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Ok so, why do we do what we do? I mean why are we involved in this hobby? I don't mean why'd you start GW stuff but more the genre, why and how did you get involved in the Fantasy or Sci-fi worlds?
What is it for you? Why do you (and I) still buy outrageously priced miniatures for table top battle games? Why do we spend hours crafting fiction pieces about our favorite faction within the Warhammer universe? Why do we love fantasy and sci-fi so much?
Is it escapism? Do we have a need to transport ourselves to another world or time?
History. I think that's where it started for me. At primary school I had great fun in history lessons, I even use to convinve my parents (or save up myself) to buy me books on the section of history we were looking at. I would get books and love the gruesome aspects and the God(s) that nations created and worshipped.
But in seconadary school we did WW I &II, not fun. I always loved the mythical seeming knights, the honour and chivalry. Something that no longer exists in our world today, it touched me and I wanted more. So for me it was escapism too, the ability to place yourself somewhere else and as someone else. To be a hero.
Then I discovered Warhammer, I was introduced into the FB game. I had one player to fight, but he lived a good distance away and I had to rely on my parents for lifts. So I submerged myself in the stories of elf and dwarf, or heroisum and of death. I also did stuff a normal kid did - football and the like but reading and the game slowly took over my life.
I suppose its the aspect of not being who you are, but who you want to be or can be that drew me. The fights and wars that took a true fighter to win, not those that the one with the better gun wins etc. I haven't been writing stories for all that long, I started by writing bits of fluff and it's gone from there.
I do this because I like to escape from real life, it also makes me different in todays world. Some love to see what real life celebraties do all the time, I like to think what a dwarf does in his spare time or think of a war.
I love this game, I hopefully will keep my mind supple.
my formative years seem very much like your KU! i used to devour history books, and was also very interested in mythology, used to read the usbourne greek and norse mythology books cover to cover. I got into it basically through an older boy in my street, me and him and our sisters played Dungeons and dragons then heroquest together so when we moved i got Heroquest for christmas of 1990 and it started from there!
I rarely play the games, i just love collecting and painting the figures (especially WHFB, never really got into 40k but then again im not a big sci-fi fan, dont even like star wars much!)..mainly because i dont know anyone my own age who plays and im a bit ashamed/embaressed by the hobby- which is a terrible thing to say...i once got into trouble with a girlfriend becuase i wouldn't let her into my room and she thought i was hiding porn- in reality it was a freshly painted group of dwarf slayers (well they are half naked)
anyway im rambling..but its comforting knowing i could play if i wanted to, and one day ill swallow my pride and take the first step...My name is James, and im a warhammer-holic
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As a radio advert from GTA: San Andreas goes:
'Demonstrate your inability to deal with present day problems by reliving the violent actions of the past!'
Or in this case, violent actions which never happened.
That's a bit cynical, sorry.
The setting interests me far more than the game. 40k has a very unique sci-fi atmosphere and mythos. Due to the fact that there's no need to compress it all into one novel or film, there's also a lot more to it in terms of material than most creations.
The same is true of fantasy, I'd guess, though in a more limited sense. I'm not big on fantasy.
I would classify myself as a retreatist. I'll freely admit that I often find pure thought and imagination far more interesting than many things occuring in the real world, though that is beginning to fade from my personality in recent years. However, it doesn't interfere with the rest of my life, indeed, warhammer is a social activity (albeit a very confined and limited one) so I don't see how it's damaging.
I'll be surprised if I'm still doing it in ten years. But I'll always have the memories.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; May 13th, 2005 at 01:32.
It's kinda hard to explain why I like fantasy so much. It seems like one day I just started getting into it, reading books and such. I liked reading about Greek Mytholgy, and Medieval Times ect. The idea of mythical knights and minotaurs is just so captivating for my imagination. And to have a game that puts those aspects that I love into a tabletop war game with very intriqute rules, and being able to design and paint your army to your liking. I guess it's almost like in my mind it feels like all of this fantasy stuff could of actually happened in some other lifetime. In essence, theres not a good way I can explain why I like fantasy. I just do I guess.
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I think I have my parents to thank, funnily enough. My dad is a lecturer in classics and the first stories I remember him reading to me were greek myths, followed by the Hobbit and LOTR because my mum is a fantasy nut.
Next my dad let me sit in on his D&D games (this is the very early 80's) coz he used to play when I was very young. He was one of the original generation of D&D gamers. He had minis of his PCs and I loved playing with them, so when I got older (about 11 or 12) dad took me to a hobby store and I got WHFB for my birthday. My parents encouraged my gaming as they thought it built imagination. By that time I was playing D&D myself with my mates (and still do) and I got them into WHFB and 40k as well.
I think it all comes from those stories of heroes, gods and monsters that my folks put in my head before I could even read. I am very grateful to them as not many people get brought up a gamer!
I got into it to get something for myself. I lived with 2 sister in a relativly small house and my sisters didnĀ“t liked Si-Fi. A mate of my ones took my to the shop I now play warhammer and the first time I saw it I didnĀ“t liked it. it was too much die roll. but then I played it myself and I tought it was fun. now I have started WH40k and am beginning to get addicted to it. I even couldnĀ“t think of it when I was on vacation. now IĀ“m beginning to let WH blend with the rest of my life so I can do some more normal things like going out and do more hobbies.
DonĀ“t mess with the dicegod
Probably the reason why i enjoy playing 40k so much is that i have all ways thought it would be cool if we actually lived in the starwars or 40k or someother futuristic universe were going to another planet is like going to another country.
So i guess for me it would have to be escapism. i just find present day boring or anythig i do boring. im just not that content wiht a normal life. i guess you could say i crave the extraordinary. but i still do normal things like play footy and what not. and i actually play the game rarely. but to me i want something more and i guess 40k atleast gives me a tiny bit of that.
(oh i also liek any thing futuristic no matter how bad)
I got into fantasy almost the same as everyone else. Books, being a anti-socialist from age 4, my older brother all contributed to "escapism" (quote, not quote). Maybe not the same as everyone else...
I realised that I could escape into my own little world without ever needing someone. But you grow up, and you realise you do need people. People are great things. I love their behaviour above all, and thus Warhammer has become both an outlet for my mind as well as a cure for my sociality-disorder.
i love fantasy, Sci-Fi, and this game. It's awesome...
"...there can be no greatness, without a hint of insanity!"
I got involved with Warhammer 40K because, simply, my religion expressly forbids money of all shapes and forms, and buying these models seemed perhaps the quickest way to rid myself of this vile and unneeded evil.
In all seriousness, it was the fluff that attracted me, expecially how richly woven it was together. As you get deeper, you realize that these characters are their own reasons for doing what they're doing, and they're not all happy-happy nice things.
Sparks of hope in a dark galaxy? Rock on!
The frailties of humanity manifestly expressed in the warlike Orks, the haughty and cold Eldar, the sheep-like Imperium, the hubris-infested Chaos Legions, the expansive if naive (and still pretty damn mean if the situation calls for it) Tau, or the constant need we have embodied by the ceaselessly hungry Tyranids and Necron? Even cooler!
I personally have more fun coming up with my armies then I at times experience playing them, and each tidbit that I find on the internet makes me yearn for more. Also, the sheer amount of creativity that various players show is also heartening.
Also, once you get past the psychotic children and the 'scary-bloke-living-in-his-grannies-basement' (tm), the people who treat the game as, well, a game, are actually quite nice and intelligent. More often then not, that's refreshing.
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"Dis iz my choppa, and herez me gun. Dat's for killin' and so'z dis one!"
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Well, I remember the exact time it happened. First, some friends starting reading the Redwall series, and so did I. then I started reading about medieval times. After that, a student teacher noticed my reading habits and reccommended Dragonlance. I read a lot of that series, and then began reading Lord of the Rings. An uncle got me some Mage Knight figures, and I started playing Mage Knight. I then started playing Magic. Then one day, at a mall, I stumbled upon Games Workshop. At first, I thought it was a place where people sold all sorts of videogames. I went in, and found out about Warhammer and Lord of the Rings miniatures, and was fascinated, so I bought some, and then more, and more, and more, and here I am now.
Last edited by kireguy; May 13th, 2005 at 11:35. Reason: Forgot some things
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