I’m Hobbying Wrong? I’m Not Sure That’s Possible…

I’ve talked a lot lately in individual articles and series about the reasons why we select the types of hobby that we do. We mentioned aesthetics, quality of models, balance, background material and cost amongst others and while I’ve been writing about these things a combination of the voices in my head and a few real life events inspired a question or two. I wasn’t sure whether they were big enough points to make into a blog article but fortunately my internet bosses allow me the occasional indulgence…

Taking the disparate aspects that draw us to our chosen preferences is there a level of compromise we’re willing to make in one area because of an exceptional quality in another…

…the answer is obviously yes as nothings perfect…

There’s probably something wrong with her…

Another issue though is can a system be so utterly terrible in one area that you’d never consider it could have positive aspects?

…the answer to that is most likely going to be yes as well…

However in this frankly wonderful time for hobby with it’s impressive variety of game types, models that can be used in a variety of systems, cheap modular terrain and a number of quite cost effective product ranges there’s some people who just will not except that you’ve no interest whatsoever in the thing that they think is awesome…either because of your own preferences…or just because they’re wrong…and it’s actually shit…

…in your opinion at least…

It is I suppose the opposite side of the coin to those people who followed a band loyally for years while they’re playing in pub basements and crap-hole venues then accuse them of selling out the first time they play somewhere that has a roof and a working toilet…some people want everything to themselves and others think that their way is the only way…

Here’s a real world example of my own…wait till I’ve made my point before hiring a hit-man…

I think Firestorm Armada is terrible in every way. The model aesthetic does nothing for me and I find the models lacking in detail, the rule system seemed counter intuitive in a number of areas and the rule-book seemed designed by a person operating on a different plane of reality and the background…well…I think you get the point…the fact that I think one of the space-stations looks like the testicle of Galactus is also a bit of an issue…

When he finds out there’s people living in it he’s going to be pissed…..

…of course the real point is…

…what fucking difference does it make whether I like it or not?

You may look at it and see a complex and immersive battle between majestic space-ships. The fact that I see this…

…should in no way diminish your enjoyment of the game system in any way. However trying to convince me to play it is probably going to be a significant waste of your time in the same way that certain people have decided that they don’t like Malifaux version 2 and that the replacement of version 1.5 with it is tantamount to treason are unlikely to be convinced otherwise even with my extensive (and to be honest, quite brilliant) coverage of it…

Differences in opinions are inevitable when hobbyists get together as we are (for the most part) highly passionate about the creations that we choose to follow. Though there’s a hint of hypocrisy in us all it can vary widely in size from person to person. I (for example) think that Firefly is over-rated and am constantly confused by the fans obsession for a new series despite the fact that my gravestone will probably have “All he wanted was a Dredd sequel..” on it…

These varying priorities and fundamentally different tastes are in many ways a positive factor and are responsible for the constant expansion of the number of games out there and the wide variety of model ranges that are currently emerging. Though I’m a big fan of reasoned debate there are unfortunately a significant number of hobbyists who are unable to except that people just don’t like what they like and are happy to relentlessly bore you with the benefits of a system that you have no interest in.

So my opinion (for what it’s worth) is that there’s room for all types of hobby and if you feel that strongly for (or against) a game system so passionately that you have to tell everyone then at least do it with a modicum of respect and shut the fuck up if it’s obvious no-one’s interested…

…unless your writing a blog article in the attempt to make a point…then it’s fine to be an asshole…for a little time at least…

…now I’m done…

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

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