I went to a store championship for Star Wars Armada over the weekend and had a bad enough time that I went home afterwards and made some hard decisions. I came to a couple of realizations.
1. I like casual play.
2. At the event level, games like Armada and X-Wing have no room for casual play.
3. There is no non-event level. All games are either events or prep work for events.
3. If there is no room for casual play, there is no room for me.
So, I unfollowed all of the Facebook groups centered around these games and boxed up all my stuff for eventual sale. I thought about this for awhile. If the situation is different in your area, great. In mine, people are either playing competitively in events or playing competitively with the same lists to prepare for events. I don't have the time or inclination necessary to learn every upgrade in the game and then to practice with the same fleet list over and over and over again until I get good enough to not lose 90% of the games I play.
I've actually been really frustrated with my gaming situation lately. I'm not sure what to do. I might just give up on table top gaming for awhile and try to talk people into playing coop board games.