I would've posted this in the 'games' section, but that's in the 'computer' section, so I figured it wouldn't be entirely appropriate. Ugh, until recently, I had a lot of stress problems. So many, in fact, that I was seeing a therapist to help deal with anxiety and stress. Trying to get back to school, a dead friend, another in prison for child porn, it's been a real tough time. But enough of that, it's on to happier times. My therapist suggested that the best thing I could do to take the stress off was to find a relaxing hobby. Video games weren't cutting it. A couple could be relaxing, but most were more about fast-paced action than a relaxing time, so he suggested that I find somethin like art, reading (which I'm doing more of), model-building, or something of that sort. At around the same time, I noticed that a company called Games Workshop (which created Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000) had opened a store in the local mall and I saw in PCGamer that there was going to be a Warhammer MMORPG in about a year. Well, all of this combined to get me interested in learning a little about this game called Warhammer, the game which first featured green orcs (now seen widely in all Warcraft games). Well, for those of you who don't know, Warhammer is a tabletop strategy game. The game is played with plastic and metal miniatures that must first be assembled and painted by hand. To put it simply, each player (usually just two) places an army of these models on the table and uses dice, rulers, and a set of rules to simulate a medieval/fantasy battle between the two. There's swords, spears, arrows, dwarves, elves, catapults, magic, monsters, demons, and even guns and cannons. Everything has a point value to ensure that the forces are roughly equal, with certain restrictions on how to spend the points. Now, while the game itself is great fun, most time spent with an army will be spend assembling and painting, mostly painting, the models. Well, this was the perfect opportunity for me. I like assembling plastic models and used to do a plane from time to time, but with this, I had the hobby suggested by my therapist along with something to do with the models other than let them gather dust. So, I've now gotten a fair ways along with completing an army (Empire, if any of you were wondering), and I must say, spending my spare hours whisking that brush over the plastic really helps take the stress off. Then, on my days off, I can go down to the Games Workshop store and play against their other customers and even their employees on the beautifully designed tables they have, which, coincidentally, makes me a few friends (something I'm sorely lacking in this region). I would recommend this hobby to anyone who likes both strategery and quiet hobbies. So far, all aspects of the hobby have proven to be quite entertaining. Just to warn you though, much like MMOs, tabletop RPGs, and, to some extent, chess, this is considered to be a 'geeky' hobby and won't win you a whole lot of 'cool' points in certain circles.