Friday, November 16, 2012

Am I a Proper Wargamer?


I'm a week or two late on this; that's okay, right?

I generally don't do this sort of thing, but this "Are you a proper wargamer?" (by way of The Wargaming Site) looks like fun... so here goes:

Spent at least £500 on figures / tanks - and you get extra kudos for every £500 you've spent

Without getting out the calculator or looking up the £/$ conversion rate... a comfortable, disconcerting yes.  Let's leave it at that and not let Mrs. Rush learn how many extra kudos I get.

Pricked your finger or thumb on a pike block - several times

Yes.  And that's far from the most grievous hobby injury I've sustained.  (This guy sent me to the emergency room.)

Tried at least 10 different rule sets and vowed never to play half of them ever again

This is a tough call: I just barely eke in, but I have to count prepainted game systems to hit the magic 10, and I definitely hatehate a good handful of those.

Bought an army off EBay

Nope, I haven't.  And, after some recent poor transactions involving already assembled minis, I will likely never do this.

Sold an army on EBay

This, I have done.  A few times.  Cygnar, Circle Orboros, Outcasts, Fallen Kingdoms.  This reminds me I have a few Guild minis I need to unload.

Spent months painting an army - then used it in anger once

I certainly dumped a lot of effort into putting together a bitchin' Fallen Kingdoms army, only to learn that I hatehatehate War of the Ring.  It took me a bit more than one game, but certainly less than thirty? Twenty?

Tried several different periods and genres

I expect this is intended to mean "historical" periods, but I'm going to count science fiction, fantasy, and horror and call this a "yes."

Dropped a box of figures on the floor from a great height

... Yes.  It's happened a couple of times: most recently with my Daemons.  I dropped them over a year ago, and it was so traumatic I still have yet to repair them.

Lost a battle on the last throw of the dice

Who hasn't this happened to?  The best of games are this close.

Made at least one enemy for life

"Enemy" is an extremely strong (and inappropriate) term, but I've certainly learned a great deal about several people's character through this hobby.  I've met a lot of really Good People through this hobby, but I've also met my share of people of low character through it as well.

Fortunately, despite club drama being inescapable when clubs (of any sort) are involved, that's universally sorted itself out into temporary bickering... and not grudges.

Had a proper, stand up argument over a wargamers table

Again: who hasn't this happened to?

Thrown a dice across a room

I don't think I've done this.  If I have, it's been in mock rage.  I'm really good about keeping myself from doing something like that when I'm legitimately pissed at my dice.

Rebased an army for a different rule set

This, I have not done.

Inflicted a whopping defeat on an opponent

This, I have.  Many times.  (Probably as many times as I've had a whopping defeat visited on me.)

Suffered an embarrassing defeat due to a stupid tactical decision

Yep.  Less often now, but it still happens.

Joined a wargamers club

Gaming clubs are the foundation of how I grok the hobby.  I can't imagine not participating in one.  They're imperfect institutions, but they're a great way of ensuring that you get to play a lot of games against a lot of different people.  That's healthy!

Bought a ton of lead that remains unpainted

Plastic, but tragically, yes.  Too much.

Been to a wargamers show

Assuming Games Day counts: yes.  I keep meaning to make it out to one of the historical events, but it's never worked out.

Have more dice than is logical or necessary to own - and have used most of them

Yes, but that's a gamer thing, not just a wargamer thing.

Have taken boxes of troops down to a club just to show them off to your mates

"Boxes" is a stretch, but I've certainly brought minis to the store simply to show off, not field.
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