These are the four useful branches of military knowledge which enable the Yellow Emperor to vanquish several sovereigns.
All armies prefer high ground to low and sunny places to dark.
If you’re careful of your men, and camp on hard ground, the army will be free from disease of every kind, and this will spell victory.
When you come to a hill or a bank, occupy the sunny side, with the slope on your right rear. Thus, you will at once act for the benefit of your soldiers and utilize the natural advantages of the ground.
–Sun Tzu, The Art of War, The Army on the March, [10-13].
I’ve gamed in some pretty dank places in my time as wargamer and roleplayer: Unfinished basements. The hot and humid back gaming room of a store. A dorm den which smelled damp and mosquitoes seemed to come out of nowhere to sting you.
Even nice areas can become stagnant when enough gamers sit elbow-to-elbow. Or when the air conditioning breaks.
There is such a thing a “Gamer Funk.” And it is a miasma.
After playing in such areas, I recommend showering when you get home. Or not gaming in them at all.
And please, oh please, don’t store your wargaming miniatures in such places.
Seek dry and well-ventilated places with a window to let the sun inside and remind you and your gamer friends of the outside world.
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