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POLL: The 1st Rule of Scenario Design (Round 1A)


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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Uh, Zone? We KNOW that if you can't reach your objective, the scenario is poorly written. That was sort of the point of having it on the list of things to watch out for in designing scenarios.

Actually, my experience is that an accurate historical scenario which involves a brilliant general is often not one you'd want to play. In Napoleon's best years, the whole thing was really decided before the first shot was fired, and some of Wellington's peninsular battles are much the same. Nathaniel Greene is a partial exception because he's a strategic and not a tactical genius. He wins because the battle is fought, not because his side does better tactically.

Ah. Bathtubbing is always something new, I think. I've gotten myself into messes with bathtubbed games before now by thinking I was out of artillery range--which I would have been at a full representation--when I was within canister range on a shrunken field. But a good scenarist can still keep the tactical dilemma. Paul Koch did a very nice job of this in old Couriers, bathtubbing some historical battles for smaller OTR armies.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Don't overthink things.
36
7%
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Never put an objective on a table edge or corner if the game is an encounter battle.
20
4%
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Never place an objective where it takes one side an entire game to reach it.
60
12%
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Do not choose a Massacre for your scenario and get upset when the losing side does not enjoy it.
38
7%
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Playtest the scenario
83
16%
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If you didn't enjoy designing it the players most likely won't enjoy playing it
27
5%
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Do not give players any set-up options.
10
2%
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Scenarios should tell a story.
29
6%
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Things don't belong on the absolute edge of the table.
24
5%
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Think it through from both sides first.
68
13%
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Know your history!
35
7%
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Everyone should be having fun no later that the third turn
59
12%
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Solo playtests never give accurate results
13
3%
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other (explain)
2
0%
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none of these/no opinion
6
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Poll suggested by Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP.

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