If you want to be good at RVR, read lots of Sun Tzu.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a classic text on military strategy, oft quoted and and oft misunderstood. Basically it’s a list of axioms by the famed Chinese general that can be applied to almost any situation to some extent. The main reason I mention this book is a lot of what is mentioned in it can be applied to RVR in Warhammer.

Take, for instance, line 18. It says, “All warfare is based on deception.” If this sounds kind of like common sense to you, then you are correct. But you would be r to find out how few the people are that actually have common sense. Always strike where the enemy least expects to be hit. If order suspects you are going to take a keep in Reikland, go to Ulthuan. Destruction camping the entrance to your keep? Peel some of them away by using a small force as bait to give your larger force an easier time. 

Use terrain to your advantage. “The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.” If my memory serves me correctly, trees and such actually block line of site in this game, and players have collision detection. This greatly increases the tactical implications of a battle because you can actually form lines. The enemy will have to flank you from a disadvantaged position such as from below.

“Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.” Always make sure you and your team are working at an optimal level of communication. It pains me to still hear of people who aren’t using ventrilo or some form of voice communication to pvp with. Also, don’t be a pansy. Speak up in Vent. If you see a big group of bright wizards blowing the crap out of your team, please kindly point it out.

“The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his troops.” Never fight your enemy the same way twice. An enemy that expects what is coming from you is an enemy that has already defeated you. Be unpredictable. Franklin D. Roosevelt was so unpredictable during World War II that he didn’t decide to land in Normandy during D-Day until 24 hours before for fear of the Germans finding out. He basically fooled even himself. That is what i call unpredictable.

Well there you have it. I’ve given you a few excerpts from the Amazing Art of War by general Tzu. If you have heard all this before, I congratulate you on being so well versed. If not, be sure to read the full text and I’m sure you will find a few ideas popping into your head for the next time you face your enemies on the battlefield.


2 Responses to “If you want to be good at RVR, read lots of Sun Tzu.”

  1. I have read Sun Tzu and I teach him to professionals, and yet your post was very nice, and I thank you for it. In my opinion, if any game cannot benefit from Sun Tzu then it is not really a strategy game.

    Do you play the game GO (aka Wei Qi)?

  2. Excellent post! I’ve read the Art of War many, many times myself. The knowledge from it most definitely helps in not only games, but in life itself if you know where to apply its ideas.

    My favorite quote though is: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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