My great plans are laid to waste....

By the end of last year, I felt that my wargaming hobby had become complete.

I had all the games I had wanted, numerous feeds and "following" other wargamers like Kev Sharpe and others, I had written up a list of games which I aimed to play in 2014, and I had decided to stop buying anymore games apart from those on pre-order with Legion Wargames.

All of this has become undone.

As 2014 started, so did playing Lost Battles. A great game and I played quite a few battles from it during January and early February. But, the start of 2014 also brought two months of continuous storms - relentless rain and wind, which in the end caused my old Victorian house to buckle under such conditions, and the leaks came in.

The leaks were not horrendous, but has done enough damage to some of the walls and ceilings. After forking out a lot of money for the roof to be fixed, and repairing some of the damage myself, my kind wife has decided it would be a good time to redecorate the whole house (and not just decorate the damaged areas which I suggested). This is not a small job, so any small free time I ever had, has become smaller!

On top of this, my employers moved premises in February, a process which is still on going. While this move did not mean longer hours for me, it did mean everyday was going to be a physically demanding day. I have to admit, I was pretty exhausted some evenings, and really too tired to wargame.

So with all of this going on in Jan and Feb, I also lost interest in wargaming after Lost Battles. I do not know why. Maybe I was all gamed out....had too much. What did not help this feeling was that on many of the different media platforms available on the internet and my smartphone, all the feeds and updates from the various people I was following were coming through. It kind of felt as if it was taking over even my personal life.

So I deleted and un-followed a lot of these people. Not through malice, but more for sanity and clarity.

I also did not game throughout March. I could not be bothered. I had lost interest in it.

Last week, I bought a game, and broke my promise to myself, but it was a game I was really keen on when I found out it was being released.

I gave some thought as to why I had lost interest. I think some of it was the bad start to my year, time wise, cost wise and physically. But one of the biggest factors I think is the fact for a very long time, I have had a game on the table constantly, and I think this had worn me out. I know there are plenty of gamers out there who play everyday of their lives, but after freeing myself from the social feeds of the internet, and having a break from gaming, it has helped to recharge my need for playing game and to realise not to constantly play games or to have it rule my life in the social world.

But thankfully, I have also started wargaming again last night. Something small and easy, and quick to play and which can fit in with my ever so busy life!

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Comment by Roger Morley on April 24, 2014 at 3:41pm

Good to have you back Carlos!

A very good question. I wish I did not have to sleep, then I would time for everything!

Comment by Carlos Alberto Laport de Miranda on April 24, 2014 at 2:26pm

Hey Roger, I am coming back to gaming right now, too. The 4 months out, just broke the addiction, and family and other aspects of staying alive took much time, too. So, from one week back I started to look into gaming again, started posting to my blog, and next week I wll have my first face-to-face game in a long time.

Now, balance is everything for me. But there are only 24 hours a day, how can we do everything we have/want in so little time ?

Comment by Roger Morley on April 24, 2014 at 1:29pm

Cheers Kev. I hope you emerge from your tough spot soon.

After my month off wargaming, I have renewed my eagerness to play again, but it has also put my wargaming into perspective - everything in moderation!

I have started playing regularly, but only three evenings a week, which leaves time for other things like family, movies etc.

I have also gone back to playing a game, then when it is finished, read the rules to the next one, instead of play a game and read the rules to the next game at the same time so I am playing all the time!

I think this episode has taught me a good lesson in moderation

Comment by Kev on April 24, 2014 at 12:55pm

Finding time to do all we must is hard.

I'm in a tough spot at the moment also. I find myself staring at the walls a lot lately. At some point any too much of any one thing is too much!

I hope you find your own personal balance! 

Comment by Wayne Rotella on April 6, 2014 at 12:02pm

Glad to hear someone else is thinking along the same lines. I also find that when I get "burned out" or distracted from gaming the time away refreshes the batteries and allows me to transition more smoothly between eras. To go from say France '40 to Blood and Roses is not a natural transition for me. I also feel your pain on the home care front. My house is in need of TLC and much time from me. I am just waiting for the school year to end so I can get to hard labor.

Comment by Roger Morley on April 5, 2014 at 5:44pm

I have started playing Ancients by Bill Banks. A nice 'n' easy game to get into.

BTW, I am going to start logging all the games I play in a note book, with info about time and date, winner and how much it was won by etc. Not too sure why, but it will be fun just to have that record to look back on.

This was inspired by your post you did a while back when you asked if anyone kept records of the game they play, as you used to do this when you read books.

Comment by Roger Morley on April 5, 2014 at 5:38pm

Ha ha ha...yes Wayne, I do know there are still another 9 months to go. You are correct, balance is critical. Everything in moderation. Lack of time was a factor which dis-heartened me, as after Lost Battles, I started playing Panzerkrieg, but lack of time made this game really drag out, and at that point I really got fed up.

I used to play a game, and when I had finished playing, I would then start to read the rules to the next game that I wanted to play. This did allow a break between games.

Lately I have been reading the rules to the "next game" before I finished my current game, which allowed me to jump straight in without a wait. I will go back to the former and not use the latter anymore as it should give me that important break.

Comment by Wayne Rotella on April 5, 2014 at 4:11pm

Oh yea I almost forgot, you do realize we still have 9 months in this year, right?

Comment by Wayne Rotella on April 5, 2014 at 4:10pm

Roger, my brother from another country. Thank you for sharing. I had noticed your absence recently and wondered how things were across the pond. Sometimes a break is what we all need. I go through spells as well and return refreshed and renewed. As I teach my students when we study ancient China, the Yin and the Yang are about balance. This is what we all need sometimes. Here's hoping you find that peace and balance.

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