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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Shift in Gaming

Over the past few months I have noticed a shift taking place at my local game store. Many of the regular gamers have started playing more skirmish games and are drifting away from the GW games. Talking to the guys at the shop they all seem to have a different reason for making this shift. A few of the reoccurring reasons are as follows:

Cost: With yet another price increase from GW it is getting harder to get into the game or another army. I just purchased an army for Malifaux, the rules, playing cards and custom bases and spent less the $180. With all the models that I purchased I have what is considered a large army. You can’t beat that price tag when you think about how much your 40k army cost you.

Play Time: Many of the skirmish games take about an hour to play. This give a player the opportunity to get a few games in while at the shop and play more people. This is good for the gamer that goes to the shop after work and wants to play a game however does not have the time for 40k or WFB. A quick game of Infinity and then go home to the wife and kids.

Transportation: Lets face it, transporting armies has been a issue for many gamers. Packing up your army of 100 plus models can be a task. Yes there are all types of transportation option on the market however it can still be a task. Most skirmish games only require 10 models and can be transported in a cigar box. That is small enough to take with you ever time you go to the shop.

Painting: Only having 10 models in my army, I can get that painted in a week. You see a lot more painted armies on the table and we all enjoy the game more when the models are painted.

Change of Pace: I think this came up more then anything else. We put some much time and energy into our large armies and get board playing them. You can change your list and play different people however the rules are still the same. Games are a lot like a girl friends. Fun and first and then they start to loose their excitement. I feel that many of the regulars are just wanting something new and are just taking a break from the bigger games.

I am enjoying this shift taking place at the shop. I can walk into the shop and see different games being played and the shop owner is supporting these games with product on the walls. So if one of these games catches my eye I can pick up an army at an affordable price. I am not sure if this is just something happen at my local game store or is taking place at shops across the nation. I just found this to be an interesting shift taking place locally.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm Back

Hello everybody, I'm back. I dropped off the blog-a-sphere for over a month. I just needed to take a break from painting, building and all things gaming. I also have been having some issues this year with the heat. I have lived in Arizona for over 35 years however this summer has been hard on me. I come home from work just exhausted and have no motivation to do anything. I think my age is catching up to me or I am just getting lazier in my old age.

A lot of things have been happening in the gaming world with the release of 8th edition WFB. I am excited about the new rules and picked up the collectors edition of the rules. Not a very practical purchase however I really liked the leather cover and the fancy paper. Now I will have to dust off my fantasy army and get a few games in.

I am going to start working on a new army and learning a new game. We are lucky in Arizona to have an Independent Grand Tournament for Lords of the Rings. In 2011 it is going to be hosted at my local game shop. This is exciting for me and I really want to play in the tournament. I have been talking to my EPIC buddy who plays the game and he has nothing but good things to say about it. I am looking at playing Mordor Orcs, big shock on my army selection. This is going to be a big challenge for me, I have just over 6 months to purchase and paint a new army and then learn how to play the game good enough to be competitive in a tournament.

Well that is enough rambling from me. I feel refreshed and ready to continue moving forward with my gaming adventures.