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


437 votes were cast by total voters.


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Khusrau writes:

You obviously haven't used much soft plastic Winston.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Filling the table with figures makes for a fun game.
52
12%
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For each period, there will eventually be one standard rulebook.
18
4%
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Game design is a science, not an art.
6
1%
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Game designers know what they are doing.
26
6%
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Gamers don’t cheat.
31
7%
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Gamers will only bring the most beautiful games to conventions.
5
1%
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Games from ‘big’ publishers are always the best.
19
4%
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Good dierolling will offset bad strategy.
9
2%
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Good strategy will offset bad dierolling.
24
5%
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Grognards are reliable sources of information.
14
3%
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Hard plastic is better than soft plastic.
7
2%
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Hills are THE most important terrain feature to occupy.
3
1%
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Historical research is necessary to enjoy playing with historical miniatures.
20
5%
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I am a better commander than my opponent.
7
2%
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I can always buy more of those figures if I need them.
33
8%
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I can judge how much I'll enjoy a game just by reading it.
9
2%
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I cannot die until all of my figures are painted.
11
3%
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I know everything about this period because I have studied the history.
4
1%
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I will focus on a few periods and not overextend myself.
33
8%
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I will never let my collection get so out of hand that I end up buying something I already had.
24
5%
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I will never pay those kind of prices.
16
4%
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I will never seriously consider buying Foundry figures.
4
1%
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I will never seriously consider quitting the hobby altogether.
5
1%
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I will someday organize and run a mega-game.
7
2%
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I won’t start an army before I finish the one I am working on.
43
10%
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other (explain)
0
0%
 
none of these/no opinion
7
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.