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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Sep 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

Have you participated in a miniature wargaming campaign?

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:09 a.m. PST

More than once.

Rich Bliss07 Sep 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Absolutely. Including the first Bathtub Barbarossa.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Yes, but usually linked to a painting challenge, which works for a while but when your painting falls off so does your interest in the campaign.

Martian Root Canal07 Sep 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Yes. Many times.

nickinsomerset07 Sep 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

Yes, I think they are a great way to wargame, but can easily go awry with work etc. In Germany in the mid 90s I was introduced to a Napoleon's Battles campaign. It was run by the ADC to our General, the campaign maps were behind the General's secret maps in his office and we would get a message to pop round for a briefing when the boss was out!

Tally Ho!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

Yes, numerous times.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

All the time. I'm playing in an ACW campaign now, and my CY6! group is in its fourth year of playing through the official campaign books.

I've also run plenty of short ones, mostly one-day mini-campaigns using DBA or my own AoS rules.

- Ix

dragon607 Sep 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

Of course. Now ask me if I ever finished one

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

A time or two.

dragon607 Sep 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

Of course. Now ask me if I ever finishedone

Timmo uk07 Sep 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

Yes many times. They make the table top battles far more interesting and the scenario is pretty much written for you by the campaign situation.

I like campaigns with strategic map based movement.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:43 a.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

Many times, none to completion. In every single one once a player suffers a major setback they quit and the campaign was over.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

Yes. I even would again, if I had to, in order to get a commitment to tabletop battles. For themselves? Bleh.

JimDuncanUK07 Sep 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Yes, many times, ran several as well.

RudyNelson07 Sep 2017 12:18 p.m. PST

Yes, I played in a Napoleonics campaign in 1981 at Fort Riley Kansas.
I also played in several Ancients campaign using the Supreme Warlord campaign system. We were playing WRG 5 th or 6th edition.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

Yes, and run several!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

Yes, several, and have run a couple
as well.

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

Yes, several. Greg Novak and crew ran several "Wilderness Projects" at the Foreign Languages building on the U of I campus back in the day. Also Bathtub Barbarossa and TSATF/The Sun Never Sets, and a couple ACW campaigns.

Lonkka1Actual07 Sep 2017 12:58 p.m. PST


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

Yes, most recently a middle earth campaign. I prefer however, just single games without having to think about what's happening between them

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Yes, multiple times

Oberlindes Sol LIC07 Sep 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

Yes, a few times, mostly set in the Traveller universe.

advocate07 Sep 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

Several times, different types.

KSmyth07 Sep 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

Yes, some were great, some were not.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 2:03 p.m. PST


timurilank07 Sep 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

Yes and many.
The first of which was Tony Bath's Hyborian Campaign.

Lascaris07 Sep 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

Yes, FPW, 7YW and Ancients. About to fire up a Vietnam based campaign.

Bob the Temple Builder07 Sep 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

Yes … including Eric Knowles' MADASAHATTA campaign.

Graycat Inactive Member07 Sep 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Yes, primarily SF and fantasy, including a 97 strategic turn long Star Fleet Battles campaign which ended with the Klingons in control of everything within 100 LY of Sol, and got me my first Game industry job ("You can come to work for us or have your ass sued off." I… sort of copied some of the model designs…)

21eRegt07 Sep 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

Played in them, ran them, even finished some.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 4:04 p.m. PST

Yes, quite a few.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

Played, run, and completed several.

Have had a few that I played or ran not complete.

coopman07 Sep 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

A couple of times. Neither survived beyond the first battle.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 4:52 p.m. PST

Many times.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

For sure – as a player and as an umpire

Have one running now – very slowly!

Covert Walrus07 Sep 2017 4:57 p.m. PST

No. Want to, but the timing never works out :/

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 5:27 p.m. PST


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

Many as player and GM

rmaker07 Sep 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

Yes, several, in several genres.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 9:48 p.m. PST


basileus66 Inactive Member07 Sep 2017 9:50 p.m. PST

A few. It has been a while since the last, though.

Cyrus the Great07 Sep 2017 10:19 p.m. PST


Timotheous Inactive Member08 Sep 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

Yes, several. However, the more complex ones ended the way Bashytubits describes. I did play in two campaigns in Soldier Kings, using Might and Reason to fight the battles. These lasted the full length.

My favorites would have to be the narrative campaigns in Longstreet, and the shorter map campaigns with DBA.

Dragon Gunner08 Sep 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

Yes and I have run some. Some thoughts to share in regards to participation…

#1 Have some way to keep the players interested if they have a battle or two that ends in catastrophic defeat. Once they realize they cannot win the campaign they no longer want to play. Issue new orders and have new objectives, allow the losing player to fight a heroic retrograde action. Allow for reinforcements.

#2 Have some mechanism in place to handle players that have attendance issues. (This is the one that matters most when you cannot advance the campaign until one particular guy shows up…)

#3 Do no trust players to perform any preparation for the campaign until they arrive late for game night.

#4 Do no trust the players to bring anything they said they would bring for game night, you supply the terrain, miniatures and rules.

#5 Have solid reasons for the players to want / need to fight or they will sit on their butts in garrison.

#6 If you use maps I recommend area movement over any other type of movement. If two opposing forces occupy the same map area they fight. I have run campaigns where the players blundered around the map and never found each other.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

Yes, even finished several!

CATenWolde Inactive Member08 Sep 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

I've run several, but never got to play in one run by someone else! :(

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

Yes, several. I'm hoping to move from mainly solo campaigns to having a PBEM in the near future.

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Yes many times, including a very enjoyable one used DBA to resolve the battles generated by the campaign.

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