Teri Literco and the Health Benefits of Miniature Wargaming

Teri Literco’s vlogs on miniature wargaming and painting minis have been a boon to those who are just beginning in the hobby or have been interested but haven’t yet taken those first few steps.

In a recent new video, Teri talks about the mental health benefits of miniature wargaming. A departure from her usual tutorials, it’s an important subject which not only provides some information on where to get help in the case of suicidal thoughts, but it’s message of hope in the form of how the hobby is positive is a much needed one. Unlike the rule of the internet not to read the comments, the comments to this video are very uplifting and positive.

Be sure to check out her other videos, even if you aren’t a newbie, her Shelf of Shame video should make you laugh and feel less guilty about your own backlog of painting projects.

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  1. John Enfield
    John Enfield

    Good article and video. As much as I usually prefer to be alone, even I have to admit that there are times when I feel a bit lonely. Going somewhere and meeting with other people to play games, talk about hobbies of mutual interest and stuff like that can be a nice break from being alone most of the time. Of the ‘nerdy’ hobbies, war-gaming is, like Teri said, one of the few that really lends itself well to pick up games with strangers and doesn’t require you to spend a lot of time with a specific group of people to enjoy it. Much as I love role-playing games, one of the hardest things about them for me is getting together that group for the campaign and then keeping them together long enough to complete a campaign of satisfying length. There are the one-shot RPG games that try to put a band-aid on this problem, but as much fun as those can be sometimes, they just aren’t quite the same as the experience of a long-term campaign. Whereas with wargaming, there’s not really any expectation of a long series of game sessions with the same people, so you don’t feel let down really, when you can’t get back together with the same group for another wargame.

    Wargaming also appeals to introverts like me because you can focus on the strategy and precision of the game without having to deal with the social interactions aspect of the experience nearly as much as you have to in role-playing games. You are still playing games with other people, but you don’t have to deal with the aspects of RPGs that guys like me can feel at least a little uncomfortable with like group decision making, expressing emotions and responding to others’ emotional expressions, dealing with conflicts of interest, etc. nowhere nearly as with wargames. There’s a chance for the sort of camaraderie that people get from playing sports like bowling, billiards, golf, etc. together without feeling like you have to be good at physical sports since the game you are playing uses your mind more than your muscles.

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