Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here again for this week’s grumbling!
For those that don’t know I play mainly competitive games. I play in Rogue Trader Tournaments, leagues, and Grand Tournaments. I play other game systems than 40K also. In each game system there are certain build, units, or models that are strong. So, in order to be competitive, you usually use whatever strong units you have available. It is assumed that anyone that attends the tournament, or other competitive event, that you are attending will be bringing their strongest list. There is, however, a certain type of player that, although they brought a hard as nails list, act in a very apologetic way, and that needs to stop!
Usually, during the course of the game they will say things like this:
“Sorry man, I know that unit was important to you.”(the linchpin unit of your army just gets destroyed)
“Yeah, sorry, I know how the combo of stratagems just murders your army”
“Sorry, that was a bad set of dice rolls you made”
“Sorry about that. This army/unit/power is really good.”
The running theme through all this is that your opponent keeps on apologizing for basically pushing your shit in. This, to me, is insulting and demeaning to their opponent.
Why are you sorry? Are you sorry that you crushed your opponent’s hopes and dreams for the tournament? Are you sorry that your opponent doesn’t get to move as many models as before? Or maybe you’re sorry because your special unit, or combo, was only able to kill only a third of your opponent’s army. You could also be sorry because you can’t kill more things because every model in your opponent’s army is already dead. In any case stop being a jerk.
You’re not sorry about anything you did to your opponent, so don’t pretend to be. You went to the competitive event with a hard list, intending to win, or at least make a good showing. You spoke with your friends, or teammates, about units and tactics that you could best use for your army. You spent the money and energy to acquire and build that special unit you just used to crush your opponent. You are trying to win the game and, possibly, the tournament, so of course you are going to use everything at your disposal to achieve that. Why be sorry about it?
In the end it can come off as insulting, or disingenuous to your opponent. Your opponent is probably already feeling down because of what just happened. The added insult of you being sorry, and being sad about pushing your shit in, really doesn’t help your case and can cause a negative image of youcan make it seem like you did it on accident when you both know you have that really good unit/army for a reason. To win games.
You shouldn’t apologize for your army performing the way you want it to. You created the list, gathered the units, and practiced with it so that you have a good handle on how the army works. You should be happy and proud when it all comes together as a small reward for the work you put into your army. I know I do, when it works, and don’t apologize when the odds are in my favor. It could also explain why I eat lunch alone 😉
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