|GW doesn't care about WAAC people!|
Given that the company that makes my chosen wargame doesn't support my style of play, I am forced to evaluate what it is that I want from this hobby.
- Clear, well written rules. The kind of rules that lets a player consult the rulebook and find a clear answer without 20 page diatribes on how this or that does or does not count as a psyker. This is the biggest offender imo. I work in Quality Assurance and it seems ridiculous to me that they don't have at least the basic amount of playtesting. Or if they do, then they are either not very good or the initial product is so full of holes that it's impossible to fill them all.
- Interesting, engaging fluff and models. The little boy inside me still wants to push around cool little dudes that look awesome and blow up the other guys cool looking dudes. Regardless of my affinity for 'official' type matches, I still like to see an awesome paint job and to read about the special characters bad ass exploits! What's cooler than reading about Mephiston going hand to hand with bad ass monster and then seeing it go down in game? Or The mystery Of Ahra? Or any number of cool stories that they put in the codexes!
- A well supported tournament circuit. I like to move up through the ranks and prove myself against better players. That's the reason I play any game! Does playing my best game and knowing all the rules make me a WAAC player or TFG? Maybe, but what does that make the person who doesn't know how the rules work and just put together the guys that look cool? A N00b? A Tard? A Derp? Why do they have to be all derogatory terms? Can't they just be called beginners and I can be called competitive? We were all beginners once. No one was born knowing the rules to these games... Whoa, tangent! But really, A well supported and organized tournament circuit is the lifeblood of making the community grow in my opinion.
- Speaking of which, A thriving community! Only solitaire can be played solo and that's the worst table top game ever! The minis are terrible! But seriously, I would most likely have never played the games I do without my friends being interested in them. And I wouldn't have half the friends I do without the games I play! Games (and especially tournament games since you are forced to play people you don't know) have a built in networking component which forces social interaction.
For now, the only answer I see is to look into other systems. If I can find the things I'm looking for, then I will be a happy camper. Currently, my FLGS has a booming WarmaHordes scene where they are drawing well over 30 people to the tournaments. I have played it a couple times and it didn't really seem like the game for me, but maybe I need to give it another chance. The only worry about going to another game system is "Will it be just another FotM that wargamers are bandwagoning to???"
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