Thursday, November 1, 2012

Taking games "seriously"

Last week, as I wrapped up another 0-2 week at the FLGS, my buddy I was playing with gave me some odd/interesting advice. He said "I know you would be a good player, but you just don't take it (warmachine) seriously" I thought this was an odd statement given the context of the game we were playing (A "who's the boss matchup" where we pick a random caster out of a hat and play them in a pre-made take all comers sort of list).  But I got the gist of what he was saying and it got me thinking.

Or did it???

Warmachine is a complicated game. It's similar to chess, but with big monsters. Protect your king, sacrifice pieces if need be, but the ultimate goal is checkmate. I guess this isn't something that was clear to me at the onset of playing the fame and learning the rules. I was more focused on trying to learn what my dudes did. But... as I get more familiar with the rules, it is definitely becoming apparent. 

I think I have been having difficulty due to my lack of understanding the strategy. I have had my eyes on the prize, but you can't always go for the throat in every match. Sometimes you have to wear them down and play the long game. 

It's definitely got me thinking, that's for sure. I mean, do I want to take it serious? Do I care? Given my lack of presence on the local gaming scene, it would seem not so much as of late. On the opposite end of that, I have spent hundreds of dollars on these models and plenty of time doing my research and assembling them. So I must care at least in one way. 

Anyways, it has given me food for thought and definitely made me think more about gaming in the last couple weeks.

11 comments:

  1. As a personal opinion I would say that taking games of war between toy soldiers too seriously is a dead cert way to kill the fun out of your hobby. You also run the risk of degenerating into the sort of mathhammer nut job (i remember when they were called 'beardy') that spends hours of his time trolling posts on bols and likes nothing more then tabling a seven year old playing their second game.

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    1. Dok is already as beardy as they come...

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    2. While my beard is mighty, I think I have moved past the point in my career where I would want to beat up on someone who doesn't know how to play. I want a challenge and I want to overcome that challenge. Right now that challenge is maintaining interest, haha

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  2. I was thinking about this as well when it happened. It really made me wonder how different the world of 40k and WM/H really is.

    We were able to be successful in 40k without nearly the effort that WM/H takes. I think the main difference is the caster kill / autolose situation. There was no check mate in 40k, so there was an allowance for mistakes. You could get fucked up, but the ultimate penalty for making a mistake wasn't game over. I am never going to be very good at Warmachine. I'll collect my army, but am I going to learn all the tricks to beating all the casters? No. I am thinking about trying to learn how to really paint. Seems like something that is more manageable, at least in the short term.

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    1. And doesn't require other people driving 70 miles to your house, haha

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  3. I feel you here. I play 40K fairly compeditivly (except when Dok crumps my Genestealers :D) and started warmachine as 'chill' game where I strictly played for fun and to hobby. I ended up selling my Skorne though because between the game mechanics and the hypercompeditive nature of the groups that played it it was far less relaxing and time intensive than 40k.

    I feel fantasy fits the relaxing build much better (plus I get to play with GW plastics which are the best), but I think the best non-serious game is Malifaux. The models are cool, and mechanics are fun, but most of all it is a game where you can't get to invested or beardy. It literally is just a fun game. Plus 25ss (Equivalent to 1500 40K) boxes sell for about $40 so price of entry is reasonable. I would suggest you check it out.

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    1. We got the Malifaux starters, we just never had a chance to play.

      I got my Perdita gang assembled and ready. You still here in So Cal or did you move back out to Minnesota?

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    2. Yeah, I wanted to start up Malifaux because I really like the story and the neverborn faction. I just never got my shit together and they didn't start supporting it at game empire until recently.
      I don't mind the competitive nature of warmachine, I just am not familiar enough with what all the models do to be able to take it as serious as it needs to be apparently. I'm a competitive person when it comes to games, there's just so much to learn in warmachine and no easy path to do it. It seems you have to climb over your own trail of broken bodies to get anywhere near good. And everyone at GE is pretty good already, so I'm at the bottom of the pile drowning in losses, haha.

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    3. I am back in Minnesota unfortunately. As winter rolls in I could use some California sun!

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    4. As winter is rolling in, we are still getting plenty of it, haha

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