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Parzival11 Jan 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

A recent discussion about a rules question brought the following to mind as potential wargaming axioms:

If the rules produce an unrealistic situation, prefer what could really happen.

If the rules produce a situation that isn't fun, prefer fun.

If you can't agree on either of the above, roll a die and accept the result.

If the rules have you and your opponent arguing minutia at every turn, find a different set of rules.

If your opponent will argue regardless of the rules, find a different opponent.

How about you? Offer some maxims, and we can select the best!

wrgmr111 Jan 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

It's Not wether you win or loose, did you have fun?

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

..common sense and fun,,some gamers are so particular,they forget it's a game!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 10:20 a.m. PST

Whether or not the figures are painted accurately should only matter to the painter.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Those were comments about resolving rule disputes. Many wargamers seem quite happy with rule disputes.

If you want advice about happier wargaming, I would say remind yourself frequently that the objective was to HAVE the game. WINNING the game is at most subsidiary.

BCantwell11 Jan 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

Unless you are 100% sure of the other player's reaction, avoid bringing up politics or religion

rmaker11 Jan 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Oh, THAT kind of Maxim. I was thinking .303 or 7.62

HardRock11 Jan 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

1 Don't play with people that irritate you.
2 Don't play games that irritate you.
3 Don't play games that irritate you with people that irritate you.

General Kirchner11 Jan 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

i love nrealy all of these.

unfortunately life ends up being a series of compromises.

"should i play with that guy that annoys me, or hold off getting to play that game for another year, since he is the only other guy with an army for that game in a 600 mile radius"


"that ruleset is clunky and unclear and leads to arguments, and not my favorite, but its the one that my friends like to play"

thus, why i mostly just paint these days.

Rich Bliss11 Jan 2018 11:13 a.m. PST

It's better to play and lose than to not play.

ChrisBrantley11 Jan 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

The DBx maxim for happier gaming….Roll Sixes!

Andrew Walters11 Jan 2018 11:27 a.m. PST

Here's a shortcut: show these maxims to potential opponents. If they want to quibble with them, consider whether you want to play with someone else. If they say, "these are pretty good" consider if you want to play with someone else. If they say, "why would we need these?" then treasure that opponent!

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

Don't get into a heated argument with your opponent if you're a solo gamer and only game with yourself.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

audentes Fortuna iuvat!

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

Dead men don't check morale.

It sucks being everyone's only target.

Timotheous11 Jan 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

If the figures you have on hand are close, they are good enough.

Timbo W11 Jan 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

Never change your basing to fit the rules, change the rules to fit your basing.

mildbill12 Jan 2018 4:26 a.m. PST

Remember, its not whether you win or lose, its where you place the blame.

Personal logo Battle Cry Bill Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

I like them. I'm going to see what the group thinks.


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 9:10 a.m. PST


They gave the defense a huge advantage. In WWI they were a chief cause of the trench system which ran from Switzerland to the North Sea. So the defense was much happier.

If given the option, I would prefer better painted figures with nice terrain. But certainly not a deal killer. Just nice to have.

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