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Midpoint02 Apr 2013 5:24 p.m. PST

As a percentage of your total games in a year, how many are with rules/systems that are new to you, where new is defined as it being your first or second game?

A 0-10% I stick almost exclusively to my tried and tested favourites

B 10-30% I have a set of established favourites but try something new once in a while

C 30-50% I like to try new games out but the majority are games I'm already familiar with

D 50-70% I like to try new games and am pro-active in doing so

E 70-100% I rarely stick with games I've tried already, to me a big part of the hobby is encountering new rules and systems

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 5:35 p.m. PST

A. Unless you count my new copy of TSATF. Found I needed to replace my copy from 1984.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Apr 2013 5:49 p.m. PST

B, mostly because I don't play much



Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 6:13 p.m. PST

A. I hate reading rules and no one else in my group will readily do it.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 6:16 p.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 6:18 p.m. PST

B – but I have not had much chance last year to do much gaming

kyoteblue02 Apr 2013 6:18 p.m. PST


Ron W DuBray02 Apr 2013 6:20 p.m. PST

C but I have been lucky to play 3 games a year for the last 7 years.

Mako1102 Apr 2013 6:30 p.m. PST

E, or 100% for this year, but haven't gamed much, so X-Wing wins the day.

Probably varies between 20% 50%, usually, and mainly due to rules others are using.

For ones I've bought, it's probably a lower percentage, on the order of 10% 30%, since I usually like many of the ones purchased.

John the OFM02 Apr 2013 6:31 p.m. PST


Not that being familiar with the old rules helps me all that much. grin

vojvoda02 Apr 2013 6:59 p.m. PST

C. Not much time for new rules and I have some pretty standard rules I run with. I also know a ton of rules so if someone puts on a game and it's a period I play I probably know the rules.

James Mattes

War Panda02 Apr 2013 7:05 p.m. PST

C. I think…just recently there are a lot of good new games like Fireball Forward and Battle Group Kursk/Overlord and I'm very interested in the new TooFatLardies game Chain of Command…

I do love reading new rules and if something interests me I'll try it out…

OK I'm sounding like a "D" aren't I?

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 8:37 p.m. PST

A. I don't like change.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian02 Apr 2013 9:08 p.m. PST

You've really overthought this, haven't you?

richarDISNEY02 Apr 2013 9:14 p.m. PST


Space Monkey02 Apr 2013 10:29 p.m. PST

Pretty much A… I'm not a rules monkey, always jumping from game to game. The games I like work for me and something new will have to be NEW… give me something I can't get in the games I've got AND be something I like.

The last couple of new-to-me games I've played were WHFB 3.0, GRUNTZ and Azhanti High Lightning (tried it last week for the first time ever).

I'm looking to build a small force for Malifaux… but mostly as an excuse to buy some of the figures for use in another, older, game (Hybrid).

Timotheous02 Apr 2013 10:46 p.m. PST

My group used to jump into several new sets per year, or trying out "some rules I've downloaded from the web" (a D?) to now sticking with a handful of core rules we like. FOW for WWII, FoG for Ancient/medieval, etc. Occaisionaly we bring out an old favorite, like WAB or Volley & Bayonet.

We are not quite A's though, as we are very excited about the games coming out of Sam Mustafa's 'Honour' series: we love Lasalle, and Maurice is even better. We can't wait to get our hands on Longstreet this year, and blow the dust off our ACW collections!

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2013 5:37 a.m. PST

E for the last few years. Mostly solo playing for that time, for various reasons. It is more that there are so many rulesets out there, new and old, and I feel I should try them out at least once. I am hoping that over the years, I will become a D or a C with more FTF games.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2013 7:56 a.m. PST

A – 0-10%

I probably only try out four or five new games in a year. But I would count it as something you just started playing this year as opposed to first/second game.

F'r'ex, I got Caveman! a month or so ago when it came out and have played a half a dozen games. I would still consider it a "new" game, though.

The number might be a bit higher if you count rbeaking out something that you haven't played in a few years, like Space:1889 or Call of Cthulu.

vdal181203 Apr 2013 8:13 a.m. PST


6sided03 Apr 2013 8:25 a.m. PST

B. Mostly HC, BP and P&S, but now and again something else thrown in, although that is usually Bolt Action, so it's Warlord-a-go-go down my club….



The Tin Dictator03 Apr 2013 8:55 a.m. PST


Grand Duke Natokina03 Apr 2013 11:08 a.m. PST

Rules? In a wargame?
We use our own rules. However, we are modifying them to get the game to move faster, so we are trying out variations of the rules.

sillypoint03 Apr 2013 1:39 p.m. PST


whill403 Apr 2013 6:20 p.m. PST


Bizzbum08 Apr 2013 2:11 p.m. PST

E – rules can always be improved or new systems developed.. otherwise, we'd all be playing HG Wells rules with tin soldiers…

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