Back in the time just before computers came home geeks were entertained by pen and paper games. I was one of those geeks and I am going to post some images of some of my favorite games from my childhood. I will skip the obvious one that everyone knows; Dungeons and Dragons. While I did start playing Dungeons and Dragons back in 1975 that is a game to well known to truly be interesting. Many will not realize it was first created in 1974. Even fewer will know that Dungeons and Dragons was an offshoot of a game called Chainmail.
Chainmail was a fantastic game that included rules for historical medieval miniature rules and rules for fantasy miniatures. My friends and I enjoyed playing the game and spent hours playing. This was my first introduction to what an ‘arms race’ was. We had one rule for fielding our ‘armies’; the miniatures had to be painted to be played. I still fondly recall a battle shortly after I had my first paper route… until that all my funds to buy the miniatures came from my parents, but with my first months pay from my paper route I bought roughly 100 miniatures including 50 cavalry men in full plate armor. My friends did not know I had them. During the setup for the game I setup my normal contingent of miniatures and then waited for the my two friends to finish setting up their armies. I reached back to my second case and started taking out my new figures just as they thought the game was ready to start. My friends looks of confidence faded to looks of sheer terror. That was the first game I ever won and we had been playing for almost two years.