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by H. G. Wells
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Must reading for anyone with an interest in game history or design. A masterwork by a master of literature. --M. Odysseus Warhol
M. Odysseus Warhol
Must reading for anyone with an interest in game history or design. A masterwork by a master of literature.
Often referred to as a companion volume to Wells wargaming classic Little Wars, Floor Games is H.G. Wells 1911 introduction to recreational gaming. Highlights include a lighthearted, often humorous discussion on the theory and methodology behind a wide variety of "floor" and tabletop games. Features of this new edition include: * A Foreword by renowned game designer James Dunnigan, founder of game company SPI and magazine Strategy & Tactics, that discusses Wells' influence on the development of the modern wargame. * An Introduction by publisher Michael. J. Varhola that discusses the fist edition of the book, the special challenges associated with republishing it, and its significance to modern wargames and roleplaying games alike. * Numerous tips on creation of improvised models, terrain, and other wargaming props. * Hundreds of pieces of the marginal art that illustrated the original 1911 edition of the book. * Eight photographs taken for the original edition of the book showing the props and games created by Wells and his sons.
The jolliest indoor games for boys and girls demand a floor, and the home that has no floor upon which games may be played falls so far short of happiness. It must be a floor covered with linoleum or cork carpet, so that toy soldiers and such-like will stand up upon it, and of a color and surface that will take and show chalk marks; the common green- colored cork carpet without a pattern is the best of all.
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Suggests some of the games that can be created using toy soldiers and other figurines, blocks, boards and planks, and toy trains arranged in various ways on an appropriate floor.
About the Author
Michael J. Varhola is an author of numerous books, games, and articles, as well as the founder of game development company and manufacturer Skirmisher Publishing LLC. Non-fiction books he has authored or co-authored include The Writers Complete Fantasy Reference with Terry Brooks, Everyday Life During the Civil War, Fire & Ice: The Korean War, 1950-1953, and D-Day. Gaming books he has authored or co-authored include Experts, Warriors, Tests of Skill, Nuisances, Experts v.3.5, and Nation Builder with Gary Gygax. He is a 1993 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, from which he received a B.S. in journalism.
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