It got me wondering of their motivations as well as my New Year's Eve post about my own motivations for still tabletop gaming. I'm doing stuff now I didn't do 30 years ago, namely lots of miniature battles and board games, with 0% on my 1980s passion, which was space opera role playing, or any role playing at all now, for that matter. I stated on New Year's Eve, and it's still valid, that mini gaming and board gaming that I am doing are ghostly echoes of long lost pleasures I got RPGing.
I was reminded today of the term "Chasing the Dragon" and it is an apt description of what I'm doing.. what perhaps, many old gamers are doing..
Chasing the Dragon, in case you are not familiar with the term, is, from urbandictionary.com:
Not just money, but gobs of time painting, as well as storage issues.
All these resources, and I don't think it adds up to 10% of the gaming pleasure I got all those years ago.. Mind you, what I'm doing now, like modelling, is enjoyable, but not nearly to the level of RPGing that I once had.. The returns are paltry compared to what I got for virtually nothing once.