By The Emperor! – Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 2019

Hello fellow knowledge nuts!

Alium Cepa here, Head HarrowEditor of the BTE! Publication hosted so graciously by Frontline Gaming. We’ve gotten so many emails, like, the best emails, and a bunch of them, from you: our loyal readers!

With so much material to work with in a totally not empty emailing inbox (address at ), please add the following factoids and questions into your mental toolbox!

“Dear BTE! Staff and Editors, 

I have question regarding my player skill. Try as I might, I can’t seem to get better than what I perceive as a certain skill level. I’m not quite the best in my local meta, but I also feel like my current access of players isn’t allowing me to get better. Do you guys have any advice?


Mario Falso, Santa Fe NM

Dear Mario,

Skill development is quite an important topic these days, what with competitive 40k expanding and becoming more and more popular in the Wargaming community

While we have a whole department of top notch competitive players who could answer your question, they currently are on a trip, playing the Plutonian Reach GT in <REDACTED>. Our remaining staff are simple proof-reading acolytes and would not be of much assistance as they themselves are struggling to rise higher in the competitive scene; they all play Dark Angels and Grey Knights and are having a hard time of it!

Fear not, however! There are plenty of resources in the form of articles, podcasts, YouTube tutorials, battle reports, and even Twitch feeds where you can find hours of free content on the subject of Competitive 40k, and for pretty much any faction you can think of!

We are aware of “Paid” content, where you choose to give money for whatever reason away for essentially the same content, albeit more distilled. Our analysts have determined that 2 hours of free content usually is equal in ratio to 1 hour of paid content.

Dear Alium or whatever your name is,

I wanted to reach out and tell you that in one of your previous articles, you made an a error, specifically with meta balancing.

While it’s clear you guys take yourselves very seriously, your article on the Sisters of Battle being a balancing force in the game to counter Space Marines is quite insulting, and shows anything but seriousness. First, Sisters haven’t even been used in the current meta as we’ve seen it, so how can you call them a balancing force? Second, there’s like 0 anti armor in that book, and since vehicles are making a comeback, especially in Space Marine lists, how can you even assert they would help?

At the end of the day, it’s clear how full of yourselves you are, and I’m taking my time to send you this email because you need to see how stupid you are.

Pierre Leidiote, Quebec CA

Dear Pierre,

Wow, thank you for the humbling letter of admonishment. We take the good with the bad, and we aren’t afraid of owning up to our mistakes should we make them.

To clarify, our article here was actually an interview; we ourselves did not make a claim, but rather the interviewee did. This could have been gleaned by reading the article as a whole, rather than selecting parts out of context (which is a very common thing to do on the internet these days!)

We understand the misunderstanding, however, and take no offense to it. Reading is difficult when your goal is to broadcast your clearly vast intellectual prowess for all to see. We understand that for you to take the time out of your day to write what you have, it must be extremely important and weighed with seriousness, as it clearly is the best thing you can be doing with your time. Given that, we thank you for the honor of being the recipient of your time and clicks.

Dear BTE!

I need your help. I’ve been a bit down in the dumps since the Salamanders release. Salamanders were and are my favorite chapter of Space Marines. After seeing what Iron Hands, Raven Guard, White Scars, Imperial Fists, and even Ultramarines got, I was very excited for my chapter to finally receive some beefy rules as well.

As I’m sure you know, however, the Salamanders FAQ came out and completely nerfed them back into a reasonably competitive force, but nowhere near as powerful as they were initially.

How do you guys deal with being upset during rule releases?

“Pepper Jim”, Pasadena TX

Hi Pepper,

We’re very sorry to hear about your plight. We too were aghast at the level of nerf that Salamanders received, and thought a considerable amount of it was not necessary.

For us, for any factions we here at BTE! use, we try to go with the understanding that every new release will give all units in our chosen codex Grot statlines, and only the three core rulebook stratagems and three core rulebook warlord traits.

By picturing each future release your particular army receives, and imagining all of your well painted wonderful models as always being beaten by anything higher than a 2+, when that inevitably doesn’t happen, you’ll be much happier.

Well, that’s all the responses we have time for this edition! If you would like to have your questions answered by the editor, you can always send an email to We may not respond to you, but rest assured that if we can fit it in for the monthly Editor article, we will!

And remember, Frontline Gaming sells gaming products at a discount, every day in their webcart!



About Alium Cepa

Alium Cepa is just a man wanting to tell the truth how it is. He needs no fame or fortune, for his reward is to spread the truth...and he needs people to stop asking if he works for the Alpha Legion, because he's never heard of them, so quit it already.

2 Responses to “By The Emperor! – Letters to the Editor”

  1. JVail December 4, 2019 9:51 am #

    Another quality REAL NEWS article, not like those other FAKE NEWS SITES. Your subscription numbers are certainly the biggest ever, that’s ever been. In the whole world even. Biggliest. This is why I subscribe to REAL NEWS.

    • Alium Cepa December 4, 2019 10:04 am #

      Dear JVail,

      Thank you for your public sentiments. In the spirit of the holidays, and to thank you for supporting REAL NEWS, we will be sending you a gift basket, with various baked goods, treats, indoctrination programs, and candies!

      All the best,

      Alium Cepa & The BTE! Team

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