The Marksmanship Program


The Marksmanship Program of the Royal Manticoran Army is a staple of our activity plans.  Since we are gamers by definition, a program that encourages gaming in both quantity and diversity is perfect for our organization.  To participate in the Marksmanship Program, which has nothing to do with actual firearms and everything to do with gaming, one must be a member of the Royal Manticoran Army or the Home Guard.  Membership is free, and one does not have to have read any of the source material to become a member.  The Royal Dragoon Guards encourages everyone who plans on attending even occasional games to become Home Guard members, as it allows you to accrue points toward the Marksmanship Awards along with the rest of the club, and because your membership means more points toward these awards are earned by everyone at the table.  Enlist in the Home Guard today!

How It Works

Army Directive -09-1501 established the Marksmanship Program, whose goal is to encourage members of the organization to game together, encouraging participation and fellowship.  Any game that includes two or more members of the RMA or Home Guard may be submitted for inclusion in the Marksmanship Program.  If two qualifying players are involved, one credit is earned for each hour played.  If three or more are playing, the hours are multiplied by each player over two involved, with a maximum multiplier of four for a table of five or more qualifying players.  If the game is of the sort that can be “won” by a single player, that player will receive an additional point for the win.

Members accrue these points, and receive Marksmanship Qualifications as follows:

  • 5 Points – Marksman
  • 100 Points – Sharpshooter
  • 200 Points – Expert
  • 600 Points – High Expert

There are nine possible “weapons” in which to earn qualification, each representing a different kind of game.  Points are earned in a specific category for a single game.  In the case of a hybrid game, such as a MechWarrior session that includes a Battletech or Alpha Strike ground battle, the Game Master or other member recording the game will choose a what category the game is logged under, usually depending on the majority of play session time being spent on which component of the game.

The Categories and Example Games

Grenade – Party Games / Casual Games

A game that qualifies for the Grenade category is designed to be played as a casual entertainment at a party-style gathering.  These games will typically include six or more players, and be simple card or dice games, sometimes with simple boards or other play aids.  Casual games require very little setup, and are often humorous or lighthearted in theme.

  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Munchkin (Any Variant)
  • Scene-It!
  • Twister
  • Zombie Dice
Disruptor – Family Games / Traditional Boardgames (Non-wargame, non-genre)

Disruptor games are found on nearly every family game shelf.  These games can be children’s games – Chutes & Ladders, Operation, and Mouse Trap – or adult games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Milles Bornes.  If the game is a children’s game (suggested age of 12 or less) or a mass-market family game it belongs in this category.  Most games by mass manufacturers like Milton Bradley would belong here.  These games are usually a bit more involved than a party game, and take a bit more attention than a party game would, because of more complex rules or the normal attention span of the children demographic.  These games tend to be lighter in rules and subject matter than those found in any other category save Grenade.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Disruptor Category: Children’s Game

  • Monopoly
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Clue
  • Life
Flechette Gun – Tactical Level Board Games, CCGs and Deck-Building Games

These games are board games in which the players control a single person or a small group of people.  Combat may occur, but it is not the focus of the game.  These games also do not typically have the sort of individual unit detail as a wargame, with more abstraction in the game design.  For example, both X-Wing and Battlestar Galactica handle space fighter combat.  In X-Wing each fighter’s precise movement and distance are the focus of the game, in Galactica the fighter’s locations are generalized and their maneuvers are abstracted.  This latter style of game design is appropriate to Flechette Gun, not Pistol.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Flechette Gun Category: Various, but Wargame is a clue the game goes in Pistol or Rifle.

  • Firefly
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Dwarven Dig
  • Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System Games (Any Title)
  • M.U.L.E.
  • Star Trek: Five-Year Mission
  • Machi Koro
Pistol – Aerospace/Naval War Games

The Pistol category covers all war games, board or miniature, which have subject matter primarily dealing with terrestrial navies, space navies and aircraft.  This category is identical to the Pistol category in the Navy marksmanship program, and a list of approved games that apply to both systems can be found there.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Pistol Category: Wargame, Aviation/Flight, Miniatures, Nautical, Pirates.

  • Ace of Aces
  • Broadsides & Boarding Parties
  • Crimson Skies
  • Renegade Legion: Interceptor
  • Renegade Legion: Leviathan
  • Saganami Island Tactical Simulator
  • Star Frontiers: Knight Hawks
  • Star Wars Armada
  • X-Wing
Rifle – Ground-Based Wargames

The Rifle category covers all war games, board or miniature, which have subject matter primarily dealing with ground combat.  This category is identical to the Rifle category in the Navy Marksmanship program, and a list of approved games that apply to both systems can be found there.  Note that Axis & Allies appears here when it seems to more properly fit in the Tribarrel category- this is to maintain compatibility with the Navy Marksmanship Program.  The other strategic games in the GameMaster Series from Milton Bradley will be placed in their proper categories.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Rifle Category: Wargame, Any Specific War, Miniatures

  • Axis & Allies (Any Title)
  • Melee/Wizard
  • BattleTech
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Grenade Launcher – Roleplaying Games

All Roleplaying Games, or RPGs, fall under the Grenade Launcher category.  Most RPGs will self-identify as such on the box or cover.  The category also covers live-action RPGs, or LARPS.  Role-playing games are categorized as games in which each player takes on a single persona and attempts to portray that character verbally or actively to collaboratively tell a story.  The most famous game of this category is Dungeons & Dragons, but myriad games with many themes exist.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Grenade Launcher Category: These games will be found on BGG’s sister site, RPG Geek.

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Bethorm/Tekumel/Empire of the Petal Throne
  • Shadowrun
  • Savage Worlds
  • Marvel Superheroes
  • Boot Hill
Tribarrel – Strategic-Level Board Games

Tribarrel games are board games in which the players control a large number of units across a wide area.  Combat may occur, but it is not the focus of the game.  These games typically involve a large amount of abstraction, and deal much more with diplomacy or economics than warfare.  Games that are continental, global, or even interstellar in nature would be classified as Tribarrel games.

BGG Keywords Often Associated with Flechette Gun Category: Various including Strategy Game, Political and Economic, but Wargame is a clue the game goes in Pistol or Rifle.

  • A Line in the Sand
  • Pandemic
  • Conquest of the Empire
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • Shogun/Samurai Swords/Ikusa
  • Twilight Imperium
Plasma Carbine – Tactical Multiplayer Electronic Games

Plasma Carbine games are electronic, video or computer games that cover tactical subject matter.  Vintage arcade and console games as well as pinball and other coin-op attractions fall under the Plasma Carbine category by default in most cases.  Only games of this vintage that are explicitly strategic in theme, such as The Blue and The Gray or Nobunaga’s Ambition are not included under this heading.

Tactical multiplayer games, and single-player games organized into a game day or tournament give credit toward the Plasma Carbine qualification.

  • Nearly all Arcade, Pinball and Console games prior to the 64-bit generation. (See above)
  • Rock Band
  • Sid Meier’s Gettysburg!
  • World of Tanks
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Plasma Rifle – Strategic Multiplayer Electronic Games

Computer or Video Games of a strategic theme are included in the Plasma Rifle category.  Empire-spanning games or recreations of World Wars in electronic format would fit here.  These games are almost always inherently multiplayer in nature, though exceptions may exist.  When these exceptions occur, the games could still qualify if a Game Day or tournament situation is organized.

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization
  • Master of Orion
  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Defender of the Crown
  • Pirate 101 (Pending review, may be Plasma Carbine)