Getting new blood into the hobby has been a topic of discussion in he war gaming hobby for a long time now. On his blog, Bill Sempf posted Tourna a simple set of rules he uses to play with his son.
Tourna lets you use any figures to hand from that old Warhammer army to Lego minifigs to plastic dinos. A game is balanced by allotting each player the same number of dice with more dice making for a larger game. The players then assign these dice to figures with generals getting two and regular figures 1. The rules easily allow for machines and monsters - just assign the figure more dice from your army pool.
Players can move a unit or battle (melee or shoot) in each turn. Movement is in inches or whatever units are appropriate to the playing area. As expected from its Warhammer inspired roots, Tourna takes a bucket of dice approach. Roll to hit, roll for damage with each damage point taking a die off the target figure. Melee takes place between units in base contact and shooters can hit anything in line of sight but at reduced hit and damage factors. Simple to understand tweaks allow for mounted units vehicles or other type of units. For example, mounted units move further than foot and can charge (move into contact and melee) an enemy unit in range. Victory goes to the last person standing.
Tourna looks to be a fast and easy way to introduce miniatures gaming to the youngest players.