That same friend of mine still plays Warhammer 40k and his army collection has expanded over the years, but as I and our friends have moved on to play other games throughout the years, he has stubbornly stuck to playing 40k. He's invested a lot of time and money into his armies and doesn't see a reason to stop. I've been trying to get him to play Warmachine/Hordes because I think he will enjoy the game more, but he's been so resistant to changing. This got me thinking about how to get someone into such an involved hobby like miniatures gaming, or getting someone to try a new game system like Warmachine/Hordes. I think the key lies in the story of how I - and probably most you - got into gaming in the first place.
1) Get your friend into it! How did I get started? I saw my buddy start it, and he naturally encouraged me to play too. Miniatures games are not fun if you're the only one playing it, and the key to getting into any game - like Warmachine/Hordes - is to have even just one friend play it with you. Whether you start at the same time or they teach you the rules and let you borrow their models, the key to getting someone into a game is to have someone there to play with that you already know.
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2) Tell the story of your models! Warmachine/Hordes is such a well-crafted game that sometimes I lose sight of the fact that the story, history, and universe are also richly crafted! As a gamer at heart, I care a lot about the rules, fairness, consistency, and skill involved in a game, but some people care more about what the motivations for their particular models are. Talk about how Grissel faced-off against Vayl, only to return with Doomshaper and a cadre of Dire Trolls. Talk about how Sloan focussed her energy through her warjacks to blow apart Khadorian defenses. These are stories that make the game seem more active and alive than the metal toy soldiers portray.
3) Find a store that stocks the product. This is a huge part of starting a miniatures game, in my opinion. While online retailers are good for purchasing models at a discount, a local game store is the hub of any miniatures gaming community. It's important to have a neutral location to show your friend where they can play and meet other players while they are there. Even if you play with a different army every time, it can be frustrating and boring playing against the same person all of the time, so it's important to find a space to play in "public" so that there's at least a chance to meet someone who also plays.
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