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21 Apr 2012 2:42 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Apr 2012 2:42 p.m. PST

What is the First Law?

Norman D Landings21 Apr 2012 2:46 p.m. PST

It's only toy soldiers….

Angel Barracks21 Apr 2012 2:50 p.m. PST


or of course:

You do not talk about Miniature Wargaming

Savlon21 Apr 2012 2:56 p.m. PST

Don't Deleted by Moderator.

fredjg21 Apr 2012 3:03 p.m. PST

If you wait to buy, until the line is complete, the company will close their doors before you remember to buy them.

If you buy figures as they become available, the company will always be in business, but they will never produce the rest of the line.

RavenscraftCybernetics21 Apr 2012 3:04 p.m. PST

Not to go about on all fours, THAT is the law.

Justin Penwith21 Apr 2012 3:04 p.m. PST

Touch not my miniatures without express permission!

TamsinP21 Apr 2012 3:14 p.m. PST

"When the last figure in the lead pile has been painted, death will shortly follow"

doc mcb21 Apr 2012 3:17 p.m. PST

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.

Yesthatphil21 Apr 2012 3:23 p.m. PST

People love toy soldiers.

Sergeant Crunch21 Apr 2012 3:26 p.m. PST

A gamer shall not harm a miniature or allow a miniature to come to harm through inaction.

(Probably horribly mis-paraphrased, but you get the point)

Barks121 Apr 2012 3:36 p.m. PST

A freshly painted unit will run away and die.

Wolfshanza21 Apr 2012 3:43 p.m. PST

"Not to go about on all fours, THAT is the law."

Are we not men !

No matter how elite the troops, the dice will do you !

The Gray Ghost21 Apr 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

always buy more figures than you are going to need

Sparker21 Apr 2012 3:58 p.m. PST

'Stay Frostie'!

Sparker21 Apr 2012 3:59 p.m. PST

'Stay Frosty'!

GoGators21 Apr 2012 3:59 p.m. PST

Adults carry two boxes of troops. Children carry one box at a time.

D A THB21 Apr 2012 4:11 p.m. PST

Shower once a day minimum.

Crucible Orc21 Apr 2012 4:12 p.m. PST

I'm quite anal about how my miniatures are store/put away, so for me:

never put away Steve's miniatures for him. he'll just have to unpack and then repack them properly.

Caesar21 Apr 2012 4:15 p.m. PST

Have fun.

Tarty2Ts21 Apr 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

Underarm Deodorant

CLDecker Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2012 4:55 p.m. PST

Always double tap… um, wait..

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2012 5:06 p.m. PST

Handle other people's miniatures with care.

Wartopia21 Apr 2012 5:15 p.m. PST

what is the first law?

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.


But seriously folks, the first law of wargaming is keep gaming objectively in perspective while having fun subjectively.

For example, your favorite rules may have glaring "inaccuracies" or "flaws" due to a myriad of reasons. Accept them and enjoy the game. If others point out the errors or flaws or compromises accept them and have fun.

The worst thing you can do is get tied into knots looking foolish while denying objective reality. I'm not sure why but gamers get really defensive, angry, and irrational when discussing their favorite games. Such a lost opportunity for interesting, calm discussion.

nvdoyle21 Apr 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

Have miniatures, and play wargames with them?

TheCount21 Apr 2012 5:25 p.m. PST

The First Law of Wargaming is:

Create As Many Other Laws As Possible.

Well, so it seems wink

Glengarry 421 Apr 2012 5:38 p.m. PST

no drinks cans on he felt!

Smokey Roan21 Apr 2012 6:06 p.m. PST

Life is too short to have half ass terrain.

Is that where you want to be when Jesus comes back, using construction paper for forests and rivers?

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2012 6:14 p.m. PST

The First Law is that as soon as I gather and begin painting an army, the WHOLE group abandons that era and takes up one in which I have nothing to play with.

platypus01au21 Apr 2012 7:46 p.m. PST

Roll dice and the winner has the initiative?


cavcrazy21 Apr 2012 7:49 p.m. PST

Remember it is game and meant to be enjoyed.

DesertScrb21 Apr 2012 7:54 p.m. PST

Are we not men !

We are DEVO!

Privateer4hire21 Apr 2012 8:01 p.m. PST

Win At All Costs.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2012 8:01 p.m. PST

Anything but a one.

brucka21 Apr 2012 8:09 p.m. PST

'The First Law' usually requires a FAQ and a flame-board to explain it.

TMPWargamerabbit21 Apr 2012 9:36 p.m. PST

Check with spouse to see if you are socially booked that day, especially before the big game.

Keraunos21 Apr 2012 10:38 p.m. PST

your not doing it right

kreoseus221 Apr 2012 11:04 p.m. PST

There is no spoon

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2012 12:47 a.m. PST

These arent the miniatures youre looking for.

Rudi the german22 Apr 2012 1:26 a.m. PST

It is a playfull and / or simple simulation of a real / fictive combat situation ( past or future) inorder to learn the insights and instruments to survive/ reduce losses or fullfil your Combat mission.

Think about what you have just done, the next time you remove your figures from the table!

Andrew Beasley22 Apr 2012 2:05 a.m. PST

Never roll a one

The lead pile grows quicker than you can paint it

You will always find something new even for finished units

It does not matter what size base your troops are on – the next set of rules will need different ones

Prices only go up

John D Salt22 Apr 2012 3:26 a.m. PST

Same as the first rule of life, "Try to be incredibly lucky."

All the best,


corporalpat22 Apr 2012 3:40 a.m. PST

The first law usually has something to do with initiative.

GarrisonMiniatures22 Apr 2012 6:51 a.m. PST

What edition (including amendments) First Law are we talking about?

wrgmr122 Apr 2012 7:02 a.m. PST

Have fun and shake hands when you are finished, after all it's just a game.

Feet up now22 Apr 2012 9:01 a.m. PST

Make room.

Gennorm22 Apr 2012 1:30 p.m. PST

Always blame your dice.

Lost Wolf22 Apr 2012 4:36 p.m. PST

Dice are evil and are expendable

Bandolier Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2012 6:48 p.m. PST

I think people are confusing laws for maxims. Very entertaining responses nonetheless.

flicking wargamer23 Apr 2012 7:43 a.m. PST

186000 miles per second. Not just a good idea. It is the law!

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