Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Four Faces of Gaming
Subdivisions aside, the gaming world of ours is distinctly broken down into four broad flavors; boardgaming, videogaming, roleplaying, and tabletop gaming. These aren't, however, divisional lines that demarcate and impose limits, just doorways to expand what you've been enjoying so much in one realm in a completely new and different way in another.
Warhammer 40k comes to mind first and foremost. You can be an avid player of Dawn of War, collect and paint your own army of 40k, roleplay in the 40k universe with any one of many options, and hearken back to the days of the Horus Heresy in the boardgame of the same name. As I type this, the Warhammer Fantasy universe lends itself even better to this example with Warhammer Online, WHFB, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and Chaos in the Old World.
You don't have to spend equal time in each category, indeed many don't and only the foolish or truly insane do (and I mean this in a good way), but the four faces of our gaming world remain nonetheless. You can prefer to leave a category (or two) out altogether as you see fit, but as gamers we never turn our backs on any of them even as our choices steer us in other directions. What strengthens in one category today only benefits the other three in the long run.