A Time to Refocus
I have been thinking about the state of Star Wars miniatures for the last few days. I was watching the season premiere of the Clone Wars with my kids and it hit me. Are we really enjoying the game we love so much or has Star Wars miniatures become a victim of its own success?
It seems now more than ever people are feeling the game is stagnant. Some seem to feel the game is stale and has changed drastically. A lot of folks don't like the direction of the game at times. I understand all of these feelings and I have some of the same complaints myself at times. My question I have posed myself is why am I not generally happy with what is going on? I remember for a while now we as a community have been afraid the death of the game is around the corner. We pray it will keep going and yet we rip apart every new set and become the harshest critics on the earth. At times I have wondered would we be better off if the game died? It reminds of people that everyone talks bad about. Folks just rip certain people apart because they don't like them. Then a tragic accident happens to that person and everyone makes that person into a saint. Would Star Wars become the saint if the game died?
Why are so many folks unhappy? We still have the game and at least 2 new sets with a third one currently being worked on. So why the long faces? Is it the time of year? I know the fall after Gencon is always a tough time for Star Wars miniatures. It seems though that it becomes worse every year. The offensive power creep that has occurred in the last couple of years and sets has been troubling for a lot of folks. For others it has turned them completely off the game. I have been just as guilty as other of this mind set. How do we overcome it?
I think it is time for us as a community to sit back and reflect. What is it we love about this game? I personally have to decided to make an effort to remember the early fun that I had playing this game. I feel like I have a good grasp on this game but I need to remember the fun of it. I think we all do. We need to play more of our favorite characters. We need to play more fun games. Utilize vassal if you don't have a local game. I have decided to try and embrace the GVL. I am going to try to get past the tons of rules (yes there are quite a few) and embrace the non-meta aspect of it. I am going to enjoy my RPG more. If you don't have a group and you play miniatures with four or more people start one. If you cannot afford the books contact some folks. Some people have these books in a digital format. That means if you are reading this article then you can get a copy. Enjoy the Star Wars side of the game. If you need help setting up a RPG contact me or someone at Gamers we will help you. I have decided that now while things are the slowest, now is the time to enjoy this game the most.
I realize a lot of folks are feeling a bit down. There has been a huge absence of people from the Wizards forums since the change. It is time as a community we focus. We must sometimes remember what drew us to this game in the first place and celebrate it. I think I am lucky in the fact that our internet radio show Sith Holonews Network gives me a chance to talk to folks and talk about what we love about the game. It is time for our community to come together. Drop some of the petty differences and move back to the point we are enjoying our mutual love that brought us together. Lets refocus on how much fun Star Wars is.
I was a kid when Star Wars came to the theater. It was 1977. I remember how excited I was to see Star Wars arrive at our theater. We had just gotten home from a vacation in California. We had gone to Disneyland. One day while there we had gone to the Chinese Theater. Guess what was opening that day? Star Wars. I remember getting home and it coming out. After the movie my life was changed. I had just had my first shot of imagination heroin and it was good. Nothing since movie wise has come close. Honestly the closest movie to being just awesome fun was the original Starship Troopers in 1997. That was a great movie. It failed on the follow up for sure. I can still remember going to Gibsons and getting my first Star Wars figure. It was Luke with the yellow light saber in his arm. Man that was exciting. I have seen the same excitement in my 10 year olds face when he got his AT-TE and his Falcon (the redesigned one). We need to find that again as a community. I am not calling anyone person out. I am calling myself and this community out. Refocus people. This is a great time and a great game. Let's try to remember how lucky we are. I would rather have this game to gripe about or say the shooters are more powerful than go back to nothing. Years from now we are going to remember playing this game and buying it. We are going to miss those days. Funny sometimes we can't enjoy them while they are going on.