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POLL: Wargames Barrier to Entry

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Jul 5 2010
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So today I want to talk about something that’s can make or break otherwise equally good wargames systems: barrier to entry.  I want to get your thoughts on the big systems out there and which ones are the easiest to get into as a new player:

Just think back to when you were shopping around for a new gamesystem.  If you had to do it all over again, or wanted to get a friend to get into a system for the first time, did you make the right choice, or would you go a different way based on your experience getting into the game?  Now barrier to entry has many different components.  Some of the obvious ones are:

-Price for an average army
-Numbers of models required for games
-Difficulty of assembly
-Complexity of ruleset
-Ease of finding players

Secondary components not directly affecting barrier to entry but still important include:

-Ease of painting
-Quality of miniatures
-Depth of product range
-Community support
-Depth and allure of background

As we move deep into 2010 I feel that for the active wargamer there are a lot of great choices out there.  Lets off the top of our heads pick the bigger systems out there:

Warhammer 40000
Warhammer Fantasy
Warmachine/Hordes
Flames of War

Each of these has their own strengths and weaknesses, but I want you to order these from easiest to get into to hardest and tell me why.  Regardless of barrier to entry, what most interests you of those characteristics for the various systems.  Poll down below: VOTE!

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