The Rules Of Engagement - Updated


The Rules of Engagement - Updated, December 2019

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. Outside these days, I have to get time off from work, so I need to have a month's notice to get free. I will be happy to help guests from out of town, but I do need to know in advance.

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:
Historical:
Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom; Ancient Egypt, during the Successor Wars; Naval Actions, 500 BCE to 1650 CE; 'Dark Ages' adventures
Non-historical:
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; "Dr. Who" episodes, as the Lady of the House is a big fan and has all the miniatures.

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. There is also usually a heavy dose of Maj. David Wesely’s original ‘Braunstein’ style of games.

'Internal' / 'at home' events:
I do not hold 'open gaming' days'; if you want to game with me, please contact me and we'll see what we can set up for you. In general, I run my campaign games here at home in the game room - the campaigns generate the battles, in the best Tony Bath style. I do not run 'one-off' battles or games, here at the house, except in very unusual circumstances.

I normally run an RPG session set in Tekumel on the Fourth Sunday of each month; other campaigns can be accesses by request.

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. We will be happy to provide iced tea, lemonade, and hot water for teas and coffees; a small 'dorm fridge' is also available for the use of the game group. I keep this stocked with the brands and flavors that people ask me to - so please ask! Very limited access to the kitchen is possible, but we need to know about this well in advance.

'External' / 'outside' events:
I do these at the request of events organizers. Please contact me for information on what I can and cannot do for public / open / outside events, due mostly to logistic concerns.

I do not have an commercial interests in the gaming hobby or industry. However, I do like to tell people about the miniatures companies that I like, and I will want to set up displays about them at events; once again, please contact me well in advance of your event so we can work something out.

Miniatures in the collection:
There is, to be frank, a lot of lead in the game room. Most of my figures are vintage 1970s ones, and are usually 80% lead and 20% tin in composition. I ask that guests wash their hands before eating, and also before they handle the figures. The more modern figures do not have this problem, and I will always let people know what they are handling.

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