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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP31 May 2016 10:00 a.m. PST

No, this poll is not about whether you go to church on Christmas or Easter…

What is the minimum "stuff" you need to say you "play" a milieu (or, period, if you prefer that term)?

* a rule book
* a set of scenarios
* enough of one side to field it in at least one conflict
* enough of two sides to field them in at least one conflict
* proper terrain – we'll get the figures when we get the figures
* some combo of the above
* all the things!
* something else ..?

For me it is the set of scenarios. It may be heresy at TMP, but I can survive with proxies. In fact, my interest in playing the scenarios is generally what drives me to acquire (way too much) of the "stuff" for the milieu.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut31 May 2016 10:10 a.m. PST

It's complicated. If I am joining an existing group of gamers who already have a surplus of everything, I may just need a shower, clean clothes, and a way of getting to the game. If I am trying to lure my friends into trying something they haven't played before, I may need rules, scenarios, scenery, and three or four demo-sized forces. And I can also fall into the full spectrum in between these two extremes.

Sundance31 May 2016 11:48 a.m. PST

I think Punkrarebit has a valid point, but I typically consider the rules and enough of two sides to field a game the minimum essential stuff.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2016 6:22 p.m. PST

Enough figures for one side and the rules.

Yesthatphil01 Jun 2016 2:24 a.m. PST

Almost nothing … I'd start with a matrix game and maybe a map … figures can come later and you can write your own rules.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse01 Jun 2016 3:05 a.m. PST

Rules and at least 200 figures pr side.

Mako1101 Jun 2016 5:09 p.m. PST

Dice, or some other random number generator, e.g. cards, chits, etc..

Paper and pencil, or pen.

At least a squad of each for two sides, or more, for skirmish games.

A couple of squads for each side, or a reinforced platoon is even better.

Mako1101 Jun 2016 5:11 p.m. PST

You can use a polyester blanket, sheet, or piece of felt for the grass, desert, or snow terrain base. Some trees, rocks, hills, and shrubs would be nice, as are hedges and bocage too.

Then, or course, you'll want streams or rivers, roads – dirt or paved, some buildings/huts, perhaps a bridge, etc., etc..

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2016 12:04 a.m. PST

1. Rules
2. Scenarios
3. Period terrain
4. Enough painted and correct figures to do one scenario.

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