The Four Strands Modeling, Painting, Gaming and Storytelling

9Feb/112

Why I’m doing all this: Creating Communities of Gaming

Take a look at the Categories section to the right of the page and you'll see I play a LOT of model games.  I hope to add more soon.  Why?

I am a teacher.  I currently teach science in a nice little DOOMED middle school.  Tonight our fate will be decided, and safe money says I won't have a job next year.  However, it is my ambition to teach high school, and to start a wargaming club in that high school.

To that end, I did not want students limited to 40K or Warmachine, so I expanded.  I'm trying to get at least 2 playable forces for each game, along with the neccesary terrain dice, etc.  to put on demo games.  Hopefully once students are interested in one (or more) games they wil have their own armies and play with their friends.  It is my wish to give these kids the support of a local gaming group, and a place to play that is easily accessible.

Some of the best times of my life have been playing 40K back in the old Mary Mayo days.  Studio 40K doesn't exist anymore as far as I know, but if I get a high school teaching job, I want to start up a similar club.  Unlike Studio 40K, it would be free to the students, and provide a safe fun alternative to drugs and alcohol (which is how I will pitch it to the principal).

Hopefully I can find a job next year and realize these ambitions.  Until then, keep a look out for more posts, especially for my new Necromunda board, made by Jen.

Update: The meeting that could end my middle school has been postponed.  The Sword of Damocles will hang over our heads for a bit longer, it seems.

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  1. I’m left to wonder if perhaps pursuing a good set of historical games might be a good step as a jumping-off point. Public school administrators might blanch a bit about the supernatural and religious story baggage around most of the games on your roster, but it’s hard to argue with the educational value of the Crimea, Civil War, or WWII. I’ve never known you to play any historical games, but there must be at least one good one you can use.

  2. Flames of War is a popular WW2 game.


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