I got started in conflict-themed hobbies pretty naturally. I wanted to be a Soldier from the age of six, and loved picking up toy soldiers–but not the blobby, featureless ones from the corner store. My dad was a big military history, wargaming, and RPG fan, and I followed suit. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in elementary school, and picked up Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader in eighth grade. I’ve been at it ever since.
Eventually, I became a Soldier myself, serving with the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Surprisingly, real war did little to dampen my enthusiasm for the pretend kind, although these days I avoid modern war movies for the most part.
Probably the biggest damper on my gaming hobby is real life. But that’s not so bad when you’re married to your best friend who happens to have her own eccentric hobbies! She’s very understanding. Now, the four cats, two dogs, and the leopard gecko on the other hand…that’s a different story.