Should We Play 40k For More Than Just Prizes?


Why do YOU play Warhammer 40k? Should we play for more that just decimating our opponents and entering tournaments for just prizes?

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Why Do You Play 40k? Playing For More Than Prizes. – Long War Podcast Episode 57

This week we discuss the new GW Dark Angels FAQ, 40k list tech, and playing for things other than prizes

The ‘Eavy Metal Discussion Starts around 22:00

40k List Tech Starts at 28:00

Playing for more than prizes 42:00


  • Shiwan8

    Yes, time stamps! Awesome!

  • Zingbaby


  • Joe

    I play because I am addicted to the fluff

    • Gooberbaby

      Same here brother…

    • Dave Bacon

      I began playing when I was 11 or 12, when space crusade came out. Then me and some friends got Rogue Trader, Space Hulk, Space Marine, Blood Bowl and WFB. Even WFRP. at about 16/17 I stopped playing because my friends left town for university and I stayed here and got a job. I kept reading the books, playing the video games, longing for someone to play a game of 40k with. 3 years ago I bumped into an old friend, one who I didn’t play with back in the day. Turned out he played 40k, I bought Dark Vengeance. Then I bought about 6000 points worth of Dark Angels, 2000 points of other marines, 2000 points worth of guard tanks, which I painted up to go alongside my ancient squat army, and then about 3000 points worth of Tyranids.

      I think it’s fairly safe to say I’m addicted to something, and considering the 20+ year hiatus I took from actually playing, I think I, like you, are addicted to the fluff.

      Also, my wife has threatened to divorce me if I don’t clean up all the bits of sprue all over the kitchen floor.

      • euansmith

        Put your sprue through a meat grinder and turn it in to rubble for an cool City Fight Board 😉

        • Ben_S

          I’ve got tons of sprue – any recommendations for a cheap meat grinder? I’d been looking into this, but didn’t know what I’d need, e.g. whether a cheap plastic one from China would work.

          • euansmith

            I think you need a metal one as the sprue would quickly damage a plastic one. A quick search shows them available online from around £16 in the UK. I’m sure that, if you live in the US, on of your mega chainstores would have one in their kitchen department. You are looking for a “Metal Hand Operated Meat Mincer/Grinder”.

          • Ben_S

            Thanks. I’m in the (not so U)K. I have seen metal ones for about £8-10 on eBay, it’s just that I don’t really know what I’d need for the job.

          • Ben_S
          • euansmith

            You get what you pay for, but a metal one should allow you to mash up some spure. The best ones are second Cast Iron ones, as they tend to be built to last; but the price can reflect this, unless you can find one in a carboot sale.

            😀 NSUK, indeed.

  • Countdiscount

    Play for the groupie chicks

    • Mikey_V

      Where do you play? And how do I get there? :p

      • euansmith

        You need to be careful, some of them can turn out to be very high maintenance.

  • I hope they mean only when playing in tournaments. Still, given that fun wasn’t listed in the description as an option… This is not the podcast for me.

  • Crevab

    Aren’t most prizes hobby related? Seems kinda of odd if you only care about the hobby for a prize when the prize is for the hobby

  • SilentPony

    Uhhhmm…Look, I’m all for time stamps, but isn’t it a little misleading naming an entire hour long podcast after basically the last 15mins of conversation?

  • Mr.Fister

    I try to reperesnt the fluff in my armies and to be competetive…but not at the price of the fluff…working on IG Tallarn Desert Raiders at the moment

  • Mamut

    Maybe we should play for fun? Just a suggestion.

    • Darth Bumbles

      What kind of weirdo are you?
      Do you also watch TV for fun, and not the proper use which is raising your blood pressure and being a consumer of telemarketed products??

  • Shawn

    I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but whenever we play a game outside of a tournament, we are playing it for something more than prizes.

    • Ben


    • benn grimm


    • euansmith

      Strip 40k is always fun.

  • JP

    Play the AZTEC way! The loser gets sacrificed to appease the sun god!

    • Mud_Duck

      I think that was the winner who did the appeasing, if memory serves.

    • Ben

      We should also apply it presidential elections…. At the very least it will motivate the candidates

    • Azrell

      people dont play this way? oh and the winners got sacrificed, it was an honor.

      • JP

        Even BETTER. That’ll discourage Eldar WAACing.

    • effinger2

      GREAT idea for tournaments. Cull the herd of tournament players and eventually they will all disappear! Sweet. 🙂

  • Ronin

    People play for prizes?

    • Azrell

      People play the honor of prizes. After hotels, food, etc… no one comes out ahead. its for the fun of competition and love of the game.

  • Lord Solar Mac

    I play so I can open articles that are actually podcasts! I have been playing for 20 years so definitely in preparation of podcasts to come! So worth it!!

    Now since that is done, I play for the enjoyment of a battle you can really get immersed in. The fluff + the fun + the competition! Love 40k!

    • chip6793

      Did you not read the previous entries??? FUN was not an option!!!!!!!!

    • effinger2

      Nice one. 🙂

  • Mud_Duck

    Wait! What? Prizes? I thought that this was a GAME. Sorry if you start expecting, or PLAYING just for prizes or the hope of prizes turns it into a job.

    • euansmith

      Or a Sport. I can’t wait for the Sports Illustrated 40k Swim Suit Edition.

  • “Should we play for more that just decimating our opponents and entering tournaments for just prizes?” – Wait, what? Who’s playing just for prices? I mean… really?

  • benn grimm


  • Mike X

    …I play for fun.

  • Arthfael

    What, people are playing for money? Get lost!

  • Spacefrisian

    Should be obvious by now why most of us play 40k

    To crush the enemy before us and hear the lamentation of the “lore” player.

  • Shiwan8

    I think this idea of material gains being the only prize people are fighting for in a tournament is just narrow minded. Bragging rights are a prize among others and usually the most sought after one too.

  • darkconsecrator

    God forbid people do atuff for fun. Thats actually why i quit collecting 40K, local gaming club is pretty ruthless when it come to list building, when all i want to do ia play my multi-wing DA and spray plasma around

  • Sam

    I go to tournaments to play a ton of 40k. I have no delusions of grandeur, and nor do most of my friends and opponents. ITC, at least, is aware of this and strive to cater to the most players rather than the hyper competitive minority (and there’s nothing wrong with them, that’s why we have the top tables!).

  • Ben_S

    “The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy, to drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather into your bosom his wives and daughters.”
    (Genghis Khan)

    That’s what I play for anyway…