I think sometimes it`s good to stop! Take a restock of your gaming, and make any realignments necessary to peruse an enjoyable, focused commitment to your hobby. These times come, I ways find, when circumstance or/and situation pulls you away from the hobby for a while. In this instance, the day I returned from visiting Dave and Sarah over at their home in Gloucester, I picked up a nasty little cold at Bristol airport. I guess I was there a good three hours after I booked in, browsing duty frees, having a scrumptious meal at the restaurant, and then finally boarding the plane.. along with a hundred or so other passengers. All this put me in contact with thousands of people, and yep.. I caught a nasty bug: which quickly turned to a throat infection and then slipped down to become a chest infection (not great for someone who suffers from a major bronchial condition in any case). So I have spent the week since returning home.. in bed, huddled in front of the steeped up fire in the lounge, and occasionally crawling into my hobby room to potter about and assemble/paint a few figures or a few bits and piece of terrain (I love doing terrain, an often overlooked part of the hobby).
But this week has given me time to think: to realign and trim the sails, check the sexton and steer the ship on its correct heading.
But what does all that mean?
Well, in this case it means... hmmmm, let`s see if I
can explain it. Like all gamers, I get excited about things I see, or hear, or read about. I might watch a film on Sky TV Movie channel, and suddenly I am filled with motivated desire to do The Hobbit, or Star Trek, or maybe I will see "A Bridge Too Far" and suddenly want to root out all my 28mm British Paratroopers, my mighty 4-Ground bridge, and start recreating Arnhem;
"I just noticed something Bromley." "What`s that
Sir." "We're wearing the wrong camouflage for this." Camera pans out to show a line of marching troops all dressed in green and browns, with leaves and twigs sticking out of their helmets and backpacks.... marching through a built up town of grey brick and red sand cement!
And so an enthused and impassioned gamer sets to work making his dreams come true; but then a few weeks later he sees a few bloggers writing ecstatically about Star Wars or Doctor Who, and BLAM! suddenly Arnhem goes out the window and a new direction is taken, hahaha. This is all great fun, and normally (in my case) wouldn`t matter at all. I quite like haveing two or three or even four subjects on the go at any one time: focussing on one thing for a month, before switching to another thing for a while, then back to the first, and so on.
drifting into deep and treacherous waters. There are currently many mini projects I am very keen to do: from my amazinlgly cheap to buy plastic Army Men.. whether the big 45/50mm guys to the micro 20mm ones:
20mm (H0/00 scale) Micro Army Men
then there`s my Oriental adventures in the shape of Test of Honour (I so nearly bought an entire WTW Japanese/Chinese terrain set complete with 2` square fibreglass fully textured and fully painted battle board.. and it took all my strength not to pick this up on my visit, but I stayed focussed, and picking up things I needed for Death Match and especially the new as of yet unreleased world creations.
Test Of Honour (and a possible Chinese Water Margin amalgamation) is very close to my heart, but necessarily, and sadly on hold at the moment.
Similarly I am pulled grippingly so to wanting to
start my early "what if" World War Two... quasi Imagi-Nation campaign, including Agent Carter, the Winter Soldier, Hydra, Wonder Woman, etc etc, alongside my pre war Nazi Blackshirts, The Eagle Has Landed, Dad`s Army, and an intricate Walmington-on-Sea spy network.
Of course I also have to fit in a Christmas `taster`
Doctor Who game some time in December, and the girls are doing some work with Jez over on his site, for his Victorian Black Museum (which means I will be roped into that as well, for sure hahaha).
and so it goes on. There are so many things I want
to do, but don`t have time to do all of these things right now. And so I set my sexton to the sky and re-align: "Six points to larboard, North by Nor` East if you will Mr. Bones."
What`s he talking about, I hear you cry?
Well, The Games Cupboard has always been an eclectic site, full of many topics and a myriad of different gaming subjects. This is all well and good when time permits us to write lots of cool and interesting things. Remember, we once had Bryan Scott (from the Vampifan blog) as co owner.. and writing a ton of material. We also had input from Tarot and from Hils: Tar` now works hard in her career, and Hils is still waiting for her operation and is not able to contribute to TGC much at the moment. That just leaves me and Dave. Now, I have seen Dave at work and oh boy, he is one busy dude. Running his company is a seriously big undertaking and often he simply hasn't got the time to write here as much as he would like to do. So that leaves.... lil` ol` me, LOL. So going back to my hobby passions and a driving desire to play games, and write about Star Wars, and Dungeons and Dragons, and Anime / Chibis, and 8mm Napoleonics, and Middle Earth, and... so on and so on: I want to do it all, but can I seriously achieve it all?
No, course not :-(
When I got asked to play test Death Match (and oh boy! did we put it through its paces, with over 27 people involved in three separate clubs, all playing the game like crazy), then I got asked to re-write it as much as I felt necessary: and then I got asked if I could write the skirmish/narrative rpg to follow it; at this point, Dave sent a ton of miniatures over, to make my task here lot easier. But this wasn`t just a bunch of painted miniatures, no.... this included dozens of hot off the mould press unassembled and unpainted models and weapons packs, to give me lots more game play/test options. Since then I have added to this collection myself, and Dave himself keeps sending over bits and pieces of new (as of yet) unreleased miniatures for me to add into the new rules.. and then the biggie, my recent trip to Dave`s workshop saw me bringing home a loaded suitcase, heavily overloaded (which to this day I don't know why I wasn't stopped at customs for exceeding my carrying allowance) and crammed with figures and a ton of cool new alien terrain pieces.
So, I have a lot of work to do. This is no `game` (pun intended), and if I am to finish the rules by the beginning of next year, and have a chance of having all this stuff assembled, painted and based by Salute, I have to work with extreme focus.. pretty much making any other hobby considerations rescindent for the time being. In other words I MUST stick to this until after Christmas at least... maybe until Easter even, to ensure I get this little lot finished and ready.
It was Luke ("hi Luke") who got me realising, that it`s no bad thing to stay focused and true to one project at a time. Luke is currently painting and enjoying playing Bolt Action WWII. As he assembles and paints his miniatures, he plays lots of games with the finished pieces... adding in more figures all the time as he gradually works his way though his rapidly diminishing mountain of plastic and lead. He figures "I loved these models enough to spend lots of money on them, and I bought an entire project in one go, so I am determined not only to paint them all, but also to enjoy playing games with them for a long time, before I even allow myself to think of taking up another subject. And when I do, I will stick to that with the same dedication as I do now with my Bolt Action."
Luke wants to take up WTW`s Death Match and
the new Skirmish game as well. Heck, he even won a competition here, but said he didn't want his prize(s)... not yet! but prefers to wait until he is ready next year: at which point he will buy lots of stuff (possibly at Salute) and take it up properly, when he has time to devote and commit to it fully. Wow, what a guy. Luke is a shop front example of how I think the hobby can be enjoyed to the full... i.e. the ability to focus, and stay focused on one thing at a time. I`m always going on about this myself, but oh man, this guy puts me to shame.. and is a paragon of everything I believe is right and true.
So where does this leave me?
It leaves me (at times) wishing I could find just a-
little-more-time to be able to bring lots of different subjects to TGC, but knowing in my heart of hearts, for the time being.... I simply can't. But I am also steadfast and clear that I can (and will) devote the majority of my time concentrating on making this new game of Dave and Sarah, mine and Hils, as good and as amazing as we possibly can. New models are being designed, sculpted and made every week (and you should just SEE the cool alien terrain); and as they are being made and sent to me, I am adding them into the game: both within the game world ethos, and the rule stats themselves. This will all build and build until the climax of Salute itself, early next year.
After that... well Dave and I have a new project to work on. But shhhhhh!!! one thing at time *grins*
Article by Steve