Last Christmas I organised a narrative campaign for my local games store. There were 3 linked games, the effect of one having an impact on the other, with a story running through all of them. I wrote background and my brother put together power point slides etc. We had about 12 people participating, and I think (hope) everybody had a good time.
Except me. One of the people who came was an idiot. Loud, opinionated, a know it all and insulting. I overheard him in other games and I played him once. Possibly the worst game of 40k I’ve ever had. He spoiled my day.
Now the detail of what happened is not important – but here’s the question – why does our hobby attract these people? What is it about 40k that attracts the socially inadequate, the dysfunctional and the down right odd? I came late to 40k, I’ve only been playing a couple of years. I have, and have had, other hobbies and pastimes, and the % of idiots is much lower.
I don’t have an answer to the question, but I have a theory (mostly tongue in cheek).
My theory is that anybody over the age of 20 that plays with toy soldiers has a serious case of arrested development – we are all still kids at heart. That’s not a bad thing. But I think the stage at which our development was arrested is very important. The “normal” ones (and I know it’s a relative term), and by this I mean the ones you want play again, and have a beer with afterwards, are arrested at about 7, when kids are fun and happy and enthusiastic (any of you who have kids will confirm this!). The idiots’ development is arrested at about age 14, when kids are obnoxious and annoying.
It’s these 20+ teenagers that are the real idiots.
So – what’s your theory – why does the hobby attract so many idiots?