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peterx Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 2:35 p.m. PST

Do people call your wargaming "silly"? What do you say to them, if anything?

Kraken Skulls Consortium12 Sep 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

I don't concern myself with them, honestly. I actually think fishing is pretty silly, but cannot honestly think of a reason why I would share that with anyone (present discussion aside), so I don't do it.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 2:50 p.m. PST

How's your fantasy football team coming along?

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

I agree with them.

Of course most hobbies are silly to people who do not do them. I had a long conversation with two co workers who love NASCAR. I do not understand it all. They could not understand my playing with soldiers. To each their own I guess.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

Nothing. The rationality of hobbies really isn't something one can reasonably discuss. Tens of millions of people in my country think it's important who wins a professional sporting event involving complete strangers. Most of the interested people don't even have money on the game. Other people are hugely excited by the antics of athletes nominally associated with schools most of the fans have never attended.

And overseas, otherwise perfectly sane people watch soccer as though it were some sort of entertainment.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

Most males have a recollection of playing with toy soldiers or building models as kids. It is pretty easy to explain how those things have evolved into wargaming. The chess analogy is always a good one.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 3:49 p.m. PST

I have never had anyone call wargaming silly, I have had them say it was immoral. There was quite the discussion afterwards when I asked them to explain how this was immoral or a criminal activity.

PzGeneral12 Sep 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

I know you are but what am I? grin

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Sep 2018 4:55 p.m. PST

"Keeps me off the streets… and for that, you should be very glad."

Glengarry512 Sep 2018 5:30 p.m. PST

haven't met any. Down the hall from me is a Canadian army Afghan vet with health problems who is not a fan of the hobby to say the least.

Leadjunky12 Sep 2018 5:32 p.m. PST

Mom! I am old enough to do what I want.

Chris Wimbrow12 Sep 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

I just think back to a fellow electrician revealing he collected Beanie Babies … as an investment strategy.

Dynaman878912 Sep 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

My dad used to call them "Kid's Games". Since he was a on a Basketball scholarship till WW2 broke out I Finally told him any <expletive> kid could play basketball but not all of them can play wargames. He quit after that.

Anyone else, I'll ignore them, if they persist I tell them <expletive> off.

lkmjbc312 Sep 2018 5:52 p.m. PST

I'm 6'3 at 220 pounds. I've never had anyone say that to my face.

Joe Collins

Neal Smith Inactive Member12 Sep 2018 5:53 p.m. PST

I call them poo-poo heads and move on. :D

Schogun12 Sep 2018 6:36 p.m. PST

It's cheaper than golf…maybe.

McWong7312 Sep 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

"Wow, never knew you felt you could dictate to people what they can do to be happy"

whitphoto12 Sep 2018 6:59 p.m. PST

I told my mother in law it's a lot cheaper than when I'd go to the strip club after an evening of drinking…

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 7:58 p.m. PST

I was trying to think of a hobby that isn't silly, and I really couldn't come up with any

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 8:01 p.m. PST

never happened.

nickinsomerset12 Sep 2018 9:02 p.m. PST

Not happened, most folks just seem interested, even chaps from SF on both sides of the Atlantic,

Tally Ho!

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

Silly is as silly does.

Oberlindes Sol LIC12 Sep 2018 10:42 p.m. PST

No one has called wargaming silly to my face in 40 or more years -- and then it was my parents, so I had plenty of "well, so is your favorite hobby" to give back to them, and they weren't really serious about the criticism.

Green Tiger13 Sep 2018 1:17 a.m. PST

Never had 'silly' – people tend to say 'that's a bit sad'- to which I reply – 'Well it makes me happy…'

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

Nothing. Never had to respond to that.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

I'd say something like "Yes, it is, but I enjoy it."

If they persist I might add "anyway, enough about me, how's watching 22 men running around in shorts kicking a ball going for you?"

21eRegt13 Sep 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

Hasn't happened yet but since I live in Wisconsin I'd say, "You paint yourself green and yellow and put a cheese block on your head. Get over yourself!"

bjporter13 Sep 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

Professional soldiers wargame. Granted they don't normally use miniatures, but the concept is the same.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 7:16 a.m. PST

I'm rubber you're glue!

Legion 413 Sep 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

I call'm @$@*%)#! ^)@$+! #@%^*(*! @[&! Then I get really nasty and say the same things about their mom ! evil grin

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

"This isn't silly. This is silly…" And then I break into a full song and dance of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.

Okay, I've never done that, ‘cause no one's ever said that. But I have it in my pocket, just in case. Nothing shuts up a snob like attracting an embarrassing amount of attention in their direction.
evil grin

Rogues113 Sep 2018 9:50 a.m. PST

My wife continues to hate the hobby and calls it silly and a waste of time. It is a major bone of contention in our relationship because of the time it takes away from the family when I am not working (regular job and reserves). I think in the end she tolerates the hobby, but barely. Reflecting back over the last 30+ years of gaming it has been my favorite waste of time, so at least I am happy.

Redblack13 Sep 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

Who cares what others say ?


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 11:11 a.m. PST

I've never really had anyone say that, but if I were
to hear such a remark, I'd respond 'I felt the same
about golf, which is why I gave it up…do you play
golf ???'

Your Kidding13 Sep 2018 4:54 p.m. PST

"Hookers and high stakes poker may be cheaper and more socially acceptable then playing with little metal men, but this works for me."

Gonsalvo13 Sep 2018 6:42 p.m. PST

I have never had anyone say it to me, but if they did, I would simply reply, "You may properly address me as *Doctor*, sir!"

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

"I play with toy soldiers, deal with it."

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 12:43 a.m. PST

who cares

I probably feel the same towards their hobby/music/film taste you enjoy your diversions and I will enjoy mine

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member14 Sep 2018 5:26 a.m. PST


That would be the nicest (attempted) insult ever!


Old Wolfman14 Sep 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

Keeps me out of the bars at night.

The Tin Dictator14 Sep 2018 7:34 a.m. PST

Keeps me out of the bars at night.

That just seems like poor time management.

UshCha15 Sep 2018 1:09 a.m. PST

I have it said occationaly, my responce is "You think what I do is daft? I heat that some folk actualy PAY Money to just to watch watch 22 windbags kicking a bag of wind about!"

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

Thank you.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 7:36 p.m. PST

And this is why we need to carry guns openly. Some people just shouldn't speak.

"War gaming is silly? then I guess I'm calling you out Kincaid."

arthur181516 Sep 2018 5:46 a.m. PST

It hasn't happened, but 'Good bye!' would suffice if it did.

wrgmr116 Sep 2018 9:28 p.m. PST

I show them photos of painted Miniatures, then they wow.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

I never get the "silly" comment, just the, "so you play with toy soldiers" condescending comment.

I laugh them off usually. I do get WAY too excited when someone at my work says, "Is that a Warhammer 40k novel?"

dapeters19 Sep 2018 9:23 a.m. PST

The only people that said that were my folks.

von Schwartz22 Sep 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

Not silly, but a former neighbor asked me if I was a War monger. She fortunately moved out shortly thereafter. I do strongly agree with the above comments especially the ones about Fantasy Football fans and the mega fans who paint themselves varied colors and go to freeze off their extremities by stripping down to their BVDs and over indulging in adult beverages before they eventually fall down.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

I can only recall one person ever saying that and that was a long time ago (1970s). He was obsessed with amateur athletics (as an official not a sportsman) and though every other hobby was silly.


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