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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

"Addiction is a word that is thrown around a lot: I'm addicted to coffee; I'm addicted to this/that. Whether it's an innocent Privateer Press, Games Workshop, or an elicit Breaking Bad-esque activity, all are habit forming and puts us (humans) at risk for becoming addicted. Anything that deeply rewards us for partaking has the potential to capture us in a cyclical trap…"
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zoneofcontrol Inactive Member13 Feb 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

No way. I can quit anytime I want to. I don't NEED to wargame. I just like it. It is fun and nobody gets hurt. It is a victimless addiction… err, um, hobby. Yes, that's it. It is just a hobby.

Awww. Dagnamit ! Who am I trying to kid?!?

foxweasel13 Feb 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

No way, addicts go to meetings. We go to, er, hang on a minute. Addicts spend all their money on stuff they have to hide from normal people. We buy, no, I'm not even convincing myself here!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:06 p.m. PST

Seriously? No. I think it's actually a quite dangerous trend to label activities as "addictions" which clearly are not, as this risks diminishing the severity and seriousness of substances and actions that truly are devastatingly addictive. It's one thing to make a joke about being addicted to a harmless activity; it's another altogether to seriously equate such to real human problems. It's also quite foolish.

Now stop interrupting me from wasting my day reading about wargaming!

ChrisBrantley13 Feb 2018 1:25 p.m. PST

Not the gaming part…at least not for me.

But definitely, the buying miniatures part.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:36 p.m. PST

..I;m reading this ..soooooo….yes?

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:45 p.m. PST

Hi My name is Bill and I have a problem……..

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:53 p.m. PST

'I was at a party and my friends were passing around dice so I just took one and now..'

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

There's the serious response of not diluting the meaning of a useful clinical term. Then there's the "Why am I still searching miniatures sites for more Egyptian chariots when I've not even based nor painted the ones I have?" Followed by "Oh my, are all those still unpainted? I've got to buy more spray paint for base coats." Then again, at my age, it's not an addiction. I'm trying to leave a gaming legacy for my grand kids. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Buck21513 Feb 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

The first step in tabletop wargaming addiction is first recognizing you have a problem. Okay, done that. Now I will not do anything about it…

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

Plus +1 each for Bill and David! grin

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

It's only an addiction if I'm covered from the consequences of my behavior under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ("But he spends all his time at work calculating tournament armies!"
"I'm sorry sir, but he's a known wargaming addict. As long as he's in your treatment program…")

TMPWargamerabbit13 Feb 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

Have the white coat hanging on its peg in the corner.

phssthpok13 Feb 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

No more of an addiction than breathing oxygen.

Dentatus Fezian13 Feb 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

Any hobby taken too far can become a mental illness: golf, boating, motorcycles… And sure, the wargaming can be the focus of OCD/Addictive tendencies.

But it's bass-ackwards to blame little toy soldiers and polyhedral dice.

Salibaba13 Feb 2018 8:51 p.m. PST

I don't have an addiction to wargaming, but an addiction to BUYING MINIATURES! I just can't stop no matter how hard I try!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 10:09 a.m. PST



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