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Can survivalism be compared to a game of chess?

In chess you have your pawns, knights, bishops, rooks (castle), queen and king. Good chess players always think several moves ahead, they have plans and backup plans. If one plan does not work out, then the next plan is put into play.

Pawns - stockpiled food, water and other supplies.
Rook (or castle) - Your home, shelter, retreat, bug out location.
Knight - Your weapons and firearms.
Bishop - Your faith, religion, morals or values - this is what you believe in.
King and Queen - the family unit.

Pawns are the stockpiled food and supplies because you will go through them the fastest. These are expendable items that you have a lot of. Maybe pawns could also include seed stocks? If you get a pawn to the other side of the chess board, you get a piece back. So if you plant a seed and get something in return, that would be like getting a chess piece back. If you open a case of MREs, you lose a pawn. You only have so many to go through before you will run out.

Rook, symbolic of a home and shelter. A mans house is his castle.

Knight, symbolic of old Europe. These are defenders of the faith and crown. They are portable, and able to jump over other pieces on the board. The knights job is to protect the queen.

Bishop, symbol of what is good and holy.

King and Queen, the goal of the game is to keep them alive. Just as the queen is the strongest piece on the chess board, so are women strong in a survival situation. A lot of times women are more resourceful and cunning then men.

The King, without his queen and other resources, he is nothing. As the game draws to an end, and the king is the only piece left on the board, we realize how important team work is. As he scurries about trying to avoid checkmate, survivors with no friends, family or other resources will scurry around trying to stay alive.

As the opponents pieces move in for check mate, so death moves in to claim its next victim.

Only through resources and skillful planning, will the king and queen win the day.
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Great analogy Kev!! Perfect!
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Wish I had a queen to share my mountain retreat with. A Female queen that is.
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Nice. Think I'll be playing for my usual stalemate. That way I get to keep my pieces.
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Good post! I've played chess since I was 8 years old. Never looked at it that way as compared to survival.
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Pawns are not expendable, they seem rather useless but all the time they hide their real strength and dont show thir hand until the time comes and then decide who they become.

This to me is the survivalist
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I was wondering if there was a way to create a survivalist game that the whole family could participate in and learn from. But I was thinking on the side of a board game like Life or Manopoly. I like your chess idea. Now if the chess pieces can move around the landscape instead of a checkered area.
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Good analogy Kev, You can also look at it as a game of Craps. You roll the dice and think...Is "IT" going to happen or not?....Do I prepare for "IT" or not? With the condition our economy is in today, it is a good bet IT can happen, but when? A month from now? or 20 years from now? "PLACE YOUR BETS FOLKS!"
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I must admit Kev, I was clicking on this thread preparing to roll my eyes.

It was pretty damn good though!
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great post ! gotta love analogies like this
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Such a good post I included your information and some of my own on this subject on the first half of my podcast today. Complete with links back to this site and this post. The critical thinking needed to master the game of chess is essential to survival. I've been playing since I was about 6 years old. It's great for kids to learn. If they can think a few moves ahead of their opponent, they will hold onto that skill when they are adults and it will be a reflexive response. It will be second nature and out think most people. My son is taking on a liking to the game as well.
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Wish I had a queen to share my mountain retreat with. A Female queen that is.
Plenty of good women, here on these boards.

Most of us here are married, but there is no reason why all of you single people can't come together.

What better wife then one that is as into survival as we are? My wife is, and trust me, I couldn't be happier. She is my everything.
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chess is one of my games i like to play for it keep the mind sharp and allways thinking three to four steps ahead of everyone else..
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Wish I had a queen to share my mountain retreat with. A Female queen that is.
She's out there somewhere Mike wishing for a good loyal hard working guy like you...Hopefully you two will connect someday.....
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Liking the analogy, Kev. I think the key issue you highlight is to have fallbacks and be dynamic. There are some posters that have exacting plans based on a single, clearly defined chain of events, and I think they are setting themselves up for a fall.
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