Over on G+, Chris Mata posted about a wargame he'd picked up that I found very interesting.
But it's not one I'm going to pick up and play.
10-15 years ago, I might have. 25 years ago, almost certainly.
One thing trainers like to tell people is that you are the average of your five closest friends. In other words, you act like your close friends act, and do the kind of things the people you spend your time with do.*
The five people I spend most of my time with aren't wargamers. Even the five gamers I spend most of my time with aren't wargamers. One might like wargames, if we had any time to hang out together outside of roleplaying. The others would play them a little, I'm sure, but it's not a hard-core central activity. Given even just enough people to run an RPG session (that is, me and 1-2 others) we go for RPGs, instead.
Back 10-15 years ago, I lived 10 minutes from a friend who loves games of all kinds, including wargames. Back in my high school and college years, I both had more time to wargame and several friends who were either into them or willing to play occasionally. But then I moved to Japan and when I moved back he'd moved to the West Coast.
Now? We're mostly a roleplaying crowd.
I bought Ogre: Designer's Edition and busted it out twice. Once when my friend came to visit thanks to his company sending him out to the East Coast for an on-site. The other when we had only a few people for RPGing and the players wanted a full house before taking on the next logical step in the dungeon.
I finally got a copy of Panzer Blitz, and it's still sitting in the box. I may solo play it next time I have a few days to have a game set up and left as-is. But it's nostalgia not real need that drove that purchase.
What it comes down to is the people I hang around with, in my gaming group and out of it, aren't wargamers. I suppose I could make time to find new wargaming friends and play with them, but it's not like I haven't filled my schedule up with other things I have to do, want to do, and like to do. Often, all three apply to one. I miss wargaming but not enough to plunk down money on games I won't have time to play and no one to play them with.
And if magically I had that extra gaming time, I'd probably spend it playing DF, or Gamma Terra, or whatever, with my friends.
I still maintain an interest, which is why you see mini wargaming focused blogs in my blog roll, or why I still like model tanks and hold onto games like War to the Death. I find a good chunk of time to play Third World War every few years or so.
But I'm the average of the five closest gamers I know, and they're mostly roleplaying gamers. So as cool as some wargames are, I prefer to experience them vicariously instead of cluttering my shelf and spending out of my gaming budget to get them.
* People love to argue this about themselves, but generally find it eerily true about everyone else. Odd, that. Or they nitpick the number, as if that's the critical element.