It’s a common question. A question with more than one answer. ‘Because parenting doesn’t seem that hard in the movies’ would be an uncharitable response after the day I’ve had. ‘Because it seemed like a good idea at the time’ is a delightfully catch all answer that covers a multitude of sins. Including the aforementioned notion of parenting.
What I’m referring to, however, is creating another blog. For those that don’t know me, I ran the wargaming site called The Shell Case for four years. In that time thousands of wargaming enthusiasts visited my site every day because, astonishingly, they seemed to care what I thought.
After four years and a lot of blood sweat and tears I called time because it had stopped being fun. There are reasons and if you feel like trawling through the final few posts you’ll get some insight into a few of them. A handful know the full story and that’s the way it’ll stay.
At the time I was extremely surprised and humbled by the comments and emails I received thanking me for my efforts. Many asked me to reconsider and some, as recently as last month, asked me to bring it back.
To those the answer is ‘because this site isn’t that site’. This is not my return to wargaming journalism (such as it was) but a return to what The Shell Case was created for – a means for me to talk about the hobby that I love.
Followers of old will be comforted to know that I have, if anything, become more opinionated and so there will still be the odd review. But, first and foremost, this site will (and must) focus on my experiences in the hobby as it’s revived from near death and the creative projects I’m currently involved in.
It’s a new adventure with a familiar twist. A reboot, rather than a sequel. If this was a movie JJ Abrams would be directing it. Or, if it’s shit, Michael Bay.
Either way, I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.