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I got into board gaming when I was around 13 years old (I'm currently 20) but as time passed by, my interest in tabletop gaming, especially board gaming, has begun to fade. I'm not saying my interest is completely gone, but it is significantly lower.

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?
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It's just you.

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I got into it at the same age. I'm 31 now and my interest accelerated around age 22 - once I was out of college. Not a lot of my college friends were board games, and I didn't have much control over my free time nor any money to go to conventions. Since then, I have met a lot more gamers and can take vacations in the middle of what used to be the school year.
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Hethalos wrote:

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?


Neither. If you don't find it as interesting or entertaining anymore, then that's fine. Doesn't mean you're bitter; your tastes are just changing.

That said, most people aren't going to share your opinion, as we're currently on a site called BoardGameGeek.
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Not losing interest here!

But I do in a way understand what you mean. You're hitting a point in your life where there is a LOT going on, and hopefully your social calendar is pretty full. That's cool! Games will always be around. Be tired of them for now, seek out other diversions. Maybe you'll never play again - and hopefully it's because you found something you enjoy more.

But in a few years, when you find yourself bored one night with a few friends over, break out your copy of Catan (or whatever floats your boat) and see how you feel.
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I have periods of waxing to waning, but after 30 years I've never lost interest in gaming....The types gaming has changed for me, e.g. RPG's, CCG, Euros, 18xx, Wargames, Miniatures, etc.

But the love of the game has always been there.
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Hethalos wrote:
I got into board gaming when I was around 13 years old (I'm currently 20) but as time passed by, my interest in tabletop gaming, especially board gaming, has begun to fade. I'm not saying my interest is completely gone, but it is significantly lower.

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?


You will change (hopefully) in life. Things that were so important, may seem trivial sometime later. You do what you like to do, and nothing wrong with putting a thing on the back-burner.
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My interest never wanes, but the actual playing of games rises and falls depending on how life is going.
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MWChapel wrote:
I have periods of waxing to waning, but after 30 years I've never lost interest in gaming....The types gaming has changed for me, e.g. RPG's, CCG, Euros, 18xx, Wargames, Miniatures, etc.

But the love of the game has always been there.


Pretty much this, albeit less time for me laugh
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It happens; whatever you do, just don't get rid of anything irreplaceable in your collection that you might regret if your interest returns later in life.
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Yeah, I am starting to feel like I don`t want to learn more games. However that might be because I don`t have the time to play much right now. And solo gaming is not my forte. When I do get to play games I have a great time.
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Hethalos wrote:
I got into board gaming when I was around 13 years old (I'm currently 20) but as time passed by, my interest in tabletop gaming, especially board gaming, has begun to fade. I'm not saying my interest is completely gone, but it is significantly lower.

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?

I think it's Canadians in general.
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Hethalos wrote:
or am I just being a bitter grump?

well whats taken its place?
 
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MWChapel wrote:
I have periods of waxing to waning, but after 30 years I've never lost interest in gaming....The types gaming has changed for me, e.g. RPG's, CCG, Euros, 18xx, Wargames, Miniatures, etc.

But the love of the game has always been there.


Me too.

I went through many different "phase" of boardgaming, but have never lost interest.

First started with Survive and Stratego.
College came in, and i switched to Space Hulk and then (almost exclusively) to BattleTech.
After Fasa closed, BattleTech went where the dodos now reside. I switched progressively to TI3 and other ameritrash games and some complex euros.

Now i go much more for the lighter, more streamlined, affairs. Gimme stuff like the simple, yet deep Cthulhu Wars and the cute but fun Takenoko and Tokaido.
 
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Dear god no!

However everyone goes through slumps. Life gets in the way so you miss sessions then you're not getting the constant excitement. Maybe no new games, or too many games dulls it.

Sure it'll pick back up at some point - but if it doesn't thats not a problem! I used to be into lots of different things; some have dropped off, some have carried on. Its all good!
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I'm turned off by hype and finding lack of time to play.

Also, most of the gamers I do find aren't patient enough for heavier games, and I don't find a lot of satisfaction when playing light social games.

Nonetheless, I take breaks now and again. Also, I want to get into woodworking and beer making.
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No, my interest in board games has only increased as my odds of playing RPGs has diminished. In the OP's case, I would suggest looking into RPGs if board games are seeming stale. If you have the time and the circle of friends to do it, as a typical 20-year-old should, RPGs blow board gaming out of the water in terms of interesting decisions, story, characterization, game progression, etc. I hear the 5th Edition of D&D is a good one -- why not find a local group and decide for yourself if it's your cup of tea?
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Nope, still going strong here. But you're 20. I suspect that if you 'grow out of it', you'll find your way back down-the-road. thumbsup
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Hethalos wrote:
I got into board gaming when I was around 13 years old (I'm currently 20) but as time passed by, my interest in tabletop gaming, especially board gaming, has begun to fade. I'm not saying my interest is completely gone, but it is significantly lower.

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?

I think it's Canadians in general.


Its true, only in the last twenty years was there a law that was passed that prohibited Canadians to own more than 5 board games. An amendment to this law was added by Senate that forbid anyone from playing games on Sundays, and game play count could not exceed 5 in one month.

We do have several undergound movements that ignore this law, but we use very clever aliases to conceal our true identity.
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Bye, enjoy the sabbatical.

We'll leave the lights on so you can find your way back.
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MWChapel wrote:
I have periods of waxing to waning, but after 30 years I've never lost interest in gaming....The types gaming has changed for me, e.g. RPG's, CCG, Euros, 18xx, Wargames, Miniatures, etc.

But the love of the game has always been there.


Also for me. Gaming now also has to compete with more family/work demands of time, and other hobbies I've acquired over time.
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You found another hobby, didn't you?

You just started off experimenting, thinking it was nothing. Then... this.

Your little fling has become something that's really pulling you away. Because what? Gaming's getting a little old for you? Not the same fire as your new young hobby?

Go ahead. Go on, go to your new exciting other hobby. See where that gets you. See if it does for you everything gaming did.

Just think of the meeples!

I don't even know you anymore...

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Mabuchi wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
Hethalos wrote:
I got into board gaming when I was around 13 years old (I'm currently 20) but as time passed by, my interest in tabletop gaming, especially board gaming, has begun to fade. I'm not saying my interest is completely gone, but it is significantly lower.

Does anybody else feel this way, or am I just being a bitter grump?

I think it's Canadians in general.


Its true, only in the last twenty years was there a law that was passed that prohibited Canadians to own more than 5 board games. An amendment to this law was added by Senate that forbid anyone from playing games on Sundays, and game play count could not exceed 5 in one month.

We do have several undergound movements that ignore this law, but we use very clever aliases to conceal our true identity.

You've slightly misunderstood the law. Technically one can own more than 5 board games, but 80% must be by Canadian authors. Some local ordinances allow exceptions for games aboot beer.
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Hobbies and interests change....and sometimes you need a break from a certain hobby....

It's your life, don't worry about it too much like you are doing something wrong if your interest is waning... Sometimes it is you just want to do something else but aren't sure what yet...

Something will come along but don't force things...
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