About Tanks

Tanks is a fun, simple, paper & pencils wargame. I don't know who invented it, or where it came from. It was just one of those things I learned back in 6th or 7th grade, twenty-some years ago.

Tanks is a tank-battle game. Each side starts with a number of tanks (usually 5), and the object of the game is to destroy all the other guy's tanks.

Tanks is designed for two players, though I remember playing solo games (playing both sides) when I was bored. More can play if you have different color pens.

Anyone who can count to five, and has sufficient hand-eye coordination to write with a pen or pencil should be able to learn to play.


You will need:

That's it. No dice, no rulers, no hex grid.


First, you need a battleground. This means you need to take a sheet of paper, and doodle up a map. There is only one terrain feature: rocks. Rocks give you something to hide behind.

Here's a sample map:

(Battle Map)

In order to ensure the fairness of the map, there are two methods of setup.