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03 Jan 2019 8:44 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Jan 2019 8:43 p.m. PST

What are the top five reasons that you attend a wargaming show, convention, tournament or event?

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 8:51 p.m. PST

1. To see cool looking games
2. To then play in said game
3. Flea market buys
4. Meet friends and have a good time
5. Buy stuff in Dealers room

Must Contain Minis03 Jan 2019 8:55 p.m. PST

1. Try new games
2. See old friends
3. Demo a game to new people
4. The Used Tables (Flea Markets)
5. Vendors

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 9:10 p.m. PST

1) To run games
2) See Friends
3) Buy stuff in Dealers Room
4) Buy Stuff in Flea Market
5) Try New Games

Order may vary per convention. Sometimes I've gone to a convention specifically for a chance to try a particular game. Sometimes specifically to see friends who could make it there too.

RudyNelson03 Jan 2019 9:10 p.m. PST

Sell stuff
Buy stuff
See old friends
See game systems in action

Grumble8710603 Jan 2019 9:23 p.m. PST

1) To see friends
2) To run games
3) To volunteer for HMGS East
4) Buy stuff in Dealers Room
5) Sell Stuff in Flea Market

1, 2 and 3 are all about equal; often the order changes on those three.

Oberlindes Sol LIC04 Jan 2019 2:23 a.m. PST

In no particular order:

Spend time with friends
Run games
Play games
Shop at flea market
Look at miniatures and terrain at other peoples' game tables

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 2:55 a.m. PST

To see figures in the metal/plastic
To see rule systems working
To meet old friends
Bask in the atmosphere
Admire paint jobs I can't manage


King Monkey04 Jan 2019 3:23 a.m. PST

To spend money, no other reason.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

Sell in the flea market
Buy in the flea market
Buy new stuff and
Play games,
but these are getting harder to do. Giving serious thought to coming a day late to Cold Wars. Just not feeling the welcome.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 5:23 a.m. PST

To try new games.
See product in the flesh.
Shop the vendors.
Shop the flea market.
See well presented games.

Vigilant04 Jan 2019 6:19 a.m. PST

1. Shop
2. See what's new "in the flesh"
3. Check out new rules
That pretty much covers it.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 6:33 a.m. PST

Robert P--why is it getting harder to play games?

TSD10104 Jan 2019 7:12 a.m. PST

1. To play games
2. To run a game (I really like hosting)
3. Flea Market
4. Dealer Hall
5. Meet new people who share my interests

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 7:44 a.m. PST

1. Play games
2. Dealer room
3. Flea Market
4. GM games
5. Visit local restaurants

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 7:56 a.m. PST

1. Play against new players
2. Play against people I only see at the cons I go to
3. Run games
4. Observe other GMs
5. Observe/discuss scenario design

… and, of course …

0. YouTube link

KSmyth04 Jan 2019 8:22 a.m. PST

1. To run games
2. To see friends in a game-saturated environment
3. To see the creative work of others
4. Try new games
5. Check out the Bring and Buy
But more than anything it's run games and see friends.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 8:25 a.m. PST

pzivh, I try to avoid long games these days--and I prefer horse & musket. I went through Cold Wars Friday PEL early this week, and wasn't even vaguely tempted. Seemed as though most of what they had was computer-moderated, and my feeling is that if a computer gets to tell me my tactics didn't succeed or my order isn't allowed for an unknown reason, I should still be drawing a salary. Not the sort of thing I do for free.

And of course if I rolled in at my customary Thursday evening, the earliest flea market would be 27 hours away. (They tell me this is an improvement, but no one's told me who it's an improvement for.) I figure a night at the Host and a day of eating out is $150. USD That's a fairly stiff price for no games and no flea market.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

In order of importance:

Spend time with friends
Run games
Play games
Check out what ever other GMs are doing (to steal good ideas)
Shop at Vendor Hall
Shop at flea market (very little)

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Run games
Shop at Vendor Hall
Sell at Flea Market
Spend time with friends
Check out other games/terrain/minis

masm611004 Jan 2019 9:52 a.m. PST

See friends
Sell in the flea market
Buy in the flea market
Buy in Dealer Hall
See friends,

with apologies to the 5 D's of Dodge Ball.

Timmo uk04 Jan 2019 10:21 a.m. PST

Meet friends
Buy stuff
See the games
See what's new
Look at things I'm considering for future projects

Sundance04 Jan 2019 10:28 a.m. PST

1. Flea market
2. Dealer's room
3. Games

Dynaman878904 Jan 2019 10:39 a.m. PST

1 – To see games
2 – To buy stuff
3 – To see more games
4 – To buy more stuff
5 – Perhaps play a game

capncarp04 Jan 2019 10:49 a.m. PST

To have fun.
To play games.
To play games with friends.
To make new friends.
To buy stuff that I may actually use in gaming.

Aethelflaeda was framed In the TMP Dawghouse04 Jan 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

Ogle good looking young women.
Drink beer.
Decide my political party.
Shirk my responsibilities at home.
Waste my time and money.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 5:37 p.m. PST

1) Buy figures /Terrain
2) Look at what is available to buy.
3) See nice games.
4) To meet fellow gamers and friends.
5) My money burns a hole in my pocket!!!!

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2019 6:07 a.m. PST

1) Buy Stuff
2) See friends
3) Get inspired
4) Enjoy a day out
5) Check out the games

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jan 2019 4:25 a.m. PST

In no particular order of importance
1 – Look for stuff I can't find on-line
2 – Look AT stuff I have found on-line
3 – Buy stuff I've pre-ordered (to save on postage)
4 – Meet up with traders/manufacturers
5 – Chat

TheKing3006 Jan 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

1) Hang out with friends
2) Roll dice with friends
3) Have a good meal with friends

Generally, to enjoy the hobby. Enjoy looking at what others have painted, how they've constructed games, etc.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2019 12:49 p.m. PST

1. See friends from Up North and Down South.
2. See toys which inspire me to paint.
3. Hope Bowman is there so I can get my supply of Tim's coffee
4. Get away from work for a couple of days.
5. Refer to Number 1…

Robert, I'm sorry my FIW games aren't more to your liking.

Please feel free to drop by and be a walk-up. I'll make sure to give you something or someone fun to play.

I didn't feel like running my 1798 Irish Rebellion this year since Bill Molyneaux re-inspired my interest in the FIW.


47Ronin08 Jan 2019 4:34 p.m. PST

FYI, there are plenty of horse and musket games on the schedule for Cold Wars. In addition to the ones hosted by epturner, there are about 20+ more. If I get a chance, I'll list them here.

That's not including the games using the Carnage and Glory II computer moderated rules which, by the way, will be some of the best looking games at the convention.

Hope to see you there.

coolyork Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 9:06 a.m. PST

Depends on show but roughly ,

1. Shop at Dealers

2. See Friends

3. Flea Market

4. Run or play a game
5. Get away from Normal life ! ( Could be listed in any order )

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