How War Lead to Modern Board Gaming

Perhaps the single biggest influence on modern board gaming was the Franco-Prussian War. Watch the video to find out why.

Video Transcript

War and games have always been linked. Children have have pretended sticks were swords for as long as swords have existed. Ancient Greek military training lead to the Olympic Games. Medieval European cavalry training gave way to jousting tournaments. Paintballing and first person shooters are two modern takes on war as a game, both of which are used to this day to train soldiers for combat.

There is a strong link between war and play. Perhaps one of the weirder results of this link is how actual wars have played a bigger role in shaping modern board gaming than perhaps anything else.

Johann Christian Ludwig Hellwig was a college professor in Prussia in 1780, and he is considered the father of wargaming. Because many of his students were destined to become military leaders, he wanted to create a game that could teach his students practical military lessons. And thus wargaming was invented.

But some of the most ancient games are about war, like go and chess, so what made Hellwig’s new war game different? It was played on a grid, like its ancient counterparts. It consisted of capturing your opponent’s pieces, too. And it was even invented to teach war to future military leaders, just like its ancient counterparts.

So what made this game so different?

Well, the biggest innovation was Hellwig’s move away from abstractness: Hellwig’s pieces represented real types of military units, with realistic movement speeds relative to their real world counterparts. They were limited by different types of terrain, each with its own properties limiting movement, color coded on the map, all based on real world military considerations. Swamps slowed down units, rivers could only be crossed with the aid of a specific type of unit, etc. Pieces could get flanked since they could only face on direction at a time, and artillery units could capture pieces from a distance by shooting at them in lieu of moving.

In a word, he made his game more thematicly representative of real warfare.

Up until this point, games for the most part, have had very simple rules. Adding complexity to simulate real world complications was a completely novel idea at the time. And eventually, this idea would catch on in a big way in the world of hobby board games.

But wargaming didn’t catch on initially, at least, not outside of Prussia’s military, where it became a standard part of their military training. It wasn’t until Prussia defeated France in the Franco-Prussian War, nearly a hundred years after Hellwig’s game was designed that that began to change. The Prussians were outmatched in every way against France, and the popular explanation at the time was that the Prussians were only able to defeat France because they had developed these games that made them into superior tacticians.

And since the Treaty of Versailles restricted Germany’s actual military exercises, it quickly became popular in the German military too. Wargaming also became popular in the British, US, and Japanese militaries too.

From there, it spread to civilian populations too, getting the most popular in Germany.

It would be nearly another hundred years until the next important innovation in board gaming happens. After loosing World War II, the German appetite for war-games dwindled quickly. There was a national sense of shame that found no joy in war games. The British and US occupation even had a shame campaign “These Atrocities: Your Fault!” War-games quickly became very niche.

Since these complex war games were so popular, it was only a matter of time until something new filled its spot. It was just a matter of answering what?

In 1964, when the game Acquire was published, they found that answer. The Eurogame. It was the first game that kept some of the complexity from war-games, but it discarded the direct conflict and the thematic realism that war-games chased after. The game had all the hallmarks of the modern Eurogame: little direct conflict, a focus on resources and building things, a theme that’s secondary to its mechanics, and no player elimination. All of these in contrast to the war-games that had come before it.

It was perfect for the moment, and the ideas behind its design caught on. Germany had been in the middle of reconstructing its country after the fallout from WWII, and this new genre of game tapped into their collective desire to build rather than destroy.

Meanwhile, in America, wargames remained popular. American wars had only managed to increase American patriotism and nationalism, and war remained a far-off idea for most Americans, . So when the Cold War began, it only managed to make war-games more popular.

In fact, all through the 20th century, wargaming only got more and more popular.

Back in the early 20th century, The Landlord’s Game, which later got republished as Monopoly, was among the earliest non-war-centric games to take the theme-first approach pioneered by war-games. In many ways, it was the perfect embodiment of what Ameritrash would later become known for: cutthroat player elimination, theme first design, and long play times. Still, this game serves as an almost perfect foil for Acquire, another game about building hotels where the richest player wins.

It’s easy to see how war-games lead to modern Ameritrash, simply because there was never a revolution: war-games stayed popular and evolved to meet trends slowly. When dice were introduced, other games followed suit. When Dungeons and Dragons became popular, so did fantasy war-games. It wasn’t until 1995, when Settlers of Catan took America by storm, that Ameritrash games began to significantly change.

Just like America’s stance on war has shifted very little, America’s stance on war-games has stayed the same.

Of the two major genres of board games, both of them have clear historical connections to war. Both of them were born as a response to war.

It’s odd to think that board gaming, something so distinct from war, can be so distinctly shaped by it.

If you enjoyed the video, please consider liking and subscribing. Thanks.

  1. отели все включено в анапе 2016 арт отель киров
    у лукоморья крым песчаное отдых в лагонаки 2021 цены с бассейном санаторий плаза железноводск
    все санатории адлера гостиница роза ветров в великом новгороде курочка ряба база отдыха новодмитриевская

  2. лучшие отели подмосковья для отдыха с детьми гостиница бест вестерн калуга
    отель дельфин адлеркурорт пансионат мыс видный greenwood hotel москва
    новый отель алушта где отдохнуть в челябинской области русь в сочи

  3. отели семидворье алушта администрация города кисловодска
    санатории с лечением кожных заболеваний отдых в ноябре дом отдыха переделкино
    отель достоевский санкт петербург отзывы базовый санаторий им ломоносова парк отель солнечный официальный сайт

  4. санаторий ассы на карте башкирии санатории подмосковье
    парк инн виноградово гостиница избербаш хостел в сочи недорого
    невский 3 гостевой дом трансфер горки город аэропорт снять гостиницу в серпухове

  5. санаторий тараскуль тюмень официальный небуг видео
    мосгортур официальный сайт телефон отель соната спб санаторий южное взморье адрес
    отель измир аквалоо сочи отзывы поселок санатория подмосковье

  6. лоо отель амакс отель белгород
    богатырь санаторий отель шаляпин кисловодск официальный сайт аррива адлер официальный сайт
    санаторий архипо осиповка цены на 2021 туапсинский район пансионаты курорт горячий ключ

  7. партенит отдых санаторий в ялте мисхор отзывы отдыхающих
    сан марина пансионат 3 плаза пансионат 4 сан увильды
    лукоморье ейск светлана плюс отель сочи курортный город сочи

  8. отель пушкин благовещенск черноморское побережье отдых
    эдем в сочи тольятти ставрополь отдых с детьми в витязево
    отель грин парк кисловодск официальный сайт парус 12 1 д дудкино бишофитовые ванны

  9. санаторий димитрова кисловодск цены на 2022 год купить путевку в санаторий евпатория
    грин хоста отель сочи отзывы сакрополь саки санаторий официальный сайт циолковского 9 тюмень
    отель прага алушта отзывы эдельвейс черкесск гостиница герцена 112 ставрополь

  10. адлер отель оазис аквалоо в лоо официальный сайт
    гостиницы кирсанова тамбовской области старица отдых отдых геленджик все включено
    санаторий т солнечный московская область киров хостел

  11. санаторий управделами президента в кисловодске вилла виктория севастополь
    гостиный дом тобольск гостиница риксос спа красная поляна 6 12 24 отель аэропорт толмачево
    хостел волгоград недорого хостел лайк тольятти гостевой дом ассоль

  12. симфония спб абажур томск гостиница
    евпатория крым отдых отели у моря цены объединение курортов пицунда официальный сайт дом отдыха архипо осиповка официальный сайт
    гостиница якорь балтийск итиль санаторий гостиницы ейска на берегу моря

  13. ярославль гостиницы недорого в центре с парковкой литейный 51 санкт петербург
    памир тянь шань сколково хостел краснодар ставропольская гостиницы москвы 5 звезд
    спа отель в питере с бассейном ясные зори отзывы отель меридиан анапа

  14. sochi marriott krasnaya polyana санаторий в москве с лечением
    отель троицк москва золотая роща сочи официальный сайт карловы вары чехия туры стоимость
    хостел добрый дом краснодар аквалоо санаторий цены 2021 замок коварства

  15. сайт банк туров одиссей лазаревское
    санаторий салют железноводск старое место архангельск отель чеботаревъ 4
    туристический комплекс манжерок санатории города москвы пансионат солнышко сочи официальный сайт

  16. Chaste tree berry buy priligy 60 mg Following initial administration in males, ZOLADEX causes an initial increase in serum luteinizing hormone LH and follicle stimulating hormone FSH levels with subsequent increases in serum levels of testosterone

  17. The crystal structure of ZhuH in complex with the priming substrate acetyl CoA reveals an extensive loop region at the dimer interface that appears to affect the selectivity for the primer unit uk research chemicals clomid Individuals with HNPCC are also predisposed to endometrial and ovarian cancers

  18. Anne baba olmadan önce genetik testi yaptırın.
    Genetik hastalıkların çok fazla türü bulunmaktadır. Genetik rahatsızlıkların bazıları doğuştan itibaren,
    bazıları ise hayatın başka bir evresinde ortaya çıkmaktadır.
    (Posta) Günümüzde hızla büyüyen bir tıp alanı olan tıbbi genetik, ülkemizde de son yıllarda.

  19. Comparison of burned versus noninjured tissue revealed that l arginine l Arg was significantly depleted in burn wounds as a consequence of elevated arginase produced by myeloid derived suppressor cells lasix cost

  20. 也有这种情况,玩家手上的牌并不是好牌,而几轮下来大家都在让牌,这时第五张牌翻开,突然有人all in或下注比较大了,这种就十有八九在诈赌,用意是吓住没有好牌的人,让他们弃牌。这看似心理攻击,玩法也很厉害,但风险很大,收益却比较小。遇到这种情况,直接弃牌,没必要为几块钱争运气,要知道玩这德州扑克游戏最主要的还是靠技术、靠技巧、靠策略。 婚 鞋 新娘脚型偏瘦,选择了一双水晶镶嵌的罗马款细高跟鞋,同时也适合跳第一支舞时穿。 微信:poker866  邮箱 图五:2017 年 4 月,中国龙之队对战德州扑克 AI,龙之队有两位 86 级校友,右三为计 66 的张淮 德州德城区德州一中1年以内中专 中技 牌桌上看牌的权利,人人平等。假如你只给一个人或者两个人看你的牌,那个看了你牌的人就会比别人得到更多的信息,这样对于其他人来说是不公平的。所以说,作为一名懂德州扑克规矩的人, “给人看牌”时,要么给所有人看,要么就一个都不给。 这个夏季,就让我们在火辣辣的热情下度过吧,我们期待在WSOP上线赛事见到您,千万别忘了您的防晒乳,详细的赛程与赛事资讯近日内即将公布,关注蜗牛扑克官方中文博客(,即可抢先获得第一手赛事资讯。 You might be interested in following videos: 在国外的德州扑克牌桌上,慢摊牌被视为最无礼的行为之一。当你选择慢摊牌的时候,人家觉得自己有可能会赢,但实际上,你才是拿到坚果牌的那个人。这种吊人胃口、整人心态的作风,会很让人很生气很上头,并没有半点技术含量,是最没有体育精神的行为之一。

  21. beauty В интернет-магазине «Подружка» постоянно действуют выгодные предложения, которые помогут отлично сэкономить на покупке любимой ухаживающей или декоративной косметики. Для увеличения скидки достаточно оформить накопительную дисконтную карту, которая поможет уменьшить чек на 3-15%, что зависит от месячной суммы заказов. Также мы предлагаем: В наличие есть сыворотки, улучшающие рост и повышающие густоту волосков. Представленная косметика позволяет сохранить молодость и красоту бровей, ресниц и зоны вокруг глаз. В каталоге собрана продукция, произведенная брендами Soo Ae, Garnier, Esfolio, Swiss Image, Eveline и другими, получившими широкую популярность и признание миллионов женщин из разных уголков мира. Камфорное масло добывают из древесины японского лавра и, в отличие от предыдущих, оно является эфирным – а значит, его нельзя использовать в чистом виде, только вместе с базовым маслом. Оно помогает восстановить густоту ресниц, улучшить их рост за счет усиления кровообращения, предотвратить выпадение. Женщины хорошо отзываются о масле марки Botanika. Противопоказания к кератированию ресниц. Если вы не так давно снимали наращенные ресницы, лучше повременить с кератированием, т.к. ваши реснички слишком слабы. К тому же, первое время будет проходить процесс восстановления ресниц после наращивания, активизируется их рост, что значительно сократит срок действия эффекта кератирования. Проверочный код выслан на номер Его можно нанести в теплом видео по всей длине прядей, избегая корней, и на 40-60 минут создать парниковый эффект, надев полиэтиленовую шапочку и укутав голову махровым полотенцем. Дополнительно можно даже прогревать голову горячим воздухом фена (для лучшего и быстрого проникновения масла). Состав: Еще одна особенность в этих процедурах: придется подобрать масло для ресниц индивидуально, потому что каждый организм по-разному реагирует на те или иные вещества, содержащиеся в маслах. Поэтому при использовании средства следует следить за результатом и смотреть, как ресницы реагируют на использование конкретного масла.

  22. Learn More >> It was really a miracle. I definitely left feeling like a new person. Everyone was so nice and I felt like they really cared about me. I hope others will try this out. I am happy to write this recommendation for Oriental Foot Reflexology.В» There does exist some skepticism about the overall efficacy of acupressure, particularly for curing things like chronic diseases and infections. Nonetheless, for more abstract conditions like insomnia, there’s some evidence it may be helpful. For those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, acupressure should be approached with caution so as to not worsen the condition. Another concern with acupressure is its lack of regulation. Outside treatment can vary hugely depending on where you go. Q luxury rooms – О ОµПЃО±ОЇО± If you’re short on time, but still need some self-care, go to The Chair Massage Studio, where you can get a 15-, 20-, or 30-minute chair or foot massage. They offer longer massages, too, for the days you really need that extra relief. It’s one of the most passed around hair secrets for a reason: it works. When you reach the hair conditioning stage of your showers, apply your product only to the ends of your hair. Going any higher than mid-length will create too much oil build-up. Keep your hair light and bouncy by using combing your hair ends as you apply your conditioner. This trailblazing hair product featuring tea tree and neem oils is one of the first of its kind, and we can’t believe we went without it for so long. It helps cleanse and protect your scalp and natural hair while wearing protective styles like braids, hair extensions, wigs, and weaves. Deep conditioners like hair masks and hair treatments are like conditioners on steroids. They’re loaded with proteins and nutrients that give you fresh-from-the-salon hair. Using a deep conditioner once a week will make your tresses ultra-soft. It also makes your hair super shiny, bouncy, and healthy-looking.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Up Next:

Game Design by Example: How Lords of Waterdeep was Balanced

Game Design by Example: How Lords of Waterdeep was Balanced