I’ve thought about writing this before because truthfully I’ve been a bit unfaithful to LOTRSBG/HobbitSBG/MESBG despite being madly in love with it in 2019. Once I started playing Escape From Goblin Town scenarios, I fell in love with the wargaming hobby and keep looking for other games I might play in addition to my adventures in Middle Earth. How can I love one game and one want to find another? Well, we all have varied interests and while I love the fantasy that Tolkein wrote, I love history, the post-apocalypse, and Sci-Fi too. I love how narrative focused MESBG and I wouldn’t mind having other narrative flavors to dabble in from time-to-time. Adding another game would obviously give me some additional variety in both what I play and paint.
The trouble is, I haven’t found another miniatures game that I want to commit to playing but I’ve certainly tried! Fallout miniatures are intriguing and the game offers a solo option. I really enjoy the video games and could see some great narratives emerging from the game. I’ve come close to ordering the starter set a couple of times but when I see painted minis, I have doubts about the quality of the sculpts (and thus, how much fun they would be to paint). It would also be an expensive proposition as there is a lot to buy and paint. There would be a lot of terrain to create even if the game doesn’t require a lot of miniatures as well.
I’d love to give Gangs of Rome a whirl because it doesn’t require a huge amount of painting and hobbying. I love Roman history more than any other era even if the game isn’t a real historical wargame, but again, the quality of the minis is low and they don’t look terribly interesting to paint. You have to do a lot of extra work for the bases which is one reason I’m leaning towards selling my copy of Mansions of Madness. There are a number of other games I’ve thought about trying even if it is just to dabble but I just can’t bring myself to do so yet even if part of me really wants to.
Why? Well I’m worried about diluting my time too much so that I cannot get any games in. MESBG has a steep painting, cost, and terrain curve that I’ve been working against ever since I started. With that said, I do get tired of painting the same types of minis and would love a break from it. I have learned that I’m most motivated to paint something when I am going to use it in a game. I still want to paint it to a high standard in almost every case as I want to have great looking minis and terrain. I’ve found that display painting is very frustrating and difficult because if you mess up or a project doesn’t go even slightly as well as you had hoped, you’re left feeling frustrated and defeated because that is really the sole focus of each mini you tackle. So for me, buying something with the intention to game with it is definitely best. While I’ve been window shopping for weeks and months now and I’d love to get another skirmish game to add to my hobby queue, I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on anything.
Do any of you run into this dilemma? If so, how do you deal with it? Am I right to be scared to dabble in too many games? Of course, if you have any solo wargame recommendations, I’m glad to hear those as well 🙂 I’ve been pondering getting a new game for a while now and it might be slowly driving me mad!