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POLL: Learning the Rules: Reading vs. Showing


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gweirda Inactive Member writes:

i also think the "both" answer is best, and depends a lot on the rules themselves. starbuck made a relevent point:

…if the rules reward using historical tactics then I like them…if the rules reward players doing unhistorical actions then they seem flawed to me…

i think the same test can apply to the "read or learn" issue. if the rules reward historical tactics, then learning works: you simply have to ask/learn how a particular set of rules handles the execution of the player's desires*. if the rules are, shall we say…a bit "odd", then the game itself (rather than a simulation/recreation of the genre-commander's decision-making process) is the focus and knowing the rules well beforehand is a must.


*trapondur made a good point regarding this: the numbers/modifiers used in a ruleset need to be intuitive/easy to remember --i'm all for foregoing a measure of accuracy by using "twice as much" rather than having to refer to some table/calculator to find "two-and-a-quarter as much", but that's another poll/discussion…


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
prefer to read the rules myself
184
39%
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prefer to learn from someone
212
45%
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neither
5
1%
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no preference
70
15%
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not a gamer
0
0%
 
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POLL DESCRIPTION

When you are trying out a new set of miniature wargame rules, do you prefer to read the rules yourself and try to play, or do you prefer to have someone who already knows the rules show you how to play?