What is WargameHQ?
This is a site I put together to capture some of my experiences playing and thinking about tabletop wargaming. That is primarily board wargames/conflict simulations (consims), but occasionally I may include something about miniature gaming. WargameHQ grew out of a few other writing and web projects I pulled together in the past including:
- The Everyday Gamer – A blog I kept in 2013 where I wrote a BoardGameGeek blog post each day for a year. In the end, I deleted everything when I reduced my presence on BGG.
- GamesOnTables.com – My first gaming website where I attempted to continue my blogging and then capture a database of the games I owned. It was short lived because it lacked a focus on Wargaming despite the vast majority of my game collection being wargames! Ultimately, this project didn’t fit and I moved on to WargameHQ.
Why are there games with no content on the site?
WargameHQ will eventually house all of my wargames with placeholder pages until I create additional content for them in the form of session reports. As a result, when a game is added to the site, it’s because I’ve purchased or received as a gift from family the game.
Any content produced for the site has been produced by me for the sole purpose of supporting the hobby. If a game was provided by a publisher, I’ve noted that on the game’s page and in any content that I create about it to ensure folks have a chance to determine whether my work is consistent between both provided games and games I’ve purchased outright.
I find websites that are dodgy about this suspect even when I respect the content because full transparency should be something we work toward as hobbyists!
How did you get into wargaming?
I had a friend who lived down the street that visited Gettysburg in 1988. He returned with the Avalon Hill Gettysburg 125th Anniversary Edition game. That summer, the game remained set up on his dining room table, bedroom floor, my bedroom floor, and in a tent we slept in outside sometimes. It was a constant part of rainy days and when we were exhausted from playing outside and swimming in the lake.
We both enjoyed playing Axis & Allies prior to Gettysburg, but there was just something about the game that was absolutely different from anything I had ever experienced. It made me want to read more about Gettysburg and understand who those little bits of cardboard were and why certain hexes had victory points associated with them.
Interestingly enough, I didn’t get to Gettysburg myself until 31 years later with my son who same age I was when I first fell in love with wargaming. We took Mark Herman’s Gettysburg game with us to play in the hotel and it was a great memory of being in a place that meant so much to my entry to the hobby, walking the hexmap in person, and getting incredible opportunity to share that with my son.
What’s next for the site?
I recorded the first season of Hexy Talk: A wargaming podcast in December 2019. My goal is to get those episodes edited and published in mid-2020 so folks can enjoy them. Due to COVID-19 and a job change during that crisis my timeline got all out of whack.
The relaunch of the site in June 2020 with a new look and a data model built by me should help streamline the content that’s getting published as well and bring some focus to where to start. I also intend to continue getting my gaming collection into the site so folks can take a look (and even recommend) what titles they think I should tackle next!
I sincerely hope you enjoy poking around the site.