in his workshop.
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CrankyPants wrote:
That looks cool.

I wonder if there were rules and combat resolution guides or if they're just illustrative tools used by instructors who moderated the operations.


It was used with a version of the Kriegsspiel rules, most likely a set very similar to this one Rules for the conduct of the war-game on a map

The map in that picture is not part of the set, on the auction page it was noted that the map pictured was simply one they had lying round and they thought it made the picture look better. The maps used were as noted in the article of a much smaller scale. 1:8000 or so being common.

The original v. Reisswitz Kriegsspiel has been reprinted recently and is available from Too Fat Lardies.

There are several other versions floating around the web, I've got a folder full of Kriegsspiel rules and reference materials and maps... fascinating stuff.

Here is a thread on the equipment used by v. Reisswitz's father in his original version of the game
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/417744/grandaddy-of-warg...

And as ever, for more info on KS in general
http://www.kriegsspiel.org.uk/
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