Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'd like to mention that today I found out that a family friend was killed while deployed in Afghanistan. Sometimes we forget that there are still soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. That they are the sons and daughters of friends and family. My thoughts are with his family tonight. His mother was my school teacher in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, and I find it brutally unfair that having lost her husband some years ago to cancer, she has now lost her only son. I hope that some joy comes to that family. I read that his wife was expecting.
Rest in Peace J.M. 1979-2009
Or was it? The idea was great. A combined 5000 points of Bretonnian and Dwarven might pitched against the likes of foul Ogres, Orcs and Goblins? Six by Eight feet of terrain with a castle in the middle. Objectives on either side of the map and one in the ruins of the old castle. After an hour of pre-game talk, terrain selection, and hidden deployment we started the first turn. Personally I remember getting the charges I needed, fluffing a lot of rolls, and arguing about the rules.
Let me say it plainly in the longest run-on sentence I have ever written. I couldn't be more turned off by rules arguing, and if it is that important to you, shut your gob, sit down, pull out a book, read the paragraph with the rule in question, think about it, read it again (aloud this time to your opponent), and if your opponent continues to vehemently disagree take a five minute break or roll a dice. Most importantly compose yourself. A few unproductive responses:
"That's not the way I have played it." - Obviously.
"That's Bull****." - Colorful, and duly noted.
"I don't care." - You do, and that's OK.
"No one else plays this way" - Can we just look it up?
"I was going to lose anyway." - Why do you even play this game?
"I play more than you." - A veteran and a scholar general showing true maturity.
Honestly, what's the point? Isn't part of this game the fun of tactics and strategy? Why not discuss the rules that govern the world this game is set in, instead of mudslinging haphazardly at your opponent?
In short, these people teach me to better respect my opponents, to consider their views, and appreciate the challenge of Warhammer. After all, it is a game and in the end is only as fun as the people you play it with.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Game 12 came and went.
One of the guys that I roped into this hobby recently made a rather large purchases of Dark Elves models. The least I'll say is that he should be good for near the duration of the hobby when it comes to Dark Elf models. My girlfriend was surprised that he had spent so much on the hobby and yet hadn't touched the game. Her comment gave me a little pause. For us the hobby is just as important as the game, if not more so. I love learning new paint techniques, painting and cutting models from a fresh sprue. The time spent on my models directly impacts my attachment to my army when playing a match. There is some sentiment, and I can't help but think during a game, those are my knights, and I don't want them losing to some druchii witch.
So Game 12 was set at 1500 points, and I was excited to see how the knights of Bretonnia would fare against Dark Elf raider scum. Watching my friend played I remembered my first game. I didn't know what the hell was going on, and attempted to develop tactics centered around where terrain was located. As a new player I was overly cautious against shooting and magic. 3d6 potential wounds from a spell or a volley from 12 archers seems much more devastating before the dice are rolled, especially for a new player. My friend seemed to follow in my shoes when it came to maneuvering around terrain. By turn 2 his Sorceress, War Hydra, and unit of Black Guard were entrenched around or within a forest, while my Pegasus Knights and Yeoman flew/moved circles around his units. Meanwhile my Knights were shaping up to crush his left flank while my Peasant Bowmen and Trebuchet were trying to earn their points. We were trying to play a quick match and made several mistakes along the way (remember Rank Bonus!!!). All in all it was a good learning experience, and we are hoping to play this Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, my brother is headed into town before he disappears for his senior year of college and he is bringing his Woodelves. I'm hoping tomorrow will see a lot of painting and a couple matches - a full day of Warhammer!