Sadly, I've been unable to pull myself out of the house to go down and play any games in months. Between laziness and certain parental duties, I've found every excuse to avoid simply going a few miles away to do something I enjoy muchly. Why?
To me, the Ultramarines represent the best that humanity has to offer. As I sit back and let my imagination run away, I imagine the worlds of Ultramar being safe, beautiful places. I imagine their armies going out into the terrible galaxy and trying to give the rest of humanity what they have. I imagine the heroic parades as the 2nd company comes home after another glorious campaign against the alien abomination.
I also have Dark Angels, Blood Angels, a few different regiments of Imperial Guard; I even have Word Bearers, Tau, and Eldar all ready to play as well. Each of those gets an equally in-depth imagining, complete with musings about their society and their motivations. And then...
But I don't. I don't hear the gamers ever talk about the coolness of the game. I don't read about how gamers actually appreciate GW for what they do, alot of it quite well. I don't get to 'wax poetic' with anyone anymore about something I love. Why?
Back in the glory days of Games Workshop, it was all about the story. Remember how Gazkhull demolished Armageddon? Or how Calgar freed Ichar IV? Or how the Iyanden were nearly wiped out? The books and magazines used to be full of awesome stories and background. Great pictures. Wait, no they weren't! Sketchy McSketcherson John Blanche was the only artist, and the stories were always three paragraphs long. And the magazine? Yeah, MORE advertisements back then. And sometimes for stuff that wasn't even GW!
Does this mean I hate tournaments? Nope. In fact, the only times I play are tournaments. I don't have to hear people complain the whole time- they're too busy trying to win. Does this mean I think GW is the niftiest, keeniest company that ever existed? Nope. I have a special version of antipathy towards them. But that's a story not to be told here. I do actually like the game, the product, and what the company gives me as a tool. I enjoy this hobby. And I enjoy enjoying this hobby.