Friday, July 16, 2010
The Choice is yours
In my many years of wargaming I have seen many trends in the way that gamers participate in the hobby. I've been thinking about this a lot since I was on the Gamers Lounge this week so I figured I'd post about it.
For the past ten years I see more and more differences in how gamers do things. There seems to be a few serious divides in the 40k gaming community.
1) When it comes to the Rules: are you regimented by a strict form of officialdom, or are you a free form gamer who is only limited by your imagination?
2) Are you going to lavishly paint your miniatures or are you only gonna build them so you can play the game?
3) Are you going to build a mathematically points efficient list or are you going to build and army based on what miniatures you think are kool?
4) Is the background/fluff important to you in your tabletop experiences, or is it just some silly story line that has no place in the actual game on the tabletop?
There is no right or wrong way of playing Warhammer 40k, there is only the choice in how you are going to participate.
As for my own answers, most of you will already know them.
1) In most situations like 90%, I am all about not limiting myself; the rules to me are only a guideline.
2) I am all about the visual eye candy of any wargame so painting is very important to me.
3) If it looks kool I will probably have it in my army, no matter what the general opinion of a unit it.
4) The background/fluff is the main reason I am still playing 40k, it sure as heck ain’t the rules, that have holes you can drive trucks through.
Now I realize that many gamers are limited in scope and imagination dictated by their own gaming group or club. I am just curious how you feel inside, not counting what is done by your gaming group/club.
So what’s your take, where do you fall?