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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

We've discussed war cries, epithets hurled at opponents, and swearing. But do you have a favourite genre-appropriate lament when things go horribly bad for your side during a wargame?

For some reason, I am particularly fond of "Tarnation!" in 19th Century American West games.

The odd late Medieval/early Renaissance game may hear me start with "Soft. It die. To shuffle of the sweet mortal coil. The end. And the beginning. Reuniting with that which was the start – the stuff of stars and dreams …" and continue on until someone says "Will you shut up and die already?"

Other than that, I have been considering prepping some "bad luck" phrases to give to players along with the list of other genre appropriate colour phrases.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 6:27 a.m. PST

Also, DOM is fond of, in the right game and situation, "Humans. It's always the disease-ridden little vermin that get you in the end."

Old Wolfman05 Feb 2019 6:52 a.m. PST

"Feh!" and followed by a razzer. Sometimes even an "Oy gevalt!"

Giles the Zog05 Feb 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

Not again.

Why do I bother ?

Why do I bother to turn up ?

I might as well pack my bags.

bsrlee05 Feb 2019 7:37 a.m. PST

'Otototoi' – according to the Ancient Greeks, a Persian lament.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 8:19 a.m. PST

"I'm not dead yet. In fact, I'm getting better."
"It's only a flesh wound."
"I've had worse."
"Good grief!"
(As Snoopy in WoG): "Wawawagawa-Bark! Grrrrrr…" (More or less something like that.)

And the universal and ever popular: "Noooooooooo!"

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 9:42 a.m. PST


JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

Anything naval – There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

I am fond of the ones from the old Dougram cartoon.



Cerdic05 Feb 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

Normally just give an "arse!"….

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Winston Smith05 Feb 2019 2:33 p.m. PST

We just hang our heads in shame will the other players shout out our names.
This is the inevitable result of needing to roll a 6, but…

manyslayer05 Feb 2019 5:25 p.m. PST

Curse and infernal treachery.

Bashytubits05 Feb 2019 6:08 p.m. PST

I resort to this…

von Schwartz05 Feb 2019 6:40 p.m. PST

Well I normally give it a "Oh Bleeped text!" or simply, "Bloody hell". But I'll probably get "Bleeped".

Also for those who have read my posts before, I always love the immortal and ever popular, "Damn, Morked again!".

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 1:46 a.m. PST

For me I have long used "Communists!"

Obviously pre-fall of the Berlin wall version, to avoid any modern politics wink.

Karellian Knight06 Feb 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

We often exclaim loudly after rolling a 1 or failing a morale check,what one of my mates refers to as the eternal cry of the wargamer. Oh for Bleeped texts sake!!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 6:34 a.m. PST

'Aw – SPIT !'

Legion 406 Feb 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

Well since all I game is Sci-fi now. I can say "racist" anti-alien, etc., comments against the plethora of ETs, NTIs, etc. I have and game against. [Is it racist if you insult races that don't exist ?]

I mean who is going to get upset if I call Orks "Green Skinned Apes".

Eldar "pointy eared Nancys" …

Necrons "Toasters" …

Squats "short fat abhumans with an attitude with a predilection for heavy weapons[wait … that describes me too !] … huh?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 11:18 a.m. PST

Necrons "Toasters" …

I thought "Toasters" were Cylons. Wait … if a Necron married a Cylon, would the kids be "Nylons"?

von Schwartz06 Feb 2019 6:21 p.m. PST

Pointy eared Nancy's, is that a reflection on the new, gag, Speaker of the House?

Back to the subject at hand. OK, so I got "bleeped" again, maybe one of our UK friends could explain to me exactly what is so obscene about the word bug, with an additional ger at the end, y'know bug-ger? I'm not sure if they'll "bleep" that since I hyphenated it. Maybe I can slip that past the damn censors. Love that, I can use the word damn but not Bleeped text.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 11:14 p.m. PST

von Schwartz
The word that bleeped out is the legal word for one who indulges in rear penetration sex particularly male on male. (At least in Scotland).


Legion 407 Feb 2019 3:14 p.m. PST

if a Necron married a Cylon, would the kids be "Nylons"?
huh? Talk about a mixed marriage ! evil grin

Pointy eared Nancy's
I've heard them called Pansies too … But that is also a flower IIRC. So … Regardless … Eldar don't exist anyway AFAIK. huh?

von Schwartz07 Feb 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

Thank you x42, guess the censors must be Scottish then. I thought as much, didn't realize they had a legal term. We just call them, well, I won't go into here, neither the time nor the place. I still have some good taste left, not much mind you, but a little.

Russ Lockwood08 Feb 2019 12:49 p.m. PST

'E's passed on! 'E's no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!!

bobm195908 Feb 2019 1:05 p.m. PST

…..beautiful plumage though

von Schwartz08 Feb 2019 6:39 p.m. PST

I hope someone went after and caught Russ and has him stashed away somewhere safe. Sounds like an acid flashback to me.

Lost Wolf11 Feb 2019 7:52 p.m. PST

"Oh my!" I say it often when I play

Legion 412 Feb 2019 6:59 a.m. PST

And sometimes … I have been known to say, "DOH!" huh?

Henry Martini12 Feb 2019 4:51 p.m. PST

The plumage don't enter into it!

'…if a Necron married a Cylon, would the kids be "Nylons"?'

Only if they had fine singing voices, etotheipi.

They being species rather than races, you'd be a speciest, Legion 4.

Legion 413 Feb 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

OH NO !!!! huh?

von Schwartz13 Feb 2019 1:18 p.m. PST

I'll notify the proper authorities

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 4:33 p.m. PST

I'll call the improper authorities


von Schwartz13 Feb 2019 5:50 p.m. PST

Monty Python?

Bashytubits24 Feb 2019 5:08 p.m. PST

This about sums it up.

von Schwartz24 Feb 2019 6:08 p.m. PST

Why am I suddenly hungry for an omelet?

Legion 425 Feb 2019 7:33 a.m. PST

Call incendiary fires … it's the only way to be sure.

Then bring in truck loads of BBQ sauce.

von Schwartz25 Feb 2019 4:25 p.m. PST

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Legion 427 Feb 2019 6:38 a.m. PST

Who doesn't !? evil grin

Apache 627 Feb 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

Drats! Foiled again!

von Schwartz31 Mar 2019 5:52 a.m. PST

AHH!!!! FREE!!!!

Fresh out of the Dawghause. Funny, we had a number of full fledged long threads on whether or not members swear with nearly 100 Comments, and I let one little Bleeped text-ingheimer slip and get slammed in the hoosegow. As I frequently say, "C'est la guerre."

Legion 431 Mar 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

evil grin

von Schwartz31 Mar 2019 8:08 a.m. PST

They "bleeped" the letter F?

Legion 401 Apr 2019 6:05 a.m. PST

Yeah … I guess there must be some sort of computer thing. huh?

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2019 2:34 p.m. PST

etotheipi you are so weird.

von Schwartz02 Apr 2019 5:53 p.m. PST

Well we all knew that didn't we?

Wolfhag02 Apr 2019 7:54 p.m. PST

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your anal orifice.

Did your mother ever bear any children that lived?

I wouldn't make that move if I were you, I have not taken my medication today and am not legally liable for any physical or property damage that will surely occur if you do.


Legion 403 Apr 2019 7:15 a.m. PST


von Schwartz03 Apr 2019 5:37 p.m. PST

When things go wrong for me, and they often do, I resort to the simple expedient of swearing loud and long and usually in German and occasionally Yiddish.
These epithets are not directed at anyone in particular just expressions of my opinion on my usual bad luck.

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