Chapter Tactics #9: Psychological Warfare

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Today Pablo and his guest go over the game “above the board” at competitive 40k events, and everything you can do to master one of the key mental aspects of competition. 

Today Reece and I go over the psychological aspects of competition, and specifically how they can both improve your game, and how you can avoid mental errors to prevent derpy losses.

You can check out last week’s episode here


Tournament News


FTGT Evan’s Tyranid list

3 Flyrants (ESG, 2xTLDevs)
2 Troop Tervigons
2×30 Termagants
2×10 Hormagaunts

Good Luck Evan this weekend at Warzone ATL!

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About Petey Pab

Aspiring 40k analyst, tournament reporter and Ultramarines enthusiast, Petey Pab only seeks to gather more knowledge about the game of 40k and share it with as many people as he can in order to unite both hobbyists and gamers. We are, after all, two sides of the same coin.

9 Responses to “Chapter Tactics #9: Psychological Warfare”

  1. Deadledhead November 13, 2016 6:39 am #

    This is terrible content. It comes across like you’re justifying TFG behavior. The line is not clear and therefore this sort of behavior should be considered cheating. New players get this shit all the time then stop playing. Sad you would do this FLG

    • Petey Pab November 13, 2016 8:10 pm #

      We don’t condone this in casual games, and like we said in the podcast never against new players!

      Whether you admit it or not this kind of play does happen and people should know about it. Remember people also do these kinds of things sub consciously across all games. If you don’t like it rise above it, no reason why you can’t.

    • Reecius November 14, 2016 9:01 am #

      This is a sensitive topic for sure, and we knew coming in it had the chance to stir the pot a bit. But, I think we did a good job of clarifying that this is the kind of thing you do only at high level play, only with an opponent that is on your wavelength. It’s not to be used in casual play (which we specified many time throughout the cast). And, it is good to know about this type of thing for the casual player to defend against if they encounter it.

      • Deadledhead November 14, 2016 9:36 am #

        Never do you directly condone this behaviour but the tone of your discussion makes it sound like its ok, in certain vaguely defined situations. That’s my point, the line isn’t defined. You say it’s ok on the top tables at a tournament. I disagree. Perhaps amongst your friends if you both know it’s happening, but otherwise you’re just being ‘that guy’.

        Essentially this podcast is about how you shouldn’t hate on ‘that guy’, he’s allowed to be a dick, you should just prepare yourself to see a lot of these behaviors at tournaments and try to guard against it…somehow.
        Isn’t this what most gamers fear about tournament gamers and your only serving to normalize TFG antics. You should be very sternly outlawing this form of cheating and have proper safeguards and consequences for those that think it’s acceptable.

        • Reecius November 14, 2016 10:20 am #

          What is or is not being a dick is subjective. If someone let’s me make a mistake without saying something, some folks would call that being a dick, or unsportsmanlike. I would not. It really comes down to perspective. Whether we like it or not, these types of things to occur at top tables. It’s a part of the game (of any competitive event, actually) whether we like it or not.

          I felt we defined it pretty clearly but obviously you disagree, which is fine. Hopefully you can walk away from this episode knowing what to look out for and how to work against it.

  2. Val Heffelfinger November 13, 2016 8:47 am #


    The FLG crew and all who hate the stupid dense output from battlescribe – you can easily change it so that it presents much cleaner (like a hand written list)!

    (I’ve heard you guys annoyed by this forever, – this ain’t the 90s homeys, folks don’t write out lists, so start telling ’em to do this : ) )

    Click view roster ->
    on PC the settings are to the left of the print preview.
    On android/iOs look for the “settings” button.
    Choose – minimal output, root points, no profiles, no rules, no custom names, no roster statistics.

    and bam! Clean list!

    Also love the idea of taking a super detailed “reference list” and a simplified “opponents” list.

    PC example attached here:


    Also Petey Pab congrats on the wee one, and glad to hear you back on the beat.
    The most recent canhammer podcasts had some great tournament coverage recently, worth a listen as I think it was a great format/approach to covering an event.


    • Val Heffelfinger November 13, 2016 8:48 am #

      Happy to write this up as an article if you’d like. #goodforthegame

    • winterman November 13, 2016 12:38 pm #

      You beat me to it! FYI Army builder can be similarly cleaned up. Been awhile since I have used AB but it has/had a very similar mechanism (i think it called it forum format or something like that).

      As a TO I have been tempted to require list formatting for lists turned into me. Or bonus points for doing so (carrot rather than stick).

  3. winterman November 13, 2016 12:49 pm #

    Thanks for the nod to our Harvester event. Was definitely a nice surprise to see Nids on top. Look forward to Tyler’s write up.

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