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


428 votes were cast by total voters.


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Khusrau writes:

Sorry Mithmee, must disagree, perfect wargamers food doesn't include enough grease to ruin entire brigades worth of figures..


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I've got the skill and patience to paint big armies of 25mm figures.
25
6%
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It has to be true, it was on TV.
7
2%
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It is impossible for a manufacturer to provide photos of all their products.
14
3%
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It will never make sense to buy figures directly from another country.
15
4%
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It's worth playing something dull but popular in order to get a game.
11
3%
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Itís just a game, so no realism is needed.
6
1%
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Itís not wargaming without metal figures.
15
4%
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Life membership does not mean what you think it means.
4
1%
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Long, expensive rulebook = Better game
28
7%
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More complexity = More realism
52
12%
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More detail = More realistic
24
6%
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More realism = Better game
26
6%
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My core group of gamers will always be there.
25
6%
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One game design can represent any conditions in any other period.
13
3%
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One scale per period is enough.
16
4%
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Parade Ground march/manuever rates are the same in the field.
5
1%
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Participating in tournaments make you a better gamer.
10
2%
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Pizza is the perfect food for gamers.
5
1%
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Playing ahistorical match-ups is OK.
6
1%
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Playing historicals is serious wargaming.
8
2%
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Playing with others is necessary to having an enjoyable wargaming experience.
9
2%
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Points reflect the real comparative values of units in the game.
25
6%
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Published game designs have been fully playtested.
41
10%
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Real world tactics = Game world success
21
5%
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Realism is a bounded quantitative concept.
3
1%
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Roll more dice and the result is less random.
5
1%
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other (explain)
1
0%
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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.