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The way the tell the difference is not by looking at mechanics but rather what is the focus. Wargames have specific scenarios that you are dealing with. That the scenario have a defined end either in time or victory conditions. More sophisticated wargames will have a campaign that will generate scenario to play out. The result of which influences the ...


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Goals vs. Win Conditions Most RPGs have a goal in play, but not a win condition (a few do, though). Consider the difference between a game about Greek warriors and making a story about their struggles vs. a game about Greek warriors played for tactical success. Figuring out what the Goal of the game is, tells you what good play for the game will be like. ...


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I too come from a wargaming background before I discovered P&P RPG, so I've been through this as well. A few pointers. It's a group thing. Wargaming is often one on one (or if you have a lot of time on your hands, multiple VS multiple). In RPGs you have several players who play alongside a DM. Note that you play WITH the DM, and not AGAINST the DM: ...


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I would say that it's a very hard question because there are many ways to play RPG. From my experience, there are also various ways to play wargames, I personally played Warhammer with friends and we tended to make balanced games, of battles with heavy history components, and we had a lot of fun, but as you say, some tend to powergame and it's kind of ...



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