I’ve said this previously a few times on this blog but for the sake of the article I’ll quickly re-cap. When I got into 40K I did like most and frequented forums to absorb as much information about the game as I could. Something I commonly saw were players complaining about their local gaming stores and how terrible they were in regards to the player-base for assorted reasons. All that complaining I was reading kept me away from any LGS in my area since I figured that the wise words of the internet held true for any location. Long story short, I started going to a shop in the area and everyone was really cool so I’ve been going every week for the past 4-years or so.
Yesterday I went to an out-of-town team tournament with three others from my FLGS, so two teams. I had been to this particular shop once prior and that experience wasn’t great. However, I’m willing to give anything another shot and so I went down. I’m not going to get into details but suffice to say this second experience was no better than the first. Not a single person we played that day had a firm grasp on the rules. It’s one thing to be fuzzy on circumstantial stuff that rarely comes up but when you don’t know how rapid-fire weapons work in 6th edition, well that’s inexcusable. The day was full of that for my teammate and I as well as our friends who went with it. The worst part is they are all argumentative about the rules they get wrong. Again, we’re not talking grey-area stuff here, just simple basic rules.
The other team I went with have been to other shops in the region and it’s more of the same, just people who are terrible at rules and insist they are always right. Another player I know from my FLGS has traveled around the US and said that the shop we play at regularly is the only one he’s been to where the players know the rules and actually paint up their armies. I’m not going to make the claim that most shops are this way but, circling back here, I can now see all that complaining I read about early in my 40K days was not without merit. It’s too bad really. It seems people are so eager to play the game that understanding the rules comes in second to actually playing the game and I can’t fathom that. If you’re investing time and money into something you enjoy then why would you not want to play the game as intended? Some of these people at the out-of-town tournament are blatantly only there to win. I’m not judging them for their mentality but if your driving goal is to win then knowing the rules is the key to it. We have players at my FLGS that are driven players too but the difference is they know the rules well so that they can capitalize on the game system and do so legitimately.
There’s not much of a point to this article beyond me unwinding a bit so I won’t ramble on. It goes without saying that I will not be going back to that shop again. Babysitting my opponents through three rounds of games is not my idea of a good time.