Why Time Flies.

Time. My, how does it fly?

On many occasion, I’ve looked at my watch after playing a good tabletop match or an intense painting session only to find that hours have disappeared. You start a 50pt game at 2pm only to find that it’s 6 or 7pm when you’re done, and now your stomach is growling from lack of food.

Surprise!

It is weird that we are surprised by the passing of time. Time is a natural phenomenon, basically a ticking-away of events and experience. We physically live within the passage of time. When we see a child for the first time after a year away, we are shocked by how much this person has grown. It’s natural to get older with time. Why are we surprised? Rather, we should be more surprised if the child did not grow at all!

"Time bomb!"

“Time bomb!”

If time is natural and we are naturally and physically affected by time (e.g., we get old), then the mental disconnect, such that we are surprised when time passes is simply weird.

Maybe there’s an explanation: I think the surprise we experience by the passing of time is because the experience of time is unnatural to us. When we are having fun, when things engage our creative side, we lose track of time because in those moments, we discover unexpectedly that we are unnatural; we live an experience that is supernatural.

Games and hobbies are enjoyable, because we literally leave this physical world behind, and learn, even subtly, that we might belong somewhere else that is more natural to us (and it may not be this physical space). 

Friday off with rain (40k and X-wing minis)

Today is July 4th, the day we celebrate the birth of our nation (USA). It is also a Friday, which means that I had a chance to hit the tabletop early. But instead of my usual Warmachine/Hordes games, I decided to dabble a little further into the world of Warhammer 40k and witness a few moments of the X-wing miniatures game.

I only have two pictures from the day, but there was a lot happening that I didn’t want to spend too much time making photographs.

Overall, I’d have to say that I enjoy the Games Workshop system. Despite the nay-sayers, the wonky  mechanics (e.g., saves, psychic power rules, etc) and all the other clunky codex rules, I enjoyed my games. It was a lot of fun, actually. I can see how some army lists are broken to the point of being not-fun-to-even-try, but at the core of the game is a unique place where someone can just relax and see what happens.

My perspective: Warhammer doesn’t feel like any other “fair balanced” game against my opponent, but rather is a tangible experience of two armies clashing in a very fantastically imagined narrative. As others have said, it’s an RPG with armies on the table.

Maybe the real fun is when you understand the fluff/lore and you project into the gaming experience? I guess. But then I’ve only played five entire games of 40k in my life. 

Need to play more….