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02 Dec 2017 1:59 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Dec 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

Does your gaming group pretty much play new ruleset after new ruleset, never becoming proficient in anything specific?

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

Nope, we have our own house rules we have played for years and enjoy.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 2:34 p.m. PST

No. Not that we're adverse to trying new things but when we find a rules set that we like we tend to stay with it. The Men Who Would Be King was one of those sets of rules we gave a try, however, despite being quite happy with our home-modified version of The Sword and the Flame. Now we gladly play both, depending on mood, scenario, etc. We were thrilled to find another great set of Colonial rules that fit are particular wargaming personalities and tastes.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

No, new rule sets are tried frequently but we have 'standard sets' that are in regular use.

Tony S02 Dec 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

There are a couple of us in the group that leap to the new shiny ruleset, and I'll raise my hand to include myself in that category. Most of the rest try to focus on just a few rules, and master them. They're not fossils however, and the "go-to" rules have changed over the years, despite some definite resistance from some. The "If it ain't broke, why change it" philosophy sometimes made some splits (The various iterations of DBA leap to mind).

And sometimes rules have changed, as new ones have been tried, and to be honest, are "better" than the old ones, in our humble opinions. "Maurice" and "Honours of War" over the old WRG set for example.

Other members are quite kind to we two rules butterflies, and will often read our latest acquisition, and often even indulge us in a game. It is notable though, that despite my initial excitement and promise, actually playing the rules can lead to a "meh" feeling. Or, sometimes, the discovery that the new rules are just dreadful!

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

Quite the opposite.
When we find something that works we tend to stay with it.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

Yes, we stick with what works. One of our group is more adventurous though, and tries new rules frequently.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 6:05 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC02 Dec 2017 9:23 p.m. PST

etotheipi for the win.

Black Cavalier Inactive Member02 Dec 2017 9:45 p.m. PST

Absolutely. We can't stay on one game for more than a few months. And what's worse, we rarely go back to a game we've played before. We might recycle figures in similar games though.

saltflats192902 Dec 2017 10:00 p.m. PST


evilgong02 Dec 2017 10:11 p.m. PST

The answer is closer to yes than no.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

No, but the temptation is great. Not necessarily rule set but periods/ subjects.
Obviously lack of fanitical, retired available opponents and generally time makes it unwise. Ardent resistance is often needed.

Giles the Zog03 Dec 2017 2:17 p.m. PST

Butterfly with a bomb.
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