Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio here to dispel the illusions of your mind.
So there is a big convention this weekend, Adepticon! There are a lot of events going on for a lot of game systems. Although their main event is the 40K Team Tournament, the is a big focus in their 40K Champs event, especially due to the fact that they report their scores to the ITC. Unfortunately, during the event their were accusations of illegal lists, and cheating, but we will never get the true story as the player dropped before punishment could be handed out. What I’m here to talk about, though, is not the really about the person that cheated, but the issue some players, TOs, and even events, have in that the perception people have is many times the reality that many people see.
What do I mean when I say “Perception is reality”? it mainly has to do with people’s opinion of someone, or something. Whether they experienced it personally, or heard it from another source, information that people gain forms their opinion(perception) of a person, place, or thing. As time goes on and things happen, the opinion, or view, will become common with a lot of people and they start to be convinced that what they perceive as being true, is true, regardless of facts, or even actions, to the contrary. This can lead to misunderstandings between people and even cause some frustration as people try to explain the truth. A good example of this is the perception the “Reece hates Tau”. During 7th edition, when we were modifying the rules and having polls to determine how the community wanted to rule things, there were times when Tau players felt like they were being picked on. Now we know that Tau players are all very level headed and never complain, but Reece wasn’t really picking on Tau, as he has a Tau army, the people voted on how to determine how their rules should work, and even Games Workshop ruled it the same way. The perception persists, however, although mostly as a joke nowadays.
In the case with Adepticon, the perception is of a player is actually a hindrance in his growth as a player. A certain player publicly announced that they are trying to change their image as a cheater and negative experience player. When you make such a statement, and you still conduct yourself in a manner that calls your actions into question, the perception of you by the public will cause them to automatically assume you are cheating. Now you may be in the right, technically, but the fact that people have the well deserved perception of you as a cheater, the fact that you still act in a way that looks like you are cheating does not show that you are trying to change and the perception will continue. If you want people’s perception of you to change, you either need to stop playing for a while, or play in such a manner that their is no question that you are on the up and up. You do not want to give a hint of anything that can be seen as wrong. The longer you are able to do this, the easier it becomes for people’s perception of you to change.
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