Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Radar: H.G. Wells' Little Orc Wars

What the what? Yes, you read that right -- the word 'orc' does appear in that title.

One of the thing I miss about being in a FLGS is the ability to browse for strange and unusual games that I would never buy -- but am sorely tempted to out of curiosity.

After typing in random letters into the new RPGNow search bar, this game was recommended. After a quick spit-take, I read up on it.

It's apparently based on H.G. Wells's Little Wars, but has extra rules that explain how it can be used with any type of miniature set. A bold claim, but intriguing enough to give me pause.

Behold the marketing copy:

H.G. Wells’ Little Orc Wars is a miniatures game based on the rules and concepts published by the genius science fiction author nearly a century ago. It is, in fact, one of the most flexible, innovative, and fast-paced miniatures rule systems for use with fantasy miniatures and models ever created. Indeed, a primary feature of this game is that it can be played with virtually any miniatures, setting it apart from the vast majority of fantasy miniatures games, which demand that only their branded products be used in play.

This booklet contains a fast-play extract of an expanded rules set being published by Skirmisher Publishing LLC. Other highlights of the complete book include guidelines on building props and models; examples of play depicting some of the best wargaming models currently available, including those by the Miniature Building Authority, Armorcast, Fantascene, Dwarven Forge, and Flying Tricycle; and action-oriented images of miniatures in play.

For $1.99, it's really tempting. And excellent cover, by the way.

Well played, Skirmisher Publishing. Well played.


  1. Sounds to me like somebody taking something that's free and making a few changes to it in order to turn a quick buck.

  2. I do feel a little bit of that as well. They even came out with expansions on the rules... but I didn't succumb to buying them.


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