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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2019 8:18 p.m. PST

"It's an honest question – why Wargames? What is it about this genre of game that involves tiny toy dolls, I mean, action figures, wait, I mean, miniatures that you have to put together and paint yourself that is so appealing? The hours…and hours…and hours….and the money you have to spend to start the hobby sometimes just feels like such a chore to finally get to the game play itself. Then you have to find someone else that is just as crazy as you to begin such an endeavor…

…so why is wargaming popular? Heck, why, when I can log online and immediately buy about, say, a dozen Steam sale games and start playing them in the same hour, would anyone want to play such an antiquated physical game? And why is the market for miniatures growing?…"
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UshCha01 May 2019 1:08 a.m. PST

Computor games are run by "artificial Intellegence" about as clever as a dim ant (or less). A wargame opponent is run by a sneakay, very able player capable of subtle tricks and feignts, undreamable by current game AI. Why would you play a computor game which offers so limited intelegence.

As for minatures, to be honest the rise of 28mm escapes me, not a scale that has any attraction to me but I am not a man who likes to paint.

The rise in 1/144 scale minatures which we in part fuel by our commisions, is becuase at present there are still vital missing elements in the armory, that would never be produced commecially as the sales numbers would not justify it.

FusilierDan01 May 2019 3:22 a.m. PST

I have to agree with that. I would change the names of the games the the basic premise is how I feel about playing with Toy Soldiers.

UshCha01 May 2019 4:45 a.m. PST

Seems an odd statement. I don't play with Toy Cars, I play with Slot cars. Is play a bad word? Golfers Play, Even Footballers claim they play. Chess players play. Why would any of us playing with models look out of place with folk just hitting a spherical object, often with less academic involvement.

Sgt Slag01 May 2019 6:27 a.m. PST

I view it the same way I view my enjoyment of riding motorcycles: you either get it, or you do not. I don't bother explaining it to people who do not understand my enjoyment of my hobbies. Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2019 10:55 a.m. PST



von Schwartz01 May 2019 5:26 p.m. PST

Someone commented a while back about people who jeer and make fun of "wargammers" who play imaginary fictional games with toy soldiers. The reply was simply to ask the perpetrator, "Hows your fantasy football team doing?"

Wolfhag In the TMP Dawghouse01 May 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

It's cheaper than golf.


UshCha01 May 2019 11:02 p.m. PST

Its cheaper than, Kites,Scuba diveing, Football (my co author used to play, the cost just isn boots ans expensive goalie gloves was staggering). Chess can be cheaper. Are computor game played as they are Cheap for the hours of "entertainment" they give the players( I don't personaly relate to them).

The only why play wargames, I think of as a downside is the amount of storage space they use. Even downsizing to 1/144 did not help as I still have a small 1/72 scale force and 1/144 needs more terrain as fold flat does not work as well at this scale. Going even smaller scale was never practical for the way we play unfortunately.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2019 10:45 a.m. PST

More important… it's cheaper than a psychiatrist… (smile)


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