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War Panda01 Oct 2017 8:03 p.m. PST

Obviously there are many types of Wargames that probably or varying degrees of complexity that require altogether different kind of attributes but is there a common set of skills that sets one apart from the rest of the herd?

What are the qualities that makes a really good war-game player?

mumbasa01 Oct 2017 8:58 p.m. PST

A great sense of humor!

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

Luck, humility, an open knowledge base.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 12:37 a.m. PST

I'[m going to follow this thread avidly. Maybe I can pick up some tips.

signed: Ochoin (a mediocre gamer at best).

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 1:38 a.m. PST

Same things it takes to be a good person.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 1:38 a.m. PST

To be able to loose well and often – you will always be invited back !!!

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 2:15 a.m. PST

A good sense of humor,some humility, and a desire for all players to have a good time.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 3:08 a.m. PST

If I knew that I'd win more games.

Dynaman878902 Oct 2017 3:11 a.m. PST

Good at math

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 3:36 a.m. PST

Interesting question the answer(s)to which I surely
do not know….

bhall389 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 4:16 a.m. PST

When I GM a game, I want a player to have fun, to be helpful to others, to be focused on my game, and to try and play in accordance with the scenario victory conditions.


Stryderg02 Oct 2017 4:35 a.m. PST

Correction, good manners.

redbanner414502 Oct 2017 5:15 a.m. PST

crooked dice

rustymusket02 Oct 2017 5:24 a.m. PST

Easy going personality and good ability to remember the rules.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

This thread is disappointing. I was hoping for some arcane tips eg "sacrifice your First Born before rolling the dice".

Looks like I stay mediocre.

USAFpilot02 Oct 2017 7:54 a.m. PST

Know the rules and understand math. Sorry to say that knowledge of history has nothing to do with winning a game. Every single aspect of the game can be broken down to mathematical probabilities. It may look like a Napoleonic army but it is just a bunch of shapes with mathematical properties. For any wargame you could substitute red and blue wood blocks to represent your soldiers of any era. He who knows the rules the best has the advantage.

Caliban02 Oct 2017 10:10 a.m. PST

How's about getting your first born to roll the dice for you?

Dave Crowell02 Oct 2017 12:25 p.m. PST

Good sportsmanship and fair play. Without that the rest doesn't matter.

Palewarrior02 Oct 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

Never show people your dice rolls… ;)

Someone who can make it fun, even when your forces are being crushed.

UshCha02 Oct 2017 10:51 p.m. PST

Dave Crowwell has it.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Agree with Dave! There's no excuse for bad manners

TGerritsen03 Oct 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

Another up vote for Dave, but I'd add patience to that list.

RudyNelson03 Oct 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

Like a chess player, to be able to plan several moves in advance.
To control yourself. Use patience and know when to be aggressive and when to be defensive.

MajorB04 Oct 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

An ability to lose gracefully.

Retiarius906 Oct 2017 5:15 a.m. PST

Good hygiene

bobm195908 Oct 2017 8:45 a.m. PST

Not interrupting your opponent when he's making a mistake

Henry Martini08 Oct 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

Play good wargames.

Asterix Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

"You ask, 'What is our aim?' I can answer in one word 'Victory!' Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be: for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

Great War Ace Inactive Member03 Nov 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

To be able to loose well and often you will always be invited back !!!

Particularly if you are a Yeoman of England.

Great War Ace Inactive Member03 Nov 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

Insert Conan quote here …

UshCha04 Nov 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

To move this on it depends what you are playing. If its a simulation that works you need to understand the tactics of the real world. Even then it can be hard for some to turn that into practice.
The ability to plan and know when to stick to it.

None of this counts if it's just a game with excessive random elements.

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