Several months ago, we posted our assertion that modern role-playing games weren't really converted wargames after all, and it met with pushback given that  D&D billed itself as rules for fantastic medieval wargames, and that the hobby's pioneers were all wargamers and simulationist of some stripe. And they made some valid points, so we'll soften our position very slightly (but not by much) to (re)stress the obvious:  Role-playing is undeniably linked to wargaming, and to say otherwise ignores the essential elements of its history. But it would also be a huge mistake (and factually wrong) to assume that Wesely simply converted his Napoleonic game to a man-to-man scale. Or that modern role-playing represents a neat (and linear) progression from wargame to RPG when, in fact, he needed to step away from wargaming to create Braunstein; the hobby's precursor. Braunstein was a game. But was it a wargame? That's at the heart of the matter, because games, simulations, and wargames overlap considerably...


We're Still Not Convinced That RPG's Were Originally Converted Wargames (Braunstein Edition)...

Tue 29 August 2017 by Olde House Rules from Pits Perilous

Several months ago, we posted our assertion that modern role-playing games weren't really converted wargames after all, and it met with pushback given that  D&D billed itself as rules for fantastic medieval wargames, and that the hobby's pioneers were all wargamers and simulationist of some stripe. And ...

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The Braunstein Experiment: Wesely Weighs In...

Tue 29 August 2017 by Olde House Rules from Pits Perilous

Last week we talked about how

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