I’m Bart, and welcome to the blog. I’m a lifelong Minnesotan, and currently live in the East Twin Cities Metro area. I’m happily married with two wonderful kids, and work in the IT industry.
I’m also a long-time wargamer. I started gaming around age 11 and proceeded to get totally immersed in miniatures gaming for the next decade or so. Throughout the course of my gaming ‘career’ I’ve started a short-lived gaming club, worked on several local conventions and been involved in many of the various historical miniatures projects that took form between 1987 and 1997 or so. A combination of burn-out and life changes (marriage, kids, work, etc) has led me to taking a hiatus of sorts for the last 10 years.
After the long hiatus I’m getting back into miniatures. As my kids get older and think their father is more of a dork and less of a rock star, I’m sure I’ll have more free time for gaming. In the meantime, I’ll be doing more thinking,painting, reading and complaining than gaming.
I plan to cover the following topics in this blog:
- Miniatures, both historical & fantasy, but mostly the former. Most minis posts will refer to Napoleonics, since that’s my first love, along with other horse & musket era games. I’ve also recently gotten back into Warhammer 40K. I also dabble in ancients, World War II and other things as well. How many things will depend on how well I can maintain focus.
- Miniatures Painting. I like painting miniatures and do a decent job of it. My skills could use improvement of course and I hope to share some tips as I get better.
- Game Design. Who hasn’t looked at a set of rules and thought they could do better? I’m not immune to this delusion any more than the rest of you.
- Trends in the hobby & hobby news.
- Stuff not related to gaming. I’ve got other hobbies as well and may occasionally write on them, though this blog will focus almost exclusively on gaming.
Why am I writing this? Well, mostly because I’ve hit a point in my life where things are going well, but I’m finding that I’m lacking the camaraderie that I experienced through gaming. Since most of my friends are gamers, when I don’t game, I don’t see many of them, and I’m starting to feel that sense of being cut off more these days. I still have a strong interest in military history, and gaming can be part of that as long as it doesn’t take over my life like it used to. I’m hoping that re-joining this hobby will keep me occupied so I don’t spend most evenings either staring at the TV or cruising the net.
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Thanks for reading!