October 04, 2009

It's okay to lose a game 40k...

I mean really it's needs to be said...kids. After all the doom and gloom around the blog-sphere about the wolves and the gurd. All this crazy talk about my 'dex is lame or out of date. This W.A.C.K.Y-ness has me a bit frazzled.
                         "Forget it, Donny.  You're out of 
your element."

First of all I don't any experience at tournaments... none, zilch, zero.

Sorry, Walter... I am Hobby Gamer. Ya know like it says on the sides of boxes! Plain and simple. For me... it's the spectacle and massive production that is war gaming. How the many aspects of the hobby boil down into enjoyable "game" experience. That is what kept my attention for over 20 of playing with toy soldiers. Not GW.'s newest codex or latest rule system.

This is all just a bit of opinion so take it for what it is. It's just my perspective.
                        "I see you rolled your way into the 
semis. Deos mio, man. Seamus and
me, we're gonna fuck you up."

Myth #1. Playing in a tournament means your good at Warhammer 40k.

False. Most formats, you play 6 games or so against a pool of 40-60 other players. At best you test your skills against 10-15% of any given set of players. Sounds more like the state lottery, then a test of skill. What happens if all the best players, no matter the armies, end up drawing each others numbers? They all end up with a 50% or so win ratio. While some average player wins it all, because he got lucky and drew 6 other players who didn't have a clue.

I understand the winner play the winners...yadda yadda... but it's only 6 games. Something tells me, that it comes down to luck of the draw in the early rounds that decides the overall winner. Let alone what happens, if you have terrible first game?

Myth #2 Playing big points games means your good at Warhammer 40k.

False. It not real hard to figure out that 40k in a state of transition. If your did not know, you do now. The system is caught between 2 different design concepts. If your book is under the 4th Ed. it's more restricted. The new books design is simply, everything gets cheaper. So how do you balance-out such an uneven battle Field? Teh suck old vrs. the new shinny unstoppable dex.

Play less points. The funny thing about this hobby is that sometimes less is more. This idea comes up time and time again in my experience with 40k. A smaller points value creates a whole new scene. Say over here in the states, ya'll played 1,000 instead of 1,850 or 2,000. What's gonna happen to all the dreaded Net lists?

See-ya, bye-bye now!

With less, the players are would have to think more then spamming (insert most hated unit here) or oversight of each book. Perhaps with less, you guys could play more games and really figure out who's the bestest at 40k. Big point games have no more depth then the little ones. It just means more toys.

Myth #3 Winning a tournament means your good at warhammer 40k.

False again. It just means you won the door prize. Good job. Thumbs up! Chances are you never even tested your mettle against a tough opponent. If your fretting over what to do in next year 'ard boys garbage? I think you missing the the whole point of hobby gaming. Round after round of half assembled models with no paint. Really? This something for me to get excited about? Sorry bub, no dice. Count me out. I want to play against others who take the hobby to the next level. Not some guy, who get his self-esteem from playing a dice game.

"what do mean, dude?"
War gaming is gentle men's agreement. Always has been. Always will be. I'm not going to explain what that means. It's one of those things in life you understand or you don't. From all the belly aching about air-tight rules and timely Faq's. Most of you do not. So, I'm going to stop now or I'll start ranting about what these tournaments call a terrain set up or some the other dumb stuff I've read lately.

"Fuck it dude... lets go bowling"

All picture and quotes belong to the film The Big Lebowski. When ever the Internet tough guys are out and bout. They always make me think of Walter.

This editorial was written by Larry. He's a 30 something gamer who has been in the hobby for almost 23 years. He has not been to a 40k tournament since he was 15. "It was lame then, and appears even lamer now." Larry will still be playing and painting his toy soldiers for a long, long time. Despite his complete lack of involvement with any Tourney circuit.


John Lambshead said...

I have never seen the attraction of copmpetitive wargaming. There are better competition games, like chess.

But it takes all sorts,

Larry said...

Just for the record. I've been playing the same 4 or 5 guys since middles school. The game has never got boring.

RonSaikowski said...

Aside from the language, great post.
I don't play in Tournaments either and I think you've got some good points.

Ken Watson said...

Well said, particularly about the "less is more". I've found that with 40k, like other points-based games, playing smaller points is a better test of your army construction skills as it forces you to make more difficult decisions to maintain a balanced force.

Me being one of the 4 or 5 guys that you've played with since Middle School, I'm honored, and I also agree that the game has never been boring. Hell, I think it's more exciting now than ever.

Mastahh B said...

I feel ya brother! Play the game for the fun of it!

Ace said...

Great post!

Love the Lebowski... and totally agree with the sentiment.

Maybe there are just too many nihilists out there?

Anonymous said...

Well said.

- Anonannoyed