Tuesday 20 November 2012
A Wargaming Epiphany
Epiphany: A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization
I have had one. Actually I have had two.
I was happily typing my way through a 1700 to 1850 version of Bob Cordery's 19th Century Big Battle Portable Wargame when I suddenly stopped.
I stopped because it suddenly occurred to me that what I was doing was in effect almost rewriting the whole set - and for what? The rules are absolutely fine as they are - except that they don't feature the points I wanted to add that would have been included in the rewrite....
The same thing struck me when I considered the implication of the changes I wanted to add to the modern set. Clearly this was a conundrum.
The solution? Well, this is in two parts, one easy, one less so. Use the rules as they are - no problem there - they work really well and give a cracking game - and the more difficult option? Write my own set. Actually write my own two sets - one for the Horse and Musket era and one for the 'Modern'.
My first instinct when seeing a set of rules is to see exactly what is missing - or to be more accurate, what I think is missing. I then tend to go into 'now if I added.....' mode which usually starts a process ending with something completely unusable. In this case the game is not worth the candle as there is little point in me trying to make a sow's ear out of a silk purse.
To be honest, ever since I started on the block project I had ideas in mind about drafting my own rules but for a variety of reasons - chief of which was the desire to get some games under my belt - I never really got on with it and instead relied on the excellent work or others.
Time to stand up and be counted.
An impossible task? I don't know the answer to that but I do know that unless I try I will never find out.