Getting back to gaming
Getting back into gaming.
After my recent trip to Warhammer World and being inspired by some of what I saw, myself and some friends are going to make a concerted effort to play more games at home.
As a bit of history on the situation: we used to play a lot. Gaming at home was a regular experience and often a prelude to attending a Grand Tournament, campaign day or Throne of Skulls event. I also used to play a lot of games in store, especially while I was running multi-staff stores, and as such I was playing at quite a competitive level. For a short period we were running a local club and taking groups of 14 to each event. It was a really positive time for me in terms of gaming.
The game of choice was Warhammer Fantasy Battle, I attended my first GT heat for this system in 2002 and my last Throne of Skulls in 2014. I did a few 40K campaign days but in the main I played Fantasy.
Now on my return to the hobby at the end of last year a lot of my friends had drifted away from the hobby, had families or moved across the country. On top of this our game of choice had been replaced and reworked into Age of Sigmar, which I must say I had been somewhat dismissive of on release. So I fell into what I knew best, painting and converting miniatures. It wasn’t long however before I decided to paint something for myself, and that choice proved to be tough.
I settled on Mechanicum for the Horus Hersey system. The few friends I had still gaming had armies for the system and it was a range of figures I thought I could really get into. I believe where the army is now is testament to that. There was little to no thought in army build, just a fleeting look on occasion to see how close to a playable army it was. I looked at some events, including No Retreat in Gibraltar and a Heresy Throne of Skulls but finally decided a friendly game at the open day would be good target and 2000 points the goal.
So it was on the Saturday before the open day we deployed our forces. Unable to get a feature table due to the venue being busy, we were on one of the standard tables which seemed a little sparse, we nonetheless we deployed our forces. As my Mechanicum lined up against my friend’s Talons list something quickly became apparent; we had no idea what we were doing. It was quite honestly the most detached from gaming I have felt in a long while. We were sketchy on the core rules, I barely knew what most of my weapons were never mind what they did, there was a load of keywords I’d had no exposure to and all told, it was a mess.
It was however enjoyable. I love the atmosphere in Warhammer World and enjoy seeing my force on the table and seeing how a game unfolds. I used to enjoy the nuances of the tactics and the strategy of the game, but I must admit there was little of that on show. A fire was rekindled though and I am now planning armies for multiple systems, organising scenery (a post on that should appear soon as it’s a key element for me) and looking at event calendars again. But first a small get together arranged for a weeks’ time to blood our teeth on Age of Sigmar. I’m going to approach it with an open heart and knowing it provides a great opportunity for modelling and painting and being part of what seems a really engaging community.
I would love to hear any experiences or advice you have regarding getting back into gaming, and if any of you want to get involved then let me know, be great to get some meet ups happening at events once more.