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POLL: How Constraining Do You Like Your Historical Rules?


116 votes were cast.


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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

The great commanders of history were often successful because they introduced radically different tactics

Likewise, some of the more spectacular failures of history started with the clause, "So, I had this really cool idea …"

The only reason that any tactics are historical is because specific people chose them from all the options available at the time. The only thing that made them "good" or "bad" was the outcome.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I march unerringly to the beat of the historical drum and the rules better make sure you do, too
9
8%
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The rules should allow me to try the 'what ifs' of the period that didn't happen, but not allow counter-factual tactics
77
66%
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I enjoy the 'feel/flavor', but the rules don't have to be specifically tailored to that period
17
15%
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If I paint Austrian dirigible-borne paratroopers, by golly, I'm fielding Austrian dirigible-borne paratroopers!
3
3%
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other (explain)
3
3%
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none of these/no opinion
6
5%
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this is ridiculous
1
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Constraining is defined here as "makes the player conform to historical norms."

Some games try various methods to encourage/require players to perform in a manner similar to their historical counterparts. For example, restricting what formations ACW infantry brigades are allowed to adopt, or how responsive a Soviet motorized rifle regiment is to changing orders.

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