Recently though, I have come across another option, which improves my gaming for minimal outlay; I’m not getting more games systems, I’m getting more gamers.
This has come about in two ways, firstly I’ve joined the excellent gaming club here in Plymouth ‘Cross Swords’ and secondly I’ve managed convinced a non gaming friend to take up the dice.
|Heavily themed, skirmish games such as Necromunda can really appeal to new players.|
The second option is perhaps one that gamers rarely try; getting non-gamers to have a go. I’m excluding those of us with children; we seem to be pressing dice into little pudgy palms before our poor sprogs can even sit up on their own. As gamers, we can be a bit shy about telling our workmates and acquaintances about our hobby, and those of us that do will probably only mention that we ‘play wargames’ and if pushed we’ll tell them what game system we play. This is generally met with a fixed grin and a patronising nod of the head. It is only rarely that others will ask for further details. I do make a point of subjecting one of my work mates to terrifyingly detailed battle reports on a regular basis in an attempt to annoy him, try it, it works.
Anyway, I had the rare pleasure of a friend popping round a few weeks ago, looking at my figures on a shelf and asking me if he could try a game. I thought it was some elaborate sting operation, but I eventually set up a couple of small scale trial games of different systems (Warhammer and Necromunda). He really enjoyed the games and we’ve arranged some more for the future.
|Gaming at a club can be great fun... and may include chocolate.|