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The Last Conformist04 Jan 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

Not that I can recall.

Haven't participiated in many, and some of those were open-ended by design.

x42brown04 Jan 2020 7:37 a.m. PST

I've been in quite a few campaigns but only one ever came to final definite conclusion. That was a War of the Roses one with a conclusive Yorkshire victory with no other legitimate heirs (nor illegitimate ones). A freak occurrence.

I have neglected DBA and HotT Minnie campaigns all of which fade to time.


SpuriousMilius04 Jan 2020 9:46 a.m. PST

Yes, but they were 1 day or a weekend campaign that combined map movement & skirmishes leading to a climatic big battle with all of the contingents on the field.

genew4904 Jan 2020 9:54 a.m. PST

Who? Me? Ha,ha,ha…………..

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

I've gone on giving orders until the campaign master lost interest, but wars tend to follow one another. I'm not sure what a proper ending would be.

French Wargame Holidays04 Jan 2020 4:15 p.m. PST

Played in several but most memorable was a three year Napoleonic campaign, 18 armies in 28mm such a great and well run arms race!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2020 12:19 a.m. PST

Have I ever not?

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2020 7:46 p.m. PST

I would love to hear from those who have been successful.

How did you guys do it.

rhacelt06 Jan 2020 7:43 a.m. PST

I have been in a few. What has worked in the past is establishing a set number of games and a set schedule. For example we will play a game a week for the next six weeks with a set tree of possible out comes as the games progress. I have also been in several open ended campaigns none of witch did we ever finish.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 1:26 p.m. PST

I would love to hear from those who have been successful.

I'm a "completer-finisher"


This is why I have several thousands of painted, based figures and (at the moment) about 45 unpainted figures, awaiting the brush.

I am driven to complete anything I start. I think you need a sense of perseverance to complete a campaign…..but that's easy for me.

Syrinx006 Jan 2020 8:41 p.m. PST

A few. Our pure historical limited campaigns usually finish out their run but the open ended campaigns tend to die a slow quiet death as less players want to continue over time.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 9:37 p.m. PST

i enjoyed that link I tend to be the Coordinator or at times the Specialist – at work and many of the volunteer roles I fill.

I think that I will share some of this info with the groups I work with neat way to look at it.

As far as campaigns I don't even see me starting one until retirement too many glass balls being juggled right now. I could participate in a PBEM but couldn't run one for a while.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2020 5:08 a.m. PST

Garrett, my pleasure.

I won't say the Belbin concept is ironclad but it provides an interesting way of looking at group dynamics with at least a bit of truth.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2020 12:08 p.m. PST

The groups I have been in have always had a fatal flaw, the moment certain players thought they were at a disadvantage they just quit. So in that sense I guess you could just claim victory as their side had essentially surrendered.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2020 6:29 a.m. PST

50 50 for me

I ran an ACW campaign that went on for about three years and ended in a Union victory

Then another that sizzled out after a few years

Was in a Napoleonic campaign that wrapped up

I think having set victory conditions helps plus no major distractions – the ACW campaign sizzled out because two of the key players moved

I am hoping to start an Imaginations campaign but only after we get settled from our move to the country

SpuriousMilius10 Jan 2020 10:59 a.m. PST

My group had 8 gamers who lived in the area, were friends as well as gaming partners, knew the rules &, most importantly, wanted to play the campaign to the finish either in a day & night or over a weekend.

We were playing English Civil War using George Gush's rules; half of us had plenty of minis to share. Our host had a ping pong table & 2 smaller tables available. I drew up a map of an imaginary English area,"Rumplestitltskin Shire" which had 3 towns, several villages & some important sites. Some villages & sites were known to be Royalist or Parliamentarian, most were neutral.

Each player started at a home base with a mounted bodyguard & a small number of points to buy a small force (limited by the available figures). The players made map moves to gain funds & recruits, win neutals' allegiance, or to attack enemy sites. After a set number of moves, or of so many hours played, the armies converged & we fought the big battle.

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