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Offline Pzrjager

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Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:44:26 PM »
I think this hobby is a bit niche. UIs are often terrible, titles aren't often discounted, and the games expect the player to go through the manual. In addition, an interest in military history is not necessarily required but certaintly helpful.

How did you get your friend(s) into computer wargames? What game? How did you do it?

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 12:48:01 AM »
I got several folks hooked on the original Combat Mission when it came out. Can't think of any successes since then though. Not for lack of trying.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 05:03:19 AM »
Back in the 80s, a hobby shop in Alexandria, Va., Little Soldier, had a group who played computer games in the shop.
Classic SSI games were played on Saturdays and got a lot of people involved by watching the action.
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 05:31:13 AM »
What’s a friend?
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 06:48:53 AM »
What’s a friend?
That's someone who doesn't run away screaming when you open your mouth.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 08:01:39 AM »
Three via CMx1.

And one friend I met at Historicon who is now a playtester for JTS.

In all four cases, they were minis gamers -- and they still are -- who saw PC games as a nice alternative when unable to set up a weekend-long gaming bender.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 08:19:57 AM »
What’s a friend?

That would be the person that you play war games on a table or Vassal with and discover that human opponents are much more interesting and engaging than AI ones.   :bd:
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 08:25:20 AM »
What’s a friend?

That would be the person that you play war games on a table or Vassal with and discover that human opponents are much more interesting and engaging than AI ones.   :bd:

Got to add a caveat there that specifically states you are not playing a MOBA or COD (and it’s clones). The toxic environment combined with “little kids” spouting stuff that would get them five across the face if they said it in front of their parents could hardly be called interesting or engaging.
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 08:42:20 AM »
Many, many times. Simply talk about the excitement and drama, the day you rolled a "12", and got a 100% bombing result in QotS.

Your target audience has to have the recessive trait, "Grognard". or it won't work.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 09:23:42 AM »
What’s a friend?

That would be the person that you play war games on a table or Vassal with and discover that human opponents are much more interesting and engaging than AI ones.   :bd:

Got to add a caveat there that specifically states you are not playing a MOBA or COD (and it’s clones). The toxic environment combined with “little kids” spouting stuff that would get them five across the face if they said it in front of their parents could hardly be called interesting or engaging.

I'm guessing those are both FPS's? Do you consider them war games? Even if you do, they can't be played over the table or through Vassal.
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2018, 10:11:32 AM »
What’s a friend?

That would be the person that you play war games on a table or Vassal with and discover that human opponents are much more interesting and engaging than AI ones.   :bd:

Got to add a caveat there that specifically states you are not playing a MOBA or COD (and it’s clones). The toxic environment combined with “little kids” spouting stuff that would get them five across the face if they said it in front of their parents could hardly be called interesting or engaging.

I'm guessing those are both FPS's? Do you consider them war games? Even if you do, they can't be played over the table or through Vassal.

Yeah I should have edited my comment.

I will agree people who play war games are typically more level headed, older and in general more attuned to teaching their opponent (if necessary) rather than berate and win at all costs
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2018, 11:13:23 AM »
War games, no.  Strategy board games?  Totally.

Games like Settlers of Catan or Pandemic are perfect for sucking people in.  You won't have success selling anything harder-core to them unless they are single or married and have no children between the ages of 0 and 10.  The brain energy just isn't there.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2018, 04:32:20 PM »
Friends no but i am working on my kids  ;)...Master of Orion: Conquest the Stars or Civilization VI are games they like to see me play and the eldest (soon 10 years old) played a few turns of Civilization VI last weekend.
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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2018, 09:44:40 PM »
Back in the 80s, a hobby shop in Alexandria, Va., Little Soldier, had a group who played computer games in the shop.
Classic SSI games were played on Saturdays and got a lot of people involved by watching the action.


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I used to buy figs there back in the day. Guy named Dennis owned it wasn't it?
Was one of those cool shops that are few and far between these days.

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Re: Have you ever gotten a friend into computer wargames?
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2018, 09:05:06 AM »
No, and I keep hoping my friends will get me out of wargames tbh.