03/10/2018 at 20:55 #100736MikeKeymaster
So we are discussing pet hates.
But what about the things that make a game really enjoyable?03/10/2018 at 21:35 #100743RuarighParticipant
Rolling dice and talking shite with my mates, that is what is best in life.
Seriously, it’s the company that makes the game really enjoyable. As long as the rules are not horrendous and the scenario not totally one-sided, then everything else is acceptable provided that I am playing with good people. That is why I never play solo. I really don’t got on with my opponent in solo games.03/10/2018 at 21:54 #100747Deleted UserMember
Spectacle. I just love the look of well painted figures, good terrain & the game unfolding visually before me.
I do not like board games & don’t play video games. They simply can’t compete with the 3-d world of miniature wargaming.
donald03/10/2018 at 21:59 #100748Mr. AverageParticipant03/10/2018 at 22:15 #100751Mike HeaddenParticipant
Cameraderie, clutter, crisps, coffee cups, counters, losing a good game, fielding an army no one makes figures for, setting the world to rights … and so much more besides.
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!04/10/2018 at 00:31 #100759Autodidact-O-SaurusParticipant
Yeah, good company is number 1; the research is number 2; the spectacle–the art–is number 3.
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More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/04/10/2018 at 12:55 #100783irishserbParticipant
So much about the hobby is enjoyable, that it is much easier to isolate something that stands out that is negative.
With respect to the positive, I can’t exactly explain what I mean in this instance, but I especially enjoy when I can completely immerse myself in a game. Sort of like when an actor steps into character, during the filming of a movie, I try to step into the role of whatever I am playing, and “experience” as much as possible, whatever the game permits in its representation. If the process is really successful, I usually end the game exhausted from coping with the challenges presented, but with a sense of having experience the adventure of the game. I find that i come to understand aspects of what goes on in the game, in ways that I hadn’t prior to the experience. The scope of the game, quality of the presentation, and the types of players involved have to be “right” to permit this to happen, but when it does, the game is an extra special experience.04/10/2018 at 13:45 #100797PaulParticipant
A few of my favourite things:
A beautiful table and figures – The visuals of wargaming beats the hell out of any other kind of game.
Good company – Playing with people that you get along with – I am not a competitive gamer at all, so I like to game with people who are up for a good laugh.
Beer – Makes everything better, of course.
Entertaining occurrences – Like in our one and only Congo game so far where the last casualty of a very bloody game was a British soldier who got eaten by a crocodile… and everyone at the table spontaneously let out a great cheer.
Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!04/10/2018 at 13:55 #100798ThomastonParticipant
Diorama and realistic terrain are inspiring stuff.
Deep thoughtful settings and characters.
Cleaver, simple game mechanics that gives good results.
Stuff that are outside the box and daring to be different.
Tired is enough.04/10/2018 at 14:57 #100799Guy FarrishParticipant
Good company – what does that mean? People I get on with in a wargaming sense. If they are people I’d have a meal with, go for a drink with, so much the better. For me, it does not have to be a laugh- I am happy with both laughter and/or seriousness depending on the game.
Good immersive game. A game that feels right – it can be very complicated or very simple in mechanics as long as they don’t distract from the feeling of being in the game. Stepping out of mediaeval combat to work a calculator or slide rule is a no-no, doing the same thing in a WWII bomber navigating to the target is fine.
A game which, at the end of it, I can look back and feel the decisions I made had an influence on the game rather than being a bit of bolted on chrome to distract from a foregone conclusion. (even if they were!).04/10/2018 at 15:41 #100800Chris PringleParticipant
I humbly submit the essay I wrote on what makes for the “High Quality Gaming Experience”(TM):
Bloody Big BATTLES!04/10/2018 at 16:00 #100804Not Connard SageParticipant
Playing with toy soldiers at my age 🙂
"I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."04/10/2018 at 18:50 #100816McKinstryParticipant
#1 – Good company. Friendship, banter and a relaxed attitude.
#2 – Spectacle – Figures, terrain and folks recognizing that the visual aspect is vital.
Without those two, might as well do everything on the PC.
Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.04/10/2018 at 20:19 #100822Mike HeaddenParticipant
For the look of the thing I’d take computer games over tabletop nine times out of ten.
I don’t play wargame boardgames any more, preferring the Eurogame types instead so can’t comment on them really.
For me, tabletop gaming is all about the players. Rules, figures, terrain can be as sketchy as you like if everyone is enjoying themselves.
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!04/10/2018 at 20:28 #100823Deleted UserMember
I humbly submit the essay I wrote on what makes for the “High Quality Gaming Experience”(TM): http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-quest-for-high-quality-gaming.html Chris Bloody Big BATTLES! https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info
Quite the comprehensive summary. Thanks.
donald05/10/2018 at 00:15 #100835Les HammondParticipant
When a gamer asks “Can such and such unit to do this?” and the DM or rules author knocks up a workaround which satisfies all players.
6mm France 1940
https://www.facebook.com/groups/386297688467965/05/10/2018 at 02:04 #100841Thaddeus BlanchetteParticipant
My cats love tuna.
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!05/10/2018 at 02:07 #100843Mr. AverageParticipant06/10/2018 at 09:42 #100932Phil DutréParticipant
Visual appeal! If you do not have a splendid looking gaming table, why bother with miniatures wargaming at all?
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Lots of reasons.
Nice to paint, to look at in themselves, easily recognisable markers, in old rule sets they are removable to mark losses, and we relate to miniature forms of humans more than blocks and cardboard counters.
I don’t mind pretty terrain and tables but they aren’t essential.
(and anyway I like wargaming, in all its forms, not ‘miniatures’ gaming per se).06/10/2018 at 12:58 #100943Thaddeus BlanchetteParticipant
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!
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