I remember being invited to play in games by the staff (one bloke called kryton with big hair, beard and a crotch made from a beer towel) and being ever so slightly outclassed by their knowledge of the rules. This got me thinking.
Did we ever play the games properly in our youth?
My mates and I played all sorts of RPGs in our early and pre-teens. Runequest was a particular favourite as was shadowrun and of course WFRP.
As part of the nostalgia of oldhammer I bought the old rules and read through them revelling in the memories that they triggered. What also occured was how complex the rules are. There is so much stuff in there. And let's face it, wfb 3 and wh40k rogue trader are chock full of rules that are confusing and perplexing. So how the hell did our 11,12 and 13 year old selves actually manage? Truth is, I don't think we did. I think we made most of it up!
And I have proof!
You see, being a Teacher, one if the many joyous tasks that befall us is to run extra-curricular clubs. I've recently re-launched the wargames club (well 40k club really) and have been spending my late afternoons up to my armpits in mini nerds. And guess what. They don't have a clue! They focus on the basics, move, shoot, fight and they just go daft! They don't care about the pages and pages if special rules and exceptions to rules. They just have a great time shouting and shooting and winning and losing and telling each other how awesome their placcy deamon prince is.
And it made me realise that that is probably exactly how we played when we were kids! That's why we love it so much. My orks were awesome!!!