Once upon a time, I used to be an historical gamer -Squad Leader, Napoleonic and Medieval mostly- till I heard about Chainmail, War of the Ring and D&D. Then came Laserburn and WhFB 1st, and I turned into quite a dual classe collector/hoarder player.
But in 2003 I moved to Canada and put everything related to hobbies aside- read I sold mostly everything in order to make room for "real stuff" as wife used to say.
Thanks to FB and gamer rings, I heard about the Oldhammer gang, and started lurking on fabulous blogs full of gorgeous minis and scenery elements and most of time people there were chatting about rule sets.
But I did manage to pass my Sanity check.
2020 was a different story, telecommuting all day long was (and still is) quite an experiment and since I had to stop my rpg games I needed a new hobby. In Feb, my father died of Covid so we crossed the Atlantic for explicite reasons. He was quite a devoted and avid wargamer -mostly into Napoleonic era- and shared my newly "fantasy/scifi" hobby... we had tons of fun building scenery, painting minis and playing games. But when I turned 28, I just quit the Hobby, focusing on rpgs, old boardgames and .. wife.
So when I moved to the frigid Canadian wastes -snow and bitter cold were totally new to me, I put the stuff I was not willing to give away -and the All-Maker does know I gave away a lot of things back then- in big boxes and let them gather dust in my father's garage for about 20 years. I was like a kid again when opening them alongside the remaining tin soldiers from my Old Man collection. I recovered what left of my long forgotten and neglected late 70s/ early 00s miniatures collection and some rules sets (Whfb 2nd in French, my spare 3rd books, RT books..).
Thanks to Oldhammer blogs, I learnt about Frostgrave/Oathmark, RogueStars and Lion Rampant.. nice games -excepted RS- all of them. Then came Stargrave to fillful that scifi side of mine but I needed more and someone told me about One Page Rule (Fantasy and GF/GFF). Love at first sight. Now I am playing with kids and wife, and thanks to lockdown and pandemia, we had tons of fun.
WA is fulfilling some of my basic needs to populate my old campain setting and still will do thanks to latest releases and preorders stuff. ... and dedicated forum is a marvelous idea to meet and share with people from all over the world.
You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars....