This historic two-player war game has been popular for over 220 years – maybe more. The earliest version was played around 1800 on a Fox and Geese board somewhere in the middle of Europe, and by 1803 was being published as “Belagerung Spiel” in German. It was in print continuously for nearly 150 years.

Sometime around 1870, a new version was developed (in Prussia) which used a much larger board with more pieces. The challenge was adapted to a number of military engagements, from ancient conflicts to contemporary wars through the 1950s

This large version of Asalto is a 2-player game for ages 8 and older, and can take up to 30 minutes We’ve included it as part of our Peg Pastimes series of historic games from around the world. More info here: