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Well, this post is about how other people in your environment take the game and how do you share it with them. My parents, for example, consider it is a waste of time and money, whereas my brother, a couple of friends and I enjoy the game.
So I play with nids... and have had to stand (as most nid players) people telling me how can I like those monsters, that they look like bugs, they're very ugly, and so on...
Not long ago I moved with my special one to our new home, and she knows that I play warhammer 40k. She had seen some of my miniatures, and the IG of my brother, and said that wonderful phrase that my bro's army is prettier and my army looks like a lot of bugs.
Whoever, she knows that I like my little monsters, and even agreed on putting them on a shelf for display. (She's awesome as that :yes: )
What was even cooler was that as I put all my army on the table, glued, but only half painted she began to inspect them and picked the grey ones (ok, I have a lot of little nids that need priming and painting) and commented that the primed ones and the painted ones look much better, and began to prime all my warriors!! :w00t: :wub:
Just wanted to share how cool it was, and to know how you get people around you involved in your hobby and how you share it with others.
Nice mate. well it is nice to have your loved one(from my understanding) to be into your hobby also. my last partner called my army of space wolves ugly and stupid, wanted nothing to do with them.... he had to go. Anyway thats an awesome story mate. yeah i knew a girl that was into orcs and thought they were cute() anyway we used to stay up all the time painting and creating scenery. Nowadays she is now a good friend and a ex BUT she is a good gamer and we stil make stuff together
My parents and my sister were saying the same until i used some maths(something my parents don't really understand) to close their mouth, my mother and my sister are smoking, my sister started like 10year ago and my mom 26 year ago. they smoke a pack and a half each week, so it 7,50 Cad a week, so my sister have spent over 3500 dollars and my mom, over 10 000 dollars. in one year i spent 200 $ for a full Thousand Sons army(2000 pts) and 200 $ for a full Lizardman army(2000 pts). So it costed me 400$ this year and it costed my mom and sister 390$, and also, i will probly not buy more figs, except maybe some paint.My parents, for example, consider it is a waste of time and money
Also, when im gonna be tired of this game, ill just sell my armies on Ebay
So... me > my mom and sistergratz for you, i don,t have a girlfriend to share my hobby with :cry: but i still have my friends so im ok.Just wanted to share how cool it was, and to know how you get people around you involved in your hobby and how you share it with others.
Let's see then...
My dad doesn't LIKE it, but doesn't mind it. My mum dislikes the hobby, saying that it's unproductive and expensive. This includes a discussion shortly after they helped me buy a brand new computer so I can run the latest games coming up. Apparently they don't mind that, but mum has a problem with something that requires fine motor skills, patience, and actually gives you a finished product (even if the product is useless other than for playing the game). No matter how I try to paint it in a good light, she's not interested.
My friends? Well, my tightknit group of 3 friends are the guys I play against, so obviously they're pretty accepting. Well, 2 have gone off it (but obviously still don't have a problem with it), so I've only got 1 mate playing it at the moment. My other friends, most of them know I play. I often tell them to see how they'll react. Almost all of them have been fairly uninterested, but not critical.
My girlfriend isn't really interested, but she's supportive of me in all my endeavours, which includes 40K. She'll listen to me talk about my latest game and nod along, even though she doesn't really know what I'm talking about. The next step would be to get her interested and playing, but I don't know that that will ever happen. She did nearly buy me a some 40K stuff for Christmas, but I was between armies so she couldn't really do it.
EDIT: Oh, and neurodistruptor's post has reminded me of another thing. I was out of town for a few weeks, and when I got back, my girlfriend had built a model of a small shanty/house type thing out of a brick-by-brick kit, to use as terrain. It must have taken her hours, and it's something that she isn't interested in in her own right. Knowing that my friends and I usually use ruined buildings as scenery, she then told me that I could destroy part of it to make it a "ruin" if I wanted to. My friend and I both agreed that that should NEVER, EVER be done, and it's still one of the sweetest things she's done for me.
Last edited by SilentTempest; December 12th, 2006 at 13:49.
My wife has absolutely no interrest in the game, with the exception that she is happy with whatever I am interrested in. She lets me have my basement room with big ugly table and shelves upon shelves of little dolls. I dont bore her with the details of my last game and she doesnt put it down. Ill never expect her to be really interrested and thats a-okay. There is no reason we have to like all of the same things. She's the most wonderful person Ive ever met.
One day she even decided I needed some nice scenery and whipped out some of the best pieces Ive ever seen. I use them in every game. She loves the Lord of the Rings movies as well, and one night even asked to play the game when we had nothing else to do. She proceded to spank me with elves and we had alot of fun. Ill never expect her to do it again unless she asks, but its good to know she supports my interrests. Oh, and shes converted my favourite Dwarf champion I own when she saw me with the bitz box out one night.
No need to make the hard sell to anyone. Just ask them to understand that you enjoy it and let them know you wont cram something theyre not interrested in down their throat every time you talk. You never know, they might just get curious one day and prime all your nids.
When I was younger, an uncle of mine was putting the game down, saying that I needed to get out more rather than sit inside playing with 'dolls'. He went on about how I was wasting money on useless stuff, becoming an introvert, needed a life, etc etc. My Mum turned around and said 'at least I know where he is, unlike you and your kids, who are probably out spending all their money on drugs and smokes and hanging around with low lifes'.
Shut him up pretty quick
girls genuinly do not like our shared madness of little soldiers... when ever a girl comes in to the gw the standard question is always, "are you buying somethin for your boyfriend?" :p
my girlfriend tolerates me bying gw stuff and putting it around the house... gw is just not her thing
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Thats good.I don't really get any kind of critism from people,most people don't ask or don't care.My mom doesnt care as long as it makes me happy,my dad doeasnt care either really as long as I found a hobby that I enjoy. People are kind of slim here to play with.There was one kid at school that new I play the game becasue he saw a black library book I was reading(You know how 40k novels have 40k at the top?)and guessed I played,said he played it too at one point.Only two other friends have seen my armies but just ignored them,but hey they did look at them first.:yes:
Maybe it will bring you two even closer or something.
All of them were/are driven nuts by GW staff patrionising/hitting on them or when they talk past them to me ("dude, why are you talking to me, Jenny was the one looking for a giant, not me.."). All the models I dont need anymore now go to Jennys 8 year old niece who thinks they're "cute" and likes painting/playing with them. Thats where I found out the Tyranids have Russian accents and Tau have American ones (I love kids..), Eldar, if anyone wants to know, are aparently Scottish......
No girlfriends past or present have outwardly bitched about the hobby, they just tend to find other things for the miniature money to go on (boring things like rent/food/bills!) though my family have never been very understanding, saying I was a grown man playing with toys etc, until the last year, when they started to realise I'm actually fairly good, and obviously enjoy it. This hobby has certainly lasted longer than any jobs I've had! Met current girlf working nights, and as I take my minis in to paint, she started getting interested. She's now heavily into it, and her painting is coming on in leaps and bounds. Which is fantastic cos we both have a critic who isn't too harsh, just honest! Only trouble is it takes some getting used to, sharing my refuge, with another!!