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POLL: Are Tournaments Ruining Wargames?

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Personal logo Condor Supporting Member of TMP writes:

I don't play in tournaments either. But I will never finish painting all the figures I have, or will ever have.

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comradetexas Inactive Member muses:

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I hear a lot of discussion about army creep where every time a new book comes out it has to be packed with extra rules to make the armies seem powerful and competitive. Every time a new release hits the shelves it contains these rules to boost interest in buying the book and playing with the armies. Which in turn has you buying more models. So, does the desire and need to be more competitive at tournaments drive this demand for more and more powerful armies? This seems more prevalent in game systems where they are not creating more intellectual property but merely reissuing old IP with new rules and models.

I don't know if I necessarily believe this but I am curious as to the arguments for and against this theory.

On the flip side, there are games that come out with one system and that's it. Is this good? Is it a good thing to print your game once and then do nothing else with the rules or armies? Or does a single-print rules system that never evolves thus stagnate and never improve upon itself?

Finally, what is the attraction to a game system that constantly grows and reinvents itself? My daughter asked me the other day when I was going to be done painting all of the models I wanted and I thought about it. My answer to her was "probably never."