Beyond the rule book…

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Mephiston's Wargame blog

Rick Priestley’s article in this months Wargames Soldiers & Strategy (http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/wss/) has got me thinking about the subject of Umpires and running games outside the rule book.

It’s a subject that has been rolling around in my mind for sometime. With all ‘modern’ rules either coming with at least a  handful of scenarios, or having a ‘tournament’ style mission system built in, it has never been easier for the gamer to play the nicely balanced tournament game.

But is that such a good thing?

I’d expect that nearly every gamer has at some time been drawn into a debate over balance in games, normally on the internet and almost always over a very narrow part of any given rule set. I know I have, many times! These debates rage daily on forums and social media around the globe , with many people becoming entrenched in their views. Why? Do we…

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