24/05/2017 at 13:16 #62790Angel BarracksModerator24/05/2017 at 15:50 #62814Nathaniel WeberParticipant
A gamer friend of mine referred to this category of stuff as “gaming impedimenta”.
I think this stuff is especially a scourge for naval and air gaming, since those (plus mech games) tend to have a lot of charts that, regardless of the number of side tables or clip boards you make available, will end up on the gaming table, orbiting the main battle area in a hideous constellation of paper.24/05/2017 at 16:05 #6281725/05/2017 at 23:26 #63044darthfozzywigParticipant
That coke can not only is out of scale on my terrain, I’m going to lose my mind when it gets knocked over on my stuff.25/05/2017 at 23:36 #63047PatriceParticipant
Drinks and snacks should be kept away.
I have no problem with tape measures and dice, they are moved so often that they don’t stay at the same place for long.
I HATE markers (morale, casualties, etc) which don’t blend well in the gaming terrain.
https://www.anargader.net/26/05/2017 at 04:03 #63059Mike HeaddenParticipant
A game played without a goodly selection of dice, tapes, QRF sheets, digital cameras, coke and beer cans, snack wrappers (full and empty) and other “impedimenta” is barely worth playing, IMHO.
Also “I HATE markers (morale, casualties, etc) which don’t blend well in the gaming terrain.” … WHUT!? Markers need to be visible and identifiable from anywhere round the table …. or, better still, from space!! I loathe markers that leave me thinking,”Is that an indication the unit is disordered, or that it is out of ammo or is that just a bit of terrain clutter that’s been accidentally dragged round with that unit for the last three turns?”
There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data26/05/2017 at 05:34 #63060McKinstryParticipant
I usually end up with a compromise. When gaming at home I set up side tables for all the excess although dice and tapes in particular seem inevitable. Playing at the shop where a single allocated table is all the room available and more clutter is inevitable.
Snacks, soda, beer etc. – never.
The tree of Life is self pruning.26/05/2017 at 12:18 #63093irishserbParticipant
Decades ago, a few of the guys decided to order a pizza from Pizza Hut, during a game at my house. I must have been in the bathroom or maybe went to get drinks, when the pizza was delivered. But when I came back to the game, the pizza had been set on the corner of the game table, rather than one of the TV trays that I had for food and drink. After a few minutes, the pizza was moved on to a TV trays, and a 16″ diameter circle of dark wet grease spanned four 12″ foam terrain tiles. I just laughed and took it in stride, but everybody was pretty careful after that, regarding food or drink on the game table. the terrain tiles were tossed in the trash.
I’m another of those that tends to find cardboard or paper markers to be invasive on the miniatures table. We’ve never played rules that demanded much of that, and have gravitated toward using some sort of 3-D indication or just remembering applicable conditions to troops.26/05/2017 at 14:29 #63108PatGParticipant
Side tables for stuff whenever possible. I am ok with markers though. A longer term project is to make up ambulances for various periods into which players can put any rifles, muskets spears or other bits that get knocked off of figures during a game.30/05/2017 at 20:32 #63538Les HammondParticipant
Image link not working. never mind…it’s here anyway:
Maybe not. Oh well, I quit.
6mm France 1940
https://www.facebook.com/groups/386297688467965/30/05/2017 at 21:35 #63544
Image link not working. never mind…it’s here anyway: Maybe not. Oh well, I quit.
This one?30/05/2017 at 22:25 #63548Victoria DicksonParticipant
The teddy at the end seems to be looking sadly at the playing surface. Probably related to it.31/05/2017 at 07:05 #63562Steve JohnsonParticipant
Food and drink never, ever, on the gaming table. Tape, die etc as required during the game, but generally off table as much as possible due to lack of space. Most books, QRFs etc are kept on spare chairs next to the table.31/05/2017 at 08:55 #63566Les HammondParticipant31/05/2017 at 09:09 #6356802/06/2017 at 23:46 #63948DeuceParticipant
A gamer friend of mine referred to this category of stuff as “gaming impedimenta”. I think this stuff is especially a scourge for naval and air gaming, since those (plus mech games) tend to have a lot of charts that, regardless of the number of side tables or clip boards you make available, will end up on the gaming table, orbiting the main battle area in a hideous constellation of paper.
The first wargame I owned was the old GW naval game, Man O’War. I have very fond memories of the game (although the models were jawdroppingly expensive even by GW standards, in retrospect), but indelibly inked on my memory is the vast swathe of surface taken up by the templates necessary to play. Usually they would occupy at least as much space as the gaming area itself. Of course, they all had to be laid out flat, and separately, as counters would sit on top of them to indicate crew complement, damage, etc.
What is it about naval games that causes this? Even relatively simple sets seem to have a lot of paperwork associated with them; rather moreso than terrestrial battles, whether skirmish or unit-based.03/06/2017 at 01:10 #63955John D SaltParticipant
What is it about naval games that causes this? Even relatively simple sets seem to have a lot of paperwork associated with them; rather moreso than terrestrial battles, whether skirmish or unit-based.
I blame Fletcher Pratt.
All the best,
John.03/06/2017 at 09:06 #63977Alexander WasbergParticipant
I game solo for the most part, so I haven’t got the problem with fellow gamers of a different opinion, but I have to agree that snacks/drinks have no room on the table. I play with some counters and quite often a tape measure on the gaming surface but that’s all that I’ll allow.
http://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.com My project blog03/06/2017 at 10:13 #63984willzParticipant
I am not a fan of detritus on the gaming table, causality markers etc are fine but food and drink is a no no. However an idea has just struck me, edible gaming boards and accoutrements. Though I do not think it would be popular with Jamie Oliver too much sugar, on the plus side not much terrain to take home after a show, down side baking and making new terrain will eat up figure painting time.
So I will put this idea down as a very poor business idea.
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