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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Mar 2020 6:55 p.m. PST

We've got a global pandemic, and some wargamers are in the most dangerous demographic.

Is anyone taking this moment to think about life, the hobby, projects to finish in your lifetime, etc.?

I notice that as I am getting older, I am (finally) becoming realistic about what I can accomplish in my (unknown but finite) remaining days.

However, the virus crisis is not impacting my hobby life. It's not as if I feel I must finish some hobby project just in case I get the virus and die; I'm enjoying the hobby process, I'm not too focused on which projects must be finished or left unfinished.

USAFpilot23 Mar 2020 8:56 p.m. PST

Reminds me a little of JRR Tolkien's story "Leaf by Niggle" about a man who paints a life size picture of a tree. He spends his entire life on the project but never finishes it as real life gets in the way of his hobby. Many years after Niggle's death, only a small torn off piece of canvas remains with the image of a single leaf.

Perris070723 Mar 2020 8:57 p.m. PST

I had been thinking about that before the Coronacation (what the kids are calling it). I have a multitude of figures buried away in boxes that have not seen the light of day for over 30 years now. Some I can't even remember the manufacturers. I need to spend some time and go through them and lighten the load. Next move will be a lot easier minus a few tons of lead.

Dn Jackson23 Mar 2020 9:26 p.m. PST

I want to game with my son some more.

Volstagg Vanir24 Mar 2020 12:06 a.m. PST

I need to go through and label the collection; some of that stuff has value,
and the kids should be able to redeem that value with no fuss, no muss, no rough stuff.

It's bad enough the majority of it will be given away or discarded, eventually.
I dread the idea that the collectable babies will be bath-watered with
the excess accretions, detritus, folderol & tom-foolery.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 3:02 a.m. PST

I've been downsizing for over a year. I realized that I had too many "projects" that were unrealistic to even start. Yes mortality is a consideration in what I'm doing now. The Civid19 pandemic did not start the process for me, just reinforced it.

advocate24 Mar 2020 3:02 a.m. PST

The club is closed for the duration, so my gaming is affected. But I'd already planned this year to paint mostly what I have, start nothing new, and just maybe rationalise a bit.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 3:29 a.m. PST

I've been thinking about it for quite awhile; the pandemic doesn't have anything to do with it.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 4:39 a.m. PST

Not really. Been thinking more about what I want to accomplish and planning how to do that. My problem is that I have a bad case of "Oh, shiny!"

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 5:45 a.m. PST

The virus has not made me think of it. I started thinking about it when I moved and realized how much I have, then as I started selling my GFs late husbands stuff. I have started downsizing some, with more to come.

Stryderg24 Mar 2020 6:09 a.m. PST

For me, the hobby is not about "finishing" a project, it's about the process. Reading new rules (that I'll never play), making/printing/cutting out game aids (for games I'll never play), a little painting, lots of planning and sometimes actually rolling some dice; that's the stuff.

Of course, last week we were on half days, well everyone else was on half days, I'm in IT (considered an essential service) so not a lot of down time for gaming.

14Bore24 Mar 2020 7:36 a.m. PST

As a only solo gamer not effecting me, but am as such really enjoying conventions though only been to 3 and only the last 2 played games. Will be very heart broken if Historicon isn't held.
And to put this in perspective, as of writing this there has been around 400 total deaths, in the 2018-19 seasonal flu there were over 300 per day for 6mo.
Watch your personal hygiene, if sick or prone, double that effort

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 8:20 a.m. PST

About 10 years ago I did a huge sort and dumped all my ancillary scales and projects. Took the money and sent a load of figures out for painting.

Now I have no "unfinished" projects. By that I mean projects I cannot game with. All my armies and genres now are big enough to run a 6 player game, 3 a side. Maybe not with all the specific kit or options I'd like to, but enough.

But both the lcok down and a likely impending relocation have me doing a serious bit of sorting, repair and clean up:

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Every day I go through a box or two and make sure it is sorted (no Germans in the Canadian box) and magnetized. I have a repair kit handy for gluing back loos gun shields or tank commanders who have popped loose.

Jeffers24 Mar 2020 8:38 a.m. PST

No, I worked out what I wanted to do last year after I nearly popped my clogs. It was on the cards but the glimpse of the choir invisibule speeded things up.

rustymusket24 Mar 2020 9:56 a.m. PST

I came to Bill's conclusion a couple of years ago as I began my retirement. I let myself get caught up in a couple of projects but now I am going to do my best to do what I want to do. And I am in no hurry even to do those things.

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