We all have different reasons for gaming, and might rate the myriad aspects of the hobby as a whole in a variety of ways. Is board gaming more your cup of tea than tabletop games with figures? Do you like collecting miniatures or is it painting or gaming with them that really floats your boat? Can you not bear to play games that use twenty-sided dice? Or only those that do? There are no right answers.
One of the reasons I think this is an intriguing and worthwhile bit of introspection is that it informs how you and I choose to purchase our toys (or not). Like everyone else, gamers have to be picky with their purchases. Few can afford all that their interest might demand. Do I have a point? Well, funnily enough I do. Getting to that.
To get the most fun for your buck I think you need to understand yourself. It’s easy to follow the trend, and jump though the hoops of the latest cool marketing ploys, but will that be the mostest fun you can buy with your limited funds? Perhaps. Asking yourself some questions before you part with your cash may help ensure you stick less of it back on Ebay after one play. I’ll give you an example. Me.
I like clever and elegant rules, beautiful models and gorgeous artwork. However, I never have enough time to paint or play all I want to (who does?). After thinking about this, I decided not to buy models unless they had a specific game purpose. Smog, for example, is a range of models of the most outstanding quality and wackiness, but I never bought any as I couldn’t do anything with them in terms of gaming. If I had the time to paint something (which is a whole other post) I’d make it something I could stick on the table and play with. Of course, now SmartMax have done a game for Smog, I’m poring over what my first purchase will be…