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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 2:32 p.m. PST

"Asking me why I like miniature wargaming is like asking me why history is important, or why do I write military history? I am not sure I can answer those questions. I have always been surrounded with books, and toy soldiers since my earliest years. I grew up with them and I have lived with them my entire life. As a teacher, I used miniature wargaming in the classroom to teach history.

The question has arisen as a result of my last blog about how do we get younger individuals into miniature wargaming and, in turn, into studying or reading history. I have some ideas of how to do it. They are merely ideas at this stage…"
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Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2020 5:24 a.m. PST

The author is overthinking it. I applied his idea #1 to my sons – get the kids to play. One of my sons is now applying this idea to his sons. I think it is a matter of just doing it.

We were at the Rapier Con last weekend. There was a lot of feedback from other gamers about the family contingent is several games. grin


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2020 10:50 a.m. PST



Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 12:14 p.m. PST

I ran games through my local "Community Education" system. It was called, "Introduction to Tabletop Wargames". I ran it for several years, consecutively. I always was asked to run additional classes as they always filled up, with students waiting. I was paid for running the classes, as well!

I wrote up rules which were easy to grasp for 10-12 year-old's, using plastic Army Men figures -- nearly every boy has these in his toy collection. I used d6-based rules, with rulers, and CRT's. No Tennis Balls, no clumps of dirt… They were well received, and students returned frequently, the following year, for another go at it.

I still play these rules myself, with friends. They play fast, with loads of tactical decisions to be made by each player. They're not terribly complicated, but they're not overly simplistic, either.

I ran my class for adults, also. It was quite fun to see adults crawling on the floor of the classroom, moving Army Men figures around… The youth classes were a much bigger success, but I still managed to attract adults, as well.

With the use of Army Men figures, the students tried to go home, and run their own games: students were issued Quick Reference Sheets for the class, but I took them back, at the end. The game was offered for sale, and a number of students purchased them, to play at home, with friends. Cheers!

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