Welcome and thanks for once again reading one of my rambling articles.
I thought this time I’d look at the different types of game I seem to play, and one thoughts on them.
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As you can tell by the title, I really see my gaming in two ways, either ‘casual’ or ‘tournament’ but those may be misleading titles. Because tournament play is not always at tournaments, and some tournament games may be casual
So how can a casual weeknight game be a tournament one?
Well lets tell a story – gather round. When I first was learning to play FOW I was quickly introduced to some of the other local players, after a few brief emails I organised a game against one of them. Now I has no idea what to expect so I thought ‘new opponent lets just go for something middle of the road’ do I grabbed my trained Canadian shermans for their first outing.
I came across a list which was being prepared for the LW nationals and got so badly beaten it was unreal! Since then I’ve come to realise that against some of the local players, it’s always tournament practice – even against Ben and Winner you always bring a good list and your A game (though as I win when drunk/hungover driving to play these guys limits bringing my A game lol).
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It’s actually pretty enjoyable, I’ve always found a close game which I lose is vastly preferable to a one sided game I win. At the same time though I wouldn’t take a tournament list to one of the local clubs (actually that’s a lie, I might do as a first outing to try it out) but again that’s normally a more casual environment, so what’s the fun in having a completely one sided match?
Some people I’ve discussed this with think it’s insulting to not do your utmost to win (within the rules before someone makes a comment ) and ‘going easy’ or taking a sub optimal list is insulting to your opponent. I disagree with that, I think wargaming is a form of social contract you both are there to enjoy yourself, and whilst a competitive fight to the bitter end may be fun for one, is it for both? There are also times I like the challenge of using a random list, and that applies even at tournaments – now I will digress to a different game system for an example, but I have far more 40K tournament experience.
I took armies or lists which the great and the good may have described as uncompetitive, but that was fun, it was a challenge, to scrape a win or draw. And this is my idea of casual gaming at a tournament. You may not be winning it, but the enjoyment and pride from wringing out the best of the list that you brought is fantastic. But at the same time it’s also fun trying to match yourself against good players with the best list you can make.
As always I hope this stimulates a little thought about how you play and what you enjoy.
Until next time
Thanks for reading