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Published: Friday, 5/17/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

War games take a tiny tolls at Fort Meigs Visitors Center

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Keith Finn, of Columbus, moves a set of pieces a specific distance while playing a table top game during Fridays Drums at the Rapids: Miniature War Gaming Conference at Fort Meigs Visitor's Center in Perrysburg. Keith Finn, of Columbus, moves a set of pieces a specific distance while playing a table top game during Fridays Drums at the Rapids: Miniature War Gaming Conference at Fort Meigs Visitor's Center in Perrysburg.
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The Fort Meigs Visitors Center has recreations of wars from the Romans to Napoleon's campaign and recent problems in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tabletops today and Saturday at the center will be full of thousands of soldier figurines as the Historical Miniature Gaming Society is hosted by Fort Meigs for Drums at the Rapids war-gaming event.

"You are seeing the history of the world in one room," said Doug Johnson, event coordinator with the gaming society. "It is a giant chess game with different figures doing different actions."

Saturday the games will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 11 p.m. There will be two hour long breaks at 1 and 6 p.m.

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Battles scheduled for Saturday include Relief at Fort Meigs, The Toledo War of 1835, World War II Combat, and even a Star Trek battle. The tables can have around 2,000 pieces that are three-quarters of an inch tall. 

"We have dice and charts to decide the next moves," Mr. Johnson said. "You know the outcome, but you can see if you can do better than the historical generals."

Mr. Johnson said for the past 30 years he's been playing this miniature games on the weekend. And he'd like to see some kids come out and see it instead of video games.

"It teaches them responsibility, they can't restart it," he said. "When you play on the tables you have personality across from you."

It costs $12 to participating in the gaming for a day, but it is free to go look around and see how the games are played. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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