Your Expectations of a 40K Game

ExpectationsThis is a bit of a spin off from a topic on a forum I frequent in which someone was asking about reputation ruining. He was asking what is it that ruins the reputation of a player in your eyes, IE: cheesy lists, power gaming, etc. This got me thinking about the other side of that question, your expectations of a game. If someone bringing a tournament list to a friendly game ruins your experience and perception of that player then it’s because it went against your gaming expectations.

I’m pretty easy I feel. My expectations of a game are to come out of it having learned something. I don’t mind facing off against a tournament list or a cheesy list because I’m more than likely going to walk way from the table with some new insight. Sure, a Nob Biker list may not be the most exciting list to face but if you can take it down then there’s pride to be had and you’ve inevitably learned some valuable lessons. So, first for me is learning and growing as a gamer.

Second to that would be fun, or maybe it’s more of a tie-in with the above. Learning new things and improving my gaming for me is fun. Playing against a weaker opponent and tabling them (rare indeed!), is not fun for me because I’m probably not learning anything from it. I may learn something from it, could be what enabled me to table my opponent, which would fulfill an expectation of mine but I would take no pleasure in it… unless it were a tournament game and I needed the points.

It’s that simple for me. I imagine my expectations aren’t that different from many as I’d say few people want to play games where they aren’t continually learning. What are your expectations? Are you an easy to please player or do you have a very definitive criteria of expectations from a 40K game? Did I use the word expectations enough?

  • VENNgeance

    Having yet to play a game of 40K, I’ve got plenty of yet to be shattered hopes. I read lots of battle reports, and the recent Blood Angels battle report in White Dwarf inspired me to start a new army. I’ve collected Dark Angels and Sisters Of Battle in the past, and was looking forward to building a tournament strong Dark Angels force. However, when it became obvious that a DA army would be lame in comparison to C:SM and C:SW I lost my enthusiasm.
    Back to the point, what do I expect from 40k? I want to play those “cinematic” games I keep hearing about, games filled with lots of tactical decisions and not just shooting missiles from one edge to the other. Campaigns are also another big pull for me, being able to let my imagination loose and design/participate in a narrative-heavy campaign is something I am dying to get involved in. Despite my lack of experience, I do learn very quickly, and although I have never played a game I have picked up a lot of tactics from reading battle report after battle report, and so once I’ve reached a competent enough level of playing then participating in the tournement scene is high on my priority list… I imagine my Blood Angels swarming onto the battlefield on jump-packs en masse, landing straight into close combat and slaughtering every heretic in sight!!
    OF course, I am really interested in the SOCIAL aspect of the hobby. Above all else I want to have fun with new friends, watch other peoples armies take shape, share knowledge etc etc.
    Sorry for the word heavy reply!!

  • You have any gaming shops in your area? A well run shop will be able to provide you with most of what you’re after. Notice I said a well run shop since there are a lot of poorly run shops that have a terrible gaming environment. You know, those horror stories you hear about on various sites. However, the good shops seem to severely outweigh the bad shops, you just hear more about the bad shops than the good ones.

  • Dobb

    My LGS has been known to be competitive, it’s in their nature to do so. The friend of mine who introduced me to this place used to run Thunderwolf Calvary and has been known to beat almost everyone except other cheesier list. While I shunned this kind of attitude not because it’s power gaming, but like Khanaris had said before in that thread on 2S, you’re just taking someone’s creation for granted and pretended that you’re good.

    Good thing that he retired that sort of list and played an all-comers. I believed an all-comers list must cater well in terms of how a general prepares against his opponents. The only drawback is that, unlike the real world where things could be expected, i.e Artillery strike, aerial bombardment,etc. 40k had something far much more brutal and cunning stuff.

    All in all, I just want to expect a social game like any other human being, much noted by Venn there. It’s no fun playing 40k alone now,does it?

  • True enough. I play at the shop ever Wednesday and it’s my guy’s night out. Some nights I hang out more than I game.

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