Presenting Warren’s General Theory of Wargaming Management!
This should be pretty self-explanatory. For project management, restaurants, and life in general you generally have to balance between good, fast, and cheap. McDonald’s burgers are cheap and fast, but they ain’t good. The local high-end restaurant makes a good and fast burger, but it ain’t cheap. The best burgers on this island (Hello, Teddy’s!) are cheap and good, but you’re going to have to wait in line.
For wargaming that constant balance seems to be time, money, and space. In high school, I had all the time in the world, but no money and no space. When I started this blog, I had all the time and money needed, but no space – hence the “In A Box” theme making a virtue out of necessity. Now that I have a crazy long commute there aren’t enough hours in the day.
But that’s okay. There’s no pressure, so I can build up a nice lead reserve for when the times get lean and the commute gets shorter. When the kids go to college I’ll have more time and space, and if I’ve invested in unpainted figures right won’t need to spend quite so much money.
Which makes this all a ’round about way of justifying a large lead pile. It’s not frivolous impulse purchases or an addiction – it’s an investment. In the future!