Now up to a point I get this but only for regular tournament players- after all the Laws of Rugby Football get changed every so often and so therefore presumably do lesser sports., therefore why not competion based wargames rules?
|Is this ME110 supporting the panzers or dropping a new copy of the latest Army list to the confused commander??|
However it struck me that as a non tournament player why the hell would you care unless your brain was in fact made of porridge or as one chap once put it to me in some heat
"I don't need to read about WW2 I play Flames of War" - still trying to work that one out....
Not that the primacy of the Idiot Book is confined to FOW or indeed is all that new- Older chaps will remember the occasionally unsavoury debates in Battle and still more in Slingshot concerning the relative merits of sundry WRG Army lists however in those days of Yore much of the debate did seem to centre more on historical grounds - at least on the surface- I wonder if this is still the case?
Now I haven't seen a copy of Slingshot for years so I've no idea how it is today but it does seem to me that Joe Wargamer is far more willing to have his rules handed down to him from On High (or perhaps Nottingham) by some latter day Corporate Moses than the lads of the 70s and 80s were.
For myself I've never been an uncritical fan of Army lists- not that they don't come in handy from time to time especially for the "pre-regimental" periods or those in which I have only a passing or newly formed interest.
However I could never imagine myself using such things for say the ECW or the Hundred Years War or Napoleonic or indeed any period where I've actually read more than a passing Osprey. I suppose that once again it comes down to the difference between "playing to period " and "playing to ruleset"
|Ach so! Hans Ve are playing Ze Pike und Shotte rules Ya?||Gott in Himmel !!.||I sort Ivas in ze 16th Century !!|
Now I do have some army lists- but even here there has been a change over the years.WRG's Rennaissence set had one slim volume of lists FOGR has a good half a dozen or more.FOW gawd knows how many and these are far from the only ones. It now seems to be the thing to publish as many wallet catchers as you can -perhaps these chaps resent you dear Gamer spending your cash on actual soldiers.... or perhaps the plot is even more sinister- stop 'em reading actual books then once we have them by the parts we can feed 'em any kind of exspensive tripe and they won't know the difference... but THAT IS just plain SILLY....