I’m Playing Games
Tonight my feet and throat are a little sore. I spent the evening playing Infinity at Boutique FDB and then being seduced by the Batman Miniatures Game. As I sat here I realized something important: I am finally playing the games I’ve wanted to play for so many years.
Very recently I came to the conclusion, when looking to spend some hobby money, that I just wasn’t going to play any miniature wargames. My plan to get my friends to play Deadzone failed and the local community I used to know had faded away.
Throughout my long miniature wargaming career I haven’t really played anything. When I started I painted too slowly, and now that I paint at a reasonable rate I wanted to play the games I was interested instead of what was popular. I wouldn’t be unfair to say that I was too picky.
At first this realization really bothered me. My friends come to my house for boardgames every two weeks and I’ve run a couple of limited RPG campaigns in the last year. This wasn’t bad, but the thought that I may have to abandon my hopes of wargaming for merely painting for personal enjoyment wasn’t one I liked. Yet this was the reality I was faced with.
There was no way I was going to accept this state of affairs. Inspired by a new acquaintance who mentioned the game, as well as a friend who was pushing me towards it, I decided to give Warmachine another try. I had given it a hard look a few years ago when their second edition was in open beta. I eventually decided I didn’t like the aesthetic of the miniatures and gave it a pass. Now that my only other option was to play nothing I felt I should swallow my pride and just play the game.
You can read about my Warmachine experience in this series of guest posts on Creative Twilight. I won’t spoil anything on this blog since the series isn’t yet finished.
After playing Warmachine my desire to play other games grew stronger until I finally started looking for a group playing Infinity. If I had to pick a favorite game it would be Infinity. I had played it once years ago but the Friday night schedule conflicted with my board game night. Even if I went every second week that meant I’d never have any Friday nights with my wife.
It turns out that the same group I had once tried to join was playing a second night of the week at Boutique FDB. One of their more active members couldn’t play Fridays so the community was expanding to this new night. The store wasn’t as close as the one playing Warmachine but I decided I wanted to make the trip anyway.
I am glad I did, especially as it seems that there were two new players getting a demo game. What a perfect time to join as we’d have plenty of opponents of the same skill level with small armies. I do have to tip my hat to Warmachine though. If I hadn’t started playing Warmachine I wouldn’t have stoked my desire to play Infinity enough to hunt down this group.
Hopefully this means that I’ll start generating all sorts of new content for the blog. In the meantime check out the Crits Kill People blog run by some members of the local Infinity community.
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