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wargamingUSA15 Jan 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Perhaps I missed the reasoning.

Why do FOW, BA, and CD have dedicated threads here on TMP's WWII Land message board? There are lots of rules sets for WWII and some could probably accurately argue for being accepted as widely as these three sets. Just curious, seems odd.

coopman15 Jan 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

The editor decides this on a case by case basis.

rmaker15 Jan 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

And the members vote on it. The editor's decision seems to be based on the quantity of posts about those rulesets in the appropriate general board (e.g. WWII Discussion).

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2018 4:59 p.m. PST

Popularity is probably a good case. Of course this doesn't always mean that its a better rule set.

28mm Fanatik15 Jan 2018 5:22 p.m. PST

The rules with dedicated boards also happen to be from the larger and more financially successful companies like Battlefront, Warlord and Games Workshop, so draw your own conclusions.

I think it's because many people dislike "big business" corporate games and Bill created those boards so that the fanboys can be isolated without clogging up the generic WWII and Sci Fi boards with posts about those rules. People who aren't interested in FOW, BA or 40K can just turn those boards off.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2018 5:31 p.m. PST

Because people asked for them, and Dear Editor ran polls to see if there was support.

Don't read more into it than that.

So, if you want to have a board for Tank Charts, or Bang! You're Dead!, submit a Poll Suggestion. In a few years, TMP might run a poll to see if it gets enough support (note that this a fixed number, not a majority), and in a few more years, The Editor might start a new board for it.

Syrinx015 Jan 2018 7:23 p.m. PST

We still play tractics. Can't see much call for a board though.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jan 2018 5:21 a.m. PST

I once suggested he offer this as a paid service to publishers who don't want to host/run/support their own forums: they pay him a fee, he gets traffic for his advertisers.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Not a bad idea, but they would expect a platform that doesn't have teleporting threads.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

The ancient boards is very strange. There is a topic for Mighty armies But not one for any of the popular rules such as DBA ( any DBX),That French game That I cannot spell,Fields of glory, hail Caesar, To the strongest. Once there was at least DBX that I know of, but that's gone but mighty armies remains why is that?

crazycaptain16 Jan 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

Bobgnar- Didn't they move DBx to a separate special place? A rules database or something like that? I can't even find it, but I have stumbled across that side of TMP before.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

Yes, there is a rules forum somewhere, but I don't know where it is at anymore. I have looked for it several times, but I can't find it.

Major William Martin RM Inactive Member16 Jan 2018 4:08 p.m. PST


If you will go to the TMP Home page, look at the left side of the page for Table of Contents, scroll down to Directories, click the last entry titled "Rules". The next page will give you breakdowns by period or general era, for instance "Ancients". Currently under the heading of "Ancients" there are 15 pages of rules, including some that I have never heard of in my 40+ years of gaming, and under each of those titles there are varying numbers of pages of posts relating to the titles.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2018 6:56 p.m. PST

Oh good. Thank God the DBA threads aren't lost forever.

Major William Martin RM Inactive Member16 Jan 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

Oh, it's better than that John. The heading on WRG (on page 14 to save someone time) contains links on where to download versions 1 through 4, and a link to The History of Wargaming project to buy a copy of John Curry's re-print of 6th Edition combined with the Purple Book. Lots of old WRG posts to peruse.


wargamingUSA17 Jan 2018 8:00 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the feedback. MWM RM… thanks for pointing towards the Rules Directory. I did not know it was there as such and it is quite a resource. Although, after browsing the directory I'm even more confused as to why there are threads for the three rules sets I menioned above; based on the ratings in the directory I might have imagined others would have had their own thread.

Good gaming everyone… in particular, good WWII gaming!

Thomas Thomas17 Jan 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

You can reach the rule directories but its such a hassle I don't bother to even look at the ones devoted to my own games such as A Game of Knights and Knaves Fire and Ice Edition.

I liked the old DBX category. But perhaps should return to at least looking at the various rule dirctories.

I like the cross over discussions that come from the topical categories.

Thomas J. Thomas
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Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy17 Jan 2018 7:27 p.m. PST

Just what a certain number of TMPers asked for and it's pretty good for them.
I prefer to use my forums to answer questions on our rules. As I do THW full time I have the time to do it.

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