Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Why the great Comp debate is sound and thunder...

Sit 10 gamers in a room and you will get 12 different answers on whether comp is needed or not(2 people will change the answers to fit in better...).

Its all a load of shite.




I mean seriously, Internet, what the fuck?

What is actually happening when you try and change the rules to provide a more balanced play environment?
Well....


  • You are taking on the role of games designer
  • You are second guessing intent
  • You are excluding people
  • You are creating a reason for disagreement
  • You will create disharmony in the player base for your event 
  • You will have a herd of cats shouting that their way is the one true way


Now, is that really worth it because you cant accept that Games Workshop have no interest in 40K being played as truly competitive game?

In this months white dwarf the head face man even says "Lets face it, when all is said and done, ours is primarily a collecting hobby"  and "our games [...] boil down to 'my collection vs your collection'".

So the headline?   Games Workshop does not give a flying monkey fuck for tournament players, the tournament scene, balance or you.

You want a balanced tournament game?  Play chess.
You want a slightly more balanced than 40k game for tourneys?  Play Warmahordes or Malifaux, maybe even Warpath/Kings Of War.

Warhammer 40K is a brilliant game, and 6th made many improvements, but it is primarily a game by men in their late 50's who started out when wargaming really was about actual plastic toys en masse in a suburban front room.  Gentlemen who have left a legacy that confused youngsters, fresh from Pokemon, Magic, Yu-gi-oh and WoW:TCG just cannot on any level connect with.

In short, the very notion that comp exists is anathema to these people.  That people do not just play 40k for shits'n'giggles and play events with better, purpose built rules is a source of constant amazement to me.

Still, among things that wargamers will never agree on, this is way fucking up there.

Better to argue about comp than abuse of privilege , than sexism, misogyny, bullying, racism, class politics and cliques eh?


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