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POLL: Objectives vs Mayhem


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jizbrand Inactive Member writes:

Objectives are very nice for giving a game structure, but we have all jeered those who play a game strictly for the objectives. I don't understand why someone would "play" a game and never move or fire his troops

"Objective" doesn't have to be a piece of ground. It can be other things like "destroy enemy anti-aircraft assets", "preserve at least 50% of your own force", "delay the enemy crossing the river for at least four turns", etc., including "hold the hill at all costs" (or better, "seize and hold the hill").

the Space Marine player the objective of capturing the Eldar commander as a valuable intelligence asset. Turn 1, the Space Marines use heavy weapons fire to bring down the structure the Eldar Commander is deployed in, killing him in the process. Oh, how he howled when he was informed at game's end that he had "lost" the game.

For every scenario I do, I provide the background (what is happening to the left, right, and next echelon up) and a "mission", which is a generic statement of what the player should accomplish. I also provide a list of what scores victory points. Players have been quite annoyed to learn, at the end of the game, that they actually lost even though they may have wiped out the enemy.


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quidveritas Inactive Member wonders...

I recently ran an Ancient period cattle-rustling game at a convention. The folks stealing the cows seemed to get in the spirit of things pretty quickly, but the folks that owned the cows really only had one objective: "kill the thieves." They did little or nothing to recover the cattle that were being driven off, even though that was the objective.

Blitzkrieg Commander campaign games pose a similar issue in that to win the game, sometimes you have to focus on the objective and not on 'winning the battle'.

On a scale of 1 (totally objective oriented perfectly happy if I don't fire a shot all day) to 10 (hey this is a wargame, I want to see some blood flow and nothing else), where do you rate yourself?