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UshCha Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

I sat this week watching the battle as my opponent, not finding any enemy for a bound or so, still just taking it steady, no rush just a professional advance. This is what sorts the men from the boys, a slow measured approach taking no stupid risks despite temptation. As the other player you need a good poker face so he gets no hint from yourself about what comes next.

How do you fair when it comes to the test? You see nothing but that does not mean it's not hiding.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

IMHO, it is all in the "twist and tumble" of the dice. Even if you are engaging the enemy with loaded dice.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member02 Sep 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

I think you possibly take this whole wargaming thing a little too seriously?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

UshCha, you are the single most judgmental contributor to this site I have ever run across.
Don't play it your way? It's because you are a man and we are boys.
And of course if I don't have all the details you like, I am not playing a serious game.

UshCha Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 11:47 a.m. PST

Winston, I have to laugh as you do take yourself far too seriously. My problem is that I am one of the boys. I intend to try and take advantage of limited gains and often fail in the long term, distracted like Hitler by other prises and not sticking to the plan. I should do like my friend and do it properly.

If you like fun games that all good. Lots of folk play different ways, some for more light hearted, does it matter which? No.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 12:22 p.m. PST

Depends on armies, periods and situations. I've fought battles when I could only hope my opponent was a cautious man, maintaining alignment and odtting every tactical "I"--because I knew if some Tarleton or Murat type came crashing in, I didn't stand a chance.

JMcCarroll Inactive Member02 Sep 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

"Depends on armies, periods and situations." Agree. If I am doing Modern Russians I make a B line towards the objective.
Playing Colonial Brits out numbered 3 to 1, I play controlled retreat.

UshCha Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 12:37 a.m. PST

The thread was really not about stance but about keeping on task, not getting distracted by seeing a potential quick gain potentialy at the expence of the long game.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 7:23 p.m. PST

Oh yes of course I stay 100% on task… oh squirrel

Ottoathome04 Sep 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

Really UshCha, we are all in awe of you. You are the very acme of war gaming, a general without peer or superior. Had you ever been a real general I am fully confident you would have conquered the world and even Napoleon would have been a hopeless bungler compared to you. Ghengis Khan, shrieks in Hell at how far you have surpassed him in ability and as for your intelligence, perception and vision, we are as slimy bugs crawling around in the gutter compared to you. I am resolved tomorrow to go out and smash every soldier I have into fish sinkers, burn my books and terrain, and never game again. I finally realize how miserable and irrelevant and shabby all that I have done is compared to you.

Please!!! YOU, one of the "boys"??? Oh heaven forfend, please there is no need for false modesty, you have nothing at all to be modest about.

Actually UshCha has hit on a point I myself, yes, even miserable, lowly, pitiful, idiotic, less than even "the boys" scum-sucking lowly me has noticed.

If you want to test out a rules set. Play it sitting on your ass. Play it where you don't move forward at all, but stay locked into a defensive position. I have played many game systems other than my own and even when I didn't have any defensive position I find that if I stay on the defensive, don't move forward and simply counter enemy moves, I usually win.

UshCha Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 12:35 a.m. PST

Ottoathome, you clearly need a good senario writer and perhaps better rules and certainly a more polite outlook.

As for my playing style does it matter? One of our players flatly refuses to play what he describes as Paracetamol scenarios. He does not want to go home with a headache. To me its part of the fun. I play both types but I prefer Paracetamol games but note continiously.

Col Scott ret has entered into the spirit of the thread. Sir I shall remember that quote, very succinct.

Ottoathome05 Sep 2017 5:25 a.m. PST

Ah yes, that must be the problem, I don't do opioids. Is that the secret of your success, that your mind operates on such a higher level than the rest of us? Oh well. I never did drugs in my life so I guess I will always be shut out from the empyrean heights you circulate in.

Ah a scenario writer and no doubt I should use your rules and listen to every pearl of wisdom that drools from your lips.

As for polite? I never in my life suffered fools gladly. Now that I am retired and they don't pay me to do so, I don't have to suffer them at all.

Oh well back to figure smashing and terrain burning.

Ottoathome05 Sep 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Umm… General Scott is not saying what you think he said. Tell me, have you had a complete humor bypass at some time in the past?

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 10:27 p.m. PST

Otto thank you so much for the promotion, I am only an armchair General although I am a real Colonel.

Now if I could just find those squirrels…

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