I have a couple of days with an article rounding the head and wanted try to transcribe the impressions that caused me.
This appeared in the 40k Profanus blog (which from here I send a warm hug and a big thank you for your work: the little I’ve seen has seemed praiseworthy, boys, congratulations! )
The reason, I think, why it affected me so much is that talks about the loss of fun in the W40K current metagame. And everything including “loss of enjoyment” and “sadness for old times” is seeping deep in the children’s heart swarming around somewhere in my mutated skin (yes, it is another of my Tzeentch’s humorous gifts , damned him XD )
The curious thing is that in the article, adds to the complaints that all we share (the magnificent Games Workshop combo with poor resin casts-poor miniatures design-(i)logic rules for children-translations fails (specially in the spanish translations)-titans-and so on XD ) a complaint of how nice was all about 10-12 years ago.
And that’s where I was raised an eyebrow.
For 10-12 years ago … we talk about 2003 ?!
Let’s see … my old White Dwarfs are still safe in my parents’ house, so I´ll use my contacts, particularly from La cueva del friki solitario (lit. ‘Lonely Geek’s Cave’ XD ) (I use you as a reliable source, and an even larger greeting, mate! ), an even better blog, and personally feel it so closer to my philosophy of play (and my age XD )
Once there, I spotted a 2003 White Dwarf, and it turns out I meet the surprise of the August issue, the 100! (Talking about the spanish edition, of course)
100 numbers …
The first tear drops with their increasing price, for which they apologized even in the Editor´s column (4.5 € … ol’ times for sure!), with superb Juan Díaz’s Daemonettes (one spanish designer in the Studio, and a country of players proud of him!), the Tavern’s Quarrel scenario (giving the board with your chips and all that you need!)
100 numbers …
Warhammer Fantasy was in its 6th edition, and 40K at 3rd … and the spanish White Dwarf had 100 numbers …
I completely understand that ten years change things dramatically, and that the author complains about the lack of “spirit”, but if so, those who took more than 20 years … what can we complain…?
As I said, I raised an eyebrow.
And there is a message I would like send to future generations: PLAY FOR FUN.
It seems obvious, but clearly it is not.
Actually, players complains for simply rules and new big guys are invariably changed the game, as it has every one quasi forced to buy titans and flyers, if they want win.
And it makes me laugh a lot read that kind of thing.
You see, I expend a whole lifetime in miniatures, trading cards, roleplaying (and a lot of good vices more too XD ) and I’ve never played in a Warhammer Tournament.
Well, one simple reason: the competitive game is partly guilty to blame for the loss of the spirit of the game.
Quiet, quiet, do not rend your clothes yet
Today, is evident that through the tournament, our hobby survives and will continue for many years (and hope we’ll see it), but is also true that as soon as there is a prize to gain, like an exuberant explosion of orc’s mushrooms in a Waaagh, one special kind of player appears.
Since the dawn of Warhammer, there has been a kind of particular player who was baptized at the time as hard-asses, referring to the hours spent on re-read again and again the army lists and rules, looking for details that will allow subvert the rules in their favor.
Such players have always existed, but in a club or group of friends, and whenever there is maturity and good cheer, are manageable and even necessary from a tactical point of view, since constantly pose new challenges, to call in some way .
If you don’t know what I’m talking for, think about the time someone bring to battle a Dark Elf army in which even the General wore his repeating crossbow and Assasins didn’t hide between the warriors, and start the war shotting with no mercy any artillery crew they saw with BS 9 … or that unique guy who, that after a two-hour chattering about the Codex Imperial organization and the Imperial diplomacy against xenos in fighting Chaos, brought one Space Marines army formed only by Exterminators, one Vindicare Assasin, 3 Basilisks and a battalion of Dark Reapers, leaded by Maugan Ra …
One of the biggest hard-asses wet dream…
(And you say that the Inquisition has “special” Anti-Grav Tech donated by the Mechanicum …?
And where are supposed to take your Grey Knight the ammunition, or at least, the additional energy generators?
Ah…and he is also a level 4 psychic?
With Telekinesis, right?
Are you sure he’s a Grey Knight?
Because seems to be green inside and Yoda will be called …
And that’s my reason to not enter tournaments: Check that nearly eighty percent of participants was hard-asses.
I had to wait until my thirties to have (almost) all options of an available army, so my troops have always been a unholy mixture of “what I like” with “what the Chaos gods like” so my hosts always acomplished the spirit of Chaos, but aren´t unbeatable. They are compunded by big, ugly and varied warrior, which unfortunately are experts targets with legs.
Hence for me the concept of organizing and buy an army “to win” it´s ununderstable. And, thankfully, the same happens to many of us.
We play for fun, and that’s the spirit of the game that we must keep alive.
Maybe that’s why among OldHammers there is so much adoration for Necromunda: balance.
All types have the same basic attributes and almost the same equipment options, so for the hard-asses is a real challenge twist the rules.
Well, until you take a band of Orrus predators…
Finally, I would add a few things.
The first is that if the new generations see the loss of spirit and fun as a mistake, it is clear that our hobby is more alive than ever and will continue against all odds (lift up your Bugmans XXXXX for it!)
And second … I’m looking at the 7th 40K rulebook…to participate in my city’s tournaments …
Surely more than one will be thinking: go away, skaven! Now these?
Anyway, do not worry, my reasons are purely selfish, but with none hard-asses at all.
I simply want to socialize a little more with the neighborhood.
And besides, I have read many times blogs about generals going to tournaments with Khorne units of 8 warriors, imperial armies with one hundred of basic guards and marines without aircraft. And I want to see and be part of it. And lose, of course. I will not buy or Titans or aircraft in life, for that price I can get the seven jetbikes that miss my Eldars and the 3 bikes missed by my Chaotic guys.
And that’s all folks!
Hey, you! Yes, you… come right here NOW!
So you own this horde … right?
Yes, I know that Confrontation’s crinos and Warzone’s Nepharites are very cool, we have no problem with miniatures from other companies, but …
Have you readed the tournament rules ?!
Nothing … of … Primarchs!
Oh, that is just your “Chaos Lord on Terminator Armor”?
I have three witnesses who have seen you swinging Precision Bombardments to a kid with tyrants! And you laughed at him!
And you did him cry!
At your age!
And … that’s Archaon?
Commanding warriors with Shell Armor, bolt pistol and Chaos steed ?!
Where the hell did you read you can take allies?
Demonic Legions allies?
And special characters?
And where the hell they carry the bolters?!
This is not Necromunda, juve, guns must been see here …
And by the way, is it possible to know what you told to my assistant judges?
Got two with an anxiety attack!
What are you whispering?
That you also have the right to pray?
Look sir, one thing is kneeling to swear the Emperor’s Vote and something completely different is bring raw meat as a snack … there are children here!
And take away that goat!
I do not give a damn if it’s your familiar!