Hello All Adam here,
It’s been a while since I’ve written this kind of FoW article, firstly thank you for reading, I’m certain a few of you have
noticed that compared to a couple of years ago my article output has dropped. Partly this is due to work/homelife (mainly work) but also my spark for the game has gone a bit.
I realised though I wasn’t the only one, with one of our other regular tournament players also less involved, and he’d spoken about post ETC burnout, I wondered after informal chats with a few others at corrivalry whether it was more than just our local area. So I sent an email to a wife group of people and waited to see what responses I got…. The questions were
1. Firstly, do you think the ETC has led to either yourself or people you know being turned off FoW, and why do you think that is/isn’t the case?
2. One idea put around was that it’s pretty intense gaming there, did you find compared to your regular gaming it was/wasn’t more intense and why?
3. In general do you think FoW is as popular in your area as it was 3/5 years ago.
4. Anything else you want to add?
Some of the highlights to responses are below.
‘The ETC did contribute- not because of competitiveness or intensity, But because frankly there were too many ********’
‘This was enough for them to walk away from the game and find one with a better tournament rule set’
‘The etc can bring out the best and worst in people and I just flamed out after’
‘I don’t think the ETC has turned me off towards FOW and if anything it really motivated me.’
‘The etc is a great concept poorly executed’
“Most of the games were great fun, match ups process ruined it”
“The stakes are higher it’s your country that you don’t want to let down”
“There was lack of communication about what they expected from the gaming – that led to bad experiences”
“I didn’t think the competitiveness was higher that what we normally get in my country”
“I don’t think FoW is as popular as it used to be people have gotten sick of it and moved on”
“FoW is more popular in my country due to a localised version of the rules”
“There is a steady increase in the number of players”
“Most of the players are 30+ there are not many youngsters playing”
“It’s no where near as popular, broken lists, broken rules and stale missions”
“It is as popular but too many one day comps kill the big events”
“Too many sit, fart and range in armies”
“The rules are in need of a freshen up”
“Even battlefront seem to have lost their enthusiasm”
“The lists are too biased”
“I think Europe needs more regional tournaments”
Now those are a selection of answers (some people went massively off topic, some didn’t answer at all)
I will let you all draw your own conclusions, but I will give you my top three thoughts.
UK vs the rest of the world – by far and away Uk respondents were negative whilst those not in the UK were more positive. Why was that? Possibly I think the fact the UK has multiple ETC teams, I think at the Welsh open there were the vast majority of the English, Scottish, Welsh and N.Irish teams, it’s not just about winning but the bragging rights!
Rule set – not just the age but the broken bits. Many people complain about US arty for example, not just now but for years! Perhaps a more living rule book is needed? Something to keep the game in balance and us on our toes?
Competition- how can competitions be both competitive for everyone but also enjoyable? Do we need to look at different ways of running tournaments? Is Swiss right, or should we consider other formats? Tiers?
Anyway enough of my rambling, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these topics.
Till next time