Personal Smurf Like Musings
This was initially just going to be another progress update for my dystopian wars Prussian fleet and ork lootas, but after reading the FTW post announcing the hiatus it prompted me into some reflection of my own.
It got me thinking about how much time I spend on this hobby? Obviously Ron's situation was in the extreme having to pander to our needs and support our hobby interests as well has his own by running a massive blog community. It is a situation that bears very little resemblance to my own but his points do reflect some concerns I currently have.
The hobby brings me a large amount of joy. Some of the best friends I have made have attended my various local gaming clubs, it keeps me thinking and creative (something I always indulged in as a kid but lost when I began to become a scientist) and it even kept me out of drugs when I was at college as I would go spend lunch in the local shop rather than smoke weed (which nearly got me kicked out of college).
So the hobby is pretty important to me and it does play a central role in my current social life but that's just it. At this present moment in time there isn't much else to do. My partner is stuck in a dead-end job back in her home town, I'm in the graduate graveyard and there isn't a music scene to speak of here. So right now, it does no harm to indulge my impulses in the hobby like spending all day painting and taking an hour out to write this article.
What's interesting to me is what will happen to my hobby when I move on to better things? What will happen to it when my partner and I move in and start our lives proper? Will it really matter to me that much? I hope that when I eventually come to answering these questions that I keep a sound perspective and remember that it is a hobby and when it takes more than its value from your real life it's time to say no. I have been sitting here thinking about how much time and money I have spent and it just astounds me. Could I have done something better with that time and money? Well on average I would say no, I am happy with most of the choices I have made but it is shocking to really think about how much personal investment I have given. Imagine what Ron must have felt like!
In conclusion to this little snippet of personal reflection I would like to make a comment of my own towards Ron's decision to close FTW. I would like to congratulate him on making the correct decision and restoring the balance of commitment in his life. I would also like to champion him as setting a good example to all of us by reminding us to remain sensible with the attention we give our hobby and not to lose sight of the really important things in life. Finally, I would like to say thank you to the attention he gave all of us in the blogging community, he owes us nothing.
Some Hobby Progress
Well despite it getting a little deep there I think there is still some room to add in some hobby progress (oh sweet irony).
Here's Big Bertha
Heres the 7'th member of the loota squad