Sunday, May 5, 2013

100th Anniversary of HG Wells' "Little Wars"

The New York Times has a fascinating article on the legacy of what is arguably the first "popular" wargame; HG Wells' Little Wars. Here are some particularly interesting quotes, but it's well worth reading the whole article.
While miniature war-gaming has never been able to claim a place in the mainstream, it has influenced almost everything we think of as gaming today.
The game designer Gary Gygax, in a foreword to a 2004 edition of the book, credits “Little Wars” with influencing his own set of rules for medieval-period miniature wars, Chainmail — which in turn became the basis of a slightly less obscure role-­playing game: Dungeons & Dragons.
Video games can provide rich worlds of entertainment, yet there is something just as immersive about pushing miniature soldiers around a lawn, carpet, or 4-by-8-foot plywood battlefield decorated with toothpick fences and cardboard hills. 
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Also, please don't forget the Adventures Dark and Deep Bestiary Kickstarter going on right now! 900 monsters, suitable for most OSR-type games, all under one cover. Can you help get us to having an illustration for each and every one?

1 comment:

anarchist said...

It's a shame that they don't seem to make toy cannon that fire anything any more.