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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 May 2020 8:55 p.m. PST

In a wargaming sense, a Mugwump is someone who remains independent and aloof from fads and 'the newest thing'.

Grelber11 May 2020 9:33 p.m. PST

Not to the degree I might like. I still like the armies I started out with--colonials, ancient Greeks, and Byzantines, but I have added new things over the years, like Dark Ages armies, Pulp, and World War II. I haven't gone off in totally weird directions--buying hundreds of figures for some fantasy game, and discovering I have no real interest in the area. I have started down roads, like the one pack of Mexican-American War figures I bought, and decided not to go down that road after all.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2020 10:26 p.m. PST

I'm beyond a mugwump. I'm a curmudgeon.

Huscarle12 May 2020 2:17 a.m. PST

I'm more of a butterfly, flitting from one game to another, and never settling grin

arthur181512 May 2020 2:34 a.m. PST

Me too, Oberlindes!

forrester12 May 2020 3:55 a.m. PST

I am a reformed character and a latter day mugwump.
I was never too heavily influenced, but back in the day I did venture into things like Indian Mutiny, Old West, pirates, and 30's pulp just because the figures were good and they were appearing a lot in magazines. Went nowhere and ultimately sold, now I focus on my main obsessions with WW2 and SF [TV related]

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2020 4:30 a.m. PST


I am not independent and aloof from TNT (The New Thang). I am often not especially interested in it, but I do try to pay attention to new stuff and give it a fair shake evaluation.

In that sense, I find myself picking out the valuable (from my perspective) bits and internalizing them for my personal growth while ignoring the rest. I'm a Trend Raccoon.

Texas Jack12 May 2020 4:32 a.m. PST

Most definitely. I am a solo gamer by choice and I shun bandwagons and doing what the cool kids do. Unless itīs really, really shiny. :)

Stryderg12 May 2020 6:58 a.m. PST

I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar.
oh, Shiney!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 7:03 a.m. PST

Oh, 2Bsure !

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2020 7:24 a.m. PST


Legion 412 May 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

Who wants to know ?!?!?!?

SpuriousMilius12 May 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

I'm similar to Grelber; I can resist new genres & fads, but I add new minis, terrain, 2nd+ed. rules & expansions to my lead mountain & my overstuffed bookshelves.

Dn Jackson12 May 2020 8:48 a.m. PST

Yes, yes I am.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 9:14 a.m. PST

What's the opposite of that? A pmuwgum? That.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 11:32 a.m. PST

I am a Gumpwump…

KSmyth12 May 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

Yes. I wanna do what I wanna do. Sometimes my interests are unusual. I will say this, I do really like the Daniel Mersey rules, but I typically gone out and added mountains of lead to support them. I merely drew from my existing mountains of lead.

wargamingUSA12 May 2020 1:43 p.m. PST

mugwumpus maximus.

I'll play lots of games/generes and enjoy the variety, just keep focused on buying or swapping for what I really as my own games, WWII and Colonial America.

Sgt Slag12 May 2020 1:53 p.m. PST

Oberlindes +2. Call me Sgt McCrusty, Soldier! Cheers!

Dynaman878912 May 2020 4:55 p.m. PST

My kids think I am.

altfritz13 May 2020 4:48 a.m. PST

More of a Magpie, actually.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2020 9:56 p.m. PST

I plead the 5th.

von Schwartz14 May 2020 5:44 p.m. PST

Gotta go with Oberlindes, I am a lovable curmudgeon.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2020 12:00 a.m. PST

Of course.

Garde de Paris15 May 2020 3:51 a.m. PST

My long deceased father-in-law was a farm boy from Virginia, and spent is adult life as a gardner for estates of wealthy Main Line Philadelphia families. In his own quiet way, he was one of the funniest men I ever knew!

He liked to work on my plantings at our first home, 1969-1981, and I would ask him "what is that new bird I have never seen before, Luke?"

"That's a Mugwump."

"What is that?"

"It sits on the fence with its mug on one side and its wump on the other!"

I still enjoy his comments.


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