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Yes, but came back after a while.
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Longtime Dakkanaut


I've decided to stop playing and painting 40k for the time being. The reasons why mainly me becoming tired of the imbalance in the game and generally getting no enjoyment from the hobby,. Why spend my time and money into something that clearly isn't doing any good for my wellbeing? There is no answer that could convince me otherwise, even when I forced myself to paint to try and enjoy it.

That said, I'm not selling my models, they'll probably go back into my attic for if I do decide to start again, then I don't have to buy all the stuff required to start.

I'm curious, how many people have been tempted or have actually quit the hobby? Poll included for answers, possibly left out some response options.

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The Daemon Possessing Fulgrim's Body

Devon, UK

You realise posting this in 40K Discussion is going to skew the result somewhat?

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The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!” Professor Brian Cox

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Longtime Dakkanaut


Yeah, I didn't think it through xD I'm not sure where it could have gone. Wasn't sure about Dakka discussions.

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The Daemon Possessing Fulgrim's Body

Devon, UK

There's a Polls section...

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Oh, and I think there's scope for a "I've stopped for now, but hope to find a way back some day should things change" sort of flavour answer, as that's what I've done.

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We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't. - Frank Howard Clark

The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!” Professor Brian Cox

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Longtime Dakkanaut


I can't believe I've missed that sub-forum.

Edit: knew I missed an option - added.

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YMDC = nightmare 
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Ladies Love the Vibro-Cannon Operator


I play less these days since WMH is also part of my weekly games.

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Fixture of Dakka

I have quit many times. I come back when I feel like it. Just like you I didn't get rid of anything and I am so glad I did.

While I don't play no more, I do like to paint and model. It's sad that us geeks and nerds are so toxic and GW is so incompetent it does take the fun and enjoyment out of the hobby.

When I become less enthused I just take a break, or even long breaks. Eventually I do pick up a mini to paint again.

Agies Grimm:The "Learn to play, bro" mentality is mostly just a way for someone to try to shame you by implying that their metaphorical nerd-wiener is bigger than yours. Which, ironically, I think nerds do even more vehemently than jocks.

Everything is made up and the points don't matter. 40K or Who's Line is it Anyway?

Auticus wrote: Or in summation: its ok to exploit shoddy points because those are rules and gamers exist to find rules loopholes (they are still "legal"), but if the same force can be composed without structure, it emotionally feels "wrong".  
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Regular Dakkanaut


I like painting my models and it might be a bit narcissistic but I like to display all my painted models so I can admire them however I'm not really in hurry to play actually play the game.
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Norn Queen

Dublin, Ireland

I quit after 2nd ed and came back circa late 4th. Been playing since then and overall enjoying things. However I wouldnt rule out another periodic break. Havent been playing as much of late due to RL stuff.
Having said that, I still enjoy the game (despite a lot of flaws), love the models and armies I have and enjoy painting when the mood takes me.

tl, dr probably not.

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Screeching Screamer of Tzeentch

I stopped in my late teens when other interests took over and I kinda just stopped playing / painting.

Got back into it now I have more money and my own place. Hobby stuff is good for unwinding.
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Fixture of Dakka

dead account

I've taken breaks before... But I always come back...
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Infiltrating Broodlord

Oklahoma City

I quit cold turkey. Wanted to find other new games to play. I did. But now the Genestealer Cult has sucked me back in.

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Monstrous Master Moulder

Rust belt

I haven't played 40k in a few years, the December to remember during 6th was my final straw. I still paint models for my orks but haven't bought anything new for them from GW in 4 years. Most of my new ork purchase have been kromlech.
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Norn Queen

I wouldn't say I 'quit'. I haven't played in a few years when I started playing other games for many various reasons (price, game balance, amount of models required, etc). I'm very open to coming back - I really love my Tyranids, and didn't sell them when I stopped playing. But GW would need to make some serious changes, which for various reasons I don't see them making. But my Tyranids will sit around, waiting for the day.
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Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain

A Protoss colony world

I'm never going to quit. I enjoy the game even with its flaws. Plus, I enjoy the story and of course the painting/modelling side.

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Astra Militarum: ~800 | Officio Assassinorum: ~600 | Imperial Knights: ~1300 | Sisters of Battle: ~1900
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Powerful Spawning Champion

There is not this idea.

Stopped, been a year or so since I played, probably more than that since I played anything in the current edition. Unless I can get some sort of oldhammer going where I'm at, that's not going to change. The direction they're taking the game is not one that interests me.

And I've gone from liking parts of the setting to loathing the whole thing, which definitely drops my interest too.
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Regular Dakkanaut

Uden Nederland

GW has shown an ability to screw up new codexes by overpowering the army. So most of the time the latest army has a higher chance of winning. But i stil enjoy modeling and the ocasional game. Thank Mork for not having to much powerplayers in our club.

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Battlefortress Driver with Krusha Wheel


I stopped shortly after 3rd hit, I didn't like the direction that the game has taken and modern 40K has absolutely no interest for me.

If 40K should ever go back to its roots as a skirmish game (with actual skirmish game rules and model counts) then I will be interested.

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Shrieking Traitor Sentinel Pilot

New Bedford, MA

I stopped for a year after the last AM and Orks dexes hit. (Plopped?)
But I still painted and modeled for others or myself whenever the mood struck. After the 7th ed rules got more fleshed out i realized I had enough for a small army so I got back in.

My advice is put it on the back burner and find something else like KOW or malifaux small enough to keep your interest in ttg alive while not being overwhelming.

Remember, 40k has never been balanced; 7th edition is about finding a cool group of friends and then whipping up whatever mulligan stew army strikes your fancy. After a few months break something just might.

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Norn Queen

 Boggy Man wrote:
Remember, 40k has never been balanced

This doesn't mean it can't be. It just means they don't want to. Considering Rick Priestleys remarks about the marketing department calling the shots on a units rules, it also likely means it won't ever be.
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Anti-Armour Swiss Guard

Newcastle, OZ

Yes. I stopped playing 40k three years ago for good after about 25ish years (started in 1987 with Rogue Trader). I stopped the churn and burn edition release cycle.
Does it mean I sold all my stuff?
No. Models and game rules in my paradigm are two separate things. The models for one are not restricted to ONLY being used with that one.
I downsized and kept the models I liked, but unless there's a serious regime change and total rewrite of the rules I'll play the odd older-edition ruleset game 5th ed) but I'm otherwise out of the game.

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I'm OVER 50 (and so far over everyone's BS, too).
Old enough to know better, young enough to not give a ****.

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... and yet, with strange aeons, even death may die.
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Fresh-Faced New User


I used to play as a early-teen/teen (time of the third edition) but as is common for that age other hobbies and interest replaced miniatures as time went by. A couple of years back, while visiting a friend of mine he managed to convince me to try it out again. I decided to go for something that i thought would be simple, a GK terminator set. Slowly things got out of hand and now i hoard Imperial Armour books and Codices with an ever increasing pool of project pooling up as well as being worked on.

However, when i got back to the hobby i decided i would not give a damn about the competitive aspect of the hobby, instead building armies that fit themes. I personally don't even understand the point with serious competition in a hobby which mostly revolves around things other than the actual tabletop games played. For me points and lists are there to create vague guidelines, the games are played for the stories that unfold and that is why I'm really pleased with the way GW decided to go for formations and more choice in force organization. I also tell my friends to shut up when they start the bickering about GW messing the game up, and tell them to consider the tonnes of awesomeness instead. I mean, as a hobbyist, we get to choose what we want from the huge pool of lore and products available. Most importantly one should not judge his friends on their choices (not even if they happens to like the centurions).

In regards to building and painting. Why force it? So what if you don't want to paint for a month or even a year. It's your hobby, and it belongs to you and nobody else and it should be your escape form worries, not the cause of them.

Don't worry, take it easy.

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Pustulating Plague Priest

I didn't really care much for imbalance (I actually really like 6th), but I felt it had somewhat of a slow pace. Time constraints are also being more prevalent, so there's that too.
Still, the fluff is what keeps me coming back. I still find a coolness factor by throwing some of the things the armies have at each other.

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Calculating Commissar

pontiac, michigan; usa

I left 40k for warhammer fantasy as it was good in ways 40k was not. There were no space marines (which were mary sue in every level built with young boys in mind), the setting was too grimdark and emo and took itself far too seriously (fantasy though serious at times had many moments of comedy dark or otherwise), the lack of diversity of armies played (generally space marines were always played at the time but usually it's the 2-3 most OP armies of the game) and finally the power gamers.

Fantasy dies and they mostly kill off what I enjoyed about the game. I come back to 40k and find the faction I want to play (dark eldar) in desperate need of a power increase, people even more so playing the OP lists of the OP factions, space marines still being poster boys of the game (though thankfully not played as much far as I've seen) and maybe the setting takes itself slightly less seriously.

I could totally see myself leaving GW completely or just playing against less power gamer heavy factions. Seriously you know something's wrong when one of the power gamers does double stormsurge in like 1500 to 2000 pts game. It's a game of centerpiece models and not much else. The army tactics are just not there anymore. OP centerpiece models for really high prices. I just can't get into that. Tell me it's tactical all you want but I just don't care about some dude spending 5-10 times as much auto-winning.

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Fate-Controlling Farseer

Fort Campbell

I've shifted largely over to 30K. I guess it is technically still "40K" but it's really not.

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Tunneling Trygon

Pulled out until my local meta gets past their current tournament or I spend the money to build my Necrons up to where they should be. For now, none of the other armies' tournament quality lists interest me and I will only run armies I really like to see. If Tyranids get a good update, that would do it too.

I can't even bring myself to buy the Genestealer Cult... I'm pretty friggin run down on spending more money on models I can't even put on the table for longer than Turn 1...

But, once my meta changes back to the friendly casual way it once was, I'll be back.
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Terrifying Doombull


Stopped playing pretty much after 5th to be honest. I bought the Dark Vengeance set when I moved to Germany but never finished painting it and never played a game with the new rules.

7th edition does not appeal to me at all, I don't like all the ginormous new models being part of the core game because I think they just look silly on a standard 6' x 4' table.

I'm pessimistic that it will ever swing back around to the kind of game I like, but I'm keeping my models in any case. If it does become more my cup of tea, I will probably jump back in - there have been a number of nice plastic Ork kits released, and I do love 40K Orks. Until then, the models will sit in storage.

Edit to add: This is exactly the process I went through with Warhammer Fantasy as well - though I did play a couple of games of 8th before deciding it wasn't for me.

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Longtime Dakkanaut


I'm selling a lot of my models. Only keeping my Orks and Blood Angels. So my Tyranid collection, which must be at least 3k - 4k points by now, is all going on eBay. The internal balance actually caused me to hate the first army that I picked up. I don't like using the word hate, but yeah, no desire to play them. Only reason I've not put it on yet, is because the Nids don't have an official 7th edition Codex. If it's a copy and paste job from their current book, it's all going online. Might as well cut my losses.

I have a lot of Infinity to assemble anyway. Enjoy it much more. My mates and I had about 150 points worth of games for Infinity (playing through Icestorm while we get rules down). We ended up managing to fit in two missions in the time it took for my other mates to finish a 750 point game of 40k.

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Wicked Warp Spider

Finished my aspect warriors army, new paradigm of updates hit, no way to plan games back home (CSM and Ork players quit, only tau remained), AoS hit (contempt for GW increased).

I ended quitting. I will finish the eldar eventually, but buying from ebay. I started lotr (still ebay generally) and I happier with the models. Building armies for my friends an me now

I could come back (I will still finish the eldar I have) I just feel sick thinking about my friends with CSM and orks and my old WFB group. I just don't feel giving money to GW now, barring the paints (I have many of those, I like some and I do not want to buy all from scratches - I can sell the Eldar eventually).

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Calculating Commissar


I've pretty much given up; I'm painting other stuff, and haven't played it since 7th Ed dropped. I'm not going to sell off my entire army though, so I might pick it up in future.

I'll get round to finishing painting too, but it's about 30 years down the backlog.
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