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Marine Maneuver Warfare Wargamers

A group devoted to studying and practicing Marine Corps maneuver warfare doctrine through wargaming.  A place to talk about wargames that best support maneuver warfare practice, networking for online and/or face-to-face sessions, and more.

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Welcome All Who Are Interested

No, this Group is not just for Marines, whether active duty, reserve, veterans, or retired, who play games or are otherwise interested in maneuver warfare as the U.S. Marine Corps characterizes it.  Indeed, we hope to connect Marines who wargame to the larger wargaming community through this venue.

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Kriegsspiel Resources 3 Replies

Kriegspiel Resources:For those who want the ultimate wargaming experience--maximizing…Continue

Started by Eric Walters. Last reply by Eric Walters Sep 11, 2019.

War on the Rocks Wargaming Archive

Here's a good portal for articles posted within the excellent War on the Rocks website:https://warontherocks.com/tag/wargames/Comment on those…Continue

Started by Eric Walters Aug 4, 2019.

On Wargaming PDF Book For Free!

Matthew J. Caffrey, Jr.  On Wargaming: How Wargames Have Shaped History and How They May Shape the Future. Naval War College Newport Paper #43. Newport, RI:  US Naval War College Press, 2019.Get…Continue

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Started by Eric Walters Aug 4, 2019.

Squad Leader (and similar games) as a tool for creating tactical decision games (TDGs) and free wargames 9 Replies

In the early 1980s, when I was serving on active duty and a great enthusiast for the Squad Leader franchise, I used the scenarios, boards, and playing pieces from that game system to simple create…Continue

Started by Bruce Ivar Gudmundsson. Last reply by Eric Walters Jan 30, 2019.

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Comment by Bruce Ivar Gudmundsson 12 hours ago

I can think of two novels in which the protagonists are enthusiasts for Avalon Hill wargames:  Roberto Bolaño's The Third Reich and Greg Pickell's Marching on Tuzla.

Are there others?

Comment by Eric Walters on Friday

Bob,

There are islands of excellence out there in both the Marine Corps and throughout the DoD, but one has to look to find them.  There's a resurgence of interest (of sorts) in maneuver warfare as we see in Bruce Gudmundsson's Case Method Club, in Commandant Heller's "Rejuvenating Maneuver Warfare" initiative, and in the sprouting of decision games--which include wargames--throughout the Marine Corps.  We see in Okinawa, we see it in Quantico, we see it here and there.  While the institution as a whole may not typify these efforts, they do exist and hopefully provide enough of an environment to allow the practitioners in maneuver warfare and wargaming to not only survive, but thrive.  Time will tell.

Comment by Bob Hughes on Friday

Eric:

    I should have replied way way earlier and thank you for the commentary. I have both a wargaming and professional interest in Marine maneuver warfare, however as I get older, the professional interest is lagging due to hopefully not a long time till retirement, and changes in the DOD that make working there from having been the most interesting and fun time of my life when I started into a massive ugly beauracracy that stumbles all over itself. I still keep up regardless, but things I wanted to do to help the Corp I was not able to do, and my inability to inject common sense among other personnel is so discouraging. That aside, I love my wargames, but wish I could find an opponent. I found three younger guys and an older guy that were willing to learn how to play, but its going slow and trying to get over the initial hump is tough. (and keeping their interest) Right now I am taking a forced class for contracting officers in trafficking in humans, though I am not a contract officer. But boy it looks good for my command. If your trained in it, and screw up, regardless whether its in your job or not, "We trained you so you should have known better"  Anyway, go grunts.  Bob 

Comment by Eric Walters on August 14, 2019 at 6:20pm

New game out on small unit infantry combat in the Central Highlands of Vietnam--yes, it's all U.S. Army but one hopes for an ARVN and Marine Corps expansion someday!  Gorgeous game, not too expensive, and relatively easy to learn/play:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187808/front-toward-enemy

Comment by Timothy J. Smith on July 21, 2019 at 8:59am

Brilliant, Eric; Semper Fi & thanks for sharing.  We might owe as much to Jim Lacey as we do to Rob't Work, et al. for this salutary development.  Helps me at ONI, too, where I'm developing a training course on S&TI analysis that will incorporate two sim-based exercises.

Comment by Eric Walters on July 20, 2019 at 12:04pm

Check out pages 16-20 of the new 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps 2019 Planning Guidance--covers education, training, and WARGAMING:  38th CMC CPG 2019.pdf

Comment by Eric Walters on July 31, 2017 at 6:45pm

Wayne, the closest there is would be DAYS OF HEROES by Lock 'N Load about Somalia--and that was 24 years ago.  So we'll have to keep waiting for something more contemporary!

Comment by Wayne Rotella on July 31, 2017 at 4:20pm

Eric, I am wondering if there are any games currently in print or in planning that would take the ASL experience into the modern age, meaning NOW, not 1980s Europe? In fact an MBT style game would be great too.

Comment by Eric Walters on July 28, 2017 at 9:04pm

OMG!!!  Multiman Publishing is doing an incredible sale!  Check it out at their home webpage!  THESE ARE FIRE SALE PRICES!

Comment by slapout9 on July 11, 2017 at 5:52pm

Hi Eric. Hate to use this forum but no other option. The maneuverist website will not let me register. it recognizes my user name Slapout9 but not my password and I keep getting the reset password link is broken, at least that is the message I keep getting. Thanks Slapout9@gmail.com

 

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