Not only was H. G. Wells the grandfather of science fiction, he was also the grandfather of War Games.
War Games have pretty much existed for as long as there have been wars. Chess and Go, two of the oldest games in the world, arose from War Games. War Games began to be used by armed services to train in tactics and predict military outcomes
It was Wells, however, who first opened up the War Games for the amateur. In 1915, he published a set of amateur wargaming rules in a book entitled <Little Wars, now seen as the "wargamers’ bible".
In 1953, Charles Roberts released the first commercially available "board" war game. Though it was a slow starter, Roberts eventually went on to form the Avalon-Hill Game Company, now one of the world’s biggest game companies.
A small company, Tactical Studies Rules created a War Games called Chainmail that became the first wargame to include rules for giants, trolls, dragons and magic spells. This game is seen to be the immediate predecessor of Dungeons and Dragons, and indeed, there are many similarities in the rules and style.
It was only a matter time before the first game specifically set in Tolkien’s world was published.
War games let you re-create and out-do the epic accomplishments of these great men by putting you in charge of the grand strategies and sharp tactics that decide the fate of men and nations.
War games also encompass non-historical settings, such as futuristic science-fiction conflicts and fanstasy battles between men and monster.
Hot War Games!
BATTLESHIP ELECTRONIC HANDHELD $15.99
Electronic Handheld Battleship is a portable version of the classic naval combat game. Find and sink the computer's naval fleet before he finds and sinks yours!
Features of Electronic Handheld Battleship:
3 skill levels
Manual or automatic ship positioning
Sounds effects and victory tune
HeroScape: Rise of the Valkyrie $59.99
War is being Waged in Valhalla!
Valhalla was a happy and peaceful place until the discovery of the wellsprings. The water from the springs brought powers and visions to those that drank from it. The visions included images of heroes and warriors from other worlds and times locked in deadly combat. With their new powers, the Valkyrie devised ways to beckon these creatures and use them against their enemies. The lush lands of Valhalla have now become a war-torn and desolate ruin.
Heroes and warriors from all worlds and times are now ready to wage war in Valhalla, and you have come to lead them. Will you be part of the Jandar Army who longs for peace? Or will you be vengeful and lead the Utgar Army to gain control for yourself and your minions?
Build your battlefield, gather your armies and wage war against your enemies. Will you be cunning and powerful enough to crush your enemies and claim victory?
CONQUEST OF THE EMPIRE
Will you be the next Emperor of Rome, or food for the lions? In Conquest of the Empire it is the 2nd century AD, and the 200 year Pax Romana of Augustus Caesar has come to an end. With the death of the Philosopher-Scholar Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Empire is without a competent leader. Chaos has descended on the land and several contenders for the throne have emerged. Use diplomacy to pacify your stronger enemies and your mighty Roman Legions to crush the rest! Conquest of the Empire features over 300 historically accurate, professionally sculpted miniatures, and improved Classic gameplay as well as rules for the all new Conquest of the Empire 2!
DOOM - THE BOARDGAME
In Doom - The Boardgame, the Union Aerospace Corporation was performing secret experiments in their base on Mars. Tapping into the very fabric of the universe itself, UAC scientists made discoveries that would forever change human existence. Then something went terribly wrong...
In Doom - The Boardgame, one player controls the hordes of invaders that have broken into the UAC Mars base, while the other players take on the roles of highly-trained marines fighting to save their lives and all of humanity. To win, the marines will have to use their unique abilities to function as a team while exploring the winding corridors and monster-infested rooms of the base. If they don't, the minions of Hell will crush all humanity!
WAR OF THE RING GAME
From the land of Mordor, the dark lord Sauron seeks to conquer Middle Earth and its people. To be sure of domination, he lacks only the One Ring that was cut from his hand long ago. The War of the Ring is an epic board game experience based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. This game allows players to immerse themselves in Tolkien's classic story and experience it's epic action, dramatic conflict, and all the memorable characters of these great stories.
AXIS & ALLIES - REVISED
It's spring 1942, the world is at war, and Axis and Allies allows you to take the fate of the world into your own hands! Germany and Japan are aligned against the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Victory belongs not only to the side that conquers it's opponents on the battlefield, but also to the player who seizes the most enemy territory. This updated version of the WWII classic features a redesigned map, and 370 playing pieces including artillery and destroyers.