Wargammers & wargaming: a harmless pastime or weirdos?

#22
Actually I dunno.. Number 1 is starting to look kind of 'pimping'! He knows he looks like a dick.. but good god he knows how to use it!


Or something... 8O
 
#23
Worrying thing is that No2 looks very much like a recruit we had in our TAC not so long back!
 
#24
Have just read the wiki for warhammer 40 000.

Giggled like a small child at the description of various scenarios, one of which is "night attack". Could any warhammer pro's (aka geeks) tell me how you conduct a night attack, on table top, in a room?

Do you turn out the lights and only play with a red torch?
 
#25
Right - bring it on fagboys - I worked for GW for 5 years. Gimme your bestshots ( thats 3+ to hit on D6 (-1 for long range)). Come on whose hard enough!? :crash:
 
#27
rabid_hamster said:
not sure about games workshop devotees as they ARE very strange
but there are historical figures/rules. really just civilian Free Kreigspeil so at worst they are Walting Staff officers.
The opening thread is right there is a wargaming club at JHQ because about 5 years ago my neighbour managed to drag me down there.

He introduced me to his fellow wargamers, gave me a small Army, plied me with Coca-Cola and said when it was my turn he'd help me out.

2 consecutive nights later having not had a throw of a dice or moved a single soldier I decided 'feck the lot of you' and packed it in. There was a boring Signals Lt Col. who swaggered about for the whole 2 nights talking tactics as he went like any of us were really interested. Walting Staff officers/officers? You bet! Sorry bunch in my opinion.
 
#29
For three years I was sure we were safe, then they let Sting take over the map store.

Whilst he was away on leave we had a panic for some maps for JTP***.

Me and stan the knife had to go through four boxes before we found the right ones only after wading though some unexplained 1:50K of Quatre Bas and La Haei Saint !!

From a personal perspective; spending all day planning how to ruin the livelyhood and economy of a number of communites and nation states, did not put me in a frame of mind for going away at weekend to play at what I did at work.

Unlike some punters who told their wives they were away on exercise with the TA for a weekend.

When caught out through the wives club grapevine, one of the " widows" did not believe his story suspecting a fling with the foxy SPS type in the registry :!: :oops:
 
#32
I'm a dedicated wargamer. Yes, I have 40K stuff, mainly because it's the most common game played, but I prefer historical miniatures. WWII and onwards, land and naval. (I've got one of the few Harpoon 4 websites.)

Whilst it is true that 'wargaming' as a form of you putting your 'army' up against another guy's is far more popular on the Internet these days, that form of competition, to me, misses the whole point. It's an excuse to stand around with your mates, beer in one hand, pizza in the other, and have a laugh. It's more of a social event than a test of skills and wits, and just sitting in front of your computer at home, playing away on the Web isolates the wargame from the most important feature of wargaming: The people.

NTM
 
#33
California_Tanker said:
I'm a dedicated wargamer. Yes, I have 40K stuff, mainly because it's the most common game played, but I prefer historical miniatures. WWII and onwards, land and naval. (I've got one of the few Harpoon 4 websites.)

Whilst it is true that 'wargaming' as a form of you putting your 'army' up against another guy's is far more popular on the Internet these days, that form of competition, to me, misses the whole point. It's an excuse to stand around with your mates, beer in one hand, pizza in the other, and have a laugh. It's more of a social event than a test of skills and wits, and just sitting in front of your computer at home, playing away on the Web isolates the wargame from the most important feature of wargaming: The people.

NTM
whatever linus :)

you know you can do beer and pizza WITHOUT a board full of goblins?
 
#34
Comeon CR, think of the fun you could have. oh, a double 6, my terminator close assualt squad just melted your orc gargant. listen to the noise of their flamers "woooshhhh". Now my leman russ battle tank is moving to position and smashing up your little war jeeps with its heavy bolters, ohh, triple 5, "brum brum, clankety clank, bangety bang".

Ok your turn.

Mint. :D
 
#35
chocolate_frog said:
Comeon CR, think of the fun you could have. oh, a double 6, my terminator close assualt squad just melted your orc gargant. listen to the noise of their flamers "woooshhhh". Now my leman russ battle tank is moving to position and smashing up your little war jeeps with its heavy bolters, ohh, triple 5, "brum brum, clankety clank, bangety bang".

Ok your turn.

Mint. :D[/quote
Awfully well informed arent we froggy - well I suppose this is the Int Forum. :?:
 
#36
Never played, but did have to make a bonk game for english at GCSE (i kid you not). My partner for this project was a keen war hammerer, so we just lifted vast quantities of stats on vehicles and men and linked them to our own vehicels and men. Did well too.

All based on the book called "the guardians". Britiain is in two halves the plebs down south who live in squalor and watch gladiatorial combat games and their masters, who live in edwardian/georgian splendor complete with horse drawn carrages on the other side of the 10ft electrical fence.

A pleb from the south gets in to the north.

Anyway, some of the northerners feel sorry for soft southerners who ran out of shandy years ago, and try to revolt. Unfortunetly it turns out that the northerners have a group called the guardians who have access to all sorts of weaponry inc nerve gas. We did our game on the battle hence war hammer coming in to it.

Others in the class did gay who done it style games or similar.

any way good read. Esp if you what, 13-15 at the time.
 
#37
"All based on the book called "the guardians". Britiain is in two halves the plebs down south who live in squalor and watch gladiatorial combat games and their masters, who live in edwardian/georgian splendor complete with horse drawn carrages on the other side of the 10ft electrical fence."

Sounds like the centrepiece for an ARRSE electoral manifesto :eek:
 
#38
Of course, wargaming attracts geeks, and provides limited opportunities to meet girls. I have indulged, love the stuff on the PC (yes, even nerdy played-on-hexes-stuff).

OTOH, I'd rather my son got into that than (say) football where he'd spend every Saturday surrounded by bovine half-wits swearing and drinking epic quantities of wife-beater. Or the Dance scene, where he'd go deaf and drop dodgy pharmaceuticals. Or get into organised religion of any variety.

Rolling some polyhedral dice seems like a safe bet by comparison.

Wargaming is also pretty good preparation for training and planning; the need to think analytically, understand capability, do some real-time arithmetic and so on. Look at the amount of military training that now uses computer simulation based on gaming software.

Lastly, Medieval: Total War 2 is out this Autumn. We proud geeks will be in steel helmet heaven and lots of ARRSERs too scared to shout "I'm a geek and I'm out!" will be conspicuously absent from the forum.

Now, where's my +1 Mace?

Veg
 
#39
well i'm perfectly happy to admit to playing Rome Total War, Hearts of Iron 2 etc on the PC - somehow i don't find it as nerdy as sitting in a basement rolling dice :)

The progress made by AI over the years means some games are almost like playing humans. But for the real fun, get networked up and hear the howls of frustration when you send a herd of marauding war elephants into your mate's carefully arranged defensive formations...

personally i think computer wargaming never got any better than the Close Combat series.
 
#40
I used to collect the games workshop stuff when I was a kid (8 - 13). It was harmless fun, given up to play football, jumpers for goal posts, cycling, cricket and other out side sports.

When I was about 15 I was a dab hand with a paint brush (A at GCSE Art, watch out Tony Hart!) and made a small fortune painting the younger kids lead soldier and selling my own collection for an inflated price. I must have made a few hundred that year, mostly spent on going out, meeting girls, buying PC games/cheap beer/porn - Every thing a growing boy needs!

Harmless fun or the seeds of Capitalism?
 

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