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Offline rustyshackleford

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Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« on: February 04, 2021, 09:55:51 AM »
My team at work recently hired some new people shortly before Christmas who participated in our "Secret Santa".  Imagine my surprise when one of the new guys' interests was: "I like boardgames. Specifically strategy games like Risk"

I GOTTA PLAY THIS COOL.

Now, do I immediately go off the deep end and ask him if he thinks the Allied Proximity Fuse shells in Grigsby's "A World at War" are a worthy tech pursuit in '42, or do I feel things out with an "Oh Risk huh? Cool...
ever play a game called "Axis and Allies"?

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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 10:03:41 AM »
Go with the proximity shells.   No guts, no glory.  :)
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2021, 10:14:15 AM »
Tread lightly at the risk of scaring them away.
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2021, 10:16:07 AM »
He's clearly our kind of dork and was just playing it cool by mentioning Risk. I say, go big or go home. Be loud and proud. What is the worst thing that can happen? He looks at you funny? That happens to me several times a day.
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2021, 12:21:34 PM »
I agree.  If he is hinting he likes board games hit him hard.  But if he truly only likes games like Risk don't make him feel small about it.  Instead try to encourage him to become a hardcore wargamer by pointing out games like World In Flames is sort of like Risk. 
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2021, 12:36:28 PM »
I agree.  If he is hinting he likes board games hit him hard.  But if he truly only likes games like Risk don't make him feel small about it.  Instead try to encourage him to become a hardcore wargamer by pointing out games like World In Flames is sort of like Risk.

...and direct him to Grogheads!
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2021, 12:46:14 PM »
I agree.  If he is hinting he likes board games hit him hard.  But if he truly only likes games like Risk don't make him feel small about it.  Instead try to encourage him to become a hardcore wargamer by pointing out games like World In Flames is sort of like Risk.

...and direct him to Grogheads!

Just make sure you thoroughly vet him before you give him the link to the fabled Grogheads "front page".   ^-^
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2021, 01:03:49 PM »
Too bad it's a 'he.'
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2021, 08:04:27 PM »
Too bad it's a 'he.'

Oh I see.  If it was a 'she' you could have asked something like this, "Hey baby you like squared or clipped counters?"
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Re: Undercover Wargamers in the Workplace?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2021, 08:35:24 PM »
Or ask if she wants to see your dongle. Tell her it's a multiport, that'll impress her. It sure would me. I'd go with Gus, Rusty. Reel him in easy at first, then set the hook with a rousing tale of triumph over a Total War or Field of Glory digital enemy. If that doesn't work, throw him back.
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