"In the eponymous book of his game, Wells emphasised that his ludic creation was more than just an amusing pastime. For over a decade before Little Wars appeared, he'd been a prominent member - and maverick - member of the Fabian Society which lobbied for the gradual socialist reform of British society. During his lifetime, Wells' sci-fi novels and futurological texts would popularise their vision of the enlightened elite who would replace the poverty and ignorance of liberal capitalism with a new collectivist commonwealth constructed along rational and scientific lines. Most admirably, in contrast with many of his Fabian colleagues, he was also openly contemptuous of the racial hierarchies of the British Empire and its American imitator. Although no Marxist, Wells' socialism was always internationalist. Like all of his writings, Little Wars was designed to promote these Left political beliefs. By following its rules, the players of this figurine wargame would soon understand that any conflict between the major powers fought with modern weapons would result in massive casualties on the battlefield ... In his explanatory remarks in Little Wars, Wells even dreamt of luring the generals, politicians and industrialists who were then driving Europe towards a disastrous imperialist bloodbath into his Sandgate garden. Once there he would diver their competitive instincts with his socialist alternative to the impending Great War: playing with Britains' figurines. Knocking over toy soldiers with metal pellets was much preferable to killing human beings with artillery shells." - Richard Barbrook, Class Wargames: ludic subversion against spectacular capitalism.
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