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Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 4:53:50 PM   
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My marriage failed a couple of years ago for reasons other than gaming, but my ex-wife was never a supporter of my hobby. She never appreciated the fact that some men hunt/fish, some men do woodworking, and some do computer gaming for a hobby.

What's a poor war gamer to do?

Now I'm in a relationship with a woman who not only supports my hobby, but is a gamer herself! We spend quality time gaming side-by-side...how romantic!

Can life get any better?

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 5:06:48 PM   
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I've heard about this rare kind of species... so they *do* exist do they? I thought it was rumours only...

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 5:11:02 PM   
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Glad you are happy.... My wife isn't a gamer but is quite happy to do her hobbies while I do mine. Some years we even shared the same hobby room listening to music while playing away at our own thing.... It doesn't have to be about doing the same thing just about giving each other the space to do your own thing...vive la difference. And we have been married 27 years yesterday.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 5:33:51 PM   
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Some years we even shared the same hobby room listening to music while playing away at our own thing....



Huh? I told you them English guys were funny,

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 5:39:28 PM   
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oh yes... no denying it.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 6:00:07 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Slick Wilhelm

Now I'm in a relationship with a woman who not only supports my hobby, but is a gamer herself! We spend quality time gaming side-by-side...how romantic!

Can life get any better?

"Romantic dinner in light of Heavy Bolter"

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 6:22:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Slick Wilhelm

Now I'm in a relationship with a woman who not only supports my hobby, but is a gamer herself! We spend quality time gaming side-by-side...how romantic!

Can life get any better?


Yes, but who wins? And how much fighting does it Cause????

And if you handle the loss well, what kind of gamer are you anyway



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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 8:44:11 PM   
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Way to go Punk, I've been in the trenches now for 18 years myself, and no, she don't game. Oh at first, dabbled into some D&D, but now merely grins feebly at my enthusiastic descriptions of such and such a game ( rather like one does to victims of mental retardation, or the insanely naive)
Nah, she won't play, but my youngest, now there's one who shows potential.
Cheers, and if you got one of those " diamonds in the ruff", enjoy !!

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 9:32:33 PM   
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We've been married for 18 1/2 years. She doesn't game but she always knows where I am, either helping that wimp Frodo out in Lord of the Rings Online, turning back the axis in Gary Grigsby's World at War, ruling the world in Civilization II or helping humanity conquer the galaxy in Sins of a Solar Empire or Galactic Civilization II.  

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 9:40:58 PM   
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Actually, my wife and I both played our first wargame against each other. Shortly after we were married, we were browsing in a Kroch's and Brentanos Bookstore and saw something that "looked" like a game, it was called Conquerors and put out by some company named SPI.

My wife was interested in the time, primarily Latin - Greek history. She had a thing for languages. We had played some Risk before with friends, but this looked different. WSe decided what the heck - back then we coulnd't afford to go out for entertainment so we got the game.

Of course, this was 39 years ago - we played this game (it actually had a couple games in the plastic tray box with clear plastic cover (still have it infact). And we enjoyed it.

we moved on to some others, ended up getting a subscription to S&T - played against for a few years - then in mid-80's she decided she didn't enjoy them anymore - life had of course gotten a lot more busy - including two children by then - and she had other things she wanted to spend her time on.

I kinda stopped playing for while - then got a computer - and shortly tereafter, my first computer wargame - and I was back at it!

Wife and I celeberated our 39th anniv just a couple of months ago. And she's fine with me spending time playing "my" games - .

Rick

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 10:30:27 PM   
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39 years married..... don't hear that very often these days.... congrats

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/9/2009 11:21:40 PM   
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Lucky Dog!! Good luck too You both.
quote:

ORIGINAL: Slick Wilhelm

My marriage failed a couple of years ago for reasons other than gaming, but my ex-wife was never a supporter of my hobby. She never appreciated the fact that some men hunt/fish, some men do woodworking, and some do computer gaming for a hobby.

What's a poor war gamer to do?

Now I'm in a relationship with a woman who not only supports my hobby, but is a gamer herself! We spend quality time gaming side-by-side...how romantic!

Can life get any better?



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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/10/2009 3:23:46 AM   
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I hide my wargames under the mattress in hopes that they will not be discovered. Then when the lights are low and everyone is fast asleep I bring them out to 'study' them. My secret is still safe.


Actually, my wife played a little Axis and Allies but it really wasn't her thing. She only did so to appease me. She does however support my Hobby/addiction and even feigns interest at the look of some of my computer games. I guess after 18 years we have a mutual understanding. She doesn't question me about the latest game and I don't mention yet another purse. I would ask her how many purses she needs that rarely get used but, we all know where that would lead.

Straight to the ASL closet.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/10/2009 3:58:12 AM   
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I was already board gaming when I met my wife and she quickly got used to stepping over Jutland on the living room floor or the dining room table covered in GDW's Assault.  She used to tolerate me leaving SPI's Terrible Swift Sword or War in the East set up in the basement when I went off on exercise for ten or twelve weeks.  I would return to find them carefully preserved but a bit dusty.  Once computers came along she got into some gaming but was never into them like myself.  Every now and then though she will go on the occasional binge playing Civ 3, MOO2 or (believe it or not) the orginal X-Com - UFO Defense played in the DOS Box.  We've been married 29-years and lived in sin for five before that so I suspect she might be a keeper.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/10/2009 7:13:14 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Joshuatree
I've heard about this rare kind of species... so they *do* exist do they? I thought it was rumours only...


Sure, my wife even likes the occasional (light) wargame like BattleCry - nothing she likes better than crush, kill and destroy poor ol' me in a game

Next Saturday, we'll be visiting the wargame convention in Ghent together and she won't be the only wife there who's actively participating.

Greetz,

Eddy Sterckx

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/13/2009 2:42:58 AM   
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I would never marry a non-gamer. 

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/13/2009 4:14:21 AM   
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Married 35 years.  Wife has never minded my playing wargames and sports simulations games, even though she has had no interest in them at all.  Her reasoning is that I'm at home and doing something I enjoy.  She enjoys crafts, things like crochet and needlpoint and things like that.  I think she sees it as similar to that, my hobby.   There's also the idea that I spend less on gaming than I might on some other hobbies.  It was just never an issue.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/13/2009 11:45:35 AM   
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I have yet to find a female gamer close to my age (almost 40). I see a lot of girls my oldest sons age(18) that play games(lucky bastard and doesnt even know it). My daughter(16) also plays games, so it seems the next generation may actually see more eye to eye when it comes to gaming.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/13/2009 4:46:25 PM   
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My little sister plays games too. In christmas 2007 I bought her In the Groove (PC dance game), and she was all over it. Last christmas I bought her 2 Riddick movies (DVD versions) and Escape from Butcher Bay. Gotta ask her has she played game through yet. It seems that her current boyfriend doesn't play as much, if at all

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/13/2009 11:01:48 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Slick Wilhelm

Now I'm in a relationship with a woman who not only supports my hobby, but is a gamer herself! We spend quality time gaming side-by-side...how romantic!

Can life get any better?


What works for some, I guess. That would eventually drive me nuts, I suspect. To be honest I'd far prefer Mrs Herts remain a non-gamer and stick to playing her saxophone for recreation instead; you need quality time apart 'doing your own thing' as well as together for a relationship to last IMHO.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/14/2009 12:30:33 PM   
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the female gaming species exists, but it is exceedingly rare. we must now turn on animal planet and see if we can find them...




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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/15/2009 6:28:37 PM   
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Hey Slick,

Has she got a sister???

Regards,

sysrkm aka rob

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/15/2009 7:12:32 PM   
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My fiance' is a gamer so I am loving that.  She hasn't played the wargames I love but is interested in them.  We used to play a tactical level web based mech game (battletech stuff) and she really liked that and had a good head for it.  And she is way hot!  I am sooooo lucky!

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/15/2009 8:07:31 PM   
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quote:

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Hey Slick,

Has she got a sister???

Regards,

sysrkm aka rob


She does!

Alas, a married sister. Sorry.

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/17/2009 2:25:45 PM   
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We used to play a tactical level web based mech game (battletech stuff)

Neveron?

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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/17/2009 2:50:18 PM   
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The fairer sex has an ability to love most of what you do before marriage. You should not be surprised at all if the very next day after you get married she is no longer supportive of some of your activities. Retraining your habits to suite her takes time-she needs to start on day one.

I would not believe a woman was a gamer unless I saw her game collection-one which she acquired before I met her. It would be nice-I suppose, if she was a gamer, but not necessary. I have been married to a non gamer for over 20 years.



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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/17/2009 2:55:00 PM   
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My other half isn't a gamer but is used to it.

She's one of the few women in the world whose requests can be deflected without argument by the words, "After this battle?".


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RE: Female gamers, or: love at first byte - 4/19/2009 7:49:52 AM   
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Married 32 years and my wife doesn't mind my wargaming a bit. Maybe because it babysits me.......

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