It’s been a tough few years for me and I have had to cut back on my wargaming activity. I enjoyed Warhammer Ancients and Flames of War. I havent played Warmaster or Epic for a couple of years and as the ‘credit crunch’ has bitten I have thought long and hard about the systems I can fit into an increasingly busy life. Recently I have sold a few of my rule books and some Warhammer Ancients but yesterday I sold all of my Flames of War armies.
It’s a real shame but as I haven’t played them since the previous edition it was time for them to go to a new home and so it is with deep regret that I waved goodbye to my British Grant Company and my Tunisian era Italians.
Of course this does mean that I can concentrate a little more on my 40K projects but it is a sad time nonetheless as I think back to the hours I invested in painting those little Tommys and Bersaglieri. This got me thinking why am I sticking with 40K, as I could just as easily have sold my 40K armies and concentrated on another system. I think there are a number of reasons but foremost amongst them are the social network I hae developed around playing 40K. I am lucky in that I also am good friends with many players who play other systems but I think this is the main reason. Secondly 40K is an expansive universe that means there is never a shortage of projects.
I remember abandoning historical gaming when the events became full of extremely competitive players who premeasured to within one thousandth of an inch and who criticised everyone for not being ‘historical’. I rationalised that this was the reason I moved to 40K where historical arguments were at best academic and at worst ridiculous; but my recent decision to stick with 40K leaves me with no rational explanation other than I enjoy the game, the friends it has brought me and the constantly evolving debates and discussions.
As I write this I am not finding a convincing argument for choosing 40K above any other system except that it just feels ‘right’ at this time in my life. In ten years I may feel entirely different but for now I seem to be a 40K whore and there’s an end to it! If anyone can explain why one game system appeals more than another please let me know!