So just like with any would be ‘Journey,’ at times it’s appropriate to wander off and explore. Battle Reports can still be found in my ‘Grym Journey’ postings as they arise, while the introduction of “Off the beaten Path” will accompany those reports by covering random topics and other curiosities Warmachine/Hordes related.
Now lets take a few steps.. ‘Off the beaten Path:’
I frequent the Facebook pages regarding Warmachine & Hordes content. All walks of life and all walks of players are to be had there. Well those connected to social media anyways. One unifying theme we all share is a passion to some extent for this game. Be it painting, lore, strategy, or the likes. We are in it together.
One specific aspect, from MY perspective that not all the community agrees on is playing competitively. I’d like to talk a little about this phenomenon and share my opinions on why you should, if you don’t already.
Competitive Play, as I define it goes as follows: Following Rules & game formats introduced by Privateer Press and Steamroller 2017 regulations.
This means playing on a surface that follows proper measurements, scenario & terrain rules. It also includes playing on a deathclock (by which any smartphone can do if you don’t have access to clock,) and using the official rules to play the game and help clarify questions that might arise during your play.
This does not include being rude, deceitful, harsh & unfair, unfriendly/unwelcoming and just about any other argument you can’t think of as to why you shouldn’t play competitively.
So why does it seem that I’m coming in heroically to the aid of competitive play? Why promote it as the standard way, in attempts to sway casuals? Honestly? A few reasons.
Some of you are going to argue here with me, but please try and keep an open mind and remember its merely my opinion!
First reason is it promotes clean, clearly outlined play, which reduces confusion and issues. Secondly it promotes you as an individual to learn, play well, and progress. Let’s hit on these reasons, as a few others as to why you should. Then we will dive over to the other side of the table to recognize some arguments against what I’m recommending.
Lets recognize for this blogs sake, that throughout this ENTIRE post, the term “competitive” does NOT mean “Play Ruthlessly, turn a cold shoulder to your opponent, and crush any hopes they may have…ensuring they never come back for another game.” What it does mean is: “Be welcoming to a clearly defined game, play smart, by the rules, be friendly, communicate, and lend a helping hand to questions and situations that may arise.” Notice the difference?
Already some of you can agree MY definition of “competitive” is relaxed and more casual right? Why? Because it really, really is. Your going to participate in a game thats timed, has clear rules & structure, and you’ll be able to be as friendly as your heart desires! It might be a little intimidating and nerve racking at first (focus on the basics and dont worry about the big stuff,) but after a few dice have been rolled and interactions exchanged youll begin to notice its not that bad at all….its actually really fun and almost the same as casual play!
If you’ve never played a tournament and your new, I strongly suggest to play in one! Let it be known your new and I assure you if you ask for help, help will be there. Its a pretty awesome crash-course into this hobby! People want others to join in their game. They do not want to exclude anyone. The more people get involved, the longer this “game” will be around. As soon as you begin to exclude people, the sooner youll have less people to play with.
So those of you whom are against ‘competitive’ play (in Warmachine anyways) are probably afraid of losing, looking bad, playing against a ‘try hard,’ or someone who literally rips/tears the fun out of the experience. Right?
Just like with anything, this is real life. Those people exist out there, and in this game. It wont be difficult to spot them and even easier to cordially avoid them as you play your matches. Maybe you never meet one of them, and maybe you end up playing one. Remember, keep your cool and if the game is manageable, complete it. If it begins to feel like its not fun at all anymore, simply remove yourself from the situation (concede,) and find someone else who IS helpful. Id venture to guess for every 100 friendly & welcoming players, there is maybe one who you will want to avoid. Thats a small margin, and with those odds, it shouldnt hinder you from wanting to play the game as it was designed….with TONS of fun, memorable battles, & friendships to be forged!
So lets again list why I recommend competitive play:
- Meet new people & forge long-lasting friendships
- Engage in clearly defined game play that offers resources to clear up confusion or resolve questions.
- Ensures you’ll learn the proper rules & gameplay interactions.
- Hone your skills & improve your strategic reasoning with timed games.
- Ability to measure your progress as the battle wages, and games are played.
- Learn from your misjudgments & mishaps by communicating with your opponents, post-game. Generally 99% of the time, people are more than happy to share were you could have won, or different decisions that could have been made during critical turns.
- Getting to practice and helping others practice for tournaments.
- Having fun while engaging in epic battles with unforgettable moments and stories that will never age!
With all this said, keep in mind its merely an opinion I wanted to share. I may or may not have made my case, but at any rate you’ve heard my take on it all.
As always, feel free to leave a like, comment, or some feedback! I really want to know what you, the reader think and areas to improve on! Thank you, take care, and may all your battles be mighty & graceful in victory & defeat!