Sunday, February 1, 2009

Old School Wargamer Library

In a previous post, I described getting Wargame Tactics by Charles Grant as a late Christmas present (thanks to an Amazon gift certificate). So I decided to determine what books I had in my personal library that might qualify as "Old School" wargames books. I've come up with at least these six.

The first three are:

Little Wars by H. G. Wells (the 1970 Arms and Armour Press reprint with a forward by one of the deans of science fiction, Isaac Asimov)

The aforementioned Wargames Tactics by Charles Grant (1979 Hippocrene publication)

Charge! Or How to Play War Games by Brigadier Peter Young and Lt. Col. J. P. Lawford (1967 Morgan-Grampian publication)

The next three are:

Scenarios for Wargamers by Charles Stewart Grant (a WRG 1st edition publication)

Setting Up a Wargames Campaign by Tony Bath (the 1978 WRG 2nd edition)

Programmed Wargames Scenarios by Charles Stewart Grant (a WRG 1st edition publication)

I'm sure I have a few others, but these are some of what I consider basic "Old School" wargaming publications.


Capt Bill said...

Now you've got me wondering how many old school books I have. I known I still have five of your six, but I haven't seen them in years. The search is on! Thanks for the inspiration...Bill

Snickering Corpses said...

In a weird occurence of synchronicity, I bought Wargames Tactics as a birthday present myself at the end of December.

So I have Charge! (original), Little Wars (a recent reprint in small paperback), Wargames Tactics (original), and Programmed Wargames Scenarios is hopefully somewhere in the post between the UK and here.

Bluebear Jeff said...

I presume that you are aware that C.S. Grant & Asquith have a new book of scenarios out . . . "Scenarios For All Ages".

Also BATTLEGAMES Magazine has published a collection of the Grants' "Table Top Teasers" that you might want to check out.

-- Jeff

WSTKS-FM Worldwide said...

Ah, yes! I have all of these but Wells, and I could read and re-read them for days. Fantastic stuff!

Best Regards,