GW Grognard: Grandpa needs his bedtime

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to tell you tales of a forgotten time!

I love 40k. I like the fluff as it has been built up over the years, fleshed out with the tale of the Horus Heresy ( and who know what else in the future), and the stories that the hobbyists themselves create for their armies. A lot of times they are even on par, or better, than Games Workshop themselves. I enjoy playing in tournaments against a variety of different codexes and army lists within those codexes. I enjoy the friendships that are created and maintained by going to these events. i also enjoy organizing and judging event for the enjoyment of the 40K community. You know what I also enjoy? Sleep

Now I normally wake up early for my real job. On the weekend is when I usually stay and sleep in to catch up on the sleep I miss during the week. Due to the times of a lot of events on the weekend, I end up going to sleep late and having to wake up early, due to my natural instinct to do so. Due to the nature of most events playing at 2000 points, many of them give 3 hours per round, with 3 games, for the day. Almost all RTTs do this, and a majority og GTs do this. Some even do 4 games. They also start around mid morning, or at least try to, and thus don’t end until almost 8pm so I won’t get home until 9 or 10pm. This is if I don’t hang out with my friends and teammates after the tournament. I will need to stock up on coffee or Redbull if they want to do 4 games in a day. I haven’t done that since the 2003 Los Angeles Grand Tournament put on by Games Workshop. Although I complain about having to get up early, I sometimes wish that they would start the events early so that we can start our way home when it is still daylight.

Total Chick Magnet

I know that many game stores, where a lot of events are held, do not event open early in the morning, and even if they did they would still need time to get everything ready for the start of the tournament. i know that the current allotted time for a game (3 hours) is about the right amount of time someone should be able to have their games to come to a natural conclusion. I understand that i really don’t need to stay out until 4am at the Las Vegas Open having to wake up early to help get ready. I understand that events will run long nowadays and that the days of finishing a game in about 2 hours and still being home with the sun still out are long behind me. I understand that I have full control of my sleep cycle and can easily regulate my sleep time at events so I get the amount of sleep I want.

But what’s the fun in that? How can I go to sleep when there are friends and fans to talk to, share stories from battles with little plastic men, and reminisce over those that are no longer with us. Its just too much fun to get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to hang out with people with a shared interest. I guess it’s true what they say, “No rest for the wicked” and “You can sleep when you’re dead”

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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.

3 Responses to “GW Grognard: Grandpa needs his bedtime”

  1. SaltyJohn September 14, 2019 6:13 am #

    Agree 100% tournaments should start no later than 8am. 😀

    • Reecius September 18, 2019 12:32 am #

      And provide early bird specials for breakfast! =P

  2. WestRider September 14, 2019 5:25 pm #

    This is a significant part of why I’ve been getting more into the various skirmish games. I can get a best out of three done in WH Underworlds, WarCry, or Kill Team in less time than a single 40K game.

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