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Have you ever gone on a years-long hiatus from GW board games?
No, I've been playing regularly for several editions.
No, I'm still fairly new to the hobby (child of the 8th or 9th ed).
Yes, but I remained part of the Warhammer fandom/community.
Yes, and I mostly stopped consuming Warhammer content during that time.

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Basecoated Black


Started with 2nd edition and enjoyed it a lot along with Necromunda and the original Warhammer Quest. Friends stopped playing/went to different schools but I carried on into 3rd edition but found it so vastly different it did not hook me in. Still enjoyed the story but mostly I really liked painting the models, which I find very relaxing and a change from staring at screens.

Came back briefly for 9th Edition Kill Team but didn't think much of it so then went back to the occasional 2nd edition game and started looking at Warhammer Fantasy 3rd Edition. So very much into oldhammer. But my main priority these days is just painting the older models.

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Dakka Veteran


I started around 2nd edition of 40k and 4th edition of WHFB. My 40k was never consistent, so I just won't talk about that.

I played WHFB from about 13-15 years old, very casually.

Jumped back in when I was about 17 or 18 with Ravening Hordes. My group played all of 6th through all of 7th. We hosted a couple of tournaments and got into the local scene in 7th.

8th came out... and we didn't like it. Magic had gotten out of control and the balance was even worse. We played it for a few months and stopped.

We went back to 8th with swede comp and it helped, but it still wasn't as much fun. We stopped playing before the End Times started, and never got any of those books.

We tried Age of Sigmar and didn't like it. We tried KoW and we found our game. Basically haven't played a GW game since before the End Times.

I think I've played 3 total AoS games, and one 40k game at the start of 8th.

I still play Underworlds though, if that counts.

I plan on playing Malerion's faction, whenever it comes out.

Playing: Warhammer Underworlds Online, Droids (Legion), Starks (ASOIAF)
Working on: Starks (ASOIAF), Brotherhood (MCP), Twilight Kin (KoW)
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Battlefield Tourist


KoW is a great choice for fantasy regiment wargames. You can use pretty much all the old Fantasy armies plus extra ones.

I also fell out of WFB at the same time as you. I remember going to a GW and getting a game, deploying my fully painted Goblin army against an unpainted and partially assembled Daemon army (which took friggin ages because of the sheer number of troops involved). And on turn 1 the Daemon herald zoomed forward on a disc and blasted some vortex spell with irresistable force down my battle line causing my entire army to disintegrate. Tabled on turn 2. Really felt great trekking all the way to the shop, waiting for my turn to play and then spending 45 minutes deploying for a total of 25 minutes of gameplay.

I just didn't ever feel like doing that again afterwards.

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Lord Commander in a Plush Chair


I haven’t played actual Warhammer for 15 years but still do the figures from time to time. I used to play 2nd/3rd edition 40k, 5th Fantasy, Space Hulk, Necromunda, Gorkamorka. These days, I would rather play an RPG set in the warhammer world than pick up the main tabletop game and have to roll out hundreds of miniatures.

I play mtg, board games, RPGs and make military models much of the time. But I just finished a Blood Slaughterer the other day, and I’m currently re-reading Deathwing, so I’m definitely involved.
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Fighter Ace

I started playing around mid-5th edition, with Ultramarines.
That didn't last long as I picked up Tau and started playing them a few months later.
I played Tau until after their 6th edition codex. Encouraged by the GW store staff, I would eventually pick up 3 Riptides.
At this point it was becoming clear people weren't enjoying playing against me, so I wanted a change.
I transitioned to Blood Angels, starting with their still-5th edition codex.
Somewhere in this time I fully swore off any competitive play at all, as it was just so unfun to me.

My first true hiatus was during 7th when the Blood Angel codex dropped. My army relied on Assault Marines as troops, and the 7th ed codex pulled that. I was left with no troops and so no legal army. The kick in the teeth killed any desire to collect more, it would take over a year for me to slowly buy, build, and paint 2 Tactical Squads to finally field a legal army.

I came back about a month before 8th edition dropped. Just enough time to get bent over several times by the worst of 7th, then 8th dropped.

I played a few games of 8th. But then I was introduced to the new Necromunda, which I thought was a far better game.
As a result of that, and several more bad games of 40k, I dropped 40k again and spent my time only playing other games.

I've started to dip my toe back into 40k again. More because there isn't a large enough community to support me playing other games than an actual desire to do so, though.
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