"This Kriegspiel, or war game, brings into play the operations of two armies of
equal strength, each seeking, through manœuvre and battle, the destruction of its
adversary. Each is at the same time obliged to protect, within the territory it
occupies, the resources needed for effective campaigning, and to keep its lines of
The game is played by two players on a game board of 500 squares
arranged in rows of 20 by 25. The board is divided into a northern
territory and a southern territory, each with a single mountain range of
nine squares, a mountain pass, two arsenals, and three fortresses.
Each player has a communication network that must be maintained and
protected. The network is powered by the player's two immobile arsenals, which
radiate lines of communication vertically, horizontally, and at 45º diagonals.
Each player also has two mobile relay units, which reflect any line of communication
aimed at them. Friendly units must remain connected to the network,
else risk being captured. Lines of communication can be severed by the enemy
and thus are crucial to strategy.
The object of the game is to destroy the opponent, either by eliminating
all its forces, or by destroying its two arsenals.