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LE KRIEGSPIEL

WARGAME PIONNIER FRANCE ANNEES SOIXANTE

Dans une histoire/chronologie des regles du wargame avec figurines sur ce site ( http://www.intonet.co.uk/~rblack/rules.htm) vous trouverez que "Le Kriegspiel" a été traduit en Anglais en 1964.

De quoi s'agit-il ?

D'une règle utilisant des figurines - ou des pions, des unités en cartons etc.-et des hexagones inventée par des joueurs Français à la fin des années cinquante/début des années soixante : Pierre Fouré, Jean Belaubre et quelques autres intrépides pionniers de la Société de Collectionneurs de Figurines Historiques. La règle , dans ses différentes versions, a fini par couvrir toute la période de l'Antiquité à la fin du 19e siècle (avec une attention particulière portée à la période 1680-1870).

On this page, (link above) , depicting the History of Wargame rules, you'll find that "Le Kriegspiel " had been translated in 1964. Le Kriegspiel was in fact a wargame rule set written by French players ((and edited by P. Fouré and J. Belaubre ) who wrote a set using based figures (or printed cards, coloured pins etc.) and hexes. Rules and variants were written for battles set from Ancient to the end of 19C(with particular attention to the 17th century -1870 period).

 

La page de titre/Front cover

 

 

La premiere page/ First page

 

Résumé des caracteristiques de combat fin du 17e et Guerre de Succession d'Espagne/End of 17C and WSS Combat Chart

 

La traduction/ Translation

Pat Condray a traduit "Le Kriegspiel" en 1964 , il en a proposé une autre version en 1969. Voici la page de titre du livret de 1969.

Notez que cette version proposait d'utiliser la regle avec ou sans hexagones.

Par la suite P. Condray a publié d'autres règles (ex. "Wargaming the Age of Marlborough") et de très utiles livrets sur les uniformes fin 17e-début 18e.

Mr Pat Condray translated the set in 1964, and proposed another version in 1969. Here is the front cover of the booklet, printed by the Armchair General in 1969.

In 1969, "The Wargame" rules could be used with or without hexes.

Later, P. Condray wrote other rule sets (ex. "Wargaming the Age of Marlborough") and published very useful booklets on late 17C and WSS uniforms (Edition Brokaw).

 

Dans la préface de sa règle de 1986 (Wargaming the Age of Marlborough), P. Condray écrivait /
In the forewords of the set of rules written in 1986 (Wargaming the Age of Marlborough)
P. Condray wrote :

"This wargame owes its origins to "Le Kriegspiel" (LK) series edited in France over the years by Pierre Fouré, Jean Belaubre...

The original series although detailed and comprehensive, was simple and easy to play and was ahead of its time in certain important respects.

At a time when Column, Line and Square and various systems by SCRUBY and FEATHERSTONE and others mandated a kill rate ranging from 12% to 60% or more of shots " ordered to be fired", LK awarded possible results ranging from 0% to 20% which is obviously more in line with the proud claim of Wellington's army that it hit 5% of its shots versus a continental average of 1% .

It was also recognized by LK that a melee in the high musket period (1740-1840) was more a test of will between rival formations than a serie of duels between rival fanatics. ...

In many respects, the LK series did lack qualities now expected by most wargamers. For example, within limits, troops did as the commander wished them to do. Except for rout as a melee result, or the checking of a charge by a volley, and the rule that units reduced to 50% must retire, morale was not an issue.

Also, in the interests of having a balanced, playable game, differences in nationality were played down. ...

The most important departure from tradition (of LK rules) here will be the assessment of units engaged in a firefight..."

Voilà qui est bien dit et très clair sur les qualités et les limites de la règle Le Kriegspiel.