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Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 9:15 a.m. PST

I realized today that even though I have gotten interested in gaming a period because I've read a book or books about it, I often look first to games rather than books to get a better understanding of the conflict an period as often those games are the result of meticulous research.

For example, in October I took a driving holiday through upstate New York, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and became very interested in the French and Indian War (and secondarily the Battle of Plattsburgh, which I found fascinating and surprisingly unknown in the mainstream, despite being considered at the time a major defeat of the Royal Navy).

However, since then I've realized that rather than look for books on the subject(s), My first thoughts were, ‘What are some good games (board and miniature) on these subjects?'

It's not that I won't read books on them, but my first instinct was to look for games rather than books, which was a self-revelation about how I think.

What's your first instinct when you get interested in a period or conflict- games or books?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 9:52 a.m. PST

Internet, then books. Boardgames don't enter into the equation.

Simon the Squirrel02 Jan 2022 10:15 a.m. PST


Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 12:06 p.m. PST

Books, sometimes movies as in "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Gunga Din", "Beau Geste", "King of the Khyber Rifles", and "The Four Feathers".

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 12:37 p.m. PST

Books and other media first

The Nigerian Lead Minister02 Jan 2022 1:27 p.m. PST

Books spark the interest, but a good game gets the nod for understanding the conflict for me.

Perris070702 Jan 2022 2:04 p.m. PST


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 2:05 p.m. PST

Books, blogs and then internet.

Col Durnford02 Jan 2022 2:17 p.m. PST

Just to be difficult, figures first, then books, and finally game rules.

johannes5502 Jan 2022 2:57 p.m. PST

Books, internet en then books again

advocate02 Jan 2022 3:06 p.m. PST

Books, mostly.

mad monkey 102 Jan 2022 4:34 p.m. PST

Internet, movies and books in no particular order. Then rulebooks, then figures. Okay, sometimes figures first( I'm looking at you Quar)

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 4:42 p.m. PST

Books to learn. Games to put knowledge to effect.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2022 5:15 p.m. PST

Books and some movies (pirates!)

HMS Exeter02 Jan 2022 9:04 p.m. PST

If my interest is piqued about an unfamiliar event/period I figure my first stop would be Wikipedia. After that, other websites. After that books/boardgames I might have on hand.

After that Amazon for book shopping and the internet for potential figure suppliers.

To be sure, 95% of such romps fizzle before ordering figs. Case in point, SCW. I looked into it, but after a short period of study it became pretty clear that after the initial struggle for position, it got pretty boring.

The closest I got to a viable game structure had the players subbing in for the other major powers, jockeying the conflict in accordance with their agendas. Sort of AH's Origins with field forces. Germany wants a right wing central government. Russia wants to drag it out long enuf to make a giantasmic pile of money. That sort of thing.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 3:43 a.m. PST

Movies, books/magazine articles

WKeyser03 Jan 2022 5:11 a.m. PST

Books then rules then figures.

steve dubgworth03 Jan 2022 5:51 a.m. PST

my first hint wargaming even existed was the tv series Callan – a british assassin who played wargames.
that sent me to the local ymca which had started a club and then books – first one i bought was introduction to battlegaming by terry wise then i never looked back…….my first figures were lamming napoleonics then minifigs napoleonics. 22000 figures later i have just rennovated those figures.
magazines i did buy the first one being airfix magazine which had a healthy wargames section.

Cavcmdr04 Jan 2022 4:22 a.m. PST


The visual appeal comes first. So books, and internet these days, come before gaming.

I love tricorns and I have a couple.
Their are armies that had infantry in top hats that pique my interest. A kepi does nothing for me.
I do look stupid in a bowler hat.

Have fun.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 10:51 a.m. PST

pretty similar….internet, (subject matter info, bibliographies, reviews), books

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