I was thinking earlier about my separation of Alcohol and Wargaming. It struck me as odd that I enjoy a beer, but never seem to drink when gaming. I am not talking about drinking to excess and falling over, to drunk to paint or the silliness that can result in over indulgence. I find that often ‘reward’ myself with a cold Beer following a painting session. I am happy to Cook with a bottle in my hand, often on a BBQ. A Bottle while on the Xbox 360 is fine and I will enjoy a good film with a Chilled Paint or two. The reason for this topic? Not sure, could be all Christmas drinks offers or the expectation of excessive drinking at Christmas. But I find it odd the way I treat Alcohol and 40k. Both are sociable activities, both are great ways to spend your evening with like minded company. Some games clubs I have been to are even based in Pubs, yet I never drink and game.
Even when younger and I drank like a teenager, still never mixed the two. There has always been this separation, but I can’t think why? I remember our regular Role play session of a Friday night, playing DnD, Cyberpunk and WFRP, usually involving large amounts of cider. When the same gamers got together for 40K we never drank. Tabletop gaming seemed to a tee total event for us.
One memorable session of Warhammer saw my regular opponent casting ‘Anspal’s black Horror’ a template spell of doom, but the template was missing. A quirk of fate saw a Bottle of Highland malt with the same dimensions as the template was available. Rather than drink it as would usally happen with such a bottle, became the Template. It’s fair to say It was drunk after the game. On many occasions we start an evening with a game, then on to the Saturn/PSone or Xbox, and only then would we crack open a bud. While I don’t drink much anymore, I still enjoy the odd snifter. If travelling to a game obviously I would never drink. But when gaming at home I still never drink.
Is this normal? We all like our tipple and would happily drink to anything, but never should the daemon drink spoil the Game. I would be intrigued to find out how others there treat our hobby and if you separate it in the same way? Is it sacrosanct to drink while gaming or where we oddly prudish? It occurs to me that bottle Bud would not overly affect my gaming style, as a Player of the orkish kind, may even improve it!
I hope this train of thought finds a home somewhere. I would love to know why I have always kept the two things so separate. Let me know what you think. I have Bottle of Bugmans lined up for the Big day, but it will not be consumed with my other favourite hobby. Hope you all have a great Christmas.