GW Grognard: Sorry, your “Ork speak” is not amusing

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to grumble about things that cause me to grumble in a grumbling way.

Warhammer 40,000 has a very expansive setting. There is a lot of lore for people to grab hold of and make their own. We see it a lot today when we go to grand tournaments and conventions. Plenty of people cosplay as their favorite space marine chapter, chaos warband, imperial guard regiment, or sister of battle. This is in addition to all the displays and custom built models that you see in people’s armies. It’s one of the things I enjoy about being in the hobby. I like seeing cool models and even cooler costumes. There is something that has always bugs me, especially on forums and Facebook groups, and that is when people start talking (typing) in Ork speech.

An example of this is something like “Oy ladz, can one uv ya gitz show me where to findz a good place fur sum krumpin'” or something to that effect. I don’t know why, but when I see someone writing a message in ork talk it makes me roll my eyes and not bother reading what the rest of the message has to say. In the past, when Games Workshop had the Outriders running local tournaments, there was one convention where they had play yell out “Waaagh!” and whoever yelled the loudest got the first turn. I did not even bother with it. Maybe that has something to do with it. I’ll actually get a line or 2 in before I check out. To me, when someone writes or starts talking like that I immediately equate it with the high pitch baby talk some people use in certain situations. I probably hate adult/baby talk even more but ork speak is a close second. Maybe it’s having the effect people want in causing an opponent discomfort during their game since some people don’t know what to do when confronted with someone talking in ork.

I know that it is a way for people to identify with their army. You see people like this that play other armies. I played against a Black Templar player in 3rd edition that really role played while playing the game. I crushed him. There also used to be an Emperor’s Children player at my local store that would lick his models before moving them. I would avoid him as much as possible. I’m not even going to elaborate about some of the Slaneesh conversions that I have seen in recent years. So, as you can see, there are other players that may take their obsession to that next level and are more out there. Be that as it may, I still find the ork speak kind of annoying but at least it’s not Tau. Although I do admit that hearing multiple WAAAAAGHS get shouted in a convention hall when one warboss shouts it is kind of fun.

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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 one of the head judges for LVO and other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

19 Responses to “GW Grognard: Sorry, your “Ork speak” is not amusing”

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    Nnurk September 12, 2020 4:18 pm #

    Sounds like you just hate fun

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      Adam September 14, 2020 7:01 am #

      I have been accused of that

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    Speedboss Gaz September 12, 2020 11:17 pm #

    I bet you’re really fun at parties….

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      Adam September 14, 2020 7:01 am #

      yes, because I don’t speak like an Ork at parties

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        Speedboss Gaz September 15, 2020 11:33 pm #

        The point.

        Your head.

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      Ohlmann September 14, 2020 7:35 am #

      Assholes that try to impose their brand of fun to others are, well, assholes.

      Hint : the guy who scream barely understandable things *is* trying to impose their own brand of fun on other.

      A good rule of thumb for that kind of behavior is that, would it be acceptable if not ork-themed ? If yes, proceed, if no, think about your life choices.

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        Speedboss Gaz September 15, 2020 11:43 pm #

        Odd you think someone has to scream to use Ork speak. Also odd you think they’re ‘trying to impose their own brand of fun’ rather than just ‘having fun themselves’.

        Seems like you, and the OP, are the only ones trying to impose anything o no anyone else. Just as Ork speech offends you, inane whiny, articles about something utterly harmless offends me. Like this Adam, I’ll gladly share my opinion.

        If frontline want to release a post complaining about something, maybe they should choose something valid, like the utter alienation if Xenos faction players due to the joke of a release schedule for 40k. Or maybe the way the imbalanceb of marines competitively is pushing people away from the hobby?

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    Garviel September 13, 2020 1:13 am #

    What an absolutely nonsensical article this is. You provided no reasoning, no direct comparison, and barely even stated a fully formed opinion. But ats awrite, cuz dis ere is an Ork fredd now!

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      Adam September 14, 2020 7:03 am #

      Of course I don’t provide any of that, it’s an opinion article not a super serious article. Also, yes, orks usually take over everything

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    Brice L Mauritz September 13, 2020 4:52 am #

    This sounds a lot like you forgot that Warhammer is a game to be played and enjoyed by all . That you don’t like it is human and understandable I have a lot of thing’s that as I get older I find bother me. However I go out of my way to examine myself and try to live up to the simplest values that I was taught at earliest childhood. Share, Clean your plate , D&D and Warhammer 40,000 are fun intellectual exercises not sins , if you have nothing nice to say=say nothing, Early bird gets the worm, and There are two types of pride = young and old. Young is good old is bad. Period . I never understood this last rule of my parents until in my early teens my mother explained , young pride is when you want to be better you build yourself up, old pride is when you push others down to be better and that is bad .I notice as people get older they seem to feel old enough to throw these simple good rules out for complex , hard to follow ones. Which doesn’t make sense to me. Looks like your breaking two with this piece . Can you figure out which ?

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      Adam September 14, 2020 7:05 am #

      Not going to lie, I only read the first sentence then I trailed off. I do know warhammer is funsies, just that hearing ork talk is not fun for me. You must have not read my bio, I play a ton of other games

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    Doc September 13, 2020 6:00 pm #

    As a die hard Ork player for over 20 years, and D&D roleplayer for almost 40 years, I agree with the OP, at least when it comes to online chats.

    It makes no sense. People who speak with a cockney accent still write in English. Why would you create a whole new slang to type in an informative discussion?
    It’s like turning a web discussion into a homework assignment.

    If you want to talk that way during a game, that’s fine, as long as it doesn’t detract from the game. But of you are wasting my time with your accent and can’t explain what you are doing using language that I can understand, then you’re just doing it to be an asshole.
    40k is a wargame, not a roleplaying game.

    As a roleplayer, many of us have had the unfortunate experience of a LARPer show up to play D&D and try to singlehandedly turn a roleplaying game into LARP.
    It sucks, and you waste a lot of everyone’s time unnecessarily.
    DM: “Bill it’s your turn, what do you do?”
    Bill: “Ooh’s dis ‘Bill’ twat, eh? E sound loik a poofta needin’ a good krumpin’. Me names Grimnutz Scrotostabba! An I’z da baddest Bad Moon boss dis side of da …” Blah, blah blah – adlib another 5 minutes of LARP combat maneuvers
    DM,: “Umm, right, well Grimnutz, roll to hit”.
    Bill:
    DM: “You missed. NEXT”

    And in doing so, Bill just wasted 10 minutes of everyone’s time.

    The point being, read the room. There is a time for roleplaying, and then there is a time for communication and transferring information. Act accordingly.

    Don’t get mad at random strangers on the internet for not wanting to play with you, your way, when they are trying to have a discussion.

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      Adam September 14, 2020 6:24 pm #

      I get the roleplay aspect of it, both in game and in a RPG. I was never good at the roleplay part of an RPG

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    Orky the Eldar Space Marine September 13, 2020 6:59 pm #

    Lol – I love gaming despite the fact that the hobby is filled with gits like you who think that because they are a bit better than mediocre at something that gives them the right to sh/t on other people. Get a better life, ‘ard boy. (Oh, but your click bait worked so good on you!)

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      Adam September 14, 2020 7:05 am #

      Whoa buddy, I am totally mediocre

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    Michael Corr September 13, 2020 11:23 pm #

    I’m kind of with you on this one. I’ve attended several tournaments with Ork players who will scream “Waaaagh” before every game and at random points throughout the day. It is really unpleasant to be having fun and have some idiots screaming in your face and putting you off what you are doing.

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      AngryPanda September 14, 2020 2:33 am #

      The damn screaming. I don’t mind anything else but that just makes me want to throw things. That’s just a few though, most Ork players I’ve met have been just really fun.

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        Michael Corr September 14, 2020 5:55 am #

        I agree, most are really fun, but there are a few obnoxious ones who ruin it for everyone else. If I was playing any other army and decided to scream at my opponent before each game, I would probably be escorted out of the event pretty quickly.

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          Adam September 14, 2020 7:07 am #

          lol, at this point I think it’s a tactic they use to get you off balance. I suggest screaming back with your army’s slogan. Licking your models worked for the Slaneesh guy but few people wanted to play against him after a while.

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