Big Ideas to Grow Historical Wargming

A few days ago I posted a link to a Little Wars video asking the question, Is Historical Wargaming Dying Out? I also added my thoughts to the question as well.

More power to the guys at Little Wars, they released a follow-on video offering some ideas and suggestions (five of them to be accurate) for growing tabletop wargaming.

The suggestions are all quite good and certainly may help to promote the game. The Gateway Product and Curated YouTube channels I think were excellent ideas. To attract those in the 20 to 35 age group, the approach really needs to be electronic to start with. For those in the 15 to 25 age group, the competition is tough as it is mobile phone based games along with XBox, Playstation and Nintendo.

I will admit that having worked in IT for more years than I care to remember, I like the tactile nature of tabletop gaming — research, painting, pushing figures around a table, two out of three parts are unrelated to my day job.

Anyhow, do have a look at the video and see of you can think of something to:

  1. promote the hobby
  2. attract new gamers

Right then, back out with the paintbrushes.

Roll sixes, stay safe, wash your hands!

2 thoughts on “Big Ideas to Grow Historical Wargming

  1. peter holland 12 September 2020 / 2:56 am

    I gave two suggestions.
    Gateway game to wargaming with figures.
    7TV GTA!

    Another was an 8 part, partwork with figures for two armies. Each partwork had a unit for each army. Units no more than 6 strong. Each part having painting guide and background, one part having simple rules for the period.
    You could have partworks for any period and in 8 weeks two armies painted and ready. Any scale could be chosen for it. Figures around £0.65, 15mm. but may be cheaper with quantity ordered.
    You may need even less than 8 magazines if desired.


    • Thomo the Lost 12 September 2020 / 1:36 pm

      The part-work idea could be interesting, there have been some extensive part-works in the past – the Osprey series, building particular models, etc. I think the idea would be to back that up further with a matching YouTube video for each part, so you have the figures, the paints, the brushes, the rules, the part-work explaining what you are doing this week and showing the process and the YouTube video covering the same thing the part-work does for that week or fortnight. Given the popularity of “Dark Age” TV series, movies etc and the fantasy elements that can be added to that, the Dark Ages would be a good area to start it. Popular TV series, simpler paint jobs required but can be done at basic and advanced levels anyway along with quick simple rules possible.


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