Re: The Graying of the Hobby Or... Flogging a Very Old Horse

Michael M

Really good points about having different priorities in your 20s and 30s with marriage, home ownership and kids.  I started historical miniatures gaming in my 30s, but to your point, my collecting and painting really took off once I was established in my career and my daughter had developed her own interests.  Fortunately, my wife sees the stress-release benefit and encourages my profligacy.

I don't really know how to respond to the graying of the hobby warning.  I heard it when I was playing strategy wargames in my teens and 20s and then later when I got into miniatures.  It really hasn't come to pass as far as I can tell.  I am getting older, but still manage to find other old farts like me who share an interest.  I suspect that we can do more to encourage the younger guys to participate in historical gaming.  I also think there are some genres that can be a "gateway drug" to historicals. That's why I don't mind the occasional orc or elf on the tabletop. Some skirmish-type games like Pirates, Wild West and WW2 present sufficient eye candy to also get gamers to cross over.  Along those lines,  "Lion Rampant" kind of strikes me as Warhammer-esque in practice, so kind of bridges the leap from fantasy to historical.

I think our group is pretty welcoming, but our gaming isn't in a public setting like a game shop or a Convention, so there aren't public opportunities to share historicals among he younger gaming crowd.  Bob's website helps, but there is a big difference between reading about and seeing pictures of games versus having a well-painted Napoleonic or Ancients army deployed on the table in front of you.

Bottom line for me is that there a plenty of us out there to keep the hobby going, but we shouldn't lose sight of opportunities to attract fresh players.

My two cents for what it's worth.m

Michael Machell

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From: El Rolando <rollandlahaie@...>
Date: 9/16/20 12:47 PM (GMT-07:00)
Subject: [The-Table-Top-Gaming-Society] The Graying of the Hobby Or... Flogging a Very Old Horse

Watched Little Wars TV's video about whether or not historical gaming is dying out, and while there were good points made, I don't see it.  It's an expensive, and time intensive hobby that is best suited for folks middle aged and older.  Though I was a semi-active club member in my late 20's, attending the odd game here and there, I was never able to devote the time I seem to have now in my late 30's to painting, terrain building, and gaming fairly regularly.  In fact, because there was always a financial obligation or saving for a big purchase (like a home) going on in my 20's, paired with young children all over the house, I barely picked up a brush for almost a decade.

During that time, I still kept up on miniature lines, rule sets, and dreamed of the days when I would have the time and money for the truly big projects I wanted to dive into when I had the trifecta of time, money, and space.  I didn't fall away from gaming or a lifelong love of toy soldiers.  I guess the point I'm trying to make, is that it's a hobby that is always going to look 'gray,' because it isn't until your hair starts losing a bit of colour that you can really dive into it.

Anyway, was wondering what the members of our own group thought about it, if they've thought about it at all.

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