Something of interest about wargames

By Peter Barkworth

Dear members, I was browsing YouTube recently and came across “Six reasons why wargames have plummeted in popularity.” It is some three years old, so some of you may well have viewed it, but perhaps some will find it interesting.


It is presented by Dr Lewis Pulsipher; perhaps the Lewis Pulsipher who used to write in White Dwarf magazine in the 1970s. He lists some interesting points about us and changes in society. I also recommend that readers view the comments too as these are informative. You might think it pessimistic or you might just see that wargamers have changed.

And for fun, you might want to view the Irish comedians — Foil, Arms and Hogg — playing a game of “Risk.”


I do hope you enjoy.

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3 Responses to Something of interest about wargames

  1. james E rohrer says:

    Low popularity is ok with me. Following the crowd has no appeal. For those who collect boxed games, a reduction in variety or quality of new product might be a concern. But for those who prefer DIY approaches, the quantity of product available for purchase at reasonable prices is not a concern.

    Here is my theory about what is wrong with the hobby: too much affluence. If you can pay Warhammer prices, then DIY wargaming is not appealing. It is easier to buy attractive, overpriced figures. All your friends are doing that so if you try to step outside the norm, you will find yourself … a solo wargamer. 🙂

  2. Peter R. Barkworth says:

    Thank you for writing in, Jim.

    I think you may have a point about too much affluence; sadly, I have never suffered from that, but it’s true some people just buy rather than create for themselves — perhaps never experiencing the joy that that can bring.

    One of the comments on the YouTube article was how history is taught these days which I think is very poignant. Do young people enjoy history these days? I’m not sure they do in England.

    Perhaps some other solo wargamers would like to comment?

    • Jim Rohrer says:

      Literacy has declined. Many younger people only read short documents and struggle with that. Educators have noticed the decline and responded by lowering standards. If reading is a struggle, then you will only learn history from YouTube. That is better than nothing but not quite the same.

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