GW Grognard: Sometimes you need to step away

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to help you make lemonade!

As we have seen through recent years, 40K has grown by leaps and bounds. Today you can realistically create and run a small grand tournament in a short amount of time, and have a good event with a good number of people. This increase in events, along with social media, has caused players to become known to the general competitive 40K crowd. Over the years, many names have sprung up as the ITC has grown. Some have faded as time moved on, while others continue in their conquests at the same time new players climb the ladder to hopefully stand at the top. The flip side of this are those players that evoke a strong negative reaction from players, either through their actions on the tabletop or even off the tabletop but while at an event. There are a few names you hear about all the time, and come up at almost every tournament they attend. This bad image of a player will sometimes haunt them for the rest of their 40K career, but what are they to do if they sincerely want to turn that image around?

If someone were to ask me, my first instinct is to tell them to step away from tournament play. I don’t mean to give up 40K completely. I mean to just not participate in tournaments as a player. With the current state of the tournament scene, there are plenty of other opportunities for you to still be involved without playing the game. Hosting a podcast, being a judge*,  or being a commentator for a Twitch stream, are all some of the ways to still be part of the community and engaging the public. I would advise you to not attend any major events for a couple of years and just play some casual games where you aren’t trying to use the most edge case combo you can find. After a few years you can then ease yourself in returning to the scene. In this process, i would still advise building strong armies but maybe not build armies, or playstyles, that remind people of how you used to be.

Now some people simply can’t do that. They still want the fun and excitement of participating in a tournament. In that case, I would advise that they give themselves a handicap in that they play an army that is relatively straight forward to play and is a somewhat mid tier army. They don’t try to chase the dragon and go with the most recent hot list or try to use some weird reading of a rule to get an edge when this one very specific case happen. Basically you try not to do things that may appear shady. The reason for this is that by attending events, most people will be wary of you from the get go and are looking for the slightest reason to call you out in the court of public opinion. Even if what you’re doing is on the up and up, the fact that it just seems shady will cast doubts about you and your sincerity to change your ways. Basically, if you want to convince people that you want to change, you need to show them that with your deeds, not your words.

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*Although I don’t think people would trust your decisions


About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

2 Responses to “GW Grognard: Sometimes you need to step away”

  1. matt ludwick June 1, 2019 5:47 am #

    Hot take. Totally original. Bet it gets followed up by the head judge of the biggest 40k tourney writing a hit peice on a person without any fact finding if it doesn’t get followed to the letter

  2. Rob Butcher June 1, 2019 8:42 pm #

    An interesting piece but buried in the problems W40K faces.

    We do seem to have more podcasters/youTube experts than players – only 12K competitively last year GLOBALLY.

    “small grand tournament” = a poor choice of words, from a world of poor choices.

    I agree with players stepping away BUT why cheat and still talk ??? Someone did that last year, yet was continuously breaking GW’s intellectual property rules on that site. Penance needs to be that.

    W40K is a global game with millions of folks playing in their garages. For the tournament scene to grow much greater action is needed. GW’s Warhammer Tv is now setting the way forward – outscoping the “sneak-peekers”, better podcasts, attending/televising more tournaments etc. They are only beaten by the style of some podcasters BatReps ( I hate the top-down view).

    I do though hate seeing some-one banned for continual cheating in one big event, flying eight thousand miles to compete in another. A ban in one, should become a game wide ban!!

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