The Optimistic Gamer here with my take on a lot of whats been bugging the community of late, strap yourselves in, this may take a while.
Lately all I have been seeing is negative comment after negative comment on the internet directed not just towards GW but the hobby in general. I want to take the time to give the community a different perspective on it. Unfortunately I feel like the majority of opinions about our beloved hobby online come from a very, very small group of players who just happen to have the largest presence here.
The Online Community
6th Edition Sprawl
Don’t Blame the Game, Blame the Player
The game is broken! What are we to do, GW has clearly written their rules so that we can exploit it to make instant win lists so I must do that. Fortunately for us this is not true. GW has stated time and time again that they have created their games to be a fun, narrative experience, not a tightly written tournament game. When they made the idea of allies for 6th edition it was for 2 reasons, to give the players more options to use everything they own for a fluffy and fun game and to sell more models. They never intended for someone to take a very unfluffy combo for the sole purpose of exploiting a loop hole to win more. I understand that in a tournament environment this can make the whole thing very unbalanced and that if you want to be the top winner you will most likely have to do this, however for the average player these loop holes should never be used. The game is only as broken as the player who breaks it.
How can tournaments fix this? With more restrictions and regulations imposed by the group running the event, but don’t expect GW to do anything about it. Like I said before they have practically shouted that they never intended for their game to be played this way. It is perfectly fine to want to play in a tournament but please realize that the casual gamer will most likely not run into these same problems.
To Sum it Up
This whole article may have seemed somewhat negative for something titled The Optimistic Gamer and I don’t want to come off that way. There are many ways to enjoy this hobby and every one of them is valid. Let’s, as a community, try and focus on the things that drew us into this hobby in the first place, the playing, the painting and the camaraderie. Just remember that GW is trying to make the best game they can for everyone, which means it is not always going to be the best game for some.
Well I am sure the comments will be interesting on this one, lets hear it, whats your take on everything?