Yes, I AM going to play other gaming systems/board games. Not because 40K sucks. Because I can!
I can see the eye rolls after that opening line. Really Dan? Doesn't everyone play other miniatures game/systems/games? The answer, simply put, is no. Moreover, for those that have reached across the aisle, it is not an easy step to take. Why? Because 40K can be absolutely consuming, addicting and a black hole of time. There are also (at least in my local meta - but I don't think I'm alone) several gamers those for whom 40K is all they WANT to play. It is enough for them to immerse themselves in the glory of the 41st millennium. Before we go on, this also applies to those who have found their hobby home in 30K; either from the start or as 40K converts. For the purposes of this article, however, they belong to the same universe, albeit NOT the same specific gaming system. That all being said, it is certainly our privilege as adults to decide how we will spend our hard earned cash. In our local gaming metas, it is imperative we allow, without dirty looks and backroom banter, our friends and fellow gamers to explore the wondrous variety of gaming options with which we have been gifted.
I migrated back to 40K and started an Iron Hands/Ad Mech army. The few months I had taken off were enough breathing room to energize my model building and narrative mojo, and I was really enjoying myself. Then my board game alter-ego asserted itself (it had a major reincarnation a few years ago at Rock-Con). I started spending Wednesday evenings at a local pub where board gamers are actually given an entire section of the house. Still building and painting, but as many of you know, it takes a while to create a 2000 point, table-ready 40K army. Since last fall, I have split my time between board gaming and 40K...then came Sigmar.
Which leads to my final experience with crossover gaming. As I sit building and painting on Tuesdays there is a group rabid 40K gamers who have time traveled to the Old West. They are having a crazy good time playing a 28mm game based on cowboys in the late 19th century. I think it is called Desperado (not sure). One of our group picked up the rules at Adepticon this year. It seems to be a combination of role-playing and table-top minatures; or at least that is how they play it! After a few weeks of listening to their joyful insanity, I am relenting and have ordered a set of four appropriately armed (pistol, rifle, shotgun) minis. I will probably be celebrating the advent of fall by throwing down with them in a few weeks. Fortunately, these four figs appear to be the extent of my required investment, or so it appears. Ride 'em cowboy!
What other gaming systems/board games have you explored while keeping an eye on your 40K roots?