Little Wars – The History of Wargamming

Posted: 29th September 2012 by wargamesscenery in News
Little Wars - Showing early wargames scenery

Little Wars - Showing early wargames scenery

OK, so this isn't exactly about wargames terrain although it does show what is probably its earliest use, at least in a form we would recognise today that of fairly accurate models representing real terrain features. The article is about the author HG Wells' role in giving us today's tabletop wargaming. 

"The game was based around two concepts: that units and terrain would be represented by miniaturised models (or at least something lying around that resembled a hill or horse), and that the movement and interaction between the game's units would be ..."

http://kotaku.com/5944058/hg-wells-practically-invented-modern-tabletop-wargaming

I had heard of Little Wars before, and the Kriegsspiel wargames used to train Prussian officers in the 19th century in the art of war but hadn't quite realised that we could directly trace modern wargming to some after dinner larking around between HG Wells and Jerome K. Jerome! If you are at all interested in the history of wargaming, give the article a read. Then you might like to check out the Little Wars book itself, available for free under Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3691


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