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I'll keep this one brief as there's not much to say really, and lasts weeks Sermon was so long. In this hobby more than most I think strong friendships are formed, and bonds are made. To do the things we do, and play the games we play we need opponents... and friends. Quite often people will tell you it's the playing the games that are important, or painting the miniatures. Possibly even reading the fluff, yeah even 'fluff binnies' need some love. We talk so often about the mechanics of the hobby, that often we forget it's all possible only because of the person standing on the other side of the table, that individual we hope to grind into the dirt as our all conquering army mercilessly butchers them to a man, women and child. It's OK though, because they're thinking they'd like to do exactly the same to us! the scoundrels!!! These opponents often become trusted friends. People we love to pit our wits against. They help us hone our own skills, they share in our triumphs and normally revel in our loses... because they're normally at their hands. They talk hobby with us, and we can waste our lives with them talking a good game, when we could be playing a good game. they make all those hours sitting in that uncomfortable chair painting little toy soldiers seem worth it... and quite often we forget to thank them.
I've had many mortal enemies / gaming buddies over the years who have moved away, sadly passed on, or just dropped out of the hobby. It can be hard for people to find those gaming buddies who they can game with. Yet in my hobby experience I have been genuinely blessed to meet some truly great guys and gals with whom I can throw down. You all know who you are, and I just want to say thanks for the memories and accepting defeat at my hands so graciously. I've never always quite understood why many of you came back for more, but I am glad you do, and I promise to keep kicking your asses. I currently know what has to be the best bunch of gamers any hobbyist could wish to know. Passionate gamers, committed gamers and genuinely just thoroughly nice people. If you have gaming friends who makes your hobby worth playing, take the time to say thanks to them and let them know you appreciate their friendship. If you've lost touch with some long lost friends like I have, try to find them again and see how they are doing. This hobby is about friendship more than painted toy soldiers and rolling dice. Call your mates round and have a game and a laugh, because honestly you might not know when you'll next get the chance to. Peace out!
Please remember I'm not around at the moment to respond to any questions or points you might have. So could I ask you to be patient and bear with me, I'll get round to it eventually I'm sure. Thanks!