However this months write up has been mithering away at me since I obtained my copy, so I have decided to comment prematurely.
I was also a tad worried that any casual reader coming across my blog for the first time [ I wish ] would think I was a moaney old git, perhaps I am.
Anyway in this months Club Focus, it concerns a visit to the WB3D gaming group, who are actually based not very far away from where I live, and I actually receive their daily Facebook entries, [ I'm not certain how that happened]
The club is pretty new, and seems to be very active which is wonderful etc. etc.
There is a 'however' and it is the following text which I will quote;
' The concept of 3D gaming in the context of what we do as wargamers is not original. However there are two reasons why we chose to adopt the title for our club.
The first is controversial in our community but I believe firmly that wargaming is a title for our hobby will become obsolete and may already be having a negative effect on bringing younger people into the fold.
It then goes on ; ' The second reason [ for the name] is that not all games played at wargames clubs are wargames. For example, do games such as Zombicide, Pandemic and 7TV among many others count as wargames?'
You can see where I am going with this dear readers can't you.
I thought we had done away with this bollocks in the late 1970's and early 1980's when the USA introduced Adventure Gaming which was an attempt to get away from the connotation with war, obviously not.
So just to clarify why the group calls itself WB3D, it is because they are based in Whitley Bay and they play with 3 dimensional figures, ie toy soldiers, or is that toy persons, or toy non persons, to include toys of indeterminate gender and creed.
AND someone at the club firmly believes that the term Wargames is having a negative effect on young people.
F.F.S. we live in an age where young people constantly view live executions, sexting, non stop porn and all the other abominations of modern life shown 24/7 on the internet, but the term Wargames is having a negative effect on young people!!!
Also the term Wargaming is becoming obsolete, because the new non wargaming, wargamer is 'playing' other non war, wargames.
BUT ZOMBICIDE, et al. doesnt have a negative effect on young people. because playing with 3D figures [ ie non soldiers] re enacting dead people eating live people is a positive role model to have.
You couldnt make it up.
I should have known when a member of the WB3D talks of 'concepts' and 'contexts' that this would be followed by a load of over emotive, navel gazing, unmitigated bollocks.
I honestly thought I had finally escaped this when I retired, but oh no, 'they keep dragging you back in',
I am waiting for some flat earth believing informed person to suggest that we re name this country in order to escape the fact that we had a British Empire, perhaps we could be called Zombieland.
Be afraid fellow obsolete persons, be very afraid.