All through Adepticon weekend we saw so many different new games all over the place. We played through the 40k Team Tourney and Iron Arena for WM. We did a demo for Infinity and I watched a demo of Bolt Action. I even took in some Black Powder (Gettysburg!).
What I came away with, and what Dustin has really expressed to me, is perhaps we need to branch out some more. I know there is a lot of gnashing of teeth about starting new games, and I am THE WORST at keeping collections small, but perhaps having multiple small collections is much better than playing a few games from the same system every month?
Most of us in our group are super busy right now - work, kids, girlfriends, wives, RPGs, etc. A quick playing game is super valuable. Dreadball takes an hour at most to get a game in if you're not waffling the whole game. Infinity seems to go pretty quickly as it is very deadly. Necromunda goes really fast because, again, you have less models. Even Warmachine can take less time (we finished a hardcore tourney in 5 hours!).
I guess if I had a point to this article it is that my thoughts on wargaming may be changing. No longer will I be spending $2000 on one army and getting one, two, or three of every option. I think Cerberus and Dustin have great ideas with starting small armies and keeping them small.
I look forward to us continuing to learn Infinity, finishing our Dreadball league, and trying out other things. Geneguard and I are going to get into some historical games for sure. Small, skirmish games like Bolt Action and SAGA have taken my eye.
Yeah, sometimes that army may sit on the shelf for two or three months, but at the end of the day multiple small skirmish armies will still take up the same amount of room as one 40k army and you're rewarding game companies that are doing good things as opposed to bad things ($85 US DOLLARS).
|George takes in some YouTube tutorials on how to play Infinity|
This is definitely not a doom-gloom post - and I will definitely continue with 40k and Fantasy, but I think this summer will be the SUMMER OF SKIRMISH GAMES. What do you think?