While perusing the aether-webs yesterday I came across an astounding fact: H.G. Wells, the beloved Father of Science Fiction, was also responsible for what may have been the first organized rules for miniature wargames
. I find the tale of the game's inception utterly fascinating.
Apparently having nothing better to do with his time, Wells and a rather house-bound friend of his commandeered the children's play-room and spent hours upon hours experimenting with rules regarding terrain design, troop movement, melee outcomes, artillery bombardment and a host of other permutations to what had previously been just a set of tin soldiers in a box. I have been rather blase about the whole tabletop campaign concept until now, but this revelation of a simple, straightforward game makes me want to rush out and find some tin soldiers of my own.
And so, for your enrichment, I present
EDIT: Confound it. Here is the URL. Something seems to be getting mixed up in posting.
www. archive. org/ details/ littlewarsgamefo01well