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GrandMaster Raziel
I live in Scotland but I'm originally from Texas. I've been an avid gamer since the early '80s and have played just about every game out there. I have a lovely wife and 5 children, so getting the life / gaming balance is always important.
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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Not dead, just lurking....

Hi there folks

I haven't fallen off the edge of the world just yet.  Real life decieded to take a bigger chunk of time and any of you with kids can understand that.  With that said, I recently returned from a 2 week holiday back to my home of Texas for the first time in 15 yrs.  I mention this because it has got me to thinking about the changes that have come to pass both here in the UK and back home in the wargaming community as a whole.

I met up with friends and family that had changed alot, along with my hometown (Galveston, which had survived Huricane Ike a couple years ago but still has the scars...) that almost seemed alien to me now.  I found myself musing over the state of gaming today and how I think it has shifted from when I moved to the UK all those years ago. 

When I left the states, the university/college scene was a big part of the tournament scene as well as a meeting place for everyone.  In my area alone, there were 4 good tournaments a year minimum, and many smaller groups at local level.  But now I think there may be a shift toward corporate sponsored events and the like, as my friend demonstrated with a FoW 1 day event he was booked for and has another one this coming weekend. I asked myself if I would be able to adapted to the new scene over there and I was surprised to find I would be coming back almost like a newbie...

Well, in closing, My family have decieded that we are going to make the move back to the states in the near future, so I guess I am going to find out by jumping in the deep end again :)

Cheers and Happy Hunting