GW Grognard: Complicated Stuff made Simple

Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to help you sort through all the rules and rulings in the wacky universe that is 40K.

There is a lot going on in 40k right now. As newer and newer books are released we see that many, if not all, are starting to become much more intense. Just look at the latest release of the Thousand Sons and Grey Knights. Both those books have a lot of bookkeeping going on just in the psychic phase alone. The same goes for a number of other 9th edition codexes as they have so many options and even that gets expanded when you add in the Army of Renown from the campaign books. As a favor to all of you, this week I will help and give you a few ways to help sort through all the information overload and streamline your games while playing your overly complicated armies.

Don’t bother using most of the rules

This can really be anything from your codex that makes your head spin. You can easily just ignore your psychic abilities, army specific rules, stratagems, or even relics, in order to play your game faster and get done in a reasonable amount of time. Instead of flipping through pages or scrolling on your phone for relevant information, you can just skip that part and move on with the game. Sometimes it is better to actually finish a game rather than try to win or play the game correctly.

Ask Your Friends How Your Army Works

This should be easy, especially if you happen to be playing in a tournament. Since many times you are attending a tournament with friends, you can easily ask them for any help with your army. There is no need for you to remember how your army plays as your buddy will most likely remember for you as you have been playing each other while testing the army out. Your friend has plenty of time to help you out as your game is much ore important than their game. Sure they may be on the clock but shouldn’t they be using that precious time helping a friend in need? Helping you with your army will only make you better, especially since you will have the in and your friend will have lost because, for some reason, they timed out in their game.

Just Make Stuff Up

This one is probably my favorite. Just make up the rules as you are playing. The books are so complicated now that anything you say is a rule for your army can easily be true. You may even stumble upon the correct rule by mistake. This type of game play really does make the game go smoother and quickly as we all know we want to be able to see our team mates at lunch after the game. Sure, they may ask to see your codex but as long as you have a list building app to place the blame of having the rules wrong, you should be ok.

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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.

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