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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 11:37 a.m. PST

What number of people as players describes the plurality of your hobby tabletop wargaming?

("How many people do you usually game with?", but in a more formal statement.)

0 – I'm just a warpainter
1 – Me, myself, and I is not "three"
2 – PvP, baby!
3 – It's not a crowd. (It's the magic number)
4 – PPvPP or maybe PvPPP (or vPPPP collaborative)
5 – balanced numbers of players per side is for weese
6 – I got six. That's all there is.

… fill in your other numbers, base ten preferred.

Me? Six.

Mark J Wilson02 Feb 2023 11:42 a.m. PST

Between 1 and 3 others i.e games for 2-4, with a fairly even spread between the three options.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 11:57 a.m. PST

Our group seems to average 4-5 players at our weekly sessions.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 11:58 a.m. PST

I generally run my fantasy minis wargames with 4-10 players, with as close as possible, even numbers of players on each side. I try to get as many players involved, as I can. It also depends upon the size of the game offered. My preference is 3+ players; if I get enough players, I will referee, to ensure the game plays more smoothly, more quickly. I prefer to run larger games, with 500-1,000, 28mm figures on the table, as much as possible. It helps amortize my time and money investments in my figures, my terrain, my gaming table, etc. I also adore the site of so many toys being played with, by so many of my friends; watching my friends invest emotionally, cognitively, in the game, is loads of fun for me, as an organizer/provider.

My 54mm Army Men games tend to have fewer players (2-6), and fewer minis on the tabletop. I try to run them on 13-foot by 30-foot tables, to make it fun. The figure counts run up to around 300-400, but that is pushing it. For a city game, smaller troop numbers are better, or it gets clogged up, and difficult to manage so many combatants in such (movement and LOS) limited, restrictive terrain. I try to give each player enough minis such that they won't be eliminated from the game, at least until the end of our play time -- no one enjoys sitting around, watching, they want to be in the heat of the battle as a participant, not as a spectator… Cheers!

Stryderg02 Feb 2023 12:09 p.m. PST

1 – It's the loneliest number

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 12:13 p.m. PST

2-4 for us, occasionally 5.

I occasionally play solo though!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 12:36 p.m. PST

Games typically run from 2-6 players. It really depends on the game, scenario, and player availability.

King Monkey02 Feb 2023 12:47 p.m. PST

"Are you playing with yourself?"

childish sniggering

Titchmonster02 Feb 2023 2:01 p.m. PST

1 striving for 3

HMS Exeter02 Feb 2023 2:58 p.m. PST

My traditional gaming group has wandered off into playing things I'm not interested in.

I periodically hang out with one other similarly disaffected player, but we mostly watch TV and reminisce.

I'm selling off stuff I know my group will never play. I go to cons, usually alone, pretty much out of stubborn habit.

I do some online gaming. Do virtual opponents count?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 3:03 p.m. PST

Do virtual opponents count?

If they're people and you're playing a TTWG, it would fit the specified criteria. Synchronous or PBM/PBeM … why not?

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

1-6, but more happens.

With miniatures, 1-2 is typical

With board games, 5 is typical, but 1-7 happens to (the latter is rare, and limited— few board games allow 7 players, or even 6.)

With RPGs, 2-8, typically 3 or 5.

With Wings of Glory/War and X-Wing— typically 5 or 6, have had as many as 8.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 3:16 p.m. PST

Tacky, eto. But to answer the question, mostly one on one. I keep trying solo, but it doesn't hold my interest.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 4:52 p.m. PST

Usually 8 to 12 players. We are doing a campaign in the War of 1812 with Expeditionary Force 54mm figures. Almost 700 figures and still growing.So far the British and Canadians have pushed us out of Canada and they are about to invade the U.S. tomorrow night.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 5:34 p.m. PST

4 to 5

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 9:20 p.m. PST


Zephyr102 Feb 2023 10:54 p.m. PST

"Are you playing BY yourself" would probably be better wording… ;-)

Martin Rapier03 Feb 2023 12:48 a.m. PST

It ranges from 3 to 9, depending who turns up. I guess the average is about six. I usually umpire and split the players between roles, with a designated CinC for each side.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2023 12:38 p.m. PST

Are you a solo gamer would be another way of wording that wouldn't reference, ahem, "self-pleasuring".

I put it to you that you, sir, knew exactly what you were doing!


Choctaw03 Feb 2023 3:52 p.m. PST

Other people play wargames besides me? No, I doubt that.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2023 2:13 p.m. PST

Yes, almost entirely solo.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 10:13 a.m. PST

Our club has about 35 or 40 members. We do miniatures, boardgames and RPGs. A typical miniatures game has anywhere from 6-10 players.

14Bore09 Feb 2023 3:05 p.m. PST

Only see opponents at conventions.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Feb 2023 7:32 p.m. PST

I put it to you that you, sir, knew exactly what you were doing!

First time I've been accused of that.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2023 5:46 p.m. PST

6 to 10.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2023 8:51 a.m. PST

I must say, I'm disappointed in the low number of Bleeped text responses to the original question!

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