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Subject: Poll: Have you played cardboard wargames outdoors? rss

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Richard Boyes
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I live in rainy Washington and the closest to outdoor hex-and-counter gaming I had was a game of Cross of Iron in my friends shed.

Have you ever played a cardboard wargame outdoors?

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Have you played a wargame outdoors?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Yes
39.0% 76
No
61.0% 119
Voters 195
This poll is now closed.   195 answers
Poll created by eltorosailor
Closes: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:00 am


Comments and stories welcome.

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Tim K
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Played a Euro (Eons) outdoors a couple of years ago. One of the others dropped a bit. It fell below a slatted wood floor and we couldn't retrieve it.shake
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Keith Talbot
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Played ASL on our deck by the pool.

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Mochara C
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What is this "outdoors" that you speak of?
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brant G
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outdoor deck in Monterey, CA multiple times

but that is kind of cheating since there's only about 15-20 crappy weather days each year there
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Ben Delp
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Played MB Gamemaster games outside in my youth, but no cardboard.

Although I once played Star Fleet Battles in a state park, in one of those shitty little ramshackle public cabins that smell bad. That was nearly outside... although more like playing inside a crate.
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World in Flames on a friend's patio, before and after barbecuing. We played the entire game outside - about 8 day-long sessions.
A House Divided on an outside terrace at the Monash Uni student union building, circa 1988. Also Flat Top and Pax Britannica.

...and dozens of rpgs.
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There was a park nearby some years ago, where I lived, and I recall myself some good games of Race for the Galaxy and RoboRally during summer, under the big trees cool
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Me and a friend of mine were working for a temp agency one summer, and they sent us out to cook steaks at an electronics convention for a few days. We were set up outside, and between lunch and dinner breaks we would set up War at Sea in the trunk of my car. We played the heck out of that thing. We also got to go inside and check out the electronics, including a sneak peek at a new device called a VCR (kind of dates me, doesn't it).
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Shouldn't all wargames be played in the environs of the situation that it's depicting?

If it's a Bulge game, you should play outside in the cold and snow.
If playing Operation Typhoon, you should be knee deep in mud
If playing North Africa, you should be sitting in a sand box in the middle of summer.
If playing Guadacanal, you should be in a jungle in oppressive heat (bonus if you have a case of the runs)
If simulating a sea battle, you should be on a boat rocking back and forth
If playing an air battle, you should be on a plane with the tray table down.

Making photocopies of all components is highly advisable in any of the above situations.
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Did a complete demo of COD WARS: Iceland vs. Great Britain in the 1970s on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

Full disclosure: the ships are plastic but the fish tokens are cardboard.
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Me and my wife celebrated our 25th anniversary by visiting Normandy. Here are 2 photographs of me playing a couple of my own games. Back to Blighty and The Lone Tank.
The games were played on an upper veranda, the first floor was blown away during the battle of Normandy and had to be rebuilt. Not only is this outdoors but Back to Blighty is played where the game is set!


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michael connor
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Used to play Friedland with a friend of mine Jay outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center/UC Berkeley in the early 90's. Usually had a small cloud (of usually) Asian students watching us play with rapt fascination but polite enough to let us just play our game. I seem to recall there was this issue of seagull droppings.
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I have played block games outdoors. Never tried cardboard.
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The closest thing I can recall to playing a wargame "outdoors" is when I played SPI's War of the Ring, a big multi-paper-(not the mounted version)-map game set up on the floor of our dorm room. At some point we left to eat lunch, not thinking about the fact that our room's windows were open. It got windy. We returned to find the maps and counters blown all over the room... :/

It is possible that long ago I played the original tiny $2.95 Ogre or some other microgame outdoors, but I don't remember for sure.
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Only game I ever played outside was MTG, and that was only because I used to smoke in my teens, used to paint Warhammer when the weather was good though.

Now I'm in the city proper it's impossible, with all the parks and Victorian builds Stoneygate is one giant wind tunnel.
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I have played outdoors in a local park and my porch on sunny days. It is quite pleasant. Anything more than a very light breeze can be a problem.

Block wargames, games that use miniatures and games that use other substantial pieces work better. Card games are very vulnerable to an unexpected gusts and are not practical for outside play.
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pete belli wrote:
Did a complete demo of COD WARS: Iceland vs. Great Britain in the 1970s on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

Full disclosure: the ships are plastic but the fish tokens are cardboard.


Is that the ONLY disclosure you want to make, Pete?
 
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I don't believe I have, and the idea is very unappealing.
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bob m
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Yup, ASL, Up Front, Space Hulk (3rd), Nexus Ops, Last Night on Earth, etc. Live in AZ though, weather is not so much the problem as the stinking cats.
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there was this issue of seagull droppings.


aka "sh*thawks"
 
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Jeffrey Lower
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Outside? Perish the thought! Exposing the counters to the elements would fade them. Even in San Diego, there have been occasions of sudden cloudbursts... like that one time back in '77 or thereabouts.

In addition, it's heresy.

The closest I've come is having the garage door open to allow a little extra light and fresh air.

- Jeff
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I actually used to take games camping up in the White Mountains of NH.

I think they were Yaquinto games. The pieces, rules and charts would be in a 1 inch think album sized box. Then, just like a double album phonographic record album cover, the front would open up to reveal the map. So the box turned in to the map you could say.

Very convenient.
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I played Diplomacy outdoors, which was a lot of fun, but the version we had was the one with wood blocks.

I played Go outside a few times and it was enjoyable, too.

I think I prefer playing boardgames indoors.
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