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 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...
The Braunstein Experiment: Wesely Weighs In...
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#RPGaDAY: Which RPGs Are The Easiest For You To Run?
As should be becoming obvious from my #RPGaDAY answers this month, my default setting for running games - like so many people - is fantasy and the lingua franca of fantasy gaming is, of course, Dungeons & Dragons.As long as I'm working in a pre-Third Edition universe, I can stat monsters ...read more
Miniature Market is Having a Huge Boardgame Sale
Calling all thrifty gamers! Miniature Market is have a huge clearance sale. The sale began earlier today and included 700+ boardgames! For you wargamers, there were some titles by GMT Games and Decisions that I saw. I think I also recall a title or two from Worthington Games. Go forth ...read more
Do you even campaign bro?
When using the term "Campaign" to describe a roleplaying game the phrase"Particular Objective, confined to a particular area" part puts me off. Moreover I think it's just a convenient term held over from the hobbies wargaming roots. What I normally run is not by definition a campaign. There ...read more
RPGaDAY #7 - Impactful RPG session
What was your most impactful RPG session?
My first interpretation of "impactful" is one wherein there was a session with great immersion or that altered by perceptions of RPGs in general. However, I have to say that no such thing has happened at my tables (though I have seen it ...read more
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