Sunday, April 3, 2011
Warhammer 40,000 Retrospective - How my Hobby Died, and was Reborn
I stopped playing in tournaments because I had to run them every week. That was right about when I started working for the FLGS as the assistant manager; I got a promotion and that promotion meant having to run weekend tournaments. Having to run tournaments for the only store that really hosted them in town was pretty much the death sentence for my experience with actually playing the game. I still bought lots of minis, and painted them at work when the place was slow, or when somebody wanted a painting lesson, etc., but I never really played anymore after that. In fact, I don't think I played a single game of 40K after they changed the rulebook from 3rd edition to 4th. It was like the edition war with D&D except with wargaming instead of RPG's.
But, this last summer, before moving here to Japan, I went through some of my old hobby stuff, and tried to find some things I could sell off. Warmachine was growing in popularity again, so my Old Khador Minis got picked up really fast after a guy found my listing for them on Craigslist, but the Orkz didn't move as quickly and I got to thinking that maybe I didn't want to sell them in the first place. I held onto them. They are all still nicely boxed up, some still in their packaging, all locked away at my house. Someday, they will be unboxed and I'll have to time begin my hobby again...
But... that someday might come along a lot sooner than I thought. When I decided I was going to revitalize my blog this year (and started blogging heavily again in September of 2010) I did some looking around and found the Warhammer 40K universe RPG's. They looked beautiful, at least from all the preview images over on the Fantasy Flight Website. I was intrigued. Over X-mas, this year, I picked up Rogue Trader. What a massive Space Hulk full of win!
TL,DR for like this entire Retrospective. I'm going to start covering a lot about the Fantasy Flight RPG's as I try to buy up all of their books. I loved Rogue Trader and I'm dying to bring some information on those games to my site. You can bet that when the new game comes out, I'll be playing it, with somebody, even if it has to be somebody I have never met, and can only play with, through an online forum. PbP, whatever. Look forward to it.