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I don't care about judgemental dicks
Simply caused by me overhearing some people who were extremely judgemental about Warhammer today at college, I started thinking. Surely there are not as many "stereotypical" wargamers as there is taken the piss of by your average common or garden judgemental dick. There are some, admitedly, stereotypical, but only amongst the younger players. I hate the demonisation that we get from other people for doing this, even though these people aren't really who you want to spend time with. I am certainly not the offensive stereotype, and I doubt many other people are as well... I do at least hope so.
Well define what "typical" or "stereotypical" would mean for a gamer. I'm sure those that you think fit that category wouldn't be aware that they are.
As much as I do not attempt to promote this view of the players of Warhammer, most people tend to believe that Wargaming Clubs and GW's are full of the inept socially awkward type. I admit that some may take offense to my juggling of offensive points of view held by other people, but I do not intend to offend. It is difficult to describe really...
I play 40k, Fantasy and magic and I don't consider myself the stereotypical nerd at all. I'm outgoing,I have no problems with talking to others. In fact with my line of work I'm constantly dealing with the public.
Now I have noticed that 40k, Fantasy players tend to be a lot more outgoing than magic players. I have honestly played a game of magic with the guy only saying "XXX attacks. xxx blocks." If anything tabletop miniatures games force you to be more outgoing, also helps with debates. Nothing gets you out of your shell like arguing cover save rules for walkers.
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It's a good point actually, Wargamers have to deal with others to simply advance their hobby. Despite this, some may not be very good at it =P
I guess it depends on how you define the "typical" wargamer. You seem to be interpreting it off the negative stereotype.
But I can say that I'm introverted, have no problem yammering about 40k fluff with people in public, and view mathhammering and list building as a recreational activity.
But, you know, I'm not quite a young buck anymore. I'm not out to prove myself to the world anymore. Not that there isn't room for improvement, but I'm pretty happy with who I am.
With all hobbies you get your stereotypes. Hell, the film 40 year old Virgin had a Rohan Horseman on his computer (anyone else notice that or is that a Geek point for me?). Society and stereotypes always take the worst and make it the 'norm'. When we know nothing about something we fall back to the sterotypes for our opinion, It's what we do, we're all guilty of it.
I worked for GW for 6 years and I've met every type of hobbyist out there. From the 6ft 3 muscley Police officer who plays american football, the group of guys in the SAS to the nerdy little 9 year old who walks around talking to blisters (who's now 19, rides a big motor bike and is the army......go figure) and the 38 year old men who still live at home with mum and who you have to follow around with febreze (here's looking at you Kuffy) .
When you think of train spotters, what do you think of? Nerdy people in anoraks with a thermos (Dwane Dibbly?). Are they all like that? .........Probably
Robbie Williams plays fantasy by the way. Which is one reason to stop playing..... but no one would suspect he sticks together, paints and plays with toy soldiers. I helped Darren Gough (English cricketer) stick some rohan models together........ He was hopeless.
During his F1 motor racing years, Jacques Villeneuve liked nothing better between practice and qualifiers playing AD&D with his best mate and actor Christian Slater and a few like-minded race techs ("quelle surprise" I hear you groan) in his trailer. A stereotypical RPG player? I think not.
Twenty-five years ago, this debate would have appeared in the pages of hobby magazines such as "Wargames Illustrated" as a rant about the "socially awkward GW geeks spoiling it for the rest of us by not playing "real wargames" and giving us a bad name" by an overweight man in his 40s who wears glasses, smokes a pipe, has a beard, drinks real ale, has a child of between 8 and 11 who accompanies him to EVERY event whether they want to go or not, and goes on endlessly about the possible outcome of an anachronistic clash between Byzantine Kataphracts and Spartan Hoplites.
I've read the article and known the author. I've stood next to him with itching fists. I have been a member of at least three clubs in the past thirty years where the majority membership demographic could easily match the person above. In those days there was a stereotypical wargamer of a sort who also liked to paint his models, know the complete history and try to win at all costs by bullying or boring his opponent into conceding, then cheating when all else failed. I have known evening games of WRG "Ancients" involving double figures of grown adults degenerate into all-night debates, during which one model out of hundreds was removed from the table. The set-up took longer.
Worry not whether you're a "typical wargamer". Whoever you are and whatever your playing style, there are worse people than you out there in the world.
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But I am one ...I don't care about judgemental dicks
I don't "look" like one of "them". I look more like an angry skinhead who an attitude problem. I hate to admit it but I saw three really heavy dudes wearing video game shirts get out of a crappy car today while I was waiting at a light. These guys looked like they ate McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the last time they cleaned themselves up was when their Mom's made them get ready for company ... even though they were nearly 30. So these sloppy fellows with their floppy man-boobs got out of their cars and I thought "Right, clearly going to the comic book store to stock up on their magic the gathering collection and talk about who owned who at WoW last night (do people still play that?). I can just imagine the debates about how a high elf chick is hotter than a dark elf chick ...
I say this because I've actually heard it.
I know ... judgmental dick.
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