I was wondering if people found that their attitudes toward Games Day changes over time? My first Games Day was 2006. Prior to that, I had dabbled in Epic, but mostly played BFG. My buddy and I happened upon one of the scenario-gaming tables which had a scenario of Thousand Sons defending a library from Space Wolves. I was hooked! Of course, it helps that I'm a librarian in real life. LOL This was before I knew anything about the background. I have, of course, come to despise the Space Wolves for the ignorant barbarians they are.
In any case, that first Games Day was just an amazing sensory overload of cool minis and scenery and everything.
Last year, however, was a little different. With a year of playing 40k under our belts, we went in a little more picky. After visiting the GW and FW store, we checked out the terrain for open gaming, looked over the Golden Demon entries, and then took part in the conversion contest and scenery make and take. We did do some scenario gaming, but not as much (It doesn't help when you're giving a new army a try and some doofus who has the codex memorized is kibbutzing in your ear the whole time!). So, while Games Day 2007 was fun, it wasn't as magical as the first time in 2006.
This year, my buddy and I are going to enter the GT -- money allowing. Otherwise, we're going to bring our armies and take advantage of one of the open-gaming tables.
So this is how my attitude toward Games Day has evolved in not even three short years.
What do others think? Does this sound familiar?