The late Don Featherstone, the first to write extensively about solo wargaming
With most of the world in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, and huge numbers of us being forced to change our social behaviour – including our hobby behaviour – I though I'd make a small contribution towards trying to maintain a positive attitude in these difficult times.
With events being cancelled, wargames and boardgame clubs having to curtail their activities and even good friends pondering whether sense of actual face-to-face gaming is sensible for the time being, then the time has come for us to consider all the alternatives available to us, and solo wargaming is certainly at or near the top of the list.
Popularised by Donald Featherstone as early as the 1960s, and probably carried out quietly and without publicity by thousands of wargamers for decades before and since, solo wargaming has a huge amount to offer, both as a substitute for and an adjunct to face-to-face gaming.
Here, I read a section of Chapter 9 of my book The Wargaming Compendium as what I hope will be a stimulus for many more wargamers to give it a try, whether for skirmishes, battles or even campaigns. Feel free to comment with your own ideas and solo gaming experiences in the comments below.
So, here's wishing you all the best, and of course hoping that none of you or your loved ones come down with the virus yourselves. For as long as possible, I intend to carry on as normally as I possibly can – if you have other ideas that you'd like to hear or see for 'shorts' like this, do let me know.
P.S. Given the circumstances, I'm making this 'special' episode public immediately.
Don Featherstone's Solo Wargaming has been reproduced in paperback by the History of Wargaming Project – original hardbacks occasionally turn up on eBay. High quality copies can be quite expensive.
The Wargaming Compendium on Amazon