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Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 1:07 a.m. PST

I've had to put 'none of these' as at present (thanks to Covid) I am without place to play and opposition. I've been both host and guest in the past and hope to again in the future.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 5:02 a.m. PST

Host. For a long time, I've operated on the basis that while I don't mind contributing a few units to a group project, if there's a unit taking up space in my home, it's playable--rules, terrain and enough other units for a game.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 7:09 a.m. PST

Not sure I understand the question.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 7:22 a.m. PST

Not sure I get what he is asking either.

williamb12 Jun 2022 7:57 a.m. PST

My interpretation of the question is as follows:
The Host Player is the person who is running the game, often a multiplayer game at a convention. Guest Players are those who participate in the game, but usually don't run a game for others to play in. It is possible for a person to be both.

There should have been the additional choice of being both as one of the answers to the poll. I do both, running multiplayer games and participating in games run by others. In addition to solo players there are those who play one-on-one. There are several players in the local clubs who often play one-on-one games at the club meetings.

Ther is one person who almost always runs games for others to participate in at one of the local clubs. I think he may have participated in someone else's game one time in the last several years. There are some members who often run games, others who may run one game a year, and most who just participate in games without running any.

My answer to the question would be that there are more quest players than host players.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 9:50 a.m. PST

Other: I'm the guy who brings the game to other people's homes. So I'm their guest, but I'm providing the evening's entertainment. Sometimes that varies, but most of the time it holds true.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 10:58 a.m. PST

Points to Parzival. The OP seems to divide wargamers into those who bring a unit or an army to someone else's home and those who do the heavy lifting--rules, scenarios and a bunch of troops someone else will play with. He evidently hasn't run into the situation in which the guy who does this also has to transport everything to someone else's home. I decided that if I provided terrain, rules and troops I was the host in the OP's sense regardless of where the game was held, but it really isn't clear. There was some discussion of this pre-poll as I recall.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2022 4:43 p.m. PST

Our group plays almost entirely at one guy's house as he has a game room with large table, lots of various 15mm troops, and scenario books for many rule sets. The rest of us bring food and sometimes figures but he bears the load. Another guy guy sometimes hosts a game but my game room is a stinking, chaotic hole and I no longer host.

Old Contemptible13 Jun 2022 1:33 a.m. PST

Like mentioned above, I am guessing that the host player is the person putting on the game and the guest are the other players. It seems more like someone "hosting" a game is at a home rather than at a convention.

"Running" a game is what you do at a convention or possibly a game store. But if I am putting on a game at my house and I am providing the terrain, figures and written scenario along with refreshments, then I am hosting the game and I don't need to run it because everyone knows the main rules. I just need to explain the scenario. I guess you could say I manage the scenario.

I voted "other" because there needed to have been a choice for "hosting the game but not playing in it" most of the time I don't play in games I am hosting. Only if we don't have enough players or I will command late arriving reinforcements. I much prefer the term "hosting" than "running" a game.

The Last Conformist13 Jun 2022 4:43 a.m. PST

Voted that I'm a "host player", but the distinction doesn't make much sense for most of my minis gaming, which typically involves both players contributing terrain etc.

Back when I did RPG's, I was often the "host" in the sense that I was the GM and the one providing all the necessary paraphernalia for the game, but a "guest" in the sense we were playing in the home of someone else who was providing the drinks and snacks.

Thresher0113 Jun 2022 11:55 a.m. PST

Predominantly a "guest" player, since there usually are fewer "host" players just mathematically.

Of course, I've done both, and try to keep my hosting proportional with my guesting.

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