GW Grognard: Sometimes it’s hard to get going

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to talk about the wonderful world of Warhammer 40,000!

As you all should know by now I have been playing the game, on and off, for a long time. I could tell stories about my misadventures on the gaming table at many of the different events I participated in or helped run. It’s part of the fun to create stories from the tabletop that can last a lifetime. Over time many players come and go. I remember names and friends that were a large part of the hobby and community, who are now just faded memories. For many, they just reach a point that they no longer have the enthusiasm that they once had and see the game almost like a chore rather than a relaxing hobby. This causes many people to either slow down their activities or stop completely. It has happened to me but eventually I start back up again. Sometimes it can be difficult, depending on the reason, and we will talk about a few of these.

Space Marines Everywhere!

The reasons to stop playing can be almost anything. With the increase in the power level of Space Marines, and Iron Hands in particular, I am seeing a lot of players choosing to “take a break” until this perceived problem is fixed. Many times players get a sense of fatigue from playing so many games for so long. For some, it takes a lot of time and effort to put an army together and to play a bunch of games. It can be exhausting sometimes. This is especially true if you are one f those people that tries to chase the meta. Then there are those that are just fed up with the way that Games Workshop does business. Whether it’s their pricing, release schedule, or something else, there is plenty for some people to be mad at them. Finally there is the simple fact that Life gets in the way. Face it, as much as we love this hobby, don’t forget that it is just that, a hobby. Sometimes it is healthy to step away for a little bit and stretch the legs.

Not sure I could do horde armies again

So what should be done if you’re feeling down on the game? Should anything be done? It really is an individual choice and one you have to evaluate yourself. When I would step away I always knew I would return. I just needed something to get me going. It is usually models. In 6th edition, the heldrake brought me back for a little bit but it was the introduction of the Imperial knight that brought me back for good. What’s funny is that I play almost exclusively competitive events but it’s the models that keep my interest in the game. For other people it may be that the rule set changed or the way Games Workshop conducts its business may change. Many people come back when there is an edition change, just to see if the game got any better. Some people just need to “”cleanse their palette” and try other miniature games. Many times people will come back after having tried other systems. Then there are those that never return. As the days and years move on they just never get that itch back. I know plenty of people that take that path and that’s ok too. So if you feel you need a break, then take one. there is no obligation to come back, but hopefully you do and come back with new and fresh hobby ideas!

That’s all for this week, I hope you enjoyed the read. Let me know your thoughts, and how you get out of your funk, in the comments section. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook, Twitch, and Patreon pages to stay up to date on what we’re up to and when episodes drop!

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About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

2 Responses to “GW Grognard: Sometimes it’s hard to get going”

  1. NK January 4, 2020 7:37 am #


    I find painting one off models from different armies as a way to keep things fresh. Not to mention I rarely run my larger armies the same way twice within 2-3 months it seems.

    Thanks for the article again.

  2. Rob Butcher January 5, 2020 12:27 am #

    Remember it’s one hobby of many millions we choose from.

    For too many it now seems to be a life style ,,,, employment opportunity … 15 minutes of fame.

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