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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!