Wargames are “paper time machines” according to one of the great hobby founders and innovators Jim Dunnigan. Wargames offer a fresh way to engage with history in a meaningful, social, and competitive manner. This combination of competitive play not so unlike Chess or Go gives wargamers a fun way to explore the history that most people only watch on TV or read about.
The interactivity of history can lead some to believe that this is about glorifying the horror of war. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It has, almost without exception, presented a way of understanding the challenge borne by military leaders. Though dice, cardboard, miniatures, or pixels can never place a wargamer under the true burden of command…it does a believable job of creating that tension.