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Baconfat12 Oct 2008 8:55 p.m. PST

In the 70's TSR had a historical miniatures gaming magazine called Little Wars. The internet almost completely lacks any information about this magazine, number of issues, its demise, etc..

Does anyone know of a website where one could learn more or possibly even download issues?


IttyBitty12 Oct 2008 10:11 p.m. PST

Here is some info from Wiki : link

TSR cancelled The Strategic Review after only seven issues the following year, and replaced it with two magazines, Little Wars, which covered miniature wargaming, and The Dragon, which covered role playing games. After 13 issues, Little Wars ceased publication and its content was folded into The Dragon (starting with issue 24).

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2008 11:31 a.m. PST

When The Courier stopped publishing as a half size magazine, the first generation Courier, in 1976, it was picked up by Little Wars. Timothy Krask was editor. There was a small icon on the cover that read
"including the Courier". Shortly after the magazine ceased, in early 1979, Dick Bryant brought The Courier back as the glossy cover, 8 1/2 by 11 magazine that lasted until the early 2000's

Here is the first cover of Little Wars,

The first of the new Courier

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2008 11:35 a.m. PST

Forgot to mention, that The Dragon did not have much in the way of historical miniatures content after Little Wars was "folded in."

Little Wars was an excellent venue for historical miniatures gaming material. Good that Dick was able to keep a USA version of that genre going for so long. It gave him premature gray hair :)

Robert Burke13 Oct 2008 1:13 p.m. PST

I have several extra issues for sale. Contact me at if you are interested.

Valmy9213 Oct 2008 5:04 p.m. PST

But The Dragon did have "The Cavalry Plain at Austerlitz" in issue #28 (the first I ever got) that started my interest in Napoleonics.

Rudysnelson14 Oct 2008 8:16 a.m. PST

I have a Little Wars magazine from the 1970s. It has it being published in Philadelphia MS. It had nice napoleonic color plates and data in it.

I wonder if the two were related. I will ask Jay, the old publisher, the next time I see him.

The Dozing Dragon16 Nov 2013 9:57 p.m. PST

Just picked up the last 2 copies I had missing. I do love reading the old magazines, reminding me of what us Brits missed in the miniatures department back then.

Jon Sutherland17 Nov 2013 10:59 a.m. PST

Weird, I just found three copies of Little Wars in a pile of old Battle Magazines. I've got Vol 1 No 2 (September 1976) and two from 1978. Ads are fascinating, but there is a preoccupation with WW2 squad action for some reason.

thehawk17 Nov 2013 1:54 p.m. PST

LW had some good material in it. I enjoy reading these old mags far more than contemporary publications. It would be incredible if these old mags could be made publicly available on a website.

Jon Sutherland25 Nov 2013 3:53 a.m. PST

A lot of the old magazines were available on Mag Web for some time. The access was a bit hit and miss at times. Mag Web finally folded some time ago which was a great shame. There were some excellent articles from a variety of now defunct magazines and periodicals.

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