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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:14 a.m. PST

Prompted by a throw away post here: TMP link

Do you consider Wargamers to be eccentric?

Yes – all of them
Yes – all of them except me
Some are – some aren't
No – none of them
No – none of them except me.

Here the term "me" refers to the reader of the poll options themself, not me as in 20thmaine. But you knew that, right?

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Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:21 a.m. PST

Is water wet?

Yes, every one of us.

RittervonBek13 Sep 2021 9:25 a.m. PST

Anybody with a hobby can appear eccentric to those unfortunate souls with boring lives…..🤣

cavcrazy13 Sep 2021 9:25 a.m. PST

I'm sure I am, I just don't realize that I am.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:39 a.m. PST

The fact that it took me 10 years to get the correct shade of paint for Gosling Green, and refused to paint a very good regiment until I got it should tell you something. And I'm still not satisfied.
Don't get me started on Philamort yellow.

My dear sister dresses up for Jane Austen fan events. We do not judge.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:45 a.m. PST

Of course! What a silly question. Actually, isn't everyone?

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:47 a.m. PST

But of Course!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 9:56 a.m. PST

Miniature wargamers certainly. Board and computer gamers not so much.

A minority hobbyist is eccentric pretty much by definition. In the United States, someone whose hobby takes place indoors, involves research and craftsmanship more than competitive cash outlays and does not even involve watching television has placed himself well outside the norm. Add to this that many of us--especially historical miniatures gamers--are still choosing armies, rules and scenarios independently without signing on to a commercial franchise which will deliver them as a package, as though we were designing and building our own cars, and I think most of us are guilty of Crimes Against the Norm. (Thank you for the concept, Samuel Delaney.)

For contrast, one of my siblings decorates his home with the symbols of a university he has never attended, and never fails to watch a game in which they play sports he has never played. He's not only a thoroughly nice guy, he's perfectly normal. No one's likely to say either of those things of me.

HMS Exeter13 Sep 2021 10:00 a.m. PST

I think a better poll would be for we gamers to nominate the term we think best describes gamers. I'd be willing to bet that "eccentric" would not be deemed adequate to capture the full scope of our weirdness.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 10:18 a.m. PST

YES, maybe a little bit.

If they stay on their meds you can't tell though.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 10:19 a.m. PST

To be in this hobby at all you have to be at least mildly eccentric. Some take this to new and unexplored levels.

The general public thinks all of us are daft. Who's to argue.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 10:22 a.m. PST

"Board and computer gamers not so much"

That would be incorrect! I do both board war-games and miniatures, so while the casual family gamer or those who play Euros may seem a bit normal, trust me, the board wargamers are not! From complaining about map colors to the size of counters to the examples in rule books, there's enough eccentricities for several hobbies! Just posting to one of the various forums that SS counters in a game should be black with white lettering can start a war!

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 11:49 a.m. PST

Yes, every single one. As well as board gamers. And most computer gamers are not exactly steering to the 'centric path.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 1:40 p.m. PST

If you have a hobby, by definition you're weird.
It's in the Book of Life FAQ.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 1:55 p.m. PST

I've seen many where the center of gravity is outside the base of support …

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 2:51 p.m. PST

Yes all. In NZ you're eccentric if your hobby interest isn't sports.

huron72513 Sep 2021 5:08 p.m. PST

Same thoughts as RittervonBek.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 6:41 p.m. PST

Yes but in a good way

My old boss collected antique computers and No 3 son's friends are steampunk re-enactors – so like the OFM I don't judge

Korvessa13 Sep 2021 7:15 p.m. PST

Ah wargamers,
People who will complain about paying $10 USD for postage, but not have a second thought about spending $20 USD in gas looking for just the right shade of green.

Glengarry513 Sep 2021 8:27 p.m. PST

What? Eccentric, me? Toad the wet sprocket and an English toffee tiger tank to you!!

KSmyth13 Sep 2021 8:28 p.m. PST

I love Toad The Wet Sprocket!!

I think those who love their hobbies are eccentric to those looking from outside. Now if you're eccentric to those in the hobby that's maybe a sign.

The Last Conformist13 Sep 2021 11:51 p.m. PST

I don't think merely playing wargames, or having another modestly unusual hobby, is enough to make someone an eccentric. If doing anything mildly unusual makes you eccentric, not being eccentric would itself be eccentric.

That said, the guy at the office whose desk is covered by Flames of War books and chibi collector's figures is definitely eccentric.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 2:43 a.m. PST

Now if you're eccentric to those in the hobby that's maybe a sign.

But which way? The gamer that gamers think is weird – is he (it's going to be a he isn't it?) really weird or…..actually more normal than the rest.

Whatever normal is.

bobm195914 Sep 2021 4:21 a.m. PST

There's only me and thee that's reet…and I'm not so sure about thee

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 7:18 a.m. PST

Chimpy, I think with a little work you could prove that so much of the male modern world spends it free time either chasing a ball around or watching other people do so that all the rest of us put together are an insignificant minority.

20th Maine, you can be weird to your fellow gamers either of two ways. The Napoleonics player who uses troops throughout the period without regard for uniform changes is probably closer to sanity, while the fellow who insists that his 1808 British have a neckstock and gray trousers only in 1810--three trial regiments excepted--is weird even by hobby standards. But it's worth noting that everyone on this forum understands both of those, and I'd have to explain them both to almost every family member--sometimes without success.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 11:13 a.m. PST

OK, so walking around a field looking for holes to hit balls into isn't eccentric but wargaming is ?

Logical ?

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 5:31 p.m. PST

Err….other than at the Battle of the Greenfields I would never defend the game of golf!

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2021 5:07 a.m. PST

Yes, yes we are.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2021 1:40 p.m. PST

I would say more so than in an average group of the population.

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