In 1913, H.G. Wells wrote Little Wars, a book with a set of rules for a toy soldiers game. It is similar to Kriegsspiel. I have a question about the rules of it. Are questions about this game on-topic here? I checked the FAQ and this is what it said:

  • Be playable on or around a table
  • Have objective rules of play and win conditions
  • Offer dynamic challenges, either through other players, randomization, or both
  • Be playable by hand, by human players implementing all of the rules

However, it is not played on a board, par se (see page 39). It is normally played in an area sometimes up to 18 feet wide. I normally play on a 8 foot wide (custom-made) table. Does this constitute a board game playable on a table, or is it off-topic here. The game fulfills every other requirement, but this one seemed stretching it. Are questions about Little Wars on-topic here?

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Since questions on tabletop miniatures wargames are on-topic, (see, e.g., this) Wells' 'Kriegspiel' is certainly so.

Whether this was the original miniatures wargame or whether various military staffs (or indeed small boys) beat him to it would be another question; but I think that one actually would be off-topic.)

  • Thanks. I just wanted to makes sure. :)
    – Luke_0
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 18:23

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