This past weekend I participated in a Malifaux tournament. I came in second from last but I was just glad to beat the one person who usually beats me. I’m writing this now because it made me realize something. Not only is miniature gaming not just a game played by people who live in their parents basements, it’s not just played by normal people, it’s played by incredibly nice people. The group of Malifaux players here in Nova Scotia is rather small, but every single one of them is a nice person.
Every time someone was going to get food, everyone was asked if they wanted something. While we were playing everyone was very patient with the few of us that didn’t know the rules off by heart while we looked up things in the rulebook, and even helped explain things we were confused about. We even had time between games to talk about many other things like writing, movies, and other board games that have been played.
The point of this is, miniature games are not just a hobby. We’re a community, of writers, lawyers, doctors, designers, painters and every other job you can think of. That brings me to my topic; community.
I think community is something everybody wants when they move. They want to know that where they move to will be safe for them, and safe for their children if they should have children, and even for their pets should they have them. Humans are very social creatures by nature, so I think a good sense of community is something we all wish to obtain even if we say we don’t.
Where I live now is a decent community but it is surrounded by bad communities; inhabited by drug dealers, criminals, etc. So everyone in my community is mutually afraid to go out at night. That mutual fear brings us together as a community.
In this generation however, there is sort of a global community. The internet has provided us with the means to contact and make friends with virtually anybody in the world. This allows us to form online communities through shared hobbies, games, or other virtual activities. In many cases however, the larger your online community is, the smaller your local community is. So while I am part of a couple great internet communities like WordPress and Guild Wars 2, the local communities I’ve been part of get smaller.
So more or less, I’m not sure whether this article is about miniatures or if it’s about community or both. All I know is that you shouldn’t distance yourself from your local community just because you’re more comfortable online. There are plenty of interesting people locally for you to meet too. In the same train of thought, there are also many interesting people you can meet online too. There has to be a way to balance them right?
By Alex Hicks