EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Greying of the Hobby??

Well there I was today, sitting in at a multi-player game  of C&C Ancients, with a mix of veteran, experienced and novice wargamers, and did I look around and mutter "I was 'gamin 'fore any of you young whippersnappers wuz even born?". No, I did not. But I can see that when I get old the temptation will be there.

 C&C Battle of Beneventum

The hobby is dying "they" say, its only the old guys that keep it going. Well, I didn't have any hand in organizing the venue or running this game, didn't contribute a single figure or tree, just a bum in a seat as the expression goes, at least for a while.  The game day was an open affair staged by a Kentville group with a focus on card and board games of all sorts and it was Jeff of the armchaircommander.blogspot.ca blog (in the hat below) who got organized, put out notice (hence my appearance) and set up the game with his 25mm figures and terrain including a home made hex cloth (btw that's his youngest son Eric with the class hair above, a tribute to the 1st nations customs iir  ).  Only 1 greybeard present in a full slate of 8 players.

I think we're doing ok.
Jeff  in pregame GM mode.


14 comments:

  1. I have felt that the greying of the hobby was and has been a myth or misconception for as long as it has been out there, and that is a long time. Another gamer made the point that it is WE who are greying, and along with us, our circle of friends and the bulk of our own habitual opponents. I think he is right.

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    1. Absolutely. l also note that at 20 or 30 I wasn't playing the same sort of games the immediately previous generation of gamers had been playing.

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  2. The hobby is very vibrant with plenty of young blood.

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  3. From one 'greybeard' to another Ross, it's great to see the younger generation still enjoy playing with soldiers, I despair at times when I see so much focus on video games, x box etc because there is nothing like pushing model soldiers around a table.

    Excellent post :)

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    1. Yes they have their own approach to life but a lot are wide open to all sorts of challanges inc minis.

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  4. Jeez you're old, Ross.

    Hey, wait a minute, I'm older than you... !

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    1. A lot of people are! Its the premature white hair that fools people.

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  5. What did you make of CC Ancient Epic? It is the finest way to play the game to my mind. Did the team pull together?

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    1. I haven't played enough c&c ancients to make up my mind and thix was my first epic anything. Seemed to work ok but we had several who had never played any mini game and only a couple with a good handle on the rules, so, lots of coaching. Also I only got to play about 4 turns before I had to go.

      Must say that I'm not terribly taken with the style of scenario design. A huge part of ancient generalship was the deployment and this sort of scenario takes that away. If I'm going to be Pyrhus at Beneventum I want to make my own plan.

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    2. I haven't played enough c&c ancients to make up my mind and thix was my first epic anything. Seemed to work ok but we had several who had never played any mini game and only a couple with a good handle on the rules, so, lots of coaching. Also I only got to play about 4 turns before I had to go.

      Must say that I'm not terribly taken with the style of scenario design. A huge part of ancient generalship was the deployment and this sort of scenario takes that away. If I'm going to be Pyrhus at Beneventum I want to make my own plan.

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  6. Well done Ross,
    a positive image, and not an old git anywhere in sight.

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