Gaming. It's about play, it's about art, it's about a challenge. Over the years I've come to learn a lot about myself through these things.
I know I'm a creative type but I learned that I'm pretty sensitive about the athletic of things. I'm a little anal about painted figs and even more anal about how terrain looks.
I'm also one who likes to be active. I get frustrated by games that don't allow me much activity on my opponent's turn. I like speed and games that don't draw out over hours.
Narrative is good but not essential- I tend to imagine my own as a game plays out. Yet cinematic events are essential. 9 times out of 10 I'll choose heroics over the smart tactical thing to do.
The outcome of game- win or loss- I've stopped caring about it so much. What's important is the game.
I buy lots of models and I love them all. To love a model is to paint it. I don't care what your skill level is, paint is better than no paint. And yes, it is art - just not a fine art. I applaud every one's best efforts but sometimes I let painters know they can do better.
That's me. What's important to you?