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War Panda29 Jul 2016 12:22 p.m. PST

We all probably have a historical Commander or General that we believe was the greatest or one of the greatest in the history of war but what about the history of war-"gaming?"

If wargaming is in anyway representative of war shouldn't we have a few Napoleon's, Rommel's, Alexander's, Lee's or Hannibal's out there?

Is there a recognized legend of the tabletop battlefield; even if it's within your own local club?

I'd even propose a type of competition:
Nominate your Greatest Wargaming General with perhaps some anecdotal evidence of their exploits and based on this the good people of TMP can judge who seems most worthy of the title and put it to a vote

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2016 12:51 p.m. PST

I can't really comment on this as my sample base is too small to be relevant or meaningful.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2016 12:56 p.m. PST

That is what tournaments are for. How do I know a guy from another part of the country. I only know my local group and we don't do tournaments to find out.

It's not like being a chess Grand Master. With chess everyone plays by the same rules. But in miniature gaming there are so many rules and house rules on top of that. You might be unbeatable with one set of rules and horrible in another set.

War Panda29 Jul 2016 12:59 p.m. PST

Sheets, that's kind of my problem too. My gaming experience is within a small circle of friends and we're each as tactically inept as the other

But maybe there are a few gamers that really stand out from the crowd in clubs etc around the TMP globe?

War Panda29 Jul 2016 1:07 p.m. PST

Rallynow, I agree but to be fair if it's even within the players own specialized area of conflict let's give them the benefit of their rules of specialization. Ie if the guy is amazingly unbeatable at FoW then let's judge him on that. Whose to say Hannibal's studious training won't have applied to WWII naval conflict

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2016 1:15 p.m. PST

I have a feeling that my success lies south of 40%.
So I guess it's not me.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Jul 2016 1:35 p.m. PST

I win the vast majority of wargames… against myself.

My six year-old boy has recently demonstrated quite a winning percentage against his old man.

As I know I am a tactical genius, and he's beating me, he gets my vote! ;)


Brian Smaller Inactive Member29 Jul 2016 1:57 p.m. PST

Back in the day there was a guy here in NZ (well he still is here in NZ but I have no idea if he is gaming or not) called Russell Patton. He must have taken something from his last name because he was one of the most consistently successful table top generals I had ever seen. Ancients mostly from what I remember. He regularly won all the main tournaments here and I think he went to Australia and kicked but over there as well a few times.

Personal logo Cheriton Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Jul 2016 2:20 p.m. PST

Jack. et al:

Was curious to find what people were coming up with. Then I saw your TMP "handle" and thought "of course!"…but I am afraid that I refer not to you but the immortal Jack… star

To a very "green" group of undergraduates from Fresno State College (40 miles north of Visalia and Scruby Miniatures) in the late 1960s he had to be "The Greatest", if not the "only". wink

Uncanny winning record, you see. But then it was his wargames room, his figures, his rules, his Wargames Factory…geez come to think it was HIS hobby (at least in the US) at that time!

He was a [WWII] Marine that could completely wilt a wargaming naif with a look and a sigh from across the table. Very nice guy, but no nonsense, I know he trimmed my fuzz a few times.

old fartguinness

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2016 5:16 p.m. PST

My solo-wargaming buddy wins quite often utilizing superior tactics and sound strategy. Aside from him I would probably say…

Doc McBride?
Duke Seifried?
Tony Bath?
Bob in Edmonton?
Donald Featherstone?

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member29 Jul 2016 8:03 p.m. PST

Same as Winston,my friends are good,and I'm so bad with anything more complex than Wings of War,that I sometimes get a "handicap".

Say,I really like you guys' icons!

Who's "Sheets",BTW?

Grignotage29 Jul 2016 8:26 p.m. PST

My uncle rarely loses, mainly by keeping closer attention to victory conditions than the vast majority of gamers!

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2016 4:26 p.m. PST

Our group has 'Herb'. Former Army officer,he is supremely aggressive in attack and crafty force multiplier in defense. Understands the in's and outs of all the rules we play. If you want to win that day you choose to be on Herb's side. Or if you really want that feeling of accomplishment, you fight opposite of him. The few times he comes up short is a pretty good feeling if you are on the winning side. Great gamer, a scholar and a pleasure to roll dice with.


Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member01 Aug 2016 1:07 p.m. PST

Our group has a "Herb",too;same deal,don't play an infantry game with him,unless you don't mind getting crushed!

Great guy,though.

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