Legends of Wargaming: Little Wars For Queen and Country

Test your skills in this exciting, live-fire, miniatures game that is the roots of miniature wargaming. John Bobek, former editor of IFW Monthly and author of The Games of War, will guide two teams of three players in a Little Wars battle between the vaunted Bengal Lancers as they fight Pashtun tribesmen under the command of the Mad Mullah!

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In 1913 H.G. Wells published a book about an amusing game he created using 4.7”, spring loaded, toy Naval guns that fired dowels to knock down lead hollow cast toy soldiers by W. Britains. The full title of the book: “Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books.”

This book is the first set of commercially published military miniatures rules and is the ancestor of modern miniature wargaming. Although Gary Gygax had not played Little Wars until introduced to a game by Jeff Perren in mid-1971. While Chainmail had long since been published this experience affected his inclusion of catapult areas of effect and the radius of fireballs in Chainmail and later Dungeons & Dragons.

Test your skills in this exciting, live-fire, miniatures game that is the roots of miniature wargaming. John Bobek, former editor of IFW Monthly and author of The Games of War, will guide two teams of three players in a Little Wars battle between the vaunted Bengal Lancers as they fight Pashtun tribesmen under the command of the Mad Mullah!