The Distance-Simulations Group
American-Mexican War Online is a turn-based, play by email, military and political simulation of the war between Mexico and the United States from 1845 to 1848. It recreates the conflict between the newly established republic of the United States of America and the fragmented states emerging within the newly (1821) emancipated colony of New Spain. The game presents challenging military operations for both sides as the US must establish its army in a distant land and secure military control of as much territory as it can, while Mexico must defend a large territory, vulnerable on both coasts, with limited means and transportation. AMWOL also incorporates the fractious political climate for both combatants, rooted in the bitter Whig/Democrat split on the American side, and Mexico's challenge to overcome its colonial origins and institutions, and operate effectively as a nation-state.
The US side includes forces
located in Texas at the start of the war and newly
raised forces available for amphibious operations.
The majority of American players play regimental
& brigade commanders in the United States Army
or squadron commanders of the United States Navy.
The political aspect of the game forces the American
commanders to share resources and achieve demanding
operational goals with changing amounts of forces
and capability. The core of the American Army is its
finely trained but limited number of regular army
regiments. Supplemented by volunteer regiments of
varying levels of availability and readiness, the
American commanders must blend an effective military
force while advancing through increasingly hostile