Little Wars, Inc.: A History
In 1972, Elliott’s Book Shop, the parent company of Little Wars, Inc., began selling wargames and military miniatures as a profitable sideline at its initial South Baton Rouge location in Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road. Assiduously courted by Samuel B. Katz as an anchor tenant for his recently opened Village Square Shopping Center, Elliott’s moved to a College Drive location in 1976, linking the wargaming sideline to an extensively enhanced science fiction and fantasy book section. Building on the incredible popularity of early Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing, Elliott’s reputedly became the first store nationally to sell individual gaming figures broken out of the standard packs. For the Christmas Season of 1988, Elliott’s spun off an independent full-service game shop, “Little Wars” named after H.G. Wells’ classic wargaming book of 1913. Little Wars offered free in-store and late-night gaming in addition to the area’s largest selection of wargaming material.
When Elliott’s closed in 1997 due to intense super-store competition, Little Wars was reconfigured to include the bookstore’s popular military history and science fiction sections as powerful sidelines to their established trade in historical wargames, heroic fantasy games, paints, and miniatures.
Down through the years, Little Wars, Inc. has been recognized nationally as a premiere game shop, offering a complete one-stop service in the best of historical, fantasy and board gaming in a bright, clean, pleasant and safe environment. Little Wars’ survival throughout the slow decline (and eventual disappearance) of Village Square Shopping Center proved its place as a destination store. In August of 2003, Little Wars moved to its current location in the Jefferson Plaza Shopping Center, right across from the new and spectacularly successful Whole Foods extravaganza at Cedar Lodge Shopping Center at Jefferson Highway and Corporate Boulevard.
Convenient business hours easily allow gaming on weekdays, weekends and nights. Gaming is heavier on certain scheduled game nights, on the weekends, and for tournament occasions when our in-store gaming tables are filled with intensive players.
We cordially invite you to join our friendly and competitive wargaming community playing at Little Wars!