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Paul7926
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House rules and game tweaks

Post by Paul7926 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:55 am

Hello everyone.

I was thinking the other day, especially after the release of WaT and the avalanche of people proposing modifications, about the whole subject of House Rules.

On one hand I support the idea that people are completely free to play a game in any way that they see fit. It's their time and their toys and why shouldn't they enhance their enjoyment with whatever changes or additions that give them a better game experience.

On the other hand you end up with what I call the 'Monopoly Syndrome'. It's probably true that if you are invited to play Monopoly anywhere other than your own house you will end up playing a game that is almost nothing like the actual published Monopoly rule set. Most of the time this doesn't matter too much until you stumble across large changes halfway through the game that invalidate how you have been playing from the start.

Everyone else knew that playing at Pete's means houses on Mayfair cost twice as much because they consider Mayfair to be too over powered but you wouldn't have tried so hard to get it had you known. Now that's a silly example but I do like the idea that if I walk into a different club or FLGS and get involved in a game of <insert favourite game here> that you are all using a common rules set.

So to those of you that employ a lot of House rules, do you find it a hindrance when playing somewhere new or getting new people at your venues or doesn't it matter?

Rich H
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Re: House rules and game tweaks

Post by Rich H » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:43 am

It depends. Conventions, especially for 'duscuss before the game' type, can be confusing sometimes.

I've had people very surprised (Bolt action) when I've fired over a 2" hill with my tank. But hills block LOS... no they don't by the rules. My tank is >2" tall adn can draw an unobstructed LOS to your unit. A lot of places play a hill of any size blocks LOS.

Woods - hard or soft cover? Bloc LOS or not? Rough ground or not? etc.

More structural changes to games are not usually a good idea IMHO

BaronVonWreckedoften
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Re: House rules and game tweaks

Post by BaronVonWreckedoften » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:05 pm

As long as you publicise any "house rules" clearly (maybe with a written summary) to any/all newcomers before the game starts, I don't think that's a problem. However, playing the game at a public event (ie not at your club or in your own home), I would keep the rules "as written" so as not to confuse last-minute joiners and passing members of the public who might be watching.

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