So, while not ENTIRELY connected to enhancing everyone’s enjoyment of Infinity, I wanted to talk a little bit about what it was that brought me to the game, and to give an opportunity to others to discuss the same thing. Just as a note, this will be mildly confessional, but nothing too much… I hope.
By A Mão Esquerda
My journey to Infinity was rather convoluted and roundabout. During the early 1990s, I was very fortunate to 1) have a source of steady income, even as a middle and high schooler (yay youth soccer refereeing!) and 2) have parents who were open minded about role playing and table top games and 3) a game shop on an easy bus route and then one an easy bike ride from my house. I got deep into Rifts, and also into Battletech, with a smattering of 1st Edition Heavy Gear (the old, big RAFM minis). However, two years of university out of state and then two years out of the country kind of disconnected me from the scene, and even though I began to dip my toes back in when I returned to the United States, marriage and starting a family kind of meant I had more important things on my mind.
Fast forward to 2010, and finishing up living overseas once again (here comes the confessional bit). As my wife and I looked back at what had been good and what had been bad about living overseas, we looked and saw that one of the primary things that I had MASSIVELY neglected was having something outside of work to do… each day had been the same: wake up, get ready, work from (including transit time) about 730am until 600pm, eat, give my wife a break from taking care of our kids, sleep, rinse, repeat… while my wife had her art to enjoy and work (the only types of art forms she doesn’t do are the ones she hasn’t had the chance to try and/or the ones we don’t have physical space for), I totally shut myself off and had pretty much nothing. We knew that (for our and my sanity) that couldn’t go on. I didn’t want to dive in video games (I foolishly thought it would be too much of money pit – yes, I said I was foolish) and CCGs were right out (I’m a snob, and I know it, and I quasi-apologize for it). So, I decided to get back into miniature gaming, and looked at the games I had previously played, trying to pick which one I liked… ah, the fun!
I decided on HGB!, and got going with it. Suffering (even at this early stage) from Pokemonitis, I began getting, well, EVERYTHING!!! North, South, Black Talons, Caprice, NuCoal… I had the lot…
Old friends, gathering dust...
There was (it’s dead now) a small group of local players, and I managed to get a game in, with one of the players (BlueDagger) talking a lot about this other game he played, Infinity. Even as we played HGB!, the idea of the ARO mechanic intrigued me, and even more so the idea of spending more than one order on a specific model (especially as one of my HRFL Jaguars scored enough hits to slow down one of BlueDagger’s hovertanks, and couldn’t bring anyone else to bear to take it down) REALLY seemed attractive to me. I started looking at Infinity online, and trying to find a local store that carried it… I did, and with the end of the school year (my one year foray into teaching…) my days were ending early, so I had a chance to go by the store, and look at the rules and the fluff, and I started to get sucked in.
I have always followed the rule of cool in choosing my armies, and so I had to decide between PanOceania and Ariadna. Both looked AWESOME (even more than any of the other armies) and I kept perusing the selection at the store (which, alas, has long since both stopped carrying Infinity and, I believe, existing) and I saw it… the mini that meant I had to play PanOceania. Even without fully understanding his rules or his weapons or, really, ANYTHING about him, I saw the Swiss Guard Missile Launcher, and knew I had found my army. The menace, the CCW with the Swiss cross inlaid in the blade, the just plain deadliness of the mini… all of that combined to pull me in.
From the one...
I knew that I wasn’t a good enough painter (and, truth be told, I’m still not) to do him justice, but I knew that I had to have him. And things went downhill (for my wallet) and uphill (for my enjoyment of the game) from there. I needed to lay my hands on everything PanOceania that I could. Lore, minis, game aids; I wanted all of it and I wanted all of it yesterday! Neoterran Capitaline Army, Shock Army of Acontecimento, Military Orders, Vanilla, ALL… OF… IT!!! Now, around a gross of minis (just PanOceania… my need for more has since seen me add ALEPH, Tohaa, QK, Tunguska, and Ramah) and several thousand points later, I have been entirely captured by this army and this game.
...come the MANY!!!
AND I LOVE IT!!!
What first brought you into Infinity? Was it a friend? Was it a mini? Was it a demo at a convention? I always find it fascinating to hear what brought others into a thing that I enjoy, nay, that I love to do and collect and to paint and to play and to and to and to… I’d love to hear from you in the comments, and promise to respond to each and every story that you share!