an idea SeerK brought up earlier today: Sometimes being too competitive can drag down a local scene when it gets out of control ... and I have to admit, I am a culprit, but that is about to change.
Now, before you TL:DR and just flame this post, I am not saying that competitive play cannot be fun or that it should not be encouraged - some of my favorite games are ones where I duked it out against another equally skilled opponent with a tweeked out list. Lose or win those games are incredible fun and can teach you something ... now, my other favorite games are ones where we brought quirky lists, using as much of our painted models as possible or with a crazy theme.
I am a hobbyist and a competitive player and anyone who says those two don't mix hasn't been in the hobby long: The best hobbyists in our area are also the best players. But what about those guys who just want to catch a game every Game Night and just have fun? I think it can be pretty disheartening to play the same handful of people because the old timers are all too busy beating on each other in ways you don't want to be a part of.
I also have to admit that after 18 months of tuning my Nids to be as competitive as possible, I lost the idea of having fun and relieving stress through our hobby (in fact, I would be frustrated even in victory - only seeing my shortcomings) and there are other players who are having a similar experience, as SeerK also mentioned.
My answer is to turn things around for a while and get back to my roots. I whipped out an army made of my painted Chaos models and have had three very fun games since and my painting and modelling inspiration has gone through the roof. So the new trend at the FLGS is to have fun, try new units, explore your codex (we are all committing to this new idea and some of us are looking at second armies too) - this way everyone can catch a fun game with us old timers and we can help foster the next generation of players (and I am sure they will teach us more than we have learned in a long time too! And yes we will let people take back moves and make that disembark they forgot, lol! We are bringing back the old, common sense, fun games!)
We are also looking for ideas like painting and conversion contests, bringing back bitz night, starting a campaign league and all the other great ways to enjoy the hobby that most of us grew up on.
Why am I sharing this with our Internet audience? Well, because I think we are not alone and I bet there are other people experiencing this in their local scene. If so, maybe taking a little break to get back to the core of this game - the Golden Rule - have fun! Comments and feedback are welcome as always.