Playing "Pub Battles: Brandywine" with US Marines

Over the past few weeks, I enjoyed three opportunities to watch small groups of people who were new to board wargaming play Brandywine, a game from the Pub Battles series.

The first of these took place in a workshop designed to improve the teaching skills of US Marines assigned as instructors.  The other two were meetings of the Decision Game Club at the Marine Corps University.

In the course of these three sessions, I was struck by three things.  The first of these was the speed of play of the game.  Once the players were up and running, the game moved quickly.  The second was the fact that, even when rules are simple and well-written, people who are new to wargaming find it hard to translate them into a vision of how the game is actually played.  The third was the benefit of having a person who can explain the game to new players, free players from minor mechanical functions, and serve as umpire. 

Views: 112

Comment

You need to be a member of ConsimWorld to add comments!

Join ConsimWorld

Comment by Eric Walters on May 26, 2018 at 7:59pm

Bruce, am quite glad to see this series of use in educating Marines!

Help Center

Latest Activity

Joseph replied to Chuang Shyue Chou's discussion What are you reading?
"Read: "Rise of the Tang Dynasty: The Reunification of China and the Military Response to the…"
8 hours ago
Eric Walters left a comment for Dave Stevens
"Dave, welcome to the CONSIMWORLD Social website!  You seem to be a serious old school Great…"
23 hours ago
Dave Stevens is now a member of ConsimWorld
23 hours ago
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Thanks Wayne.  I'm actually doing better now, and will be seeing the surgeon for my…"
yesterday
Wayne Rotella commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Sending you positive thoughts. Get better."
yesterday
paul torres left a comment for Wild Bill Wilder
"Do you have a business address. I am interested in obtaining your Battle of the bulge variant for…"
Saturday
Jim Werbaneth commented on Jim Werbaneth's blog post News, and It's Not Good
"Well, I'm back, and the procedure was a success.  I might die, but it won't from…"
Friday
Profile IconBRUCE E DAY, Ian Campbell and Tom joined ConsimWorld
Friday

Members

CSW Related Links

Please be sure to check-out these CSW services.

© 2019   Created by John Kranz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service