Got myself the Big Boy ASL now that I am 40 years old.
My father passed away some years ago, and I think of him often. He loved history and boating. He was a man of many hobbies, crafts and loves. I now know that it was because in had an insatiable desire to learn. He liked having a full understanding of everything he tried.
As I have gotten older, my love for history has dramatically increased. I watch documentaries, thinking back when he used to watch them. WWII, Napoleonic and ancient history were all subjects he loved.
As my love of gaming is moving into historical conflicts, I know that we would have had a great time learning some of these games together.
I now picture him next to me, when I set up these games to learn the rules. I pretend to have conversations with him about the game, the history. I enjoyed his company, I enjoy thinking of him, and I enjoy the idea that we might be able to spend more time together.
Played Victory in Europe on 2015-05-09 (www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157521)
I think we are doing it right. My first attempt playing Victory in Europe. The newest Columbia games block game covering the European theater of WWII.
A friend of mine has a printed map (150% the original size.) It was a joy to play!
Looking forward to this game so much!
I am not into comic books.
I feel as though I have missed the boat. There is a rich history and canon; interlacing of timelines and alternate histories, it seems impossible to “get it.” I think I would have loved to been immersed into the culture and mythos, and to have grown up with it.
Recently, I asked a few friends, all of them comic book lovers, what would be the “best” book to read. All of them told me to get Watchmen. I read it. And it was great. I burned through it. The style was old, yet, relevant. The story was gripping, poignant and tender. So great was that experience, I tried reading a few other trades. None of them I devoured, or even remotely enjoyed like Watchmen. If this was the magnum opus of the form, why would I read anything else that was less?
I fear that I will experience something like this with war games.
I have started getting into the hobby, by doing research. (ed: watching YT reviewers: Calandale and Marco mostly) I have been procuring games that I think would be the best of the type of components, eras/history, mechanisms or any combination of those. I wonder if I am setting myself up for some kind of disappointment after I play through the games I have. I see some of the other war gamers that have been playing 30 years, with hundreds of games in their collections and I wonder:
Will I be let down with other games of the same ilk, that are just not as good?