Brief background: Got into 40k a little over a year ago. I wanted a hobby and was going to do scale modeling when my buddy showed me these cool space dudes that had awesome tanks. Build them up and then you can play a game with them. I went and bought the B@C box set for the figures so I could start my Raven Guard force.
My question is: has anyone else here experienced a desire to forgo 40k and focus more on smaller scale games?
Details: I enjoy 40k. I consider myself a hobbyist first, player second. That is mostly due to time constraints. I really enjoy building, converting, and painting. I enjoy playing the game and I've made some new friends through the hobby.
Last night a new friend came over who used to play a lot of games in his college days. I set up the first scenario for B@C for him and I and it was FANTASTIC. I can't recall ever having that much fun playing 40k (or any other game for that matter). It was a nail biter to the end. It's a simple game to pick up but there is enough chance and tactical decision making thrown in that it makes it a lot of fun. The only thing that would have made the game better is if the models were Ultramarines and Word Bearers, as it was we played Raven Guard on Raven Guard since that's what they were painted up as.
This morning I woke up thinking about the fun I had when it hit me... I should dump all my 40k stuff and focus on the specialist games that interest me from GW as well as other non GW games that my family would be more interested in playing.
To preface my list of cons for 40k I'll say this - I enjoy the game. However I enjoyed B@C MORE, and I think I would enjoy smaller/different games more.
What I don't like about 40k:
- I'm not a fan of the 'living ruleset'. I get it. I think it's great for the game. However with CA out that's one more book I need to stay current.
- I loved the alternating activation of B@C, I dislike that 40k is 'I do everything, then you do everything'
- My goal is a fully (well) painted army and with the time I have it will take me a long time to get there
What I like about the idea of smaller games:
- Everything I need to play is in the box
- I will still have opportunities to hobby and I'll have the potential to paint a wider range of models therefor learn new techniques
- Potentially expand the group of people I can play with
- Reduced time commitment
I listed my reasons out in case anyone asks, and I'd love to hear feedback if anyone else has experienced something similar. This is not an 'I hate 40k thread'. It's more along the lines of 'I think, for me, there are better gaming options out there and 40k showed me the way'. I still love the setting and will continue to read Black Library but the idea of getting new figures to paint B@C as it was meant, or getting Prospero or Shadespire, really have me excited, along with all the non GW games that are out there.