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David Dockter
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I began wargaming in:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1960's
7.5% 41
1970's
32.1% 175
1980's
31.4% 171
1990's
9.5% 52
2000's
19.4% 106
Voters 545
My first "real" wargame (not Risk) was:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1776 (AH)
1.3% 7
Advanced Squad Leader (AH)
1.5% 8
Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit (MMP)
0.6% 3
Africa Corps (AH)
2.4% 13
Ambush
1.1% 6
Attack!
0.2% 1
Avalon Hill (any other AH game NOT on this list)
7.2% 39
Anzio (AH)
0.2% 1
Axis and Allies (MB)
12.9% 70
Battle of the Bulge (AH)
3.3% 18
Battle Cry (AH)
0.6% 3
Battle for Germany (SPI)
0.0% 0
Battle for Moscow (GDW)
0.2% 1
Breakout Normandy (AH)
0.0% 0
Clash of Giants (GMT)
0.0% 0
Columbia Games (any other Columbia game not on this list)
0.6% 3
Combat Commander (GMT)
1.3% 7
Command and Colors (GMT)
0.4% 2
Conflict of Heros (Phalax)
0.7% 4
Europa series (GDW)
0.2% 1
Friedrich
0.2% 1
Gettysburg (AH)
3.5% 19
GMT (any other GMT game not on this list)
1.5% 8
Hammer of the Scotts (Columbia)
0.7% 4
Hannibal (AH)
1.1% 6
Heroscape or Warhammer
0.6% 3
House Divided (GDW)
0.2% 1
Kingmaker (AH)
1.5% 8
Lock and Load
0.2% 1
Magazine: Strategy & Tactics game
0.4% 2
Magazine: Stand at Mortain or other ATO game
0.0% 0
Magazine: Other
0.2% 1
Memoir 44 (DOW)
3.3% 18
Midway (AH)
1.5% 8
Napoleon's Triumph/Bonaparte at Marengo (Simmons)
0.2% 1
Napoleon's Last Battles (SPI)
0.4% 2
The Napoleonic Wars (GMT)
0.0% 0
Operation Kremlin
0.0% 0
Orge
3.1% 17
Panzerblitz/Panzerleader (AH)
9.0% 49
Paths of Glory (GMT)
0.9% 5
Russian Campaign (AH)
0.7% 4
Saratoga or other game in GMT American Revolution Series
0.0% 0
SPI (any othe SPI game not on this list)
4.1% 22
Squad Leader (AH)
5.2% 28
Stalingrad (AM)
0.4% 2
Tactics II (AH)
3.9% 21
Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges (MMP)
0.0% 0
Third Reich (AH)
3.1% 17
Tide of Iron
0.4% 2
Twilight Struggle (GMT)
0.4% 2
Up Front (AH)
0.4% 2
Wallenstein
0.2% 1
War of the Ring
0.6% 3
War at Sea/Victory in the Pacific (AH)
1.3% 7
We the People (GMT)
0.0% 0
Wilderness Wars (GMT)
0.2% 1
Wizard Kings (Columbia)
0.0% 0
Wooden Ships and Iron Men (AH)
0.7% 4
World in Flames (ADG)
0.2% 1
Something else not on list (and please post a comment with game's title)
15.7% 85
Voters 543
I found out about wargaming by/through:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
A friend
29.1% 157
A family member
13.5% 73
A teacher or at school
3.1% 17
Saw a wargame on a store shelf
28.0% 151
Saw a wargame at a rummage sale
1.1% 6
Online (consimworld)
0.2% 1
Online (BGG)
8.3% 45
Online (other)
2.8% 15
Saw an advertisement (print)/read a story in the paper (print)
7.2% 39
Other
6.7% 36
Voters 540
I own:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
0 wargames
0.7% 4
1-9 wargames
17.8% 97
10-99 wargames
50.8% 277
100-499 wargames
25.7% 140
500+ wargames
5.0% 27
Voters 545
The number of wargamers is:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Exploding
3.2% 17
Growing
37.9% 200
Staying about the same
39.8% 210
Declining
17.0% 90
Dying
2.1% 11
Voters 528
This poll is now closed.   546 answers
Poll created by Herr Dr
Closes: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:00 am
So what game pulled you into wargaming? Please post a comment if I missed it on the list so that I can add it next time.
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My very first wargame was The Longest Day. I was impressed by the scale and detail. It was the very thing I expected of wargames.
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SPI had a free Waterloo game they were giving out for newbies. I won a Chess tournament in high school and that was one of the prizes.
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First wargame was SPI's Barbarossa. Saw an ad in Boy's Life, AFAIR....
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Um, I began in the 1950s ... a friend's father had bought the 1958 Gettysburg and neither of them understood it. I bought it from them, being a Civil War buff.
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Starship Troopers was the first "real" wargame I played. A friend taught me the first scenario and I like it so much that I went out and bought my own copy. That was the first of hundreds.
 
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Damm, does Boy's Life even exist anymore? I was subscriber to that. Bought some cool stuff in the ad section. I think that's where I saw an ad for Este (sp?) Rockets.


Um, I began in the 1950s ... a friend's father had bought the 1958 Gettysburg and neither of them understood it. I bought it from them, being a Civil War buff.


Very impressive!
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First real wargame I played was AH's Waterloo back in the mid-70's. My buddy Karl and I played his older brother's copy. Now, I own this very same copy, and played it just a couple of months ago with fellow BGG'er Gittes...

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Believe it or not:

http://boyslife.org/section/magazine/
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The first wargame that I played was Kriegspiel. I know that this game recieves a lot of crap for being a bad game but when I was in 4th grade it was a wargame that I could read the rules to and understand. I played it with my dad who owned quite a few Avalon Hill games. I also played it solo. My regret is never being able to convince my dad to use the nuclear missle rules.

Other AH games that I tried with my dad were Gunslinger, Squad Leader, and Firepower.
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Cool. Thanks Mr.Stein. I remember my bro and I saw an ad for a Frankenstein. Looked very scary.6 feet tall. My bro and I scrimp'd $2 plus postage to get it. Sent away and waited. And waited. And waited. Told all our gang about it. Finally, it arrived. Got the gang over to open up the box. It was a plastic poster that you would hang on your door. Not very scary. We were thinking it would be some type of MASSIVE mechanical monster we could terrorize the neighborhood with.

That was the first time I learned about "marketing". My dad had quite a laugh.
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I've been interested in playing wargames for many, many years, but I've always been put off by the complexity and a lack of opponents - none the people I gamed with over the years has had any interest in playing historical games.

What changed was my exposure to PBEM. I play nearly all my wargames PBEM now, often without buying - I download the rules online. But - and here's the important bit - I make a rule of buying any game I've played more than twice.
 
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The game that pulled me in was 2nd Fleet shortly followed by The Third World War in my late teens. I played those and a few others for a few years and then just ran out of opponents. Now, due to the internet, I've started playing again.
 
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#2 is a bit silly as you can't list enough games to cover it. My first wargame was AH Fortress Europa. Someone had given it to my dad, a WWII veteran. He had no interest in games, or for that matter reliving any part of his actions in Europe I gathered. I was too young then to figure it out so my first wargame successfully played was the venerable Tactics II.Sadly, i think the hobby will die a slow death. Just not enough young people are into boargames, let alone wargames. Us wargamer partents will have to indoctrin....err...teach our kids to enjoy these "old school" hobbies. :)
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I have a feeling that many missed the option of "AH Game Not on This List"---there seem to be a bunch who played an Avalon Hill game as their first, but might have checked the more general "Other-Not on this List".
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Agree - should have put Other (AH), etc at end of the list. First time I tried that question. I'll be happy if 70% of the starter games are listed. Next time, 80%.
 
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Sadly, Boys Life (my son gets it) is now only full of video game ads. It would be cool to see a wargame of any kind in there -- even something super light, perhaps memoir or something.

Oh, and Orge in the list should be Ogre
 
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Great idea - about an wargame ad for Boy's Life.
 
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Quote:
Saw an ad in Boy's Life....

I must have answered the same ad, for a subscription to S&T. So my first wargame was SPI's Napoleon at Waterloo, the intro game they sent to all new subscribers.

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Herr Dr wrote:

Um, I began in the 1950s ... a friend's father had bought the 1958 Gettysburg and neither of them understood it. I bought it from them, being a Civil War buff.


Very impressive!

Impressive? I think the word you want is "old".

But, to be honest, it was probably only the 1950s for a few more days. I think I bought the game over the 1959 December school break with Christmas money my Grandmother sent me. My brother and I played it that evening, though, and I was hooked - so it really was still the 1950s.

Odd that I can remember that but not what I did yesterday ...
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We could argue whether this is a real wargame, but it should count for something in the criteria of "not risk": battletech.
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First game for me was Blitzkrieg, in a nice purple box. Played it about billion times. Now that I'm an adult, ASL is the obsession that grips me, but I still have warm feelings about my first experience.
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bippi wrote:
We could argue whether this is a real wargame, but it should count for something in the criteria of "not risk": battletech.

Sure it is.

Voted 'Other Columbia', though that's not quite right. The first game (as near as I can recall) was Gamma Two's War of 1812. Other near-contenders are War at Sea (second edition) and Snit's Revenge....
 
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peacmyer wrote:
First wargame was SPI's Barbarossa. Saw an ad in Boy's Life, AFAIR....


I used to love Boy's Life and I wasn't even a scout. I just liked reading about scouting & crafts. And, at the time they were running a comic strip adaption of that story about the Tripods invading Earth. No, not War of the Worlds.
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bippi wrote:
We could argue whether this is a real wargame, but it should count for something in the criteria of "not risk": battletech.


Good one. This was one of my starters.
 
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