I have been thinking lately about our community, not the blogosphere in particular, but the total 40k community and where everyone comes from.
You see, I have played in a few other areas and have seen the same thing over and over again in the 5th edition scene. You have a fairly large group of folks who are new to the hobby or at least the game. Then you have the (usually) equally large or larger group of players who have returned from 3rd edition, having taken a break through 4th edition.
The very rare groups it seems are the old timers crew - the fellows who have literally been pushing pewter since Rogue Trader, rocking battle cards for their tanks, lol ... and that strange group who were born into the game in 4th edition (the group to which I belong because that was when I could afford the game).
With all that being said, the old crew and new crew are easily explained in any scene, but what has always staggered me is the lack of folks who started in 4th ed and have played through AND the mass of players who are back having all seemed to have missed 4th.
I think it is too easy to place the blame on how terrible 4th was, though it was pretty terrible. I would like to explore deeper by asking everyone a few questions ...
When did you pick up the game (in terms of edition)?
If you started in 3rd or earlier, what drew you to the game? Did you take a break and if so, why?
Did you miss 4th or did you start during it? What brought you in?
What is the demographic of your gaming group? New guys? Old guys? A mix?
Let's hear where you, your local players and friends come from and any of your theories to what I have discussed above - even the theory that I might be a complete crack pot on this one.
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