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John the OFM20 Feb 2012 9:18 a.m. PST

In other words, who gets the blame, and who gets the praise?

1) I am a genius. My tactics are unassailable!
b) My opponent could not roll a 6 to save his life.
iii) Ahah! Another glaring error for me to exploit!
D) When you get the Cone of Fear from the Chaos Death Zombies of Dhoum on the first turn, you don't have to worry about skill.
5) Oh, good. Tom has the French again!

doc mcb20 Feb 2012 9:23 a.m. PST


kyoteblue20 Feb 2012 9:26 a.m. PST


Connard Sage20 Feb 2012 9:28 a.m. PST

110) Is there any Spam?

Grizzlymc20 Feb 2012 9:32 a.m. PST

Lots I get 2500 spam mails a week.

Long pig is better.

MajorB20 Feb 2012 9:38 a.m. PST


Terrement20 Feb 2012 9:43 a.m. PST


vtsaogames20 Feb 2012 10:02 a.m. PST

My genius. That and the judicious sacrificing of small animals to the dice gods.

dglennjr20 Feb 2012 10:05 a.m. PST

Lost by stupidity.

Cute Fuzzy Kittens20 Feb 2012 10:16 a.m. PST

In chess, the winner is the person who made the second to last mistake.

The same is probably true of miniatures games.

CeruLucifus20 Feb 2012 10:31 a.m. PST

Actually or as you tell it?

I always tell my opponents they won through good tactics. If I won I tell them it was by luck. Common good manners, no need to stick the other guy when he's down. And, I might add, it keeps them coming back.

In actuality the best generals are the ones that win despite bad luck. It means they were ready with contingency plans. They forged a battle plan that survived contact with the enemy.

freewargamesrules20 Feb 2012 10:38 a.m. PST

7. The opposition knew the rules better than I did.

Have been in this situation a few times.

Altius20 Feb 2012 11:23 a.m. PST

The winner is the one who made the least mistakes.

Wolfshanza20 Feb 2012 11:39 a.m. PST

Lotta times it's B. Depends on the rules and DICE !

Sundance20 Feb 2012 11:54 a.m. PST

It can be either depending on the player. I've seen more than one defeat themselves, despite good advice from more experience players.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2012 11:55 a.m. PST

My victories are triumphs of my genius over my opponent's stupidity. My defeats are the result of my bad luck, his good luck and, just possibly, his loaded dice.


flooglestreet20 Feb 2012 12:02 p.m. PST

Six of one, half dozen of the other.

Martin Rapier20 Feb 2012 12:47 p.m. PST

As my games are always realistic simulations, so in general the historical result prevails. No skill required, it is all pre-destined (or at least the victory conditions are written in such a way as to encourage a historical course of action).

Some players don't read the victory conditions of course, and just charge.

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2012 12:55 p.m. PST

Mine are all lost through genius.

corporalpat20 Feb 2012 1:36 p.m. PST


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

I win through genius. I lose through the intervention of wrathful dice Gods. I couldn't recognize a larch if it fell on me.

Old Slow Trot20 Feb 2012 1:56 p.m. PST

A mix of many things.

T Meier20 Feb 2012 1:59 p.m. PST

I couldn't recognize a larch if it fell on me.

They're easy to identify, a typical conifer shape but the needles drop off in winter or as my then seven year old son once explained in his best scientific voice, "they are a deciduous evergreen".

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2012 2:06 p.m. PST

While I like to think that there is a reward in genius, never underestimate the power of stupidity (usually my own)

21eRegt20 Feb 2012 3:02 p.m. PST

CeruLucifus has it right.

Ron W DuBray20 Feb 2012 3:45 p.m. PST


Patrick R20 Feb 2012 4:24 p.m. PST

Green) Cluck-cluck

uruk hai21 Feb 2012 2:54 a.m. PST

I have never lost a game that wasn't the result of bad luck/misinterpretation of the rules/the ancient Aztec curse that bedevils my every waking moment.

RudyNelson21 Feb 2012 8:00 a.m. PST

Being able to capitalize on the mistakes of our enemy.

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