One More Thing… The Revolving Door of Gaming Communities

 

With the nature of podcasting, I don’t often get the opportunity or free time to write lengthy blog posts. Thankfully, this is one of those rare opportunities where I can pour my complete focus into hopefully an insightful and engaging article.

Fingers Crossed!

 

 Starting off with a story. Recently, my grandparents traveled up north for a visit and for one reason or another we ended up watching the World Series of Poker. My feelings towards Poker as a game are rather neutral, I don’t love nor dislike the game, it doesn’t really grab my attention except for this one occasion. It was the final match and this one alpha player was just dominating the field. He bragged and performed on stage to the crowds displeasure. His opponents most likely hated him and this was all the edge the alpha player needed to get under their skin. 

He quickly and effectively eroded their will to win and took home the prize money and title. But for myself and the rest of the viewers at home, there was no glory to be had in this final. No pride or mutual signs of respect, just resentment and disgust. Not only had this man, ruined any future interest I might have had in Poker, but he reinforced a negative stereotype in competitive scenes.

 

Over a year ago, I made a pledge to explore and experience a vast variety of games (Click Here to Read Post). My ultimate goal, was to approach gaming from the stand point of being as inclusive as possible. I have supported my local gaming store by participating in various gaming themed nights. On the internet, I have always tried to be honest and as transparent as possible. Yes I have bias, and yes I will only talk about games that I have enjoyed or I am personally interested in. I provide my viewpoint and allow people to judge for themselves if they agree with it or not. I avoid bashing games and the people that play them. Which oddly enough, is really the heart of the issue here.

When I traveled to Adepticon earlier this year, I had an amazing experience meeting so many of the facebook/twitter folk that I talk to on a regular basis. During one of the late night dinners, a conversation about “what events are you taking part in” occurred. Each individual, as though they won a military medal, proclaimed their events and how excited they were able to participate. It’s moments like those, in which gamer’s can take pride in our hobby and enjoy other like minded individuals company. But is that always the perception.

Two days into the convention, I had a small chat with another friend who actively disliked Warmachine and Hordes. Through further discussion, I discovered that he had in fact two complete armies and fully painted miniatures. Puzzled, I questioned him further to hopefully discover why he had such hatred towards the game. He’s the perfect example of what a friendly and non socially awkward player that enjoys competitive game environment looks like. Back home at a local tournament, he took his army to a standard steamroller event. During one of his games, his opponent was none responsive and super focused on the game in a very disrespectful manner. At the end of the game his opponent said: “Why do you bother playing this game? Thanks for a complete waste of my time, they should let more competitive players into this tournament”.

Understandably disgusted at this point, my friend continued to play in the tournament, but he was reluctant to ever return in the future. In the past he has played in many aggressive competitive game environments (40K/Whfb), but this was the first time where he felt singled out and felt unwelcomed.

I replied by saying:

“Play the game you want to play, not the game he wants to play. You always have a choice and can control your own actions. The only obstacle that’s preventing you from enjoying this game is that guy… screw him and go play the game you want to play”.

Thankfully, after many days of friendly conversation during the convention about Warmachine and Hordes. He has started painting new armies and is looking forward to future events  

 

As a podcaster I have pretty vocal opinions and I often become an easy target. A focal point if you will, that some gamer’s love to funnel their own teenage angst towards. My crime: simply loving the game they choose to hate. Now for the most part, I like to think I am pretty fluid with my game choices. If I get frustrated or bogged down by a game system, I have the luxury to jump around and follow exciting games. For instance, I love Dreadball; I think it’s cool as ice and has a lot to offer gamers. Not everyone thinks this way and many for valid and random reasons alike. Now its time to get to the real issue at hand.

 

I have been researching various games for the past few months and looking for people excited about these new “games”.  So I found various people who love their game. Most of them were nice, friendly and good mannered. However, for one reason or another, each of these gamers had to proclaim why their game was the best, at the expense of other games. It’s like the only way they could promote their game, was to tear down all these other games. Now, I realize that all of it was superficial noise, because what they are actually saying is: “Please, just look at our game, I don’t want you playing this other game”. I understand, I really do. I have worked hard to build interest in various game systems and it can be very disheartening when others don’t “jump” at the newest game on the market. Yes, your game might be amazing, but here’s the problem. I love many many games, some of which “you” have stomped over and screamed against loudly. What makes you think I want anything to do with you or your game, if you are willing to drag other people through the dirt to make your point.

It’s like this, if a new member of the board game club brought in Monopoly because that’s the only board game he has ever played. Don’t be the person who walks up and says “Monopoly is a garbage game, here play this other game instead”. A much more positive and constructive solution would be: “Thank you for coming, sure I will play Monopoly with you, but have you seen the entire collection we have on the wall”? Notice a difference? Instead of removing free will and “dominating” the new member, give them agency over their own choices. Monopoly might be an objectively “bad game”, but if people enjoy it, so what! Give them the choice to explore outside their own comfort zone, at least then it’s their own choice if they decide to continue to play Monopoly afterwards.

 

So in conclusion, don’t let your pride as a gamer get in the way of making meaningful relationships. Change happens all the time in the gaming sphere; games we thought we loved shift and change focus. Don’t burn down relationships because of “what game they are playing”, you will never know what you will be playing in five years. Expecting people to pick up the pieces “once a future edition” comes is a terrible way to treat people. Be a positive source of change now.

 

Sincerely,

Adam, Aka. Mr Voxman. 

    

The Gaming Snowball Podcast: (33) Sun Burns and Casual Observations

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This Week in the Snowball:

Episodes Out This Week: Strikezone (31) The Mechanite Team

Game Theory: 

The movers and shakers of miniature wargaming (Order they are discussed).

  • Warmachine/Hordes
  • Star Wars: Xwing/Armada
  • Malifaux
  • Infinity
  • Kings of War

Honorable Mentions:

  • Dreadball
  • Guildball
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault Skirmish Game

Question of the Week:

“What miniature games are growing quickly in your local area”?

 

Music

That’s a Wrap. Whiskey on the Mississippi.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Strike Zone #31: Scrap Parts/The Mechanite Team (Rush 1)/ Blog Shoutouts

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Welcome to the Strike Zone, a Dreadball Podcast! Our goal is to inform, entertain and celebrate all things Dreadball related!

Podcast Hosts:

Main Host: Adam, aka Mr Voxman

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Music: 

Speedy Guitar, Speedball Remix. (David Whittaker) OC Remix

Ouroboros, Rocket and Phat Sketch. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Show Notes:

The Playbook: Special Rules: Scrap Parts

Intro-5:50

The Team Bench: The Mechanite Team (Rush 1).

5:50-25:55

The Fan Check: Blog Shoutouts

25:55-End

 

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The Gaming Snowball Podcast: (32) Gencon is Coming and Conclusions about Age of Sigmar

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Episodes Out This Week: Quick MiniTalk (20) Player Agency.

News: (Listed As They Appear in The Episode)

GOG.com, Releases Games-Workshop Based Video Games:

  • Chaos Gate
  • Final Liberation
  • Shadow of the Horned Rat.

Gencon Prep

Wrath of the Gods Expansion book. The End of the World Role-Playing Game.

This Week in Hobby: Star Wars Armada, Dreadball

Final Thoughts on Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

 

Question of the Week:

“If you were to make a podcast about Warhammer lore, what format would you use”?

 

Music

That’s a Wrap. Whiskey on the Mississippi.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Quick MiniTalk Episode 20: Player Agency; How it Applies to Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

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Today’s Discussion: Player Agency; How it Applies to Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

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Faster Does It. Shades of Spring.

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The Gaming Snowball Podcast: (31) Warhammer Origins and Celestial MOOOOON DRAGONS!!!

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Episodes Out This Week: The Strikezone 30 (Hexagon Awards)

News: (Listed As They Appear in The Episode)

Warhammer 40K Conquest.

 

This Week in Hobby: Star Wars Armada

Game Theory: The Creator God of Warhammer is Revealed

 

Question of the Week:

“Whats your favorite cinematic moment (Books,Video Games, TV, etc)”?

 

Music

That’s a Wrap. Whiskey on the Mississippi.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Strike Zone #30: The Hexagon Awards (Season Four Teams)

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Welcome to the Strike Zone, a Dreadball Podcast! Today we reflect on the achievements and the unique nature of all the season three Dreadball Teams, in the third Hexagon Awards!   

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Main Host: Adam, aka Mr Voxman

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Music: 

Speedy Guitar, Speedball Remix. (David Whittaker) OC Remix

Ouroboros, Rocket and Phat Sketch. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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The Gaming Snowball Podcast: (30) Planeswalkers, Dice Tower Awards and… The Monopoly Movie?

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This Week in the Snowball:

Episodes Out This Week: MiniTalk 19 (Age of Sigmar, That Looks Neat).

News: (Listed As They Appear in The Episode)

Age of Sigmar is Out!

Attack on Titan Games!

Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers (Miniature Board Game)

The Monopoly Movie????

Dice Tower Awards 2015

This Week in Hobby:

N/A

Question of the Week:

“If you had to make a movie out of a game, what would you do”?

 

Music

That’s a Wrap. Whiskey on the Mississippi.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, That Looks Neat! MT Episode 19

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That Looks Neat! Is the part of the show where we discuss the merits of many games and items, from the point of view of an avid game buyer. 

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Today’s Browse: Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.

Music:

Faster Does It. Shades of Spring.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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The Gaming Snowball Podcast: (29) The Light Shines on The Age of Sigmar!

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This Week in the Snowball:

Episodes Out This Week: The (Strike) Zone: #29.

News: 

The Age of Sigmar Spoilers

This Week in Hobby:

Forbidden Stars (Board Game)

Question of the Week:

“What are your expectations for the Age of Sigmar? Are you going to try the game out”?

 

Music

That’s a Wrap. Whiskey on the Mississippi.

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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