Many years ago in a little place called Purbrook, I meet my sister's friend's older brother, and he introduced me to White Dwarf, and through it, Games Workshop. He showed me Necromunda, amd I was instantly hooked.
I graduated to 40k in Middle School - the days of vehicle cards and the Dark Millennium box set.
But when I got to Uni, and connected with Leicester Games Society, now the Leicester Sabres, that it got out of hand. Magic the Gathering, 40k, Fantasy, Necromunda, Quest....
After Uni came Hordes, WoW TCG, Infinity... Many pies have I had fingers in ;-)
But it was an old White Dwarf showing Goliaths vs Orlocks that's to blame for everything that followed
* What is the biggest highlight in your time doing the hobby?
It's a collective of three moments in sequence, though they are a touch bitter sweet these days.
The first was earning an application form for a retail job at Games Workshop.
I spent a fair few hours in there build and playing, even helping out with store games when the staff were overrun. Once made a huge Inquisitorial hatch for the front door for the relase of 7th Ed 40k!
I was helping a beleaguered mother to decipher her son's wish list one day, and ahe was so relieved when I helped her out, and how I did it I guess.
She went to the till with presents in hand, and next thing I know a staff member bats me round the head with an application form from the manage and says they all think I should apply.
The second came only 4 weeks into my employment at GW. It's just me in store all day, and the bloody area manager comes in! I wanted to chat with him but it's was proving busy so was had to excuse myself so focus on helping customers.
He eventually said he'd head off as I am obviously busy and I was sure I'd buggered up somehow.
In fact it turned out he was so impressed, that not only did he commend me to my manager, but I was named directly at a big retail meeting as an example to everyone of how retail staff should be working, and how after just 4 weeks I was already exemplary and putting staff of many years experience to shame!
The last moment was when I earned a place on the then dubbed "Squad Leader" management course. I knew there were new ine man stores coming and was a strong candidate for one...
But as I said at the start, those moments are rather bitter sweet now...
* What do you enjoy most about the hobby?
Building, especially converting. Any one that knows me knows my passion for crafting something unique. Im no use with green stuff beyond gap filling, but I can kit bash like a pro. Not Ork Mad Mek style (no offence meant lads ;-) ) but, say, turning a Defiler and Storm Talon into a custom Imperial Knight - my greatest ever work in my eyes. Mech related stuff in general is where I'm best.
It helps that I am so good at Del Boying for parts - I am a scavenger and proud - Rei has nothing in me :-)
* If you could date one of the Chaos gods, which one would you choose?
Well, Nurgle simply doesn't make enough effort, so hes a no.
And Khorne will ruin the evening by complaining at the smallest issue, which will ruin the mood.
Tzeentch is out of the running as you'll never know if your talking with the true them or some façade.
Now Slaanesh - you can tell them anything and they will listen, and anything you divulge in confidence will remain in confidence - that loyalty and discretion is a great quality.
As for the Great Horned Rat... Its a rat. That's all I got - its a rat - reason enough to swipe no.
And not cause boobs...
* What do you enjoy most about the club?
We are all playing games, so there is an unavoidable competitive aspect, but the group don't make it the sole focus of the event. Victory and defeat are not merely outcomes but chances for banter, ongoing in jokes, good humoured grudges and sharing takes of daring do and crazy moments.
Its the experience we all want, and what ever happens we ensure we all walk away at the end having had a positive experience, with a smile, a tale or two and itching for the next session.
That same group spirit permeates our painting (Survivor Series), our event planning (the people wanted Necromunda and 30k, so we are planning events to sate those hungers)
And that mentality sees us go from strength to strength.
* If you had a club nickname, what would you like it to be?
Like anyone gets to pick their nickname... Alas they are always seemingly earned when you least want them...
I can imagine a few I could get lumbered with - Del Boy might be one for my scavenging for parts all the time.
Wouldn't mind Fen - short for Fenriryan - long story, but it's wolf related.
* Who is top of your grudge list?
Tough call - I have few but they are all equal...
Austin Barrett and I have an unresolved Tau vs Dark Eldar feud (I'm sure I was two games up)
Mik Calow and his witching ways - he owes my Riptide a wound! He knows what I speak off...
Lee Oswin in Dreadball - he and exploding duce are a dangerous combo that's has frequently infuriated and annihilated me in equal measure.
* If you had any psychic power from the rule book and codexs, which one would you choose and why?
Whats this psychic malarkey all about? We of the Tau Empire have no need for such shenanigans. :-p
* How do you feel about Tau?
For the Greater Good!
* What is your favourite game mechanic and why?
Infinity's "Automatic Reactive Order" system wins out.
The ability to react to what your opponent is doing in real time is a huge thing, and provides all manner of new possibilities and exciting cinematic moments.
We have had things like break test and charge reactions, but it's rigid and focused on just those units directly involved in the action at hand.
But having any model with eyes on what's happening able to get involved makes the game deeper and morw cinematic, and allows more interesting takes on common concepts like stealth systems.
Means lesa dead time between turns also as the You Go I Go sequence is no longer as rigid.
That game is awash with great mechanics in all honesty, but the ARO system the true stand out.
* If you were God-Emperor of Mankind for the day, what would you do?
Die and let the plot move on ;-)
* What is it like to be an All Scar?
I think I shot my load for this one earlier :-)
It's a great group of various rogues, whippersnappers and grumps that pull together to ensure we make the most of our hobby.
We support, ridicule, assist, encourage and tease in just the right ratio that blood is yet to be spilt...