The Rules Of Engagement - Updated For 2018

The Rules of Engagement - Updated

These are the ground rules for dealing with me and my style of gaming.
Please feel free to ask me about these, if you have questions.

Times and dates I’m available:
 I am available Saturdays, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; and Sundays, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. (These are very firm limits). I am not available on holidays.

What I Support In My Gaming:
I do not support any particular game system or particular set of rules. I do support several world-settings and historical periods:
Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom; Ancient Egypt, during the Successor Wars; Naval Actions, 500 BCE to 1650 CE
Ancient Aegyptus, as seen in Technicolor Hollywood epics; Barsoom, by Edgar Rice Burroughs; Tekumel, by M. A. R. Barker; Swashbuckling, as per lots and lots of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood epics.

I usually run my games in the style of Maj. David Wesely’s original ‘Braunstein’ style of games. Likewise, I run my games in the style of Dave Arneson, M. A. R. Barker, and Gary Gygax. I suggest having a look at my YouTube channel for a game that I ran for a sample of this. The link to this is on the main page of this blog.

'Internal' / 'at home' events:
I run my campaign games here at home in my game room.  The campaigns generate the battles. I do not run 'one-off' battles or games, here at the house.

Access to my games is primarily electronic, either through the Internet or by teleconference; we are equipped for both. (Please contact me for the details.) Generally, I run my campaign games as play-by-post games, using e-mails as the method of transmitting orders. I am able to send 'recon photos' back to players.

Due to my wife's health issues, we are not able to provide access to our house over and above access to the game room and related facilities. Due to my daughter moving in with us for her time at school, we are not able to provide overnight sleeping space here at the house. We will be happy to provide iced tea, lemonade, and hot water in season, and a small 'dorm fridge' is available for the use of the game group.

'External' / 'outside' events:
Larger table games, which are usually 'one-off' miniatures battles from the various genres I support, and which use the 60” x 90” and  60” x 120” table sizes, or are floor games) will have to be run in an external venue, such as a convention, game shop, or other space. I have done an Events Guide For Events Organizers to help with this; please ask me for a copy. Larger events must be scheduled well in advance, depending on table size and venue required. (If there is a cost to reserve external venues, you will be required to pay for this.) You will also need to discuss any logistical issues arising from the use of an external venue with me before you schedule the event; this last has been a problem since 2013. These issues are addressed in the Events Guide.

I can run events at venues within a forty-five minute drive from my home in southeast Minneapolis with no problems. Events taking place at longer distances will require the event organizer to provide me with a sleeping room overnight for each day I am expected to be present and running games at the event. Due to my health issues, I am not able to run events that take place more then eight hours' drive away from my house, unless overnight sleeping rooms en route are provided. Due to the costs of my wife's health issues, I am not able to subsidize any 'external' events taking place more then a forty-five minute drive away from our house. I will be happy to provide specific costs for specific events on request.

Advance Warnings:

I have, over the years, gotten complaints regarding a number of what people feel are serious issues. These include, but are not limited to, and are in no particular order:

Nudity – Quite a few of the 1” tall miniatures are in historical and non-historical costumes. If you find this offensive, you probably don’t want to game with us. Likewise, we do display costumes on mannequins; while these costumes are all 'street legal', they may not be what you are used to. If you find a woman in a sari offensive, you will not be happy visiting us. If you find the kind of clothes that they wore in Ancient Egypt or on Barsoom offensive, you really don't want to game with us. I don't want to offend your sensibilities, and I don't want to have to deal with your outrage.

Mature Themes – Because we deal with what many consider to be 'Mature Themes', I do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to game here at the house. Again, I suggest watching my YouTube videos to get an idea of what kind of games I run.

Interviews and Interviewers - I am happy to answer questions about gaming and the world-settings I support. I prefer that interviews be done via e-mail or Internet video. I will allow interviews to take place here at the house in the game room, but I will not do specific set-ups, sets, props, scenery, drapery, lighting, or audio systems for your interview; I have been asked to do so in the past, and both I and my family have not enjoyed the disruption to our lives that has resulted. I can not advise on any permits needed for filming; I would suggest calling the city of Minneapolis for this kind of information.

Guests In General - Yes, people can come and visit us. However, after a number of very unpleasant and unsavory incidents over the past five years, I now - very reluctantly! - require that anyone asking to visit us provide a personal reference; if you know or game with somebody who knows or games with me, have them let me know about you. I do not accept 'cold calls'; this has proven to be a very bad idea, and has cost me quite a lot of time, effort, and money spent on legal fees.

Guests In Specific - If you bring a guest or guests to visit, you will be held responsible for them. While I am a pretty open-and  fair-minded person, I have some really bad ( and expensive!) experiences with some people's guests. You, as the patron / sponsor / chaperone of your guests will be expected by me to remain here while your guests are here; if you have to leave before they want to - and this is not uncommon, given the game room and game lounge - I will not be amused, unless you've told me about this in advance, and will not look with favor on any future visits by either you or your guests. Arrange your personal plans for your guests' sake; it's more polite.

Inclusiveness – I have been criticized for “not being inclusive enough’ in my game groups. Over the past four decades, my definition of ‘inclusiveness’ has been to include in my games anyone who wants to play. If you have issues with this, please do not ask to game with us.

Real-world politics -  If you want to game here, please leave your politics at the door; this is a game room built for gamers, not a caucus meeting. I also do not, and will not, tolerate you and or your guests using me, my family, my house, and my gaming for your political ends. If you have a position that you want my comments or support for, we can talk about it outside the gaming environment. (You may very well be surprised at my views - quite a few people who have thought I was in opposition to their point of view have been startled to find out that I am not. Don't assume.)

And Finally, Much To My Sadness:

Loss Prevention Policies - It pains me, more then I can possibly tell you, that I have to have a 'loss prevention policy at all. However, I have had a number of figures, books, artifacts, and other objects go missing over the years; thus, I will not loan anything from the collections out to anyone unless I personally accompany the loaned items. Period. No exceptions. None.