Know yourself….

Having reviewed Wrath, I have learned something about what it takes to be a good player of Warmachine and Hordes.  It isn’t just about the models, or the encyclopedic knowledge of the rules; its knowing what you and your opponent has on the board.

I’ve always admired General Sun Wu, which being a wargamer; is always a good thing.  Sun Wu (aka Sun Tzu to Westerners), for those that don’t know; was a Chinese General and philosopher.  Some would even say the greatest military strategist in history.  He wrote a book about 6th Century BC, called the Art of War.  Sun Tzu wrote down his thoughts on battle, warfare and ultimately how to achieve victory.

Part of the reason I am rambling, is going back to the original paragraph. One of the quotes is very apt in this circumstance –

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

What I have recently learned, with reviewing Wrath; is that I know very little about my opponents.  A year on since I started playing WM/H, I am still struggling to learn my own faction(s); let alone others.  It hit me last night after posting the last section of Wrath review, just how much work (or pleasure) it is going to be.  Not that I am daunted, I love the game and will plunge into this new challenge with relish and excitement.  Page 5….bring it on!

Free ebook of the Art of War – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/132

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2 thoughts on “Know yourself….

  1. It is also important to know that Sun Tzu Bingfa focused on actionless action, to win without combat or fighting is greatest victory. 🙂

    • Very true, for anyone who has read it; will know there are very few references to actual physical combat. It’s more about the philosophical, psychological and tactical aspects of warfare. So to quote the great man himself – The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities… It is best to win without fighting.

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