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Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 7:55 p.m. PST

Have you noticed in your own gaming, or that of others, a relationship either positive or negative between the number of games a player plays overall and the number of different games or rules they play?

1 – Gamers who play more games tend to stick to fewer different games.

2 – Gamers who play more games tend to be the ones who play the widest variety of games.

3 – I have never seen a relation between the two.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

1, though my experience may be wildly atypical.

I suspect part of it is practice: armies you play with regularly tend to be more complete and better painted. Also it's easier to devise a good scenario when you've ironed out all the rules ambiguities and have enough play to know what sort of edge the attacker needs under a given set of conditions.

advocate22 Nov 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

3. Before the great schism at our club, we were split fairly evenly between people who played one or two games, and those that played a variety. Both groups included people who played each week, and those that played less regularly.

UshCha30 Nov 2017 1:04 p.m. PST

1. To fight any army properly takes lots of games. Even if you play every week (whic I do) you need lots of weeks. Changeing games regularly would make this impossible.

Plus to me gaming is integral with my interest in Histoty of WW2 and on. No real interest in many other periods so no interest in playing them.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

While my experience says 3, intellectually I want it to be 1 simply because there is lower overhead, which would make the (intellectual) barrier to entry for different games lower.

Of course, it depends on what counts as a "different" game.

Supply train ambush/defense in TSATF and Pulp Alley are probably more similar than village raid and open field army engagement in SAGA.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

Of course, it depends on what counts as a "different" game.

I was thinking of a single set of rules, or game such as "X-Wing" or "Space Hulk" or whatever.

RudyNelson01 Dec 2017 11:47 a.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 10:59 p.m. PST

Do you mean games or rules sets?

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 6:09 a.m. PST

I mean do those who play a smaller number of different rulesets play a greater or smaller number of games.

Legion 402 Dec 2017 8:31 a.m. PST

I started playing War on all types since the '60s … So I been around that block quite a few times … old fart

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