Has the “Darkest Africa” fad passed? I hope not. The Wargames Foundry line of figures by Mark Copplestone and others sparked a hobby-wide interest in miniature wargames that were more role-playing oriented — adventure games, if you will. If you’re still playing darkest Africa games — or if you’re thinking about getting into them, here’s a good site with historical maps of Africa.
This site has a good history of the Thirty Years War, with lots of of information about the various phases of the war — The Bohemian Rebellion, the Palatinate, etc.. Lots here that I never knew about.
If you’re interested in gaming the ThirtyYears War, there’s a post here about a set of rules for the period.
Rules writers pay attention! Mike Willegal has written an analysis of the effectiveness of black powder muskets.
The British Battles website has accounts, maps and orders of battle for dozens of famous battles involving the British army. Included are Battles from King George’s War, the Jacobite Rebellion, The French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Peninuslar War, and other Napoleonic Era battles. It’s an incredible resource for the miniature wargamer.
Matt Fritz has these simple set of free wargamesrules for recreating the Siege of Tenochtitlan. He uses them with his students — a great idea for both wargaming and learning! It inspires me to try similar things in my classroom.