You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.
Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and his skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Oh divine subtlety and secrecy! Through your will learn to be invisible, through you the inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.
–Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter 6: “Weak Points and Strong,” [7-9].
Sometimes, I swear, I thought I’d had The Bearded Bastard on the ropes. Sometimes I’d get so giddy about it that I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.
“Guess what? My troops have reinforced the village. They’ve got cover bonuses from both missile fire AND melee.”
“Great,” the Bearded Bastard said. “Now I know exactly where not to attack you.”
And then he attacked the rest of my forces outside the village.
Something similar happened in a game of Ogre. The Bearded Bastard played the Ogre. And myself and my allies set up this perfect kill zone for the ogre with our forces. And I bragged about it.
Yet we were so preoccupied with bringing down the Ogre we ignored some of The Bearded Bastard’s smaller tanks which outflanked us and destroyed our power generator and supply convoy…
Next on The Art of Wargaming: How to Attack a Redoubt.