Every time I have a bum game at the table I think about quitting. I've spent so much time and money on the hobby already, even though I've only really been in it since the Space Hulk re-issue. I constantly try and figure out an acceptable timeline. When is too early to know? When is it too late?
I walk away from bad games feeling soured on every aspect of the hobby. I'm not one of those people who can turn to painting for a while when I'm on a bad run, because I'm primarily a gamer. I enjoy competitive gaming and that's the biggest draw of the hobby for me. When I get bummed at the table, I question why I spent all the money and time on the preparations for just getting there.
I keep track of how many games I play, what the results are, and whether or not I have any fun when I'm playing them. Out of 33 games played, I have had fun in a total of 8 of them. 24% of my games have been fun, for one reason or another. That's ridiculous. I quit WoW a few years back because I only spent about a third of my time actually doing things I enjoyed - why shouldn't I do the same with tabletop gaming? If you take into account the time painting and modelling, two things that I do primarily as a means to an end, I'm getting way less of a return on my investment than I did with WoW, a game that I quit and never looked back.
Is it time to give that a try? Walk away and see if I get sucked back in? Like WoW, the biggest draw of the hobby for me was the game itself, but the social elements quickly took over. I enjoy hanging out with other gamers and having a game to talk about. Shouldn't it be a game that I actually like, though?
I'm really unsure what to do with miniature gaming. The other elements of the hobby have failed to reel me in. The games leave me wanting. It's expensive and murderous to my free time. Tournament play has turned out to be a very different experience from what I was hoping it would be.
On the other hand, I love the world and I love the toys. I've got a board's worth of terrain being built for me right now and it looks fucking awesome. Seeing minis on a the table is a gaming experience unlike any other. I've met a bunch of rad folks already, and I'm sure that could continue if I stick with it.
So, what am I supposed to do with myself? I think my experience with WoW served me well, and it's time to give walking away a shot. We'll see if I come back.
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