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Let’s Play: Games of the Generals

When I was I kid I got hold of this board game named Games of the Generals. Being a curious kid, I wanted to play it but I was too young to understand how it’s played. Fast forward a few years and I eventually found someone to teach me how to play it. The only catch with playing this board game is the fact that you need an arbiter each time you play, and this is a bit of a drag because it’s hard to find someone who would act as a referee.

A couple of years back, I got bored in the office and ended up thinking of the Games of the Generals board game. I realized how much I missed playing it so I ended up creating a computer-based version of the game just for the heck of it. I made two versions, one with the original-sized pieces and another one for “office” play. :wink:

Here are some screenshots of the game, as well as a copy which you could enjoy. – Mike Sumulong




The objective of the game is to capture the flag. The pieces listed above are ranked in order of superiority. A higher ranking piece captures a lower ranking one. This holds true for all pieces except for the Spy which can only be beaten by a Private.

You could get a copy of the mini-version of the Games of the Generals here.

PS: The AI for single-play is just random moves. I suggest you use it for multiplayer games over the network. Maybe someday I’d get bored again and give the AI a boost.

Click here to download the game


Comment from Dan
Time: August 7, 2008, 11:41 am

Thanks for sharing the game. :)

What are the system requirements of the game?

Comment from michael
Time: August 8, 2008, 6:56 am

Hi Dan,

It can only be used in a Windows environment and it requires a MSWINSCK.OCX component which you could download over the net if you don’t have it installed.

Enjoy the game!

Comment from neil
Time: August 8, 2008, 2:00 pm

i downloaded your mini version of the game.
It’s great! can i also have a download of
the same game yet with the
“one with the original-sized pieces”?
God bless!

Comment from michael
Time: August 8, 2008, 7:10 pm

Hi Neil,

I’ll try and rummage through my old files and see if I still have it there somewhere.

I’m glad you liked it!

Comment from Dan
Time: August 29, 2008, 10:59 am

Great game Michael.

Thanks for sharing this application.

Comment from Len
Time: July 7, 2009, 8:52 pm

Hi.. can u help us with our own GG software,we had some trouble in one player.

Comment from Len
Time: July 7, 2009, 10:53 pm

What is the language that you used in your application?

Comment from michael
Time: July 14, 2009, 4:33 pm

Hi Len,

It was made using VB6 a long time ago. :)) As for the one-player, I wasn’t able to build a decent AI because I only did this during my free time at work when I got bored. I wanted to improve it but I got so busy that it just got stuck the way it was.

What language are you using for your GG?

Comment from Len
Time: July 15, 2009, 4:38 am

im also using vb6 ,also,but im not familiar with the language ., im also creating my version of GG for my thesis. And i dont know how could i implement ai in vb6. what shall i do?

Tnx in advance.

Comment from michael
Time: July 17, 2009, 1:15 am

@Len – Do you need it to be intelligent enough to beat you? I only planned to use the app to play with my friends and I didn’t have time to build a decent AI so what I did was to have multiple layouts of the pieces that I usually use when I play. Afterwards, the AI just picks a random move when the game starts.

If you want a decent AI, then I think you need to make a set of rules first on what moves to make and what the priorities between each move.

If Five-Star General was beaten, and AI has a private beside it, use it against the opposing piece because it means that the one that beat the Five-Star General was a spy.

By doing this, I think you’d eat up most of you time just by thinking about all possible moves! :D Maybe it’s best that you put something in your scope & limitations regarding this part. Or else you might end up being grilled about the AI being dumb! ;)

Good luck! :)

Comment from mark
Time: January 8, 2010, 6:50 am

can i download you game???? i really want to play ur GG.. tnx

Comment from jolibee
Time: January 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

T-T y won’t it work even though I downloaded the required component?

Comment from Rach
Time: March 7, 2010, 4:04 am

do you know how to make java games?

Comment from Stoicone!
Time: May 13, 2010, 7:59 pm

Yo, can we have both versions of GG (the other one with the original pieces,thanks Mike!


Comment from michael
Time: May 17, 2010, 1:58 pm

I tried to look for it but I was unsuccessful. Need to find time to organize my old files. :)

Comment from Tes Pasola
Time: May 19, 2010, 5:30 pm

Michael, I believe this game is called “Game (w/o S) of the Generals”.

Comment from Chester
Time: May 19, 2010, 11:02 pm

hi..can i also download your game? if yes, how?

Comment from jon
Time: May 26, 2010, 7:06 pm

hi im an avid fan of GG, we played it way back during our college days sa boarding house, whew brings back memories…i hope to download your electronic version of the game.

Comment from michael
Time: May 26, 2010, 11:07 pm

Originally Posted By Tes Pasola
Michael, I believe this game is called “Game (w/o S) of the Generals”.

you’re right! :)

I made this electronic version one lazy day to keep me company. problem I can’t find my source code and all I have is this small version and I can’t edit it anymore.

Comment from michael
Time: May 26, 2010, 11:13 pm

Originally Posted By Chester
hi..can i also download your game? if yes, how?

the link is in the post… just right-click on it or you can left-click it and then select “save link as”

Comment from Elvin
Time: June 19, 2010, 9:02 am

Thank you very much for making this program. You know i really like this game. During my Childhood Years I am playing with my Uncles and we have so much fun. You see I am already 31 and still looking for this great game. I really love this game! Thanks again!

Comment from kismet
Time: June 22, 2010, 4:04 pm

thanks michael 4 this game!

Comment from Mo2chang
Time: June 25, 2010, 4:45 am

How can I download your game? I Love GG!

Comment from tony blanco
Time: July 8, 2010, 8:57 pm

somebody should really make a LAN or internet playable program of this game( AI like the chess programs nowadays seems a real tough)….I really like it

Comment from michael
Time: July 9, 2010, 12:08 pm

this version is playable over LAN

Comment from kennet
Time: August 11, 2010, 3:12 am

i cant play it/// unable to open//TT

Comment from nick
Time: August 16, 2010, 4:49 pm

how can i download this game?

Comment from TheRem
Time: August 26, 2010, 5:47 am

According to Avira Antivirus… GG Mini v1.11.exe is infected with a TROJAN TR/Spy.417792.253.

Comment from claire
Time: September 30, 2010, 12:29 pm

can you help me make a code for an arbiter of the games of the general?

Comment from totskie
Time: October 7, 2010, 7:10 am


Comment from totskie
Time: October 7, 2010, 7:13 am

Good nice game

Comment from monette
Time: October 10, 2010, 11:55 am

hi claire, my husband was the one who coded this…i will ask him to contact you directly.

Comment from toto
Time: October 26, 2010, 3:54 pm

thanks for the game.godbless and more power.

Comment from keneth
Time: November 23, 2010, 9:16 am

what programing language did you used in creating a game like this?

Comment from michael
Time: December 8, 2010, 12:13 pm

I used VB6 to code this

Comment from Paul
Time: December 30, 2010, 3:39 am


I used to play this game in the Philippines. I left PI to US in 1984. I’m looking to get this board game and I don’t know where to get it, Do you?

Comment from michael
Time: December 30, 2010, 3:44 pm

Hi Paul,

I am not sure if they still sell these in the Philippines. I remember seeing one in National Bookstore (I think), but this was maybe 5 to 10 years ago. :)

Comment from Nelson
Time: January 3, 2011, 3:21 am

This board game is still out in the philippines and its still quite popular.

Comment from Nicole
Time: January 5, 2011, 4:54 pm

hi, how can someone help us for the algorithm of the arbiter?

Comment from Jeremiah
Time: January 14, 2011, 5:26 am

@michael – There are still sets sold here in the Philipines.

Comment from Roldan
Time: March 20, 2011, 11:03 pm

Where can buy the real game… Pls let know where.. Thanks ..

Comment from saber210
Time: May 1, 2011, 1:40 pm

Do you have this game on Java?

Comment from RedAxl
Time: May 31, 2011, 4:02 am

@Nicole – Hi Nichole. Do you still need the algorithm of the arbiter? I managed to recover the backup of my code for GG. Like Michael, I also have developed GG long time ago using VB6. Although it is unfinished (AI is also random), It is running well. you can find the algorithm you need and the basic AI thinking. I can provide you the whole code, and the pictures I manually drawn using Paint Brush. :D
Just email me.
Regards – RedAxl —- Hi to GG players. :D

Comment from zyle
Time: June 23, 2011, 5:41 am

game of the generals is invented in ph.. ryt?

Comment from Reynaldo Abuga
Time: July 19, 2011, 7:14 am

WOW… this is so nice.. I’ve also wanted to play this set again ..

The one with the original-sized pieces ? :)… please…

Comment from pain
Time: July 22, 2011, 1:53 pm

actually i’ve been looking for this game for so long and i asked my sis to me the board game here in the middle east so friends could play it…i never would have thought that there already had a pc game..haha!…good job dude..

Comment from batanggenyo
Time: October 18, 2011, 4:55 am

i played this boardgame long time ago during childhood days and i love it. thanks for the download link, i’ll try it later….:-)

Comment from Jee Ann
Time: October 24, 2011, 7:45 am

oh thank you! i have been searching for this for a long time! i like the game so much, but ur right – it’s hard to look for an arbiter. so i was really hoping that there would be a computer version for this. thanks so much!!

Comment from marcel
Time: November 10, 2011, 7:00 am

@michael – oh yes they still sell it in here but it’s not popular as chess was..many doesn’t know about this game at all..I’m sad of it because it was a strategy game made by a Filipino but not known by his fellow countrymen..

Comment from jj
Time: January 1, 2012, 3:42 am

can u play single with arbiter as computer>?

Comment from michael
Time: January 5, 2012, 6:47 pm

Yes you can

Comment from raygienald blancaflor
Time: February 10, 2012, 3:45 am

I like to play g.o.m. with you in personal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from Clarence
Time: July 3, 2012, 8:18 am

there’s an error while running .exe file. please refer to the error below. Thanks

Cannot execute “C:\DOCUME~1\EDWARD~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX12.109\GG Mini v1.11.exe”

Comment from michael
Time: July 9, 2012, 3:53 pm

Please try extracting the file to a folder first and then try running it from there.

I haven’t updated this for a while now so I’m not sure how it works on Win7.

Comment from Mark
Time: October 17, 2012, 2:40 pm

nice game I really like it

Comment from Gerald
Time: December 29, 2012, 7:37 am

Sir Michael, are you planning to update your game? It is really nice and fun esp playing with classmates at school.

Thanks for the nice game.

Best regards…

Comment from mark
Time: January 3, 2014, 8:24 pm

oh me!. i liked it so much.. tnx for the effort of making this electronic version.. :)

Comment from johua
Time: January 30, 2015, 9:31 am

i want to play

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