As with any hobby, gaming can take up as much time as you're willing to spend on it. Some people are able to spend some time every night on the hobby, either painting or playing. Some people have told me they play on average 10+ games a week. Unfortunately, for many of us that's just not entirely possible. We have other events and people that fight for our attention, and so the time we can spend on table top games is somewhat limited.
I've started feeling this crunch a little more lately. Things at home have gotten busier this year. for most of last year, my wife and I had evening classes we had to attend every Monday/wednesday night, which meant we couldn't even game on the club's normal night. I'm lucky if I get to the store once a week, which means I have to choose what to spend that one day on.
I think this is one of the main reasons I haven't been playing 40K much at all lately. I have multiple painted armies. I have competitive armies (in the 10 games I played this year, all 10 were in tournaments, and 6 of them led to 2 second place awards in local tourneys). and I still have many friends playing. So why haven't I been showing up?
Honestly, I think I may be done with 40K. I have nothing against the new ruleset, in fact it sounds like they did a pretty decent job this time around. But every time I tell myself I should get down tot he store to play my first game of 6th edition, part of me says that's some time I could be spending playing in the Thornwood league for Warmachine, or practicing that next caster for a tournament next month. To learn a new edition, I mean to really learn it, I would need at least 50 games with the new rules. only getting about 2 games a week in, it would take me until the end of the year (playing 40K every single week) to reach that goal. And when you start looking at it like that, it just doesn't sound like much fun anymore.
In fact, I've been enjoying Warmachine so much lately, I haven't wanted to give up a single week to play 40K, much less 25 or so. I was way more excited today that Tiberion came out than I was when the 40K rulebook finally hit the shelves. and I already knew everything there was to know about tibbers.
To top things off, my wife has started playing Warmachine with me. She was there for Adepticon and Wargamescon, and we're going to Dallas for another event this weekend. Wargaming night has started to be something that we do together, so any night I go and play Warhammer is a night that we don't go gaming together. She's had absolutely zero interest in 40K, but she loves warmachine.
Tonight, I'm selling my Space Wolves. If you've never done it before, it's a weird feeling selling an army. You put days and days of work into designing lists, buying and building models and painting them up with your own hint of character. You spend weeks playign the army and trying all sorts of things with it. you go back to buying and building models. and then you sell them off, and it feels like you lost all that time. this is the third time I've sold an army, and it's still a hard decision to make. It will probably be a long time before I convince myself that I'm truly finished with 40K and sell off my Harlequins and Orks.
So what's next? I'm going to be digging in even more to Warmachine now. I am now officially writing for BoLS (I've got 3 articles up now!). I will continue to focus on my Skorne, and trying to get better with them. Now that I had the smallest taste of success in a big 'Con, I want to find ways to make myself a more competitive player. I'm hoping that eventually I'll be able to hold my own against national players like I could do in 40K.I'll also be starting Retribution for something a little different. I'm turning right around after selling my Wolves and buying a large set of Retribution models that should be a pretty decent start to a collection. I'll post more on that as I get things built.
Sorry for the long rambling post. But if you're still reading, thank you! Today my little blog hit 10,000 pageviews! being new to the blogging community, this feels like a big accomplishment. So thanks for reading all of my random posts these last 2 years