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02 May 2018 4:34 p.m. PST
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USAFpilot17 Oct 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

If you had to choose one period, which would you like most to game and why? (I intentionally lumped the periods into broad categories.)

A) Ancient (pre-gunpowder; includes medieval, renaissance)
B) Horse and musket (includes 18th thru 19th century, ACW, Napoleonic)
C) Modern (includes 20th century, WW1 and WW2)
D) Fantasy or Science Fiction

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

E) All of the above are my favorite!

warwell17 Oct 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

D. You can essentially do all the others with fantasy or sci-fi

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

A&B if I really had to choose. I like DBA & TSATF.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

3000 BC to 1700 AD? Then it's hundred-year or so increments?

I vote A.5: 1500 – 1700, Pike & Shot Era

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:35 a.m. PST

A & D

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:40 a.m. PST


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:49 a.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

A) Horse and musket is my favorite.

D) Fantasy or Science Fiction are not periods. They are genres. Just like Historical Gaming is a genre.

USAFpilot17 Oct 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

3000 BC to 1700 AD? Then it's hundred-year or so increments?

Yes, technological advancements in warfare are non-linear with respect to time. There has been more change in the way war is conducted in the last 100 years then say the thousand years between 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Anyway I perceived comments like this, that is why I said I used "broad" categories. For reference the very well written ruleset Might of Arms says it can be used from 3000 BC to 1500 AD; essentially pre-gunpower era. So in the interest of keeping it simple I included the period of 1500-1700AD into ancient. I like your answer of "A.5" though.

USAFpilot17 Oct 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

A) Horse and musket is my favorite.

D) Fantasy or Science Fiction are not periods. They are genres. Just like Historical Gaming is a genre

You mean the age of Fantasy didn't really exist?? :-O LOL
I think everyone understands the question. Consider answer "D" as a catch all for other games [period/genre], if the first three selection don't fit. (Maybe I should have left answer D out for this survey.)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

All of the above.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

B (Specifically, Colonial campaigns; Egyptian and British campaigns in the Sudan; the Anglo-Zulu War; and French Foreign Legion in North Africa)

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Napoleonics and 18th century. 17th close by.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 10:01 a.m. PST


TMPWargamerabbit17 Oct 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

A and B and C. All have equal enjoyment on the tabletop.

Doug MSC17 Oct 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

A & B

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

B seems to include both AWI and Victorian colonial.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

Any or all, at the mo we are doing a lot of Horse and Musket, but I am working on my own Star Wars skirmish rules as I am motivated!

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 11:25 a.m. PST


Titchmonster17 Oct 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

A & B

Dagwood17 Oct 2017 11:52 a.m. PST


Because my main interest is Ancient history

Glengarry517 Oct 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Mainly B with a minor in late A.

goragrad17 Oct 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Mostly A, but plenty of interest in nearly anything gaming.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 2:04 p.m. PST


BrockLanders17 Oct 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

C if I had to choose. I love WW2, ACW and to a lesser degree Ancients

21eRegt17 Oct 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

B (totally), C, D and A. Easy choice for horse and musket era if there can be only one.

rmaker17 Oct 2017 6:30 p.m. PST


peterx Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 7:10 p.m. PST

A, C and D.

Perris070717 Oct 2017 7:42 p.m. PST

A and B

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:06 p.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2017 4:14 a.m. PST

B, except without the horses and muskets.

USAFpilot18 Oct 2017 9:25 a.m. PST

I think the overall results of this survey are this: even when asked to pick just one period, most gamers are interested in multiple periods even though we may only specialize in one or two.

From a tactical and grand tactical perspective I like Napoleonic due to the balance of infantry, cavalry, and artillery; and the mix of both ranged and melee combat. Pre-gunpowder era games seem more one dimensional to me with mass formations meeting in melee contact. And modern era tactics seem too multi-dimensional and complex, with some battles fought in which the enemy is never actually seen. I'm not against any era or genre and would try any game.

roving bandit18 Oct 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

I play a lot of fantasy and sci-fi games. Also I do a lot of imagi-nations for options A thru C. So I would lump them into fantasy as well.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

Just to be clear. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are still not periods.

roving bandit18 Oct 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

Well Star Wars is a "Long time ago", that is a period. Warhammer 40,000 is set in a future millennium. Doesn't that make it a period?

Apache 619 Oct 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

C. That's my experience

Lost Wolf20 Oct 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

sci fi

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

I don't think that fantasy and science fiction should be put together. Let us declare which one we prefer.

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 6:21 a.m. PST

B – AWI specifically

wargamingUSA05 May 2018 3:21 p.m. PST

B 'n C.

B for skirmish.
C for Battalion-sized games.

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