Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Slow Burn: My Journey into Warhammer - Part 1

I remember when I first saw some Warharmmer 40K miniatures on a table. I was in college at the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2001. It intrigued me, but I didn't have a clue what it was. My biggest question was, "What game is on this huge table at here at the comic book shop?" The second time I 40K, Around 2006 or so, I was in the Northpark Mall in Jackson, MS, and at one time they had a gaming store in the mall. Again, another HUGE table, with a ton of models. I didn't hear a single thing or know anyone that played Warhammer and it faded from my mind. Until a few years ago when I started to frequent Now Playing, the gaming store in Tylertown, MS. The owner, Allen Smith, has THOUSANDS of models on display and it is truly a sight to behold. However, I still didn't really know what Warhammer was, because I just basically didn't bother to ask. Perhaps I should give you just a little more backstory first.

I'm a gamer. Always have been. Video games, board games, card games, you name it, I probably play it. One of may favorite things to play however is strategy games on PC. I've played all the greats. From the oldies (the Dune, Command & Conquer, Warcraft, Starcraft, Civilization series), to the new age 4X  and turn-based style of play (Homeworld, Total War, Age of Wonder, Company of Heroes, etc.). So when I got a chance to buy Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 on PC in 2009, my first thoughts were, "Hey, here is a strategy game about those miniatures I saw in those stores." It was a damn fine game and it received praise from many gaming communities.

Back in 2016, Top Tier hosted a Warhammer : AoS Paint and Take event. You'd get to paint some miniatures, THEN some of the local players were going to show new people the rules. Needless to say, when I heard about this event, I was pumped since I would get a chance to learn the rules and wait...PAINT?!?!  Eh, no biggie. This will be a good time to bond with my oldest son. We can play a few rounds of Pokemon, then walk two tables back and paint! He'll love it! (He did.) The first thing I noticed were all the dice and having to use a tape measure, but the models...the models looked amazing on the table with the terrain. It was as if a strategy PC game come to life! After getting a chance to hear the rules and see the game in action, I was hooked and VERY intrigued. I wanted to play it! I wanted to win the drawing for the starter box...until the eventual winner opened his box, and I saw...sprues. Lots and lots of spures. I also saw the price tag. Hmmm, $125, plus I have to build AND paint this shiznit! Aww hell naw! Do you know how many PC games I can purchase during a sale on Steam for $125? Not to mention how many wings I could purchase at Hooters?(100+) I still have to beat Fallout 4, Witcher 3, and get back on Dragon Age: Inquisition! When would I have the time? My son and I left Top Tier that night, wanting to explore the new game and it's fantasy world (we both LOVE fantasy) but at the time I thought it was too much money and too much work. It seemed like my lil flirtation with Warhammer had ended. To stay somewhat connected, I purchased Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game for my son and I to play. We really enjoyed the theme and the co-op gameplay. AoS was still calling to me, as I noticed myself watching battle reports and painting guides on YouTube more and more each day. What was happening to me??

To Be Continued...

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