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  • #73033
    Mike
    Keymaster

    What would you say is the main driving force for your gaming, what is the thing that appeals most?

    [poll question=’What is your main reason for gaming’ answers=’All about the gaming, The research, The social aspect, The world building and model making, Other’]

    #73034
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    It is about creating a setting, a world that I can create and build and model and believe in.
    An outlet for my imagination that can, once built, be played in and shared with others.

    #73035
    Victoria Dickson
    Participant

    For me it’s about story telling.

    #73040
    A Lot of Gaul
    Participant

    I enjoy many aspects of the hobby, among them research, army building and playing the game. But if I had to pick just one, then painting and basing miniature armies is the facet of the hobby that I enjoy the most.

    "Ventosa viri restabit." ~ Harry Field

    #73047

    Ultimately, the painting, modeling, gaming have a symbiotic relationship with my love of history. I’d still collect and read history books without gaming, but sharing the interest makes it much more rewarding.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #73052
    willz
    Participant

    I game because I can, its my hobby and I am happy to share with anyone who is interested. Researching, building, painting, converting, visiting wargaming forums, socialising, gaming, to name a few parts of this wonderful hobby, it keeps me sane in a mad world.

    #73058
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    I seem to have lost my voting rights, the poll won’t register my vote. Am I going to have to enlist with the Mobile Infantry now, Mr Rico? 

    It’s primarily the visual, physical world-building (even in the case of historicals) and storytelling for me. That includes, but isn’t limited to, most of everything that falls under modelling and painting. Other aspects I enjoy include rules design (more as a user than a producer), following and being part of a dynamic community (which very much does include trendspotting), and reading military history (but entirely at a “shallow dilettante” level, trying to stick to articles and books that are generous and merciful to readers who know considerably less about the subject than does the writer).

    #73059
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I seem to have lost my voting rights, the poll won’t register my vote. Am I going to have to enlist with the Mobile Infantry now, Mr Rico?

    I would like to know more, can you PM me the browser used and stuff to try at this end too please?

    #73061
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    PM maybe sent. Depends on whether you’re the one the TWW messaging system identifies as “Developer Mike”. Otherwise someone else will have received a very bizarre PM right now 

    #73063
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    It fills the lonely hours ‘twixt cradle and grave…

    Coming next: ‘Is wargaming dying?’

    I really hope General isn’t going to to descend into navel gazing threads.

    "I'm not signing that"

    #73064
    Mike
    Keymaster

    So, it seems option 4 is broken..

    A few people now that have tried to vote for it are unable.
    Buggery.

    Sorry.

    #73065
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Nor sure I want to see my navel

    And thinking as deeply as I can manage on a Tuesday afternoon with my daughter moaning about her new head teacher and quoting Hamlet, and my son and his friend doing Drama homework and Call of Duty Modern Remastered at the same time, I suspect the genuine answer is: habit.

    I think it was probably a combination of toy soldiers, my Dad having been in WWII, and a subconscious desire to have a bit of the world I was in control of, but after 45 years I suspect it is just something I do.

    #73066
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    Nor sure I want to see my navel And thinking as deeply as I can manage on a Tuesday afternoon with my daughter moaning about her new head teacher and quoting Hamlet, and my son and his friend doing Drama homework and Call of Duty Modern Remastered at the same time, I suspect the genuine answer is: habit. I think it was probably a combination of toy soldiers, my Dad having been in WWII, and a subconscious desire to have a bit of the world I was in control of, but after 45 years I suspect it is just something I do.

    I think we’re more or less on the same page.

    I suspect everyone else is too, if they’re honest 🙂

    "I'm not signing that"

    #73069
    zippyfusenet
    Participant

    Too bad the poll wouldn’t allow ‘all of the above’ as an answer.

    For me, gaming is a ‘theater of the mind’ exercise, that allows me to imaginatively and vicariously experience the spectacle and thrill (but none of the tedium, misery and horror) of military action. It’s about the drama and catharsis, and that is best achieved by interactive play.

    Model-building, historical research, construction of game scenarios all contribute to the cathartic theatrical-play experience. All are enjoyable in and of themselves, I would and have done them all solitaire as stand-alone activities, but bringing these elements together as a social activity with others who share my arcane interests, is the best.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #73073
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    I suspect the genuine answer is: habit. I think it was probably a combination of toy soldiers, my Dad having been in WWII, and a subconscious desire to have a bit of the world I was in control of, but after 45 years I suspect it is just something I do.

    I think we’re more or less on the same page. I suspect everyone else is too, if they’re honest 🙂

    Give me another 25 years, and I may be where you are. For now, I don’t think habit suffices as an explanation for why I do it. Once or twice a year, I more or less “quit” the hobby and divert my attention to other pursuits and interests for at least a few months, sometimes most of the year, without giving much thought to returning. The thing that always spontaneously brings me back is inspiration and a new resolve to chase that perfect high. The “perfect high” in this context is being a miniature demiurge and making little stories play out on the stages I’ve crafted.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Rhoderic.
    #73078
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I wish I could have voted for all of them!

    #73079
    Patrice
    Participant

    For me it’s about story telling.

    This.

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    https://www.anargader.net/

    #73083
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I’m definitely an all of the above.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    #73087
    OB
    Participant

    Yes, the story telling is good.

    I’d share Zippy’s view too.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #73099
    James Manto
    Participant

    What Zippyfusenet and Victoria said.

    For me it’s a Venn diagram.

    I enjoy all aspects of research, history, painting, model and terrain building, playing, socializing, story telling and world  building.

    Gaming Nirvana is when they all overlap.

    I play solo when no one is available.  But I wouldn’t bother with any of the rest without the playing.

    #73106
    Splod
    Participant

    What Zippyfusenet and Victoria said. For me it’s a Venn diagram. I enjoy all aspects of research, history, painting, model and terrain building, playing, socializing, story telling and world building. Gaming Nirvana is when they all overlap.

    This.

    But I could only pick one, so I went with The World Building component. I’ve been working on my own Sci-Fi conflict on the first Human colony of Eden, and am thoroughly enjoying creating the different powers, their geography, and their TO&E.

    Blog to follow, watch this space.

    #73108
    irishserb
    Participant

    Of the choices, number four is also probably the most important for me.  Some years ago, I read a book written by a motion picture director, who wrote about his passion to create the feeling on an environment and then the adventure within the environment.  It probably describes what drives me the most within the hobby.  It is about creating the environment and facilitating and experiencing the adventure.  In my case, war isn’t the driving component, though it often is a component, it is about the adventure of the game, and a huge portion of the joy, rests in the creation, maybe more than the experience.

    #73118
    Graham Harrison
    Participant

    Most of the above:

    Gaming and the social aspect, I mostly game with friends so I have fun gaming, but do we socialise because we are gaming or do we game because we are socialising? It’s also the story telling, I enjoy creating scenarios and umpiring them (a hangover form GM’ing in my distant youth?).

    In fact everything except painting and model making, which I view as a necessary evil in order to game and socialise.

    #73130
    Ruarigh
    Participant

    I voted for research because I do love doing the research, but I suspect that, like others here, my gaming is mostly habit these days. I might have voted for world-building but it was bundled with model-making. I love world-building but I hate painting and model-making. I also find gaming to be a structured form of socialising that I find easier to cope with; I’m not good at socialising.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #73145

    6. Because I must.

     

     

    donald

    #73151
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    These days I do like to research conflicts I game, so that they have some form of context. This is certainly true of the mid-19thC wars in Europe. Also it may spark an idea for a scenario which is something a bit different from the norm. I do enjoy the painting, but have so little time for it these days. The social aspect is great, but my friends and I rarely have free days when we can meet up for a game.

    #73155
    Norm S
    Participant

    Ultimately it is all about the gaming (so voted 1.) ….. but the getting there (building, research etc) has its part.

    #73492
    sologamer
    Participant

    All of the above except the social aspect (could you guess that from my username!), but I’d live to add a bit of storytelling to it too. The story telling on this site is what I’d love to achieve – http://merlinthemad.blogspot.co.uk/

     

    [Edit] And I put a post on my long neglected blog a few years ago about this subject – http://www.sologamer.co.uk/why-i-play-wargames-and-why-i-do-it-solo/

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by sologamer.
    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by sologamer.
    #73594
    Ivan Sorensen
    Participant

    Social aspects, fun, something crafty to do with my hands, a bit of escapism, storytelling.

    I fundamentally just like games. Mini’s, boards, RPG’s, video games, cards, it’s all good 🙂

    Nordic Weasel Games
    https://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/5701/Nordic-Weasel-Games?src=browse5701

    #73609
    Thuseld
    Participant

    I am all about the story telling. I love painting and making miniatures. I then like to tell stories with them, fight with them.

    If I had a group to game with, I would enjoy the social aspect of it too.

    #73678
    greg954
    Participant

    Pick the miniatures I like and tell a story around them. Love scratch building and painting certain miniatures.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by greg954.
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