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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Jan 2018 6:48 p.m. PST

What makes it so popular for you?

Toaster19 Jan 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

I was 7 when the Star Wars (the original) hit the theaters, I haven't been able to get enough sci fi ever since.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

Like fantasy, practically anything you can imagine you can do.


KJdidit19 Jan 2018 8:15 p.m. PST

Having completely burned out on most historical miniatures games (various iterations of Ancients, Dark Ages, Crusades, 7YW/FIW, Napoleonics and ACW, though I'll occasionally play WWI/WWII/Modern games), I like the freedom in applying original paint schemes, creating custom troop organizations, writing technobabble and handwavium, and creation of settings in which to fight my battles (though I'll occasionally dabble in some pre-packaged universe).

Playing my own, published (and well-received) rules is a nice bonus, too.

Lion in the Stars19 Jan 2018 9:25 p.m. PST

Nice to play games set in the books/webcomics I'm reading.

Or the TV shows/movies/anime I'm watching.

Beats trying to figure out how to play Eastern Front WW2 (where you can't root for either side).

Spooner619 Jan 2018 10:05 p.m. PST

Bashytubits, that is an epic pic. Wow, just wow. Han Solo and Bob Ross are my two personal hero's.

Cyrus the Great19 Jan 2018 10:11 p.m. PST

Like fantasy, practically anything you can imagine you can do.

You echoed my sentiments exactly!

Captain Avatar20 Jan 2018 1:34 a.m. PST

You don't have another player crying that the game isn't historically accurate.

Insomniac20 Jan 2018 2:03 a.m. PST

I have the freedom to collect anything from historical through fantasy to future… just by adding a warp portal. There is no limit to the possibilities and there are no button counters (unless I decide to go for a specific theme… like Star Wars, for instance).

It means I can create concept stuff and just go where the muse takes me, with complete freedom.

Plus… PEW PEW! ZZZzzzzap!

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 2:21 a.m. PST

All the blood wine and pain sticks.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 2:48 a.m. PST

Yep. It's so much simpler and flexible that some historical periods.

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ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 3:16 a.m. PST

Allows great opportunities for creative terrain & paint schemes.

Covert Walrus20 Jan 2018 3:33 a.m. PST

You get to *make* history, rather than repeat it? Well, my main motivation.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 4:56 a.m. PST

The visuals are fantastic.

Like modern conflict, it is real and I am living it. (Some of what was sci-fi in the 60's when I was born is real now. Hell, some of what was sci-fi when I got my undergraduate EE degree was real when DOM got hers!)

Realism is more challenging for sci-fi. History doesn't have to be plausible.

It is easier to focus in on the part of the conflict that is interesting without feeling the necessary baggage of things that happened, but aren't.

Legion 420 Jan 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

It's Sci-fi … something not real, yet. And yet may have some "basis" in reality to set up the paradigm, etc.

Or … it's just cool … evil grin I.e. fun !

Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy20 Jan 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

All great comments and so true.

Allen5720 Jan 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

SF and Fantasy for all the reasons in the posts above. They stimulate my imagination. I am burned out on historical stuff except naval. Historic board games still interest me though.

Legion 420 Jan 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

I still study history … but love sci-fi as well … "I'm complicated" that way … evil grin

rvandusen20 Jan 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

I like SF because it so broad of a genre. SF can take place in any era from the distant past to the far future. One can have an alien invasion in 2018 or intergalactic imperial warfare 30,000 years from now.

Though I'm still an enthusiast of historical gaming, it's nice to do some VSF, near future, or other SF games for a change of pace.

Same goes for fantasy.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 9:35 a.m. PST

Spaceship battles!


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa20 Jan 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Probably mainly because I really like sci-fi literature. Also the breadth of the genre is truly massive and gives oodles of creative freedom.

And possibly because debates over accuracy and colour schemes don't devolve into flame wars. Oh, wait….

brucka20 Jan 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

Bricoles are always correct.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 11:00 a.m. PST

What everyone else said.

Gone Fishing20 Jan 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Hydra Miniatures.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

The possibilities are endless.



Legion 421 Jan 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Indeed !

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2018 5:54 p.m. PST

I'm with Coelacanth: Spaceship battles! Gobs of 'em! evil grin

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