As we pass through the holidays, it's usually a time where you can get a break, think about things and reflect. So. What was your first wargame?
Mine was with little tiny paper chits on a fold out piece of hex-mapped paper down in South Carolina. It's been so long ago that I forget who got me to play it or even what the game was. Because there were dozen of wargames with those little paper chits, it could have been anything.
Anyone remember these?Anyhow, I remember my experience was mainly negative and it made me not want to play wargames for a long time.
Fastforwards to 2001 or so. By then, I did paint minis, but strictly for the purposes of D&D. I had well over 50 minis in my small collection, but I had a rep for picking out good minis to represent party members and getting them painted up.
I met Mik and they played a lot of different wargames. Everything under the sun. When they invited me to play this or that, I declined. Then came Necromunda. "Come on," they said. "It's just, what, six figures? Maybe ten? You can't paint up that many?"
And that was it. I was done. I had drank of the elixir. I had tasted of the fruit. I was a wargamer and that was it. To help me in this long process were many nights spent at Andy's house. Andy had, on his shelf, countless rulesets. Every week, I would show up at his house and down in his basement, we would play a completely different wargame. We played at varying scales. We played with varying rules. It was an amazing time and it opening up new horizons for me in terms of what gaming could be.
Today, I'm a hard-core Warmachine/Hordes man, but that's only because that's what I have time for. There are some games coming on the horizon that I may invest in. In particular, I'm looking forwards to the Batman minis game as well as Kingdom Death.
So - what was your first wargame?