If I’m quitting something it’d be helpful to know exactly what I’m quitting.

I’m not addicted to computer or console games, so the term gamer in that context does not apply.

This website used to tout The Tabletop Gamer Lifestyle. You could read tips and information about tabletop roleplaying games and miniature wargames…. just like the hundreds, if not thousands of other sites out there. I blogged every day for a whole year about it.

Information about How to Play, How to GM, How to Wargame, is a penny a dozen. Some of its great. Most of it is mediocre. Some of it is downright lousy or confusing. The most infuriating, in my opinion, comes from the very gaming companies themselves, or some blogger/vlogger who has dedicated their entire life to playing games and expects everybody to do the same and gets mad when they don’t.

So I’ve made a couple lists of behaviors I know I’ve done. Many of which I’d like to change or discard.

Roleplaying Gamer Lifestyle
Constantly thinking about RPGs.
When bored, reaches for the nearest RPG book.
Regularly reads/watches online videos, articles, and blogs about RPGs.
Keeps up regularly on the latest RPG fiction.
Buys multiple books for multiple rule systems.
Believes there is one perfect system out there.
Believes he or she has found the perfect system.
Engages in Edition Wars.
Has no other other hobbies outside of gaming.
Spends more time talking about RPGs rather than playing.
Believes its their responsibility to spread the hobby.
Buys everything from a given publisher out of habit or feeling of responsibility.
Neglects other priorities in lieu of RPGs.
Plays multiple times per week.
A rules lawyer.

The Miniature Wargamer Lifestyle
Constantly thinking about miniature wargames.
When bored, reaches for the nearest wargame book.
Buys everything from a given publisher out of habit or feeling of responsibility.
Regularly reads/watches online videos, articles, and blogs about wargames.
Keeps up regularly on the latest wargaming fiction.
Buys multiple books for multiple rule systems.
Believes there is one perfect system out there.
Believes he or she has found the perfect system.
Spends more time talking about wargames rather than playing.
Believes its their responsibility to spread the hobby.
Buys everything from a given publisher out of habit or feeling of responsibility.
Neglects other priorities in lieu of wargaming.
Plays multiple times per week.
A rules lawyer.

Are these indicative of the tabletop gaming lifestyle, as opposed to a hobby?

How many of these do you need to qualify as having an addiction?

Are these symptoms of a larger problem?

Are these symptoms or problems at all?