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POLL: What False Wargaming Assumptions Have You Discarded (Round 1D)


428 votes were cast by total voters.


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dragon6 writes:

kevanG, on June 4, 2012, wrote:

I also used to think that command rules that introduced uncertaincy were essential for accuracy…but now just realise that some games just give a carte blanche movement multiplier to some commanders in a randomy but incredably predictable way.
I still agree with the first part of that sentence but I don't understand the second part?

And as 14bore asked

KevenG@ ok I'll bite, Whats the Prussian Uhlaner incident?
What is the Prussian Uhlan incident? Inquiring minds want to know


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Rules lawyers know what they are talking about.
33
8%
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Serious painters use enamels only.
20
5%
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Shots fired in battle are effective only if they hit someone.
9
2%
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Simultaneous Movement
27
6%
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Someday, I will have enough books.
11
3%
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Terrain consisting of books and green felt will fall out of fashion as the hobby grows.
8
2%
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Terrain should be as realistic as possible.
12
3%
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That my opponents know it is just a game.
15
4%
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That the Dice Gods rain on the just and the unjust alike.
17
4%
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There is a correct answer to all historical questions.
19
4%
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This hobby will never appeal to women.
8
2%
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Uniform colors are a precise science.
33
8%
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Wargamers know their history.
42
10%
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Wargamers play by the rules.
18
4%
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Wargames accurately simulate war.
25
6%
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Wargames are a true test of skill.
11
3%
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Wargames are historical.
10
2%
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Wargames can’t simulate actual combat.
5
1%
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Wargames give us insight into ‘what really happened’.
7
2%
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Warhammer is a good game system.
8
2%
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Women and young people are not a threat at the gaming table.
4
1%
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You are not a REAL wargamer unless you do Napoleonics.
16
4%
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You can have too many figures.
18
4%
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You cannot move units through an artillery park.
0
0%
 
You cannot play the game any more if the publisher is out of business.
7
2%
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You must play the latest edition of the rules.
22
5%
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You’re not a PROPER gamer unless you play in tournaments.
15
4%
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other (explain)
0
0%
 
none of these/no opinion
8
2%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP says:

…this came to mind when I was reading the poll suggestion of favorite Napoleonic rules.

It got me thinking about how… religious the Napoleonic discussion board has become. There are witch hunts for heretics there, and I would not be surprised to find out that there have been murders committed there. grin

I did not start out in The Hobby the usual way, playing with toy soldiers as a lad, and making up rules and then "graduating" to blah blah blah. I had cowboys and dinosaurs and a back yard and a front porch with railings. No military strategy, beyond PSHKEW and the tank hit the T Rex, who fell off the railing.

I started when I was 14 with Avalon Hill boardgames, and did not hear about formal miniatures game for at least five years, from the pages of Strategy and Tactics (a very early one). It was Napoleonics, of course.

So, for the longest time, I associated miniatures with Napoleonics. However, that is not what I started with. My first miniatures were Ancients, a mess of Persian, Macedonian and Roman. I converted Airfix Robin Hood figures into peltasts, using beer can tabs for shields, etc. Then, I got into TSATF Zulu War and AWI with 1776 rules.

I always felt guilty about not doing Napoleonics, though. It was almost like I was not quite a "REAL" wargamer, unless I showed up at the Master's home with four 48-figure regiments of the Wogastisburg Schlempffenbuetel Leib Garde. (They had to be 30mm, too.)

So, I dabbled in 15mm (I felt guilty about that) British Napoleonics. I was on fire for a few months, painting Scots Guards, Highlanders (both), Rifles, etc. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I had no real interest in them, so I sold them.

Strangely, I repeated this process a few years later.

Finally, I had the liberating flash of insight that if it bored me, what the heck was I doing it for? I decided that anyone who wanted to, could play with my Ancients, my Zulus, my Hessians (they already did, by the way), and if someone else wanted to do a Napoleonics game, they could lend me troops.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.