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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Jun 2020 2:14 p.m. PST

Crossword pioneer Margaret Petherbridge Farrar once wrote: "You can't think of your troubles while solving a crossword."

Similarly, do you find miniature wargaming a distraction from the cares of life?

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2020 3:13 p.m. PST


When I was being treated for Anxiety/ Depression some years ago, my Psychologist recommended I throw myself into Wargaming for my mental wellbeing.
I have been more than happy to continue taking his advice even after being 'healed' by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy!!!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2020 4:36 p.m. PST

Sometimes. Other times miniature wargaming IS the care of life. Convention prep. Armies and terrain not ready for battle or not done to an acceptable standard. Storage problems, and surely they have to be around here SOMEWHERE?

If you're determined to be unhappy, wargaming won't stop you.

Wargamer Blue17 Jun 2020 5:08 p.m. PST

100% distraction from real life.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2020 6:28 p.m. PST

If you're determined to be unhappy, wargaming won't stop you.

True that.

Wargaming isn't really a distraction for me any more than anything else is. Once recently when I had a mental block about a work project, I worked on my taxes all afternoon instead. Then I ate dinner and talked with my wife and watched tv and washed dishes and went to sleep. The next day, I turned back to the work project, all motivated and even fired up, and I got it done on time.

Were my taxes a distraction? I guess so. Glad I did all of that work on them, too, but it didn't feel like work.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2020 8:59 p.m. PST

Of course.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine17 Jun 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

Isn't that the purpose of all hobbies?

arthur181518 Jun 2020 1:25 a.m. PST

Absolutely, Prince Rupert! If wargaming didn't provide a welcome distraction from life's cares, I wouldn't do it!
Working on rules, scenarios &c. has helped me endure lockdown a great deal.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2020 6:41 a.m. PST

Wargaming, like other hobbies is somewhat of a distraction from other things. Not always. And sometimes my wargaming is related to the cares of daily life.

coopman18 Jun 2020 7:48 a.m. PST

Hobby, distraction, whatever you want to call it.

MajorB18 Jun 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

Sorry, what was that you said? I was distracted.

Corporal Fagen18 Jun 2020 10:03 a.m. PST


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2020 11:06 a.m. PST

Yes, for me its therapy.

Jeffers18 Jun 2020 1:24 p.m. PST

Yes. As is bird watching.

DestoFante20 Jun 2020 7:03 a.m. PST

My wargaming is fine; it's my job and family who distract me a lot from painting miniatures and playing games…

Legion 420 Jun 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

I'm very glad I have a hobby that I can get very involved in … Especially in during the Great COVID War of 2020 !!!

von Schwartz20 Jun 2020 5:01 p.m. PST

Yes, very much so. I don't get much chance to actually game currently, not many historical gamers here in the vast wargamers desert known as north central Florida. But….the painting, the research, and yes, being able to discuss, share experiences, and even argue with all of you is the best distraction for an old fart like me and I am thankful for it!

M1Fanboy21 Jun 2020 5:58 a.m. PST


Fat Wally21 Jun 2020 2:29 p.m. PST

Life is my distraction from wargaming.

Legion 422 Jun 2020 7:41 a.m. PST

.the painting, the research, and yes, being able to discuss, share experiences, and even argue with all of you is the best distraction for an old fart like me and I am thankful for it!
Agree totally !!!! thumbs up

von Schwartz28 Jun 2020 5:43 p.m. PST

Can always count on you legion

I'll send you a can of Spam!!!

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