Since I was a young boy, I loved playing games. In my young days, we did not have computers, Playstations or Nintendos. As a matter of fact, I somewhat remember only having a black and white television that had 3 channels.
Games were played either at the kitchen table or on my bedroom floor with my friends or my family. Looking back, I believe some of the games we played did help us with military tactics. But, in today’s world of sophisticated computer software, there are a ton of games that can help educate players on military tactics.
You may wonder why I don’t use the term military strategy here. In my opinion, and I believe other expert opinions, military strategy involves a mix of politics and military movements. I don’t believe there is a game that can install the political aspect in a realistic mode. If you know of one, please share it with us in the comments section at the end of this post.
I am going to first share some traditional games that I believe can help develop military tactics. I will then follow up with some of the computer games that can help with your military tactics.
So, let’s play:
Traditional Board Games
This ancient game of Kings, Queens. Knights, Pawns and more can teach you many military tactics. If you do not know how to play chess, I suggest you learn. One piece of advice, look several moves ahead.
This is a board game that can really consume you. I have always loved Risk. It can make you consider your military tactics and also has a measure of luck involved.
I had mentioned earlier about how politics come into play when we use the words military strategy. I truly believe this game comes as close as possible to interjecting politics with military tactics. Negotiations are made before each turn. I highly suggest you try Diplomacy…You will get hooked!
Axis & Allies
This war board game was based on World War II. Many say it is similar to Risk, but has many other features. It can teach you a lot in military tactics.
This is a 2 player board game that is a pit against the United States and the Soviet Union immediately after World War II. You will veer through Cold War history trying to make the correct decisions. I do not understand why this game didn’t get a bigger following.
Europa Universalis IV
This is a game that comes also close to involving strategy along with tactics. Start as a small nation anywhere in time and deal with plagues, diseases, bugs, and enemies trying to invade. It is a time consuming game, but can teach you a lot.
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy
It is a World War II based game in which you are in charge of platoons. You issue orders, try to build troop morale and it works on a realistic system. It is a wonderful game to learn military tactics. Actually, all the Combat Mission games are great.
Unity of Command
Can you use proper supply discipline to keep your troops fed and armed? Can you cut off supplies to the enemy? This game is a logician’s dream. Based on the Eastern front of World War II, will you change what actually occurred?
In these days and times, there are new games developed daily that are based on military tactics. What are your favorite games? What games do you believe are the best to develop military tactics? Feel free to share the games you believe will help military tactics.
It is good to play games to learn, but moderation is also important too. Don’t neglect reading, because books have also taught some of the best military leaders in history.
Please leave your comments and questions below. Thank you.