Wargame

Wargame is a strategy game for 2 players. Playing time is roughly 20 minutes.

Each player has 13 cards ranked from 13 (Bazooka) down to 1 (Spy). Cards of a higher rank typically take cards of a lower rank, though there are some exceptions (Spies, for example, take both the Bazooka and the Mortar, while Shooters can sometimes be “turned”).

A player first deploys his cards by placing them, 1 and 2 at a time, into the 13 spaces on his line. Once all cards have been deployed, players take turns advancing their cards into the combat zone.

What makes the game interesting is the ability for players to switch two cards before advancing one into battle. Each player can do this exactly 5 times.

The goal is to win 7 of the 13 battles in the combat zone, or win 4 adjacent battles. The winner will almost always be the player who most skillfully utilizes his troops, as there is very little luck involved.

You’ll need to download the following files if you want to give it a go:

The cards are 2.5″ x 3.5″ — what I do is cut them out with a rotary trimmer and then sleeve them. If printing the black and white version of the cards, be sure to print pages 1-2 on one color of cardstock and pages 3-4 on another color of cardstock (so you’ll know which army is which).

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  1. Ravensron
    February 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Liked the previous cards being military ranks – a la “Stratego” – but I do like the new cards too and will use them as is. Looking forward to finding out how the new “traitor” system works.

  2. February 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I’d be very interested to hear what you think of the new Traitor system.

    I’m toying with the idea of dropping the number of chips a player starts with from 5 down to 4 — I don’t want to put too much emphasis on phase one, but I do think 5 might be too many. Often I find myself paying to switch two cards on defense, feeling almost as though I have no other choice — dropping it to four would really change that and make the decisions feel tougher. Of course, I usually lose, so what do I know? Anyway, I’d love to have feedback on that aspect of the game as well.

    If all goes well I hope to do one last redesign of the cards to try to clean them up a bit and make them look a bit more professional. I also want to learn how to do cards in either Gimp or Inkscape, and I figure this is as good an excuse as I’m likely to get. :-)

  3. Samuel
    June 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Hey just printed up a copy. hope to try it out tonight :)

  4. June 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I hope you like it. Feel free to leave feedback here or rate / review the game on BGG. Be the first! :-)

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