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My family, and other animals…..

According to the original conception, the family is neither a naturalistic nor a sentimental unity, but an essentially heroic unity. It is known that the ancient denomination of pater derives from a term which designated the leader, the king. The unity of the family already for this reason appeared therefore as that of a group of beings joined in virile manner around a lord, who to their eyes appeared invested with a brute power, but also with a majestic dignity, such as to arouse veneration and fidelity.

Julius Evola

My pater was out in the car park. Our bearer of the sacred family flame had eaten too much and was intent on upsetting those diners in window seats. It had been one of those family occasions that everyone would rather forget. Whilst most grandmothers might show some interest in their grandchildren, my own dear mater needed to recount her misadventures with the Sky remote for what seemed an hour. She may have been given a new television for free but that doesn’t mean she can be grateful.

But the buttons on the remote controller are a curse!

I wonder how many gamers become gamers because their families are, well, how do I put it, a bit of a let down? When the head of the household can’t move off the sofa , you may well think that an alternate universe is preferable! The wonderful thing about such a role model is that the “other world” has to be better than the real. As my father finished his visit to the vomitarium it was time to leave. with the bill paid by yours truly, another birthday was over.

Same time next year?

God I’m glad I have a hobby! The younger generation may call it their “ safe space” but, it’s more than that. You may see wargamers as emotionally stunted but if tonight’s festivities are what can be expected when families meet, I think I’ll stay in my own heroic unity thank you very much!

Sanity! Of a kind!

Please feel free to attach your own happy family memories that led you to being a hobby nut below!

He did what in the car park?
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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. giving realistic tactical advice in Fortnite games, and recreating great moments of military history using inch high toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in the Cardiff Dice Studz who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse), Trade Street, Cardiff, sunny Wales, U.K.


  1. Haha oh dear. My family is great, honestly they really are but the biggest problem we have is that none of us really talk about things. I mean the really important stuff. We are all bottlers and I don’t mean our own home made Italian sauce or home brew haha I mean if there’s an issue we all just hold it in. Luckily I found a wife who made me open up otherwise I think I would have burst. Before her though I had miniatures and other, more unsavoury, pastimes haha. Now I have her, my miniatures and the ability to talk to her if things have got me down. Wow, I think I read your post at just the right time haha.

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  2. Guru says the real question is “do we become Gamers because of our family or in despite them”?

    Guru Einstein said “play is the highest form of research” and guru George Bernard Shaw said “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

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