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Re: Wargames Vs. RPG's

From: Allan Goodall <agoodall@i...>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 15:15:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Wargames Vs. RPG's

On Wed, 15 Mar 2000 22:48:07 PST, "Brian Bilderback"

>9. Wargames USUALLY only gather 2 geeks at one place at one time (3 if
>use a referee).  With an RPG, the number of nerds is limited only by
>GM's organizational skills.

I've run Call of Cthulhu games with as much as 13 players. The largest
LARP game I've seen was 25. LARPs can go into the hundreds...

>8. Wargamers USUALLY learn something about real historical events. Try 
>writing a paper for history class on the Seventh Dynasty of the Wizards

Obviously you haven't been playing with our group. *S* I've had to
1920s history, and another friend set very historic games in the
Georgian era.

>7. The collapse of your left flank, while a serious matter, is usually
>devastating than the death of your alter ego.

Unless the collapse of your left flank during an RPG results in the
death of
your alter ego, in which case you get the worst of both worlds (yep,
happened in a CoC game... *S*).

>4. Wargamers seldom insist that their friends refer to them as "Melara
>Wood Elf."

No, but I haven't seen many roleplayers goosestepping and yelling "Seig,
heil!" in public! *L*

>3. Alienated teens rarely have access to real Panzer Divisions.

As opposed to alienated roleplaying teens who have access to magic

>2. To the uninformed, the phrase "Wargames" conjures up images of
>Broderick and Computers.  The phrase "Role Playing" conjures up images
>"Mistress Dominixa" and leather.

Actually, to the uninformed the phrase "Wargames" conjures up guys in
camouflage running around shooting paintballs at each other; they
them gun nuts who are just THIS far away from taking out a McDonald's.
Meanwhile, roleplaying conjuring up leather and bondage gear? Uh...
yes... and as recent magazine articles have shown, this is becoming
acceptable. In fact you get a wider range of people in Toronto walking
Northbound Leather than you do walking into Crossed Swords. *S*

And I do NOT want to see the average wargamer in PVC rubber pants! *L*

Allan Goodall
Goodall's Grotto:

"Surprisingly, when you throw two naked women with sex
toys into a living room full of drunken men, things 
always go bad." - Kyle Baker, "You Are Here"

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