Me as a gamer

Although this is my 2nd post in as many days I won’t keep posting that often. My aim will be   a minimum of twice a week.

My last post was a bit of background about me, what made me start posting and I guess highlighted how awesome my friends are. So today I thought I’d talk about me as a gamer.

I was thinking back through my memory trying to pin down when I first became a gamer – and I couldn’t. Like most kids (I think) I used to play make believe with my toys, I made up stories. I enjoyed board games – you know things like Snakes and Ladders, simple roll and move games.

As I got older I started to buy and build (and attempt to paint) Airfix models and figures. Soon I was making up rules for games with them, simple rules to be sure, but rules nonetheless. The only one I still remember was using drawing pins almost as dice. You ‘rolled’ a number of drawing pins, and removed figures equal to the number of points up. Simple, random but it worked.

As I grew up my love of games grew with me. Where peers were getting into music, Smash Hits magazine (damn I’m old) and I don’t know what else, I was into games and gaming. (And Star Wars, but who wasn’t?)

I remember spending what seems like hours playing Chuckie Egg on our first computer – an Acorn Electron. I was fascinated by the lead miniatures in the local toy shop. I also used to stare longingly at board games such as Axis and Allies. Eventually I bought my first Citadel  Miniatures – a beastman and the White Dwarf boxset, which included the eponymous White Dwarf, Thud the Barbarian, Gobbledegook and a figure called Livingstone the Editor (it was years later I realised this was a figure of Ian Livingstone).

Years passed and my love of gaming continued. Games Workshop was a massive part of that. I bought my first issue of White Dwarf magazine in April 1988 (it was issue 100), and continued purchasing it long after I’d stopped playing the games. I made new friends into the same stuff, and eventually we started trying RPG’s (Role Playing Games).

From memory my first RPG was Games Workshop’s Judge Dredd. If my recall is correct I managed that rare feat of rolling a Psi-Judge, although that might be my mind playing tricks on me. From there the five (I think) of us played a variety of games. DnD (Dungeons and Dragons), 2nd Edition, The TSR spy game whose name escapes me and the one I mainly ran, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, are amongst those – oh and of course Cyberpunk 2020, which now seems very odd as that’s only 3 years away.

Alongside this we continued playing WarHammer40k and Fantasy Battles, along with most of Games Workshop’s other releases. And of course Computer/Video games. I particularly enjoyed (and still do) RPG style games with character development and story as central to the game.

And I still game – not tabletop miniature games really any more (well not much) but board games, computer/video games, RPG’s and more recently Theatre Style LARPS (Live Action Role Plays).

So when did I become a gamer? I didn’t, I don’t think I ever actually became a gamer. I think I’ve always been a gamer, and probably always will be.

Which gives me a thought – do we all start out as gamers but drift away as we age? Stop playing because peer pressure says it’s not ‘cool’ (I was never one of the cool kids)? Move away because, historically at least, society can paint playing games and make believe (outside of mainstream theatre/TV//cinema) as childish?

I don’t know, but I do know that most ‘non-gamers’ who play a board game with us really enjoy it, ask to play more and often start their own small collection of games (and I don’t mean Trivial Pursuits, Monopoly or Cluedo here). Perhaps there are no non-gamers, just lapsed gamers.

Anyway thanks for reading, ever want a game just ask, and stay safe all.

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Author: wraithben

I'm Ben, early 40's and work as a Real Time Analyst in a call centre in the South West of England. In my spare time amongst other things I like to game - computer games, board games and most of all RPG's and Theatre Style LARPS. I also suffer from Chronic Depression.

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