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Little Wars TV on women and wargaming

Little Wars TV has put together an excellent segment on “Why Don’t More Women Play Wargames?”

Can you guess what percentage of historical wargamers are women? Thanks to five years of data from the Great Wargaming Survey by “Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy” magazine, we can tell you the answer! Why is historical wargaming such a male-dominated hobby? Why are women more likely to play sci-fi and fantasy tabletop games than historical ones? We’ll talk to three women in the hobby and ask them why more women aren’t playing miniature wargames. A very special thanks to our guests, Becky, Veronica, and Amanda, for taking the time to share their insights on this important topic!

Visit Becky at:

And if you’re interested in Games Workshop tabletop gaming, be sure to visit Amanda and Ethan, the WH40k Couple, at:

You can see more results of the Great Wargaming Survey from WSS magazine right here:

3 responses to “Little Wars TV on women and wargaming

  1. Rex Brynen 23/10/2019 at 10:29 am

    That’s a good point. However, an estimate of 1-2% would be consistent with other data, such as the proportion of women who are members of the “Wargamers” Facebook group.

  2. Jon Casey 23/10/2019 at 8:10 am

    I’m a historical wargamer who doesn’t read WSS magazine. Can we in fact assume that the results of this survey are representative of the broad range of wargamers rather than just the magazine’s readership?

  3. Dani 23/10/2019 at 5:03 am

    I guessed 5%! I relate to the explanation the second lady gave. The third lady explained a growing interest of women in sci-fi and fantasy fiction. My husband writes fantasy fiction and I once asked him how many authors are female, he guessed a low percentage (10%) when in fact it’s much higher (Wikipedia says 36%in 1999, now estimated to be higher). In fact, he was surprised to discover his favorite author was female, all along he thought it was a male author!!!! Anyway, it’s an interesting discussion, thanks for sharing and raising awareness on the subject.

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