You might be thinking I’m just looking for excuses. But no, Star Wars really did make me play Warhammer.
It all started back when I was a young guy in the 80s. I was born the year Jedi came out, so while I didn’t get to see any of the Star Wars films in theatres the first go around, I did grow up with it all around me. Having an older brother definitely helped. I because a Star Wars fan early on. This later turned into an obsession, and even now every other novel I read (I try for two a month) is a Star Wars novel (as I own over 100 of them). Anyway, that’s a digression for another day.
So in 1995, Decipher released the Star Wars CCG. Kinda like Magic, but not really. I dropped by a favourite comic store of mine, just browsing for nothing particular, when I saw the starter decks. Oh, was I intrigued. I picked it up. Lo and behold, I got an Obi-Wan Kenobi rare! Holy moly! The game looked great, I got one of the more expensive cards (which I later sold for more booster packs, where I got a DARTH VADER! who was so pricey I sold him for way more booster packs) and thus began my to-this-day hobby: cards and games.
In high school I finally found people to play with. We played Star Wars and Babylon 5, but I never got into Magic, strangely enough. One of my friends played 40K, and that’s how I got introduced to Games Workshop. We would head downtown to Hairy T’s after school regularly to pick up some Mage Knight boosters, and we would stop at the Eaton Centre for him to run into GW. I was really interested in it all, but I had never taken part in the modelling hobby, or tabletop gaming. I loved the look of it all, right down to the ships from Battlefleet Gothic. But, I never bought anything. I may have gotten a quick demo with some Imperials vs. Eldar or something, I’m not sure.
A few years later I really got into board games. Playing Risk and Samurai Swords and Axis and Allies with some guys at the end of high school was awesome. When I got into university I started looking around for more people to play with. I found Canucks Amuck and then TABS, and since 2005 I have spent countless hours and dollars playing and buying card and board games, wargames and dexterity games, pirate and train games, etc.etc.etc. Of my handful of hobbies, it is the most intense.
Anyway, I got into Magic soon thereafter. Then came miniature gaming a few years back. I think it was Andrew making me buy Warmachine. Or maybe someone else, but I’ll blame him. I started playing Warmachine and then other games. I ended up buying a Tau starter for 40K, which was how I got into Games Workshop games. I liked the Space Marines tanks, but everyone did Space Marines of some sort, so I went with Tau, whose look I still love. I didn’t get very far with them, as with most minis games I start up (other than Malifaux, which I did really well with).
Flash forward to a couple of years ago. Fantasy Flight started releasing CCGs as LCGs – either dead or new CCGs but with a non-random distribution. I got A Game of Thrones and love it. I play Call of Cthulhu with Andrew. Then I got a used copy of Warhammer: Invasion last year. Very interesting. I know enough of the Warhammer world by now to recognise a lot of the units and stuff. But I still wasn’t into the miniatures game.
And then Mantic Games started releasing awesome minis. Great.
And then Island of Blood came out. Double great.
I went from starting a Vampire Counts army to picking up two boxes of Island of Blood (one of my own, one from Andrew so he could get the rules and gaming bits).
And now I play Skaven, with a back-up High Elf force in the works.
So, I started playing the Star Wars CCG in 1995. I started playing Warhammer in 2011.
And that’s how Star Wars made me play Warhammer.