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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

a length of time … in a particular country

It is one of the dictionary definitions. But it's not what wargamers mean when they say "period". They mean a period of time. And a specific set of geographic regions (that may be widely dispersed). And specific forces from those countries. And specific engagements for those forces.

When we talk about a specific milieu of wargames, what we are talking about is way more specific than period and it doesn't include the many any other things that are part of the period.

If you game the Napoleonic Period, that means something way more expansive than you game the Napoleonic Wars.

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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

If we can get enraged by misuse of the word faction, why not "period"?

Faction is wrong in many cases, but doesn't bother me. Using the word period to describe a specific milieu or genre of gaming is pretty much always wrong.

Period refers to a span of time. While that may be accurate for a game you play, it is insufficient. You play the Medieval period? Medieval Western Europe, Post Roman areas, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Arctic regions, East Med Pirates, West Med pirates, Red Sea Pirates, the Levant, North East Africa, North West Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Africa, the Bight of Dahomey, Madagascar, the Subcontinent, the Himalayan Plateau, Japan, Korea, ten or more different Chinas, the Thousand Islands… plus a hundred thousand more, the Balkans, the Baltics, Scandinavia, North North North America… and 20 divisions of N and S America, Oz, the Antarctic, and so on..? Wow! That's a lot!

You play the XYZ Early Medieval Period, which is a period plus other qualifier which makes it no longer just a period.

That's right. Stop word abuse. Who's with me?

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