GameTalk: Firing the Commander

Byron Grant, 17 November 2014

More game design discussion

There have been plenty of times in which incompetent commanders were sent packing from the battlefield – preferably before their guys get killed. GEN Marshall fired damn near every US general at some point during WWII. And yet, they were being fired for a reason, and their replacements were almost universally better. How do you fire a general from division command in the middle of a game of Third Reich? How do you swap out commanders in an OCS game, or AVL/AVD? When President Lincoln had a revolving door on the Army of the Potamac, how do you swap out commanders, especially when there are a limited number of counters in the mix to reflect changes in the units? What mechanics can you use to change leadership on the battlefield in a wargame?

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