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Midpoint08 Jun 2013 8:09 a.m. PST

In respect of the periods you play, are you someone who:

A. Plays only mainstream periods like WW2, Naps etc
B. Plays mostly mainstream periods, but occasionally flirts with something more obscure
C. Play a balance of mainstream periods and more obscure ones
D. Someone who will play mainstream games, but prefers to focus on lesser known wars and campaigns.
E. Someone who revels in being an obscurantist WOJE

Texas Jack08 Jun 2013 8:25 a.m. PST

I suppose something between C and D. Actually, I am more an Early-ist, in that for most conflicts I prefer to focus on the early part, especially in Napoleonics and WWII.

What are you Midpoint?

Yesthatphil08 Jun 2013 8:26 a.m. PST

I'm more of an F grin

I am interested in military history so if I find the period/battle/episode interesting, I like to find ways to explore it in miniature (sometimes that will be a period that is mainstream for wargamers … I have a longstanding fascination with Stalingrad e.g. … or it might be a truly epic moment in military history but which for all sorts of reasons is barely mainstream for wargamers, such as the French and Indian War and Wolfe's campaign)…

What is 'mainstream' for other wargamers isn't really that relevant I think …

Most of the enthusiasts I regularly wargame with support this approach, happily …


Rudi the german08 Jun 2013 8:36 a.m. PST

Sometimes i enjoy to play obscure wars like ACW, Amercan-spanish war, american revolution, american-mexican war… Ect…

Obscure means hidden.. And that is in the eye of the beholder!
Greetings and have fun

Rudi the german08 Jun 2013 8:37 a.m. PST

Sometimes i enjoy to play obscure wars like ACW, American-spanish war, american revolution, american-mexican war… Ect…

Obscure means hidden.. And that is in the eye of the beholder!
Greetings and have fun

Midpoint08 Jun 2013 8:41 a.m. PST

I think I'm quite a generalist – WW2, Naps, Crusades.

That being said, in the local population of wargamers there seems to be a high proportion of obscurantists, making my mainstream activities perversely uncommon.

Not to say that you can't do those periods I listed without being relatively obscure – early war French. Minor states Naps, Northern Crusades.

Martin Rapier08 Jun 2013 9:05 a.m. PST

Within 'WW2' there is plenty of scope of obscurantism, it was a big war with all sorts of stuff going on.

I am probably somewhere in the middle, I will play pretty well anything, and occasionally minority interests will take my fancy but more often than not I stick with the big stuff.

It is very hard to find things which aren't 'mainstream' these days, although some aspects are perhaps gamed less. e.g. France 1940 has been done to death, but less so the invasion of the Low Countries and Scandinavia.

I do sometimes delight in trying to game the ungameable – WW1 trench assaults, attritional fighting in NWE (Reichswald anyone?), nuclear war…. which is possibly obscurantist in itself.

It took me thirty years to design a set of rules covering the WSS I was happy with, and now I've done it I've completely lost interest! Thinking about it, that happens a lot to me, having solved the problem I get bored and want to to do something else.

Old Slow Trot08 Jun 2013 10:36 a.m. PST

B here.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2013 1:29 p.m. PST

B sounds about right. But with regard to WW2 I definitely prefer earlier than later.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2013 4:46 p.m. PST

Probably D, though some of the people I game with might accuse me of E.



D and E mostly!

Agesilaus08 Jun 2013 9:46 p.m. PST


The Tin Dictator10 Jun 2013 6:31 a.m. PST

I'm a solid B

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