and have subsequently started reading the 'golden era' Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files Volume 02...
Featuring the first Dredd epic, The Cursed Earth'.
Now this is some serious 80s goodness, and Dredd needs no introduction from me, but I wanted to mention him as part of the "What Oldhammer means to me" debate.
Personally, it's about revisiting my war-gaming roots in the hope of 're-setting' my gaming preconceptions, which had left me very jaded by the hobby and on the verge of taking a prolonged hiatus.
Although, that is not the whole story. It would be sheer hubris on my part to pretend I got everything right back in the old days and that I later strayed from the track at some point. In truth, I was still a young child when the 90s began and all our games in those days fell into two categories, we either obsessively competed with each other in search of total victory or got annihilated at a club by disapproving, older gamers on a power trip.
I don't remember the hobby being in a healthy place back then at all.
Not only did I get gaming all wrong, failing to appreciate the potential of Rogue Trader or Warhammer 3, but I missed out on so much other stuff the era had to offer because of limited pocket money. Buying 2000AD progs regularly for example.
This Oldhammer thingy, it belongs to us all, but as individuals. To me it's about a point in time when the hobby (and life) had so much to choose from and doing all it had to offer all over again, but this time getting it right. I have matured emotionally to the point where I can empathise with other people and game as a team instead of as simply competitors, and I can not only afford to buy all of Dredd's stories but I also do not have have to suffer the slow drip release of a comic. They are all available on demand, as is the whole spectrum of Oldhammer goodies.
This definition of Oldhammer is very personal and unlikely to exactly match anyone elses, and might be better described by another term altogether (mid-life crisis, manopause...) but do we really need an exact creed to follow? After all, isn't Oldhammer about being mature enough to accept and understand each others differences (and foibles) and have a great time together anyway?
I have to accept other points of view of course, practising what I preach, so let me know here if you have a lesson for me to learn on Oldhammer, or if you want to discuss it with the community try here instead.
To return to Dredd before I sign out, if he is not part of your Oldhammer experience may I respectfully suggest you may enjoy discovering or rediscovering him. The Dredd universe influenced the 40k universe so much back then with it's land raiders, power swords, jet bikes, etc. (Would the Arbites exist without Judges? Would Space Marines have such iconic shoulder armour without Dredd?) that I am sure sci-fi gamers will get a blast from visiting Mega-City One. When the writing improves in the Cursed Earth story arc and takes on it's own sci-fi influences (Roger Zelazny's 'Damnation Alley') it truly becomes an unmissable part of an Oldhammerers education!
IMHO, as is everything else of course.
Thanks for stopping by!