And so time passes. The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.. la la laaa!!! the clock face spins and the transience of each moment melds into the orbicular span of moments (still reflexes of impassionate time). The moment is now, yet as soon as you`ve said it.. its past.
It is like this with the hobby too.
Stevie talks about when the Star Wars skirmish miniatures first hit the shelves, and as he talks about it his eyes shine, and he speaks faster and faster as he gets more and more excited, as though it were only yesterday to him. And I suppose to a lifelong gamer it does feel like only a short time ago.
Games have a limited shelf life it seems, and may go on being popular for a number of years (sadly, usually far less than this for most) but eventually, every game seems to have its day: and today`s mega "Warhammer" soon becomes yesterday`s "Old Hammer."
Someone recently said something on YouTube, which I thought was brilliant.
"yep, but now that the game is dead, you can play it as an actual game and have fun with it. I built a collection, and when I want to play it I prepare two parties that seem balanced, let a friend pick who plays what side, and we fight. Sometimes a game needs to be dead (and its meta / tourney aspects with it) to become enjoyable."
In regards to Star Wars, to use as an example once again, now that the game is old and `defunct,` you can buy relatively cheap `lots` on eBay, and for those choice special pieces, you can buy from various online stores who specialise in selling singles. The game will play just as well as it did the day it hit the shelves, but without the collector needing to get caught up in all that hype surrounding the initial phenomena, while still popular and in trend.. but will save you a heck of a lot of money should you latterly choose to buy into it. Sure, some bits and pieces will be rare and hard as gold dust to acquire, but hey, isn't that part of the charm and appeal?
Plus surely, it makes you a true collector if you try to flesh out a retro collection in this way: which is another nice way of looking at it.
Yeah these beauties even come pre-painted, like so many miniatures of this era did, as each company followed suit and offered reasonably priced random packs of goodness for the gamer to tear open and play with straight away.. another sign of the changing times, that people now consider these pre-painted jobs lame and badly painted, and now prefer to sit and talk about gaming rather than actually getting everything out the box and having a good old barny on the table top.
But yes, retro games are just as good now, as the day they sat on shelves in their shiny new packets looking cool and interesting. Only difference now is, if you know where to look and are a little patient, you can score big, and buy reasonably cheaply, free from the clamour of the masses who all want in on the same game, which of course, endlessly drives the prices up and up.
Stevie and Hil have almost entirely stopped buying new things nowadays, and turn more and more to their existing collection(s) to find new ways to enjoy old purchases. Their treasured Star Wars miniatures (as already discussed), The miniatures out of Descent Journeys in the Dark, Lord of the Rings 40mm TMG miniatures, to name but a few. Then there are games like Flying Frog Productions ` "Shadows of Brimstone" and "Last Night on Earth" (and its cool stand alone/add on "Invasion From Outer Space"), all these were once new, but have a lifetimes playing potential still untapped and sitting unexplored within their cool-looking boxes. The list is endless. But ultimately, they are enjoying what they already own, and it makes me so happy to see this being done, in what has oh so fast turned into a `quick fix throw away` society. It makes me so happy to know the hobby will thrive in this way while I, perchance, must leave it all behind and move away from it entirely. Yes this will indeed be my last post on The Game Cupboard *sobs*. Not because I want to stop, but because changing circumstances dictate I must now concentrate on my career. As we all know, if you set your course by a bright wandering star, and that star shines brightest over foreign climes, then "we must away, ere break of day" or miss the boat entirely. So it is with me, that my work has become my focus and priority. But I know my personal (small) collection of precious gaming things will be in good hands with the guys.
There, how about that for a long winded goodbye hehehe. Never was one to do things the easy route **grins and winks**
Star Wars......... Brimstone...... Samurai....... John Carter from Mars, the list of possibilities is long and expansive. But rest assured, the guys are bound to surprise and thrill you many times over, during the coming weeks, months, and hopefully years ahead.
Time for bed said Zebedee.
Love you guys,