Solo Wargamer



Welcome to my solo wargames blog. As well as being a personal journal of my solo battles and campaigns, I’m aiming to gradually build this into a modest online resource for other solo wargamers. Solo play has been neglected in recent years, but for a number of reasons – some a matter of choice, others a matter of necessity – it remains for many people a viable and fun alternative to wargames clubs and tournaments. There is a thriving Yahoo discussion group which I can warmly recommend if you haven’t already found it – click here to check it out. As for this blog, I would welcome any feedback you’d care to post, and any ideas you’d care to contribute.

So, why solo wargaming? Up until now my wargaming career has been one of dipping a toe gingerly into the water, checking out local clubs and the friendlier sorts of tournament. But I don’t find that either is really quite to my taste, nor do they satisfy my need for ongoing wargames or quick one-off battles that can be fought whenever I feel the urge for a game. Being in the happy position of having the space for a permanent games table means that I don’t have to worry about setting up and clearing away games, and that I can leave battles in situ and return to them either for a few short minutes or for longer periods during my spare time. That has made it a lot easier to opt for the choice of focusing primarily on solo gaming.

Solo wargaming appeals to me because of this capacity for playing at my own pace just when it suits me. And it enables me to follow up ideas, investigate the periods of my choice, and use my own favourite rulesets without having to worry about whether they fit in with someone else’s preferences.

At the moment my tendency is to play small scale battles using the DBA and Hordes Of The Things rulesets, and the blog is initially likely to reflect something of a bias in that direction. On the other hand as my ‘career’ as a solo wargamer develops I hope to expand the scale of my operations…

Happy Gaming!



  1. Great start, good luck with it. Like you I solo with DBA and HOTT although I’m more interested in collecting armies than gaming. I have to admit though it’s good to see the little guys in there natural setting – mixing it on a table now and again.


    Comment by George — May 10, 2009 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the encouragement George. I must admit that I’ve also tended to focus on collecting more than playing. That’s partly because it’s been difficult to find opponents locally who use the same rulesets. A big part of my motivation for this blog, and for developing solo ideas and techniques in general, is to address the problem by finding ways to get my little fellas out onto a battlefield rather than leave them hidden away in a drawer ;O)

    Comment by solowargamer — May 11, 2009 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  3. Congratulations for your blog. I really like it! I’m also a solo DBA gamer, and I find your entries well doccumented, helpful and interesting.

    Keep on commanding, General!

    Regards from Spain.

    Comment by Caballero Andante — October 24, 2009 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for that, always a pleasure to find another solo DBA gamer out there! 😮

    Comment by Jay — October 25, 2009 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

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