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12 Aug 2019 9:50 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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GROSSMAN12 Aug 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

I am going to run some skirmish games at a local game store and wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions for fast play easy rules for kids.

cj177612 Aug 2019 10:52 a.m. PST

Junior general has some simple rules


Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

Look up "Army Men" rules. There are a number of such available for free. I've used "Fighting Plastic" to good results.

cae5ar12 Aug 2019 2:44 p.m. PST

Bolt Action and What A Tanker are both easy and fun games for all ages.

Griffon8612 Aug 2019 3:03 p.m. PST

I've found John Lambshead's One-Hour Skirmish Wargames a very manageable, card-driven system for small engagements. I'd expect one could easily distill the rules and present them in a way kids could understand.

If I didn't think you were wedded to infantry skirmishes I'd suggest my own Panzer Kids Basic…though I'm not sure you want to get that basic. I've run it at library events and wargaming conventions to full tables (four players a side) including adults and kids, grognards and newcomers.

Good luck with your event!

28mm Fanatik12 Aug 2019 8:11 p.m. PST

Airfix Battles.

blacksmith13 Aug 2019 12:45 a.m. PST

five men in Normandy and Company Commander by Nordic Weasel. All measures are done with a six inches stick, you only activate three or four stands per turn from an army of twelve or less stands, there are no tables or modifiers and you only need to look for ones or sixes on a D6 rolls, and still it allows you tactical decisions and gives some tension, all in less than two hours.

surdu200513 Aug 2019 2:45 a.m. PST

In the book "Big Battles for Little Hands," we included a skirmish set of rules and a "battle" set of rules. Both were play tested with kids as young as six. I think BBfLH is still available through On Military Matters or Wargames Vault.

Dexter Ward13 Aug 2019 7:49 a.m. PST

Operation Warboard, if you can get hold of it, contains a great set of very simple WW2 rules

Marc at work13 Aug 2019 7:54 a.m. PST

Charles Grant Battle

A great primer, and easily expandable if everyone enjoys it

GROSSMAN13 Aug 2019 10:51 a.m. PST

Thanks Guys.

Bismarck14 Aug 2019 11:20 a.m. PST

Sorry to be so late in making a suggestion for you. There is a freebie online called "One Brain Cell Wargame Rules". You should find it on the freewargamesrules website.

Better recommendation yet is an old set called "The Green and Tan". That too used to be free, but now is still online but being sold. Price is less than $5 USD and I think is just available in pdf. For an intro, that is a good set of rules
and surprisingly enough gives a good representation of results compared to more detailed rules.

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