Little Wars is a set of rules for playing with toy soldiers, written by English novelist H. G. Wells in . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. for free download in a number of formats - including epub, pdf, azw, mobi Little Wars is considered by some to be the first modern table top. Not just little plastic men and saying "boom", but full out awesome-ness. And then he wrote two books on it, Little Wars, and Floor Games. And I'm going to teach.
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And after firing, two men must be placed exactly at the end of the trail of the gun, one on either side in a line directly behind the wheels.
If the gun is moved and not fired, then at least four men who are with the gun must move up with it to its new position, and be placed within six inches of it in its new position. The gun itself must be placed trail forward and the muzzle pointing back in the direction from which it came, and so it must remain until it is swung round on its axis to fire.
Obviously the distance which a gun can move will be determined by the men it is with; if there are at least four cavalry-men with it, they can take the gun two feet, but if there are fewer cavalry-men than four and the rest infantry, or no cavalry and all infantry, the gun will be movable only one foot.
When men are knocked over by a shot they are dead, and as many men are dead as a shot knocks over or causes to fall or to lean so that they would fall if unsupported. But if a shot strikes a man but does not knock him over, he is dead, provided the shot hasn't already killed someone.
But a shot cannot kill more than one man without knocking him over, and if it touches several without oversetting them, only the first touched is dead and the others are not incapacitated. A shot that rebounds from any object and touches a man, kills him, no matter what. Thus nine against eleven have two taken prisoners, and each side seven men dead. Four of the eleven remain with two prisoners.
One may put this in another way by saying that the two forces kill each other off, man for man, until one force is double the other, which is then taken prisoner. Seven men kill seven men, and then four are left with two. And the player who has just completed the move, the one who has charged, decides, when there is any choice, which men in the melee, both of his own and of his antagonist, shall die and which shall be prisoners or captors.
Prisoners have no weapons, and can do nothing. One man can guard up to seven prisoners. If the guard is killed, then the prisoners allies may recapture them, and then they must go back to their end of the field to resupply by crossing the back line. Any isolated group may surrender as prisoners. If there is no one withing 6 inches of an enemy gun and you have four men at the back of the wheels, it is now yours.
You move in from any points you like on the back line and try to kill, capture, or drive over his back line the whole of the enemy's force. If the battle is still undecided when both forces are reduced below fifteen men, the battle is drawn and the points for victory are divided.
Note—This game can be fought with any sized force, but if it is fought with less than 50 a side, the minimum must be 10 a side. He is then supposed to have suffered a strategic defeat, and he must retreat his entire force over the back line in six moves, i. Anything left on the field after six moves capitulates to the victor. Points count as in the preceding game, but this lasts a shorter time and is better adapted to a cramped country with a short back line.
With a long rear line the game is simply a rush at some weak point in the first player's line by the entire cavalry brigade of the second player. Instead of making the whole back line available for the Blow at the Rear, the middle or either half may be taken. The Country must be made by one or both of the players before it is determined which shall be defender.
The players then toss for choice of sides, and the winner of the toss becomes the defender. He puts out his force over the field on his own side, anywhere up to the distance of one move off the middle line—that is to say, he must not put any man within one move of the middle line, but he may do so anywhere on his own side of that limit—and then the loser of the toss becomes first player, and sets out his men a move from his back line.
The defender may open fire forthwith; he need not wait until after the second move of the first player, as the second player has to do. Except in the above cases, or when otherwise agreed upon, the forces engaged shall be equal in number and similar in composition. The methods of handicapping are obvious.
A slight inequality chances of war may be arranged between equal players by leaving out 12 men on each side and tossing with a pair of dice to see how many each player shall take of these. The best arrangement and proportion of the forces is in small bodies of about 20 to 25 infantry-men and 12 to 15 cavalry to a gun. Such a force can maneuver comfortably on a front of 4 or 5 feet.
Most of our games have been played with about 80 infantry, 50 cavalry, 3 or 4 naval guns, and a field gun on either side, or with smaller proportional forces. We have played excellent games on an eighteen-foot battlefield with over two hundred men and six guns a side. A player may, of course, rearrange his forces to suit his own convenience; brigade all or most of his cavalry into a powerful striking force, or what not. But more guns proportionally lead to their being put out of action too early for want of men; a larger proportion of infantry makes the game sluggish, and more cavalry—because of the difficulty of keeping large bodies of this force under cover—leads simply to early heavy losses by gunfire and violent and disastrous charging.
The composition of a force may, of course, be varied considerably. One good Fight to a Finish game we tried as follows: We made the Country, tossed for choice, and then drew curtains across the middle of the field. Each player then selected his force from the available soldiers in this way: He could, for instance, choose infantry and 5 guns, or cavalry and no guns, or 60 infantry, 40 cavalry, and 3 guns.
In the result, a Boer-like cavalry force of 80 with 3 guns suffered defeat at the hands of infantry with 4. I had a big block of text here, but instead, here's the link. Little Wars is a fun little war game, but if you wish it to be more serious, then you should read the book at the link provided up top. In the end it tells you how to make several variations. You may also be interested in the companion, Little Wars.
Question 1 year ago. Am I the only one left confused as to the actual mechanism for firing guns?
I got something about "swinging around" and getting knocked over, but I'm totally in the dark here. Reply 7 years ago on Introduction. Reply 2 years ago. Reply 8 years ago on Step 2.
Don't think those are pics from the author.. And if so, then most of the people will have been purchased, more than likely.
It's kind of comforting to know there were nerds like me that far back, and that I am part of a long tradition. This is an awesomely informative instructable, though it does get wordy at times without a break. In addition to its being a war game, the book hints at several philosophical aspects of war.
The book is written in a whimsical style and illustrated with amusing drawings and photographs of a game being played that Wells describes in the book. Wells also gives a description of the game from the view of one of the generals in the battle bombastically relating his memoirs. The development of the game is explained and Wells's thoughts on war, as he was known to be a pacifist , are revealed in his writing.
According to Wells, the idea of the game developed from a visit by his friend Jerome K.
After dinner, Jerome began shooting down toy soldiers with a toy cannon and Wells joined in to compete. The two decided that with an addition of written rules, a good Kriegsspiel type game could be developed.
The game revolved around the use of lead hollow cast soldiers made by W. Britain and battlefields made from whatever materials were on hand, usually blocks or other toys. Simple rules of movement, firing, and close combat were developed with a set amount of time for each player to move and fire.
Wells also provides a chapter of "Extensions and Amplifications of Little War". In an appendix, Wells provides "Little Wars and Kriegspiel"; more complex rules to be played in a larger space involving military logistics , military engineers , cavalry charges , and railway transport of troops.
Little Wars was first published in by Frank Palmer.
A edition of the book published by Skirmisher Publishing includes an introduction by game designer Michael O. Varhola and a foreword by Gary Gygax. Although it is of little use to the modern gamer, this book stands as an interesting volume. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Little Wars disambiguation. The Huffington Post.