….but other times it’s f##cking awful.
For many of us, the hobby is what makes us smile and gives a purpose to those slivers of time that we are not working, sorting out the kids, doing chores, doing DIY, pretending to enjoy socialising with the other half’s friends and all the mundane things in life.
Nothing is more satisfying than the buzz of starting a new crew/team/army/force for a rule set, whether it’s one that you know and love or something new.
And there’s nothing worse than losing hobby mojo.
There are many reasons, some of which we have discussed during our waffle. Whether falling out of love with a favoured rule set, loss of regular gaming buddy or being disenfranchised by what you read on FB forums.
For those of us that suffer with depression, anxiety, PD or any number of other mental health issues it can also be a warning bell. Losing motivation to do the things you enjoy is a common sign of a depressive episode and for us loony hobbyists can be the start of a cycle that is hard to break.
‘I don’t want to play cos I feel like crap and can’t deal with people and because I haven’t played or seen my mates I feel like crap’.
Social media can be a double edged sword. Easy and non-personal contact with other hobby people is great. Seeing the bad side of gamer’s attitudes and net-listing can be bad.
If you’re lucky, you’ll have a gaming buddy that can always pull you out of the murk whether with infectious enthusiasm for something new or (in the case of my best mate), a face that looks damn funny.