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Don1962 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 5:20 a.m. PST

Will a reality TV show based on table top wargaming ever happen?

a. Yes.
b. No.
c. Maybe.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 5:25 a.m. PST

Wow, that would be amazingly annoying / boring.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 5:32 a.m. PST

Game of war ? Kriegspiel.

Time Commanders ? Kriegspiel & Computer Game.

Personal logo Texas Jack Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 5:50 a.m. PST

Okay, Im gonna go way out on a limb here and say C.

brevior est vita Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 5:56 a.m. PST

C., but only on the Insomniacs Channel.

Martin Rapier21 Jun 2013 5:59 a.m. PST

As 20th Maine says, it has been done a couple of times before.

I suspect Paddy Griffiths effort was an aberration which will never be repeated, but I quite enjoyed Time Commanders, so who knows.

I did enjoy GoWs Battle of Waterloo though, iirc Sir John Hackett was 'Napoleon'.

Schoie88 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 6:07 a.m. PST

There was also a tv series in the 70's on the UK north east tv channel? 6 part series showing big battles with 25mm .Never saw it myself as it never went national.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 6:32 a.m. PST


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:33 a.m. PST

It's the one I'd like to see presented by Edward Woodward. Was it Battleground ? Something like that.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:35 a.m. PST

Maybe they could do a Big Brother House type thing with each participant given 50GW figures, a copy of the rules, a box of paints and brushes and told to be ready for the swiss chess tournament at the end of the week.

Would I watch though….? Probably for 5 minutes.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:52 a.m. PST

We could have shows where there is a Death Match paint-off between black primer and white primer adherents.

Episode 6 could show how Milt FINALLY showed up Cramer with an actual color sample of Popinjay Green, and shames him in front of the club.

Then Frank can ban Ernie from his FoW game because he shows up with the wrong Sidkafizz.

What fun.

I'll tell you one thing. *I* would not watch it, just like I do not read AARs.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:54 a.m. PST

Time commanders was about as best as we could hope for.

Deeman21 Jun 2013 8:44 a.m. PST

They would have to add so many special effects(overlaid explosions, sounds, etc) and bombastic music. Close up shots of players thumbing through rulebooks, throwing models, and all the worst behavior in our hobby would be the focus. In short it would be a reality show and therefore dreck.

altfritz21 Jun 2013 8:54 a.m. PST

Hmmm…Big Brother with wargamers….Hmmm….what could be wrong with that?

(Does Lacey wargame?)

Phil Hall21 Jun 2013 8:56 a.m. PST

Board gaming already has one. Check out Tabletop from Geek and Sundry

The Hobbybox Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 10:05 a.m. PST

For the love of god …..NO!!!!!

CorSecEng Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 11:09 a.m. PST

I think a tabletop style wargaming show would work but it is very hard to pull off. Switching games every show would be insanely expensive. Maybe a traveling show that games with the creators. They should at least have the stuff to run some demo games. It would be cool to just watch some of the rules writes square off with a few guys from their playtest group and have a good fun game. Not a demo game mind you but maybe couple that with a set of learn to play videos produced with the creators.

Also a sit com based in a game store would be entertaining.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 11:20 a.m. PST

I was going to say no. Then I saw the idea for a sitcom set in a game store. I think I might be ok with that. So a real solid maybe.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 11:27 a.m. PST

You know, there are several movies out about Larpers, so I don't see why one could not be made about wargamers.

I'd pay to watch it!

Personal logo flooglestreet Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 12:20 p.m. PST

I hope not. Reality shows are, in reality, for producers who are too cheap to hire writers, and thats the reality of reality shows.

plutarch 64 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 3:18 p.m. PST

If they do, hopefully it will be without gratuitous nudity. Any nudity, in fact.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 5:09 p.m. PST

Maybe. "Queer Eye for the Geek Guy". They go to conventions and "make-over " nerds (us) there. Lots of humorous clash of cultures moments. Not sure who would watch.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 6:24 p.m. PST

I would submit that TMP actually comes pretty close to fitting the bill other than being on the internet as opposed to broadcast television.

Ssendam22 Jun 2013 1:41 a.m. PST

Good god, please no.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 6:45 a.m. PST

I could see it being possible. Of course it would be following the personal lives of several over the top ridiculously serious Warhammer competition gamers (whom live with their parents) as they make their way to the big event. And it will not show gaming in a good light. It would be like watching a freak show and that seems to get ratings.

Remember "Beauty and the Geek"? Kinda like that except no beauty.

MWright Inactive Member22 Jun 2013 11:07 p.m. PST

Certainly not a reality show ant not on mainstream free to air TV but possible on a cable network – the History channel – or YouTube.

A well made production on historical battles, with excellent terrain and figures, interspersed with historical information, photos of uniform plates, maps, historical analysis. Perhaps show crical dice rolls simplified to a mere "Caesar needs to roll a 4+ to win this combat"

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