New Poll: Is 40k Cyclical In Your Community?

This week’s poll has a direct correlation to recent goings on at (or lack thereof).  It should come as no surprise that things have been a little quiet on the blog as of late, but hopefully that changes.  I’ve chalked up the lack of updates to lack of free time. 

Since the blog went dormant, I’ve had a child, purchased/remodelled/and moved into a new house, and rented out my old house.  It seemed like a fairly busy time, and franky, there was a period where I literally had zero free time.  I came home from work, and worked on the house, then went home and went to bed.  That period only lasted a few weeks though.  The other times have been relatively busy, but I’ve come to the realization that I’ve more free time than I’d have you believe; I’ve just been spending it doing other things.

So then I thought back to a conversation I’d had with a friend from high school, Jerm (you may remember him from his super-brief stint as a guest author on the blog.  If not, see his posts here.)  Anyway, when Jerm and I grew up, gaming was very cyclical in our area.  Not only did we trade/sell armies between us on a regular basis, entire gaming systems would wax and wane in popularity over the years.  Any given game would dominate our free time for a period of 6-18 months, after which we’d grow bored with it and move to something else.  We’d play 40k, Quake, Duke Nukem, Warcraft/Starcraft, Munchkin, Magic the Gathering, etc. 

After moving to Seattle, he eventually got burned out of 40k (or rather, his interest waned, as he’s back in the saddle again now), but I remember having a conversation with him that his local community thought it incredibly foreign that he’d actually stop playing the game: they play morning/noon/night every day for years without end.   Frankly, that seemed a little odd to us.

But it really takes all types.  So that’s why I pose this poll question to you:

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By the way, for those of you wondering just what have I been concerning my time with, instead of 40k.  As of late, it’s been, well, 40k–I just haven’t been writing about it.  That’s a relatively recent change though.  Just this past week, I picked up a ton of Imperial Guard in trade for some BFG models I never used, so yay for me and having too many armies I don’t play.  I’ve also cleaned up a bunch of infantry models and even primered something again. 

In a larger sense, I’ve been wasting most of my free time with the television (well, and the kiddo, but I don’t consider that time a waste–nor do I really consider it ‘free time.’  I’m just referring to the time I have to myself and my hobbies).  Anywho, the other interest I’ve had has been Magic: The Gathering.  It’s amazing how many cards have come out since I stopped playing.

Note: I’ve taken a break/given up that game on multiple occasions too (keep in mind all games are cyclical in my world).   I got out right as Legends came out, got out again after Alliances/Mirage, got back in briefly around Mirrodin.  I’ve resigned to never owning all of the dual lands/power 9 that I once did, instead focusing on buying only 4x common/uncommon sets and occassional rares (none of which cost more than $.50).  I’m left with a decent collection of cards that can make pretty much any deck I want. 

Now if only I could find someone to play with…

8 comments on “New Poll: Is 40k Cyclical In Your Community?

  1. lol, I read the heading wrong, I thought it was ‘cynical’ to which I was going to vote with a resounding ‘YES!’

    • Five years straight, eh? Is that a typical experience with you?

      I suspect that whether it’s cyclical or not has something to do with the people. I just never had the attention span to enjoy something for five years–even when I look back on my childhood. I played saxophone for two years, ski’d for two, snowboarded for one, guitar for 3-4, baseball for one. Nothing could seem to hold my interest for all that long.

      Have you always been a devoted sort of person?

      • I agree that it’s a personality trait; no doubt about it. So yes, always been extremely devoted to anything I do. Hell, I’ve run a guild/clan/gaming group/whatever now for 12-years. It’s online gaming, my other addiction. I don’t get into anything unless I feel I can commit to it and 40K is no exception.

        Now, maybe at some point I’ll lose interest in 40K, never know. However, there would be a reason for it and not because of attention span or something like that.

  2. Ya, I’ve been going for about 5 years straight. For me it is a little cyclic in Gaming vs hobby. I’ll go about 9 months of pure gaming, like 3 times a week in the tourney season, then I’ll take a month or two off to paint and convert and line up projects. That’s where I’m at right now, I’m working on a new army, and haven’t played besides tourneys in the past month and a half.

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