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Re: (TFT) Using Melee/Wizard as a Wargame
One of the things that years of wargaming has taught me is that
complexity does not always equal realism. In fact, it is usually the
more elegant but subtle rules which give a game it's realism.
Something as simple as changing the turn ordering can have a huge
Complexity doesn't equal realism, but simplicity can limit detail.
As for turn ordering, I much prefer GURPS' sequencing. In TFT, everyone one
the same side moves and then other side, with engagement rules stopping
people from moving so they can wait to get hit later when everyone gets
their attacks. This results in having to tell people who want to run away,
etc, that they "need to disengage first" and so on, and large fights tend
to have fairly static lines of engaged people hacking away.
In GURPS both sides' moves are mixed up - everyone moves in order of speed,
and they move and take their action at once, and no engagement rules are
needed. The result is more freedom of action and more dynamic fights. Going
back to TFT, TFT feels much more artificially restrictive.
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