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Do you enjoy the first move in the game or are you one who likes to react to the opponents opening gambit(s)?

 
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I actually used to solitaire turn one first moves over and over till I got them "right".

But now in the absence of any critical terrain feature that ne4eds grabbing I like to go second.
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hipshot wrote:
Do you enjoy the first move in the game or are you one who likes to react to the opponents opening gambit(s)?



Depends on the game. But I think I might react better than I plan.
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At chess I prefer to play black, but during wargames, I like to take it to the enemy. Go figure.
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If it's a free setup game, I like to go first. If the setup is dictated, I'd rather go second. As I am a better defender than an attacker, I generally take the defending side in a game, which usually means I'm going second most of the time anyway.
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wifwendell wrote:
hipshot wrote:
Do you enjoy the first move in the game or are you one who likes to react to the opponents opening gambit(s)?


Depends on the game. But I think I might react better than I plan.


I like to plan. Until the end of the second turn when I realize my plan (A) of attack is crumbling before my eyes (lousy dice!), and I'll have to hustle to get plan B up to speed.
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Defending is always easier..
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
Defending is always easier..

Not if the scenario has the defender outnumbered 2 or 3 to 1...

 
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Largo68 wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
Defending is always easier..

Not if the scenario has the defender outnumbered 2 or 3 to 1...



"Whatever else they have got. We have the Maxim Gun and they have not!"

Don't remember where that comes from. Helps if those three to your one have crappy pointy sticks.
 
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LanceRunolfsson wrote:
Largo68 wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
Defending is always easier..

Not if the scenario has the defender outnumbered 2 or 3 to 1...



"Whatever else they have got. We have the Maxim Gun and they have not!"

Don't remember where that comes from. Helps if those three to your one have crappy pointy sticks.


Kipling I think..


Edit: WRONG!! (as I so often am)..it was Hilaire Belloc in his poem 'The Modern Traveller'
 
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Largo68 wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
Defending is always easier..

Not if the scenario has the defender outnumbered 2 or 3 to 1...




Easier,not necessarily better...
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Depends on how comfortable/familiar I am with the rules. If it's my first go-round with a ruleset, I'd rather react. If I'm familiar with them, I want to go first almost all the time. And preferably quickly, so as to seem so sure of my intentions that maybe I unnerve my opponent a little. Kinda like those speed chess guys.
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LanceRunolfsson wrote:
But now in the absence of any critical terrain feature that ne4eds grabbing I like to go second.


Like, say, the e4 square?
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spartax wrote:
LanceRunolfsson wrote:
But now in the absence of any critical terrain feature that ne4eds grabbing I like to go second.


Like, say, the e4 square?


I prefer to just put it in my knight's ZOC.
 
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spartax wrote:
LanceRunolfsson wrote:
But now in the absence of any critical terrain feature that ne4eds grabbing I like to go second.


Like, say, the e4 square?


Yeah pretty much unless e5 is more important
 
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Is this a Twitter thread, or what?

In a Bulge or Russian Campaign game, I love making the first move(s) as the Germans. It's powerful and devastating, and the enemy has to immediaetely start reacting to me. It's not often in a wargame that you get to have that much control and initiative.

But if the first move is just a recon, or the equivalent of a pawn move in chess, then who cares? I'll go first or second; doesn't matter much.

The worst situation for me would be a game where the first move is a recon but will awaken a sleeping giant if done wrong. That's nerve-racking.
 
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I am an opportunist so prefer to be the attacker and move first. However, if this is a game new to me I prefer to be the defender moving second.
 
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