Wells wrote a ground-breaking work when he penned Little Wars, which started the hobby of military miniatures war-gaming. -- Gary Gygax, March 2004
About the Author
H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is rare among science fiction writers-and virtually unique among wargame designers-in that he was wildly successful and seen as a genius both during his life and long after his death. He published Little Wars in 1913, following the financial success bestowed upon him by works like The Time Machine. The fact that he wrote this book at all demonstrates a commitment to the concept of wargaming, and his execution of it reveals both his keen sense of humor and his abilities as a game designer.
While Wells work remains popular to this day, he is sometimes derided for having been a pacifist. By 1913, however, military technology had reached a level of lethality that threatened to make warfare between industrialized nations a zero-sum game bordering on apocalypse, as demonstrated by the Great War that broke out the year following the release of Little Wars. Survival of the species probably motivated the great author as much as pacifism.