Burnout. I’m not talking about the excellent series of crash-happy racing games from EA. I’m talking about the one true enemy of hobbies.
I have fallen victim to this insidious beast on many occasions. It’s like a furry little creature that resides locked up in a cage within your mind. Occasionally it will break its bonds, cannonball into the swimming pool of your spare time, and relieve itself spreading a purple dye cloud of ennui-wee. The pools closed down for disinfecting and you are left stood at the side, with lots of expensive inflatables that now you can’t even play with.
Now with a hobby like tabletop war-games you can be heavily penalised. You’ll have no doubt spent a great deal on miniatures, rulebooks, dice, etc which are all just sat there, taking up space and potentially causing much annoyance to your significant other.
The beast has also fouled the paddling pool of my games collection as well. I remember playing Fallout 3 rigorously for a few weeks. I got to the Citadel where the Brotherhood of Steel reside, then logged off and I haven’t played it since. I’ve had the urge now and then to go back, but I haven’t got a clue what I was doing next or how I was going to do it, so it makes playing the game pretty difficult now.
Luckily I have tamed the creature that shall not be named and I believe the trick this time is……. doing loads of things at once! I have a regular Warhammer Online gaming group on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are usually dedicated to painting, Wednesday and Sunday I play table top down the local game shop, leaving Friday and Saturday to socialise with friends in real life or otherwise do with as I wish.
So far this has all been working excellently. All of my activities are in nice bite-size little chunks, never gorging myself too much on one item, and it pretty much always leaves me wanting more. This method may not necessarily last forever, or indeed work for anyone else, but right now it’s helping me a lot.
The only problem I have now is wanting to build/paint/play too many different armies! There is simply not enough time in the day.