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10 Jun 2015 5:13 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jun 2015 5:12 a.m. PST

Have you ever placed a wager on a miniature wargame?

Texas Jack10 Jun 2015 5:18 a.m. PST

Only if who buys the beers counts.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 5:20 a.m. PST

yes and I lost $20. USD

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 5:25 a.m. PST

Yes and I had to pay for lunch

advocate10 Jun 2015 5:28 a.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 5:30 a.m. PST

Fistful of Dollars game everybody puts a $1 USD coin into the sack for the winner!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 5:34 a.m. PST


Old Slow Trot Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 5:42 a.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 6:04 a.m. PST

No. I don't want to make myself ineligible for the wargaming hall of fame.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 6:24 a.m. PST

Yes, beer at lunch.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 6:25 a.m. PST

The way I roll?

"I never bet with my money, only with my life."-Rick O'Connell, The Mummy film.

JimDuncanUK10 Jun 2015 6:26 a.m. PST

Probably illegal in my club, OK at home but don't.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 6:28 a.m. PST

Only my sacred honor!

I miss that…


John Treadaway Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 6:28 a.m. PST

Don't be silly….

John T

B6GOBOS Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 6:40 a.m. PST


SpuriousMilius10 Jun 2015 6:41 a.m. PST

Many years ago, my gaming group of 9-10 played an Ancients campaign set (very loosely) during the Punic Wars with armies & fleets. At one Saturday meeting to resolve map moves with tabletop battles, I had simultaneous naval encounters with 2 foes. I recruited a good friend whose nation was currently neutral to command the smaller of my fleets; while he was a very experienced gamer, he'd acquired the rep of being "unfocused". His opponent, also a close friend, was well known as "too focused" & his fleet outnumbered mine, thus the consensus was that I'd lose at least 1 battle. I bet my sub a case of beer if he won. We each won our battle with a decisive victory.

Razor78 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 6:46 a.m. PST

For a couple years we played a mid-night gladiator game/mini-tournament at Historicon. It started out by people betting a buck or two on who was going to win a match…then we started putting bounties on certain "gladiators". Usually beer was purchased with the winnings.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 7:07 a.m. PST

"MY" money??!!??!!

Not on your life, although if we are using "your" money…

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Jun 2015 7:32 a.m. PST

We had a Battletech "Invitational" with a $5 USD buy in. Last Man Standing got the pot (@ $100 USD).

Zargon Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 8:00 a.m. PST

Bribed, corrupted and underhand dealings, but betting on the outcome nope :) actually the comments here are for campaigns I've been part of, oh what Machiavellian fun. Although a cowboy, gladiatorial or jousting type game would not be too remiss to wagering (in fun of course)

Jeff965 Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 8:16 a.m. PST

No way, we have enough arguments about rules as it is. If there was money involved we would never get a game finished lol.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 8:49 a.m. PST

no although back in the '80s, I participated in a grudge match between Ral Partha and Grenadier where the casualties were sent to the hammer and anvil for flattening.
Does that count?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 8:53 a.m. PST


Chris Palmer10 Jun 2015 9:06 a.m. PST

Not betting, but I have played in a couple Pod-Racing games were cash bounties were placed on some of the drivers.

M1Fanboy10 Jun 2015 9:07 a.m. PST


Rod I Robertson Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 9:30 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 10:01 a.m. PST

No. Don't gamble at all.

Dynaman878910 Jun 2015 10:28 a.m. PST

Hell no. (A simple no just doesn't covey enough)

Rich Bliss10 Jun 2015 10:28 a.m. PST

Why? You saying I have a problem?

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 11:07 a.m. PST

no although back in the '80s, I participated in a grudge match between Ral Partha and Grenadier where the casualties were sent to the hammer and anvil for flattening.

Was that at a GenCon? I picked up the 'hammer and anvil' which were actually concrete core samples. May have been a different one:

A) It was one casualty per turn, and B) I thought it was Ral and Minifig…

WELL PAINTED figs, and it's a wager few I know would tempt now.


Martian Root Canal10 Jun 2015 11:22 a.m. PST

Yes. In fact, even made it part of a scenario in Battletech. In a multi-player free for all, every person playing had to put two quarters somewhere on the board. If you could walk over it, you got to pick it up with your 'mech. Get it to a board edge and the money is yours.

I've also bet on die rolls, win/loss, time until a player had a meltdown over his die rolling and any number of other friendly wager scenarios.

Mike Target10 Jun 2015 11:55 a.m. PST

I only play for money in solo games…

JezEger Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 11:57 a.m. PST

Not wargaming, but did enjoy chess for a dollar with Backgammon doubling dice.

redbanner414510 Jun 2015 1:01 p.m. PST

Played a lot of Risk & Monopoly for $ back in my college days but never a minis game. Would be fun though.

raylev310 Jun 2015 2:50 p.m. PST

Nope…I only bet on SURE things, and wargaming ain't no sure thing!!!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 3:35 p.m. PST


jdpintex10 Jun 2015 3:54 p.m. PST

Sure for chariot races

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 9:13 p.m. PST

Yes and the losers welched on the bet.

f u u f n f Inactive Member10 Jun 2015 9:23 p.m. PST

I can't remember betting on the final outcome of a game. But I have certainly made bets along the lines of "Bet you X amount of dollars your unit will lose this melee result" or "Bet you X amount of dollars you will lose more men to this units shooting attacks then to that units melee attacks".
Usually by the end of an average 8 hour game we would have wagered enough back and fourth to be pretty even. Any big wins pretty much meant you would be supplying the beer for the next game.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 10:13 p.m. PST


GurKhan11 Jun 2015 4:26 a.m. PST

About 20 years ago, maybe more, there was a Chinese-history wargames day at the Royal Armouries, which were still in the Tower of London at that point. Thom Richardson put on a Warring States campaign game which involved DBA battles; but there were more players than armies/states, and the rest represented unemployed "gentlemen" trying to get official posts in the various states. Winning the game was not actually achieved by winning the battles, but by successfully wagering on the outcomes.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 4:37 a.m. PST

Dinner and Wine – Added the cheese ourselves

David Manley11 Jun 2015 2:25 p.m. PST

No, but a couple I knew used to play DBA as a kind of foreplay – the winner "conquered" the loser and got to decide what "games" they'd be playing later that night.

Henry Martini11 Jun 2015 4:03 p.m. PST

Very odd: using a land warfare game to prepare for navel engagements.

ViscountEric16 Jun 2015 10:03 a.m. PST

Bounties on jousts and gladiator bouts, but no further friendly wagers.

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