Sunday, January 31, 2016

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The End Times

The End times had begun.  

The great necromancer Nagash was born again and the world would never be the same...

I was excited when The End Times kicked off and rushed to secure a copy and jump right into the story.  I was enjoying the battles and the intrigue as I read through my copy and then it happened.  Eltharion The Grim was killed.  That was when I knew something was different.  It was when I began to hold my breath for what was to come and found myself clinging to hope as my favorite characters were doing throughout the series.

The Fall of Altdorf, Naggaroth, Eight Peaks, Lustria, and countless other places would sting as they happened, but as an Elf Player nothing prepared me for Rhana Dandra (The Elven Last War on Chaos)...

Seeing Malekith rise as Phoenix King and Tyrion's fall (and romance with Morathi?) from grace managed to mix every emotion I had in a blender to figure out where I would stand.  At long Last I sided with the True Phoenix King...Malektih.

Ulthuan would sink as would my heart, but Life continues and so did the story.  I saw many people get conflicted at the Rules and the Story.  I chose to embrace it all and enjoy the journey I was on and looking back I am glad I did.  I never refused a game with Khaine Magic wheter I was playing my Elves or Dwarfs.  I played multiple games with all the rules out the window when Archaon dropped.  I enjoyed it all and I am glad I did so and still hope to get more End Times games in the future.

The End Times happened with our community as well. My local scene would collapse as I watched the global community explode.  I stayed my course and held onto the spark in the darkness along with Sigmar until we finally arrived at The Age of Sigmar.  The community was small, but the few the survived have begun rebuilding and I am happy to add my efforts to make this new World(s) great as The Old World once was.  For those that left I wish you good gaming and hope to see you keep gaming in whichever system you choose.  For those who made it through the realm of Chaos to The Mortal Realms I am glad to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we take War to this new Age.

To this New Beginning!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Welcome to The Realm Gate Blog!

Welcome to The Realm Gate Blog where I will be bringing you my thoughts and ramblings on Warhammer Age of Sigmar (and probably Fantasy and 40k from time to time).  Join me as I add my voice to the community (as an amateur and very new blogger).

This box is where it all began for me in earnest.  I received it as Christmas gift from my folks after showing interest in the game at my local shop.  It wasn't my first model kit, but it is where I finally began to understand the scope of this hobby.  This box sat somewhere in my house for far to long as my interest in Warhammer originated from the MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and not from a desire to model or paint.  Soon this would change...

(My Character from Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning)

After the MMO became old news I finally decided to begin assembling and painting my models.   I gave myself a deadline of the next Gamesday in my local area (May 2013).  I had a little over two months so I felt quite confident I could accomplish my goal.  Needless to say I had no idea the amount of work this hobby required, but I stuck to it and after many sleepless nights and long weekends I was feeling excited.

Then this issue dropped....

I had points to spare so I decided to paint a Flamspyre Phoenix to join my Host.  The model released the day of the event and thankfully my local shop gave me the model a day early after I informed them of my plan.  I probably slept 2hrs that night as I painted like a mad man with excitement of my first battles ahead of me!  I went 1-2 that day and I am pretty sure my one win was handed to me, but it was a great day and I learned a lot that day and my first steps into this hobby turned into a full on sprint.

My journey continued with additional armies, local tournaments, narrative games and I enjoyed every bit of it.  Soon this mild distraction on the side became my main hobby and would take up more and more of my time as I delve deeper and deeper.  I would eventually find pod casting such as Garagehammer and Heelanhammer (both who are still around in the Age of Sigmar) as time went on.  I would continue on my journey and along the way improve myself as a gamer and hobbyist and eventually became one of  leaders for Fantasy (and now AoS) in my local scene.  

My true test was yet to come.  It was a test many faced.  It was The End Times and I will explore how I made it through next time...