Today I want to talk about the future of the hobby and what we can do to keep it bright!
Hobby time and game time are a coveted time when you have a family and work to schedule around. I have talked about it before but it has been on my mind a lot again, especially since most recently I have been failing to juggle the chaos of life and not getting in the hobby time I want.
Summertime was all set to be relaxing and quiet with lots of time to work on models–I have a Wood Elf army commission I am working on as well as my own Empire–and game but here we are in August and my hobby is suffering from abandonment. I do have a good excuse and it fits right along with my topic for today: there are extra kids in my house.
|3 are mine, the others were here
for an extended vacation
“Mommy can I paint with you?”
“Mommy when can I get my own army?”
“Mommy do you have time that we can battle?”
“Mommy when can I paint?”
“Auntie are those my most favorite horsies? Can we play with them?”
These questions are repeated quite often in my home (for men substitute “Mommy” with “Daddy” or “Uncle”).
Unfortunately most recently my answer has been
“no I need to finish doing the dishes”
“no its too hard to do while your brother/cousin is up”
“it’s too hot today”
“no mommy is trying to get ready for the tournament”
If I were running a tally I am sure I said no at least 14 times this week, crushing the hopes of my young kids and likely influencing their desire to be in the hobby or at least how they will view it in their lives. Not only at the moment am I influencing my own kids with the hobby but their cousins as well. Much of this came to mind the other day when we had friends call and ask if they could come by for a game of Warhammer.
My niece and nephew had been seeing models all through our house (several display cabinets) but that night was their first time seeing a game table set up with terrain and armies, their eyes got big and wide and in a rush of words exclaimed how cool my castles were and how the eyes on my tower were glowing and look at how big the giant was standing next to the little guy (the little guy being an Ogre). It reminded me of something: kids are the future of our hobby.
|My daughter was only a few months old
when we brought her to her first tournament
(this one happens to be 40K but many others
By the age 6 my kids have seen hundreds of Fantasy games, thousands of models and learned that in order to play fantasy themselves they need to learn to read and do math. By the age 6 my kids were in kindergarten learning to read, and used the Fantasy rulebook and army books as a way to do it.
By 6 most kids have gone to sports camps, art camps, day camps or whatever other kinds of programs there are available in the area (most common here is hockey or soccer camp). If you’re a parent you know the importance of your child socializing, learning skills, and feeling accomplished at something. If you’re a Fantasy loving Warhammer player and a parent you also want your child to know the importance of not picking up a model and treating it like any of their other toys. I have this idea I am calling Fantasy Camp.
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