It really is a good thing…

… I wasn’t the leader of either army in the epic Lord of the Rings novels because if the handful of games of The Battle for Middle Earth that I’ve played so far are any indication then it would’ve been a much less epic struggle. There’s nothing worse than someone with ADD trying to organize an army into a competent fighting force. The end result looks like a bunch of spastic school children on a major sugar high that have just been handed a huge number of very large and very sharp weapons without any formal instruction on their proper use that have been set loose on the battlefield and told to “Go get ‘em, Ray.”

“Organizationally deficient” doesn’t begin to describe the chaos that results. Though it does make for much amusement to watch it unfold. I literally laughed myself to defeat at one point because I got so caught up in laughing at my own inability to direct an army of bloodthirsty orcs that the poor bastards were quickly and easily overrun by the opposition.

That’s OK. I didn’t really want to be a great military leader anyway.

Stupid orcs.

8 thoughts on “It really is a good thing…

  1. I prefer tabletop wargaming, anyway, outside of the “Real Time” bits. 

    And, if it’s any comfort, no general worth his salt would micro-manage down to the individual troopy/orc level, even if the fog of war allowed.  They depend on good officers to both relay orders and use appropriate initiative as events change.  grin

  2. ***Dave: I prefer tabletop wargaming …

    Please don’t misunderstand me – I have no axe to grind but I wonder if they’ll ever do a study of gamers who did and didn’t go to a war.
    I still don’t know why I’m disinterested in gaming. I sometimes think it may be because of my experiences and at other times think I’d have been disinterested anyway.  smile

  3. Seph, I’ve never touched the stuff. I have a hard enough time being ADD, I can’t imagine what adding pot smoking would do to me.

    LJ, I don’t know of any studies, but I do know of plenty of current and ex-military people who do game, both video and pen and paper games.

    I’d hazard a guess that you’re disinterested simply because it’s not your thing. Not everyone is a gamer nor should anyone feel like they should be.

  4. Now that I think about it, I have ex-military friends that game, and they like the strategy games as do I.  I love Age of Empires 3, which is my current infatuation.  I have ADD, and I can do pretty go in the game, but I guess I don’t really use a whole lot of strategies for fighting.

  5. I prefer back to the good old days, the books and the pens and the dice.  Yeah, you know where I’m going…

    Paper RPGs!!!

    Nothing was wrong with D&D or V:tM or BESM or Shadowrun, nothing at all except finding people to play, and now, thats not too awful hard because most people have heard of it, except those old religious shut-ins.

    Oh, and V:tM rocks more than D&D ever will.

  6. I used to play pen and paper RPGs with my friends for hours on end back in high school/early college. These days they’re scattered to the four winds (or dead) and that makes getting together to play difficult at best.

    I sometimes hanker to dig out the old RPG books and play, though.

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