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I’m interested as to why ‘guess range’ mechanics for artillery evokes such a dislike.

‘Guess the range’ mechanisms generally, not just artillery rules, are ableist. I’ve played regularly enough against an opponent with very poor depth perception to appreciate that they are physically incapable of guessing ranges accurately, so we have to permit pre-measuring to play on a level playing field. I, personally, don’t dislike these mechanisms, but I recognise that my opponent cannot play rules that require guessing of ranges, and that this problem affects up to 10-15% of the population to a greater or lesser extent, so I prefer not to use them these days.

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