A grand strategy wargame or simply grand strategy game (GSG) is a
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that places focus on
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: military strategy at the level of movement and use of a nation state or empire's resources.

Scope of games

Examples of grand strategy games where military tactics are highly abstracted or eliminated entirely include the board games ''Risk (game), Risk'' and ''Diplomacy (game), Diplomacy''. Another example which is slightly more realistic is ''Axis & Allies'', although in it military factors are still highly abstracted. Games such as ''Rise and Decline of the Third Reich'', ''Empires in Arms'', and ''Empires of the Middle Ages'' are true wargames, in the sense that military units are specifically represented, and engage in direct combat based on specific military attributes. The ''Hearts of Iron'', ''Europa Universalis'', ''Crusader Kings (video game), Crusader Kings'', ''Supreme Ruler Ultimate'', ''Hegemony (video game series), Hegemony'' and ''Total War (video game series), Total War'' series are examples of computer-based grand strategy games.

Academic use

Because grand strategy games go beyond simple warfare to deal with economics, geography, history, and politics, they are especially useful in education and studies of international affairs.

See also

*4X *List of grand strategy video games *Government simulation game *List of board wargames *Wargame (video games)


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