I’m back from vacation and nearly recovered from an early morning flight thankfully. Orlando was less sunny and warm than I hoped but still a much needed improvement from Chicago. Disney World was less fun than I hoped, more crowded and frustrating than expected, and so it is hard to assess how much fun my trip was.
What I do know is that I missed hobbying as I always do when I’m away from home. Every so often, my hobby eye wanders to other games as when you’re in the middle of a big project, your motivation isn’t always the highest. Personally, I tend to follow a cycle when I discover a new game or I get interested in a type of game outside of MESBG. First thing I do is find out what I can about the game and evaluate whether it is something I could enjoy playing solo or not. If it passes that step, I start to envision what projects would look like for that game and how achievable they would be for me. Finally, I start to figure out how I can afford to buy X game and if the buy-in would interfere with other things I want to buy.
Generally, I don’t make it to the final step before deciding to steer clear of a particular game that had caught my eye or I just never end up actually buying into the new game even if the desire is there. This is probably a good thing as it keeps me from having too many unfinished products. The downside is that I often get inspiration for a game or project and never start it which is a bit of a shame.
Lately, my inspiration has been the Wild West thanks to Red Dead Redemption 2. It just so happens that there is a rules set called Legends of the Old West made by Games Workshop that uses many concepts from Lord of the Rings. A natural fit for someone like me who pretty much only plays MESBG! The system seems pretty solo friendly (just like MESBG) so that is another plus. The model count is low (as low or lower than many MESBG scenarios) of around 5-10 models per side. The catch is that it is more campaign based and not narrative scenarios like I usually play. Not many games try to do what MESBG does with narrative so no surprise there and that isn’t a problem that can’t be overcome.
Of course, the challenge is not painting up the miniatures needed to play the game, it is the terrain. A wild west game has to have terrain and honestly, you need buildings and lots of them since everybody can and will be shooting. That is the problem because buildings take up space and they’re going to take a decent time investment to create too. At the moment, I’m not willing to commit to a big project like a Wild West town and I don’t really have the storage space either. So the cycle began and ends again.
Which leads me to my real point. Are there just too many tempting games out there? Or do we just have too many interests that we can fall prey to them? I’d love to play a Post-Apocalyptic game like Fallout. The Wild West is an era of history I really like but so is Ancient Rome. There are unsurprisingly, games you can play for both. When you add to that my love of samurai, there are honestly more games out right now that I’d consider playing than I’d ever be able to actually get together what I needed and play through them. It does become a bit frustrating for me as I love variety and have many interests but ultimately, I stick with what I know I love in Lord of the Rings. Even at the low points in a project, I never consider stopping as I enjoy most of the process too much. I also try to tell myself that I will have more storage room in the future and that if I continue to build up my terrain collection for MESBG, I’ll actually find it easier to play another game in the future. So in that sense, it isn’t all bad news as the Shire terrain I’ll be making in the coming months will work well with a wide variety of games. In fact, I should have a decent update for next week lined up which I will be excited to share.
I am also taking solace in that I think I will attempt to make my first “full size” diorama with cowboys in it slowly over the course of this year. I will need to buy a decent number of minis to get the ones I want and I can slowly paint some of those minis as I have time. Perhaps that way, I may eventually be able to piece together what is needed for some fun gaming in the Wild West.