Pimpcron: Which Type of Gamer Are You?

Pimpcron codifies the real definitions of each class of gamer.

Hey boys and girls! It’s that magical time again where all the school kids flock to see what 40k-related nonsense falls out the front of my head. We’ve heard a lot of talk about WAACs and Fluffs, but even I often misuse the terms. I’m here this week to expertly define all the classes of gamers once and for all in no particular order.

I’ll rank them on the Adorable Kitten Scale of fun to play against if you’re a casual gamer.

The Bookworm

Adorable Kitten Scale: N/A

This person is only interested in Warhammer via the novels, and doesn’t play the tabletop game. They might know quite a bit about the fluff, but maybe the game just doesn’t interest them.


Adorable Kitten Scale: N/A

This person is exactly like the one above, except that they don’t necessarily have a good handle on the fluff, but they are very aware of the main factions and the theme of the game. These people usually fall into two categories, either people who used to play but don’t anymore and use this to scratch their itch, and gamers who have no interest in playing the tabletop game, and just like the video game regardless of the IP attached.

Average Joseph

This is the biggest group of Warhammer players out there. This group is also the most diverse, and is generally easy going with the rules, play units that get them excited, and are willing to let you use your kitbashes. These guys are the most fun to play against because winning isn’t everything to them. But hidden in this group is a sneaky snake. . .

The Snake

This person acts like he is an Average Joseph, and hides in their demographic. Prior to the game, everything is agreeable, and friendly, but the astute player will pick up on the competitive nature inside. Once the game begins, it’s like being on a date with an angry drunk. They’re not friendly anymore, not charming, and not fun to be around. Now the snake strikes and you realize that the fun list you made for the “friendly game” you agreed on is going to get creamed.

The Toothless Tiger

This player defines fun by winning games, but doesn’t have the mind for the tactics and relies heavily on the new hotness or cheese. This tiger needs dentures and weapons to be dangerous, because deep down, he’s all gum. You will be able to out think him, but be ready for him to bring the cheddar.

The Fluff Bunny

This gamer is more likely to bring units that fit his army’s theme or backstory than whatever is top tier in the current Meta. This cannot be mistaken for a lack of tactics or strategy, because Fluff Bunnies run the gamut of skill and seriousness. But these gamers are generally fun to play against because hyper competitive tend to take better unit options. Bunnies are also pretty open to kitbashes and narrative games/campaigns which is a plus. These people are more about a good experience/story being told than who wins.


This is the much-maligned player who will stop at nothing to win. Take the most net-listiest list he can google search, and use every facet of the game to his advantage. This category of gamer is often confused with Alphas (see below), but they are actually two different versions of gamer. In extreme cases of WAAC, they will lie or cheat to win if they feel their net list and/or tactics aren’t enough to win. These players are just like Fluff Bunnies as they too run the gamut of player skill and can’t be confused with Top Gun’s (also see below). This demographic is also much smaller than the internet claims.


This category is all about winning. Well, not ALL about winning like WAACs. WAACs and Alphas are often mislabeled as the other. Alphas are all about winning, but they like to have fun too. The only issue is that their definition of fun may be different than yours. Alphas like to take good units, and make good lists, then try their best to win; it’s the challenge of earning victory over another player that drives them. But there is no actual cheating or lying, these people are the more professional version of the Average Joseph, and keep their thumb on the pulse on “what is hot” fairly well. Alphas generally have a good sense of tactics and like to try their best to win, but are generally nice and will joke with you while they beat you.

Top Guns

These gamers are the epitome of gaming, the very tactically skilled people that also hide in Average Joseph category like the Snake. Top Guns can win with nearly any army regardless of the meta because they know when and where to strike with each match up. They may or may not take the game seriously, but these people have a natural talent for tactics and will own you while being ever so loveable. Of course these players reside in all other categories of wargamers, and are not easily identified until they begin to play. Their attitude also runs the range from super nice to uppity snobs.

The Mayor

This type of person is much more about being social and having fun than winning, and they can be a Top Gun, Fluff Bunny or Average Joseph. They take what they want, care about how much fun their opponent has, and just wants a good game. Tactics aren’t their top priority and their lists often don’t come with a lot of thought behind them as far as synergy or power goes. These people are generally fun to be around and have a nice attitude. This type of person wants their opponent to have fun and will accommodate them in whatever style game their partner wants to play, only limited by their actual skill. I find that a large number of players fall into this category in conjunction with the Average Joseph.

The Picasso

This player isn’t really a player at all, and likes to collect models/paint them/kitbash, etc. If they do play, you may have to hold their hand through it because playing isn’t super important to them. Many of these people are very non-competitive and some may even be recluses; I’ve never met a Picasso that was also a WAAC, Snake or Alpha.

Are there any I left out? Which ones are you? I’m a blend of Mayor/Average Joseph.

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  • Lion ‘El Johnson Was Here

    is most definately a fluffy bunny, do not mind the third party counts as gulliman, or the warlord titan in a baby bathrobe.

  • Snord

    It sometimes seems as though identity politics began with wargaming…

    • Pimpcron


  • Simon Chatterley

    I’m a fluff bunny/Alpha depending on the army I want to play. I sometimes take really fluffy theme armies to events and just get drunk and have a laugh and sometimes I take proper tough armies to events and get drunk and have a laugh.

    I may need a new category “The Drinkers – can be any of the above as long as there is beer and a night out planned”

    • Bakvrad

      Second that 😀
      Or maybe add sub-categories by adding prefixes ^^

      • ellobouk

        agreed, I cross class Alpha and Average Joseph depending on my opponent, and have a couple of levels in Drinker 😛

    • CannonBall

      I absolutely am all for “The Drinkers.” I feel like I’d match more in that grouping than any other.

  • ectoplasmic gyrator

    Fluff enthusiast of medium to medium high skill.

    death to actual bunnies 💀 💀 💀

  • Bakvrad

    Something like „baby“ is missing – absolutely new beginners (or actual kids 😀 ) that learn something new every game (especially rules) until they are average joes – or where ever it takes them.

    I may have been in almost every group in my wh-career, yes even waac. I was young, I loved tournaments and most people that time were easily „irritated“.

    If I should make a guess: alpha, due to how my group treats me ^^ but with a prefix: schizophrenic: when I see a mistake my enemy does or if he forgets something he could do, I tell him. So I always have two enemies (well three, if you count the dice)

    Ps: I’ve met some Picasso’s that are really good players as well

    • euansmith

      I wonder where Goatboy falls on this list? He loves his crazy Daemon Prince conversions, but layers on the cheese and spam until his list is a veritable Croque-monsieur.

      • Pimpcron

        Alpha I’d say. But with a penchant for cheese.

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      The Baby Seal. It hurts to beat them because its like taking candy from a baby. Some people just start off this way and learn, some stay this way forever. Its not that they don’t want to win, they just seem unable to formulate the right tactic at the right time. their dice are probably consistently cold too. They sometimes become bottom skill end Fluffy Bunnies or Picassos eventually, depending on their interests or artistic ability.

      • I try to help these players when I play them. It probably makes me seem condescending, but loosing bad hurts less when you learn something from it. I learned this by getting stomped by Top Guns.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        That’s me!

      • Bakvrad

        Perfect 🙂

    • HeadHunter

      Sure, there are some Picassos who are good players, but they’re unlikely to be WAACs – because WAACs change their lists along with the Flavor of the Month and can’t possibly have the time to paint each new army up to a studio level. Generally all their time is consumed scouring the Net for lists and loopholes while arguing on forums; the only reason the army is painted at all is because of tournament rules.

  • euansmith

    “… The only issue is that their definition of fun may be different than yours…”


    I combine Filthy Casual with Clueless General, but strive to be Fun To Beat.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      The incest. It mostly went wrong at the incest.

  • Jasko

    Nice compendium!
    Fluff Bunny / Average Joseph here. I like a list with character, and staying up to date on META or whatever is way too exhausting.

  • Fergie0044

    Maybe make WAAC and Cheaters two separate labels?

    I think you missed out on the biggest difference between WAACs and Alphas; how they lose. Someone can be all about winning but still lose graciously, especially if it was hard fought or fun game.

    • Simon Chatterley

      Yeah I agree with that. When I decide I’m playing for keeps and I take a “proper” army I’ll play hard but fair. If I lose and it was against a like minded individual (Ie I wasn’t cheated) then I laugh and congratulate them and offer them a beer.

      One of my best games at the LVO was against a guy running a really solid A.M. list. Chucked the kitchen sink at his baneblade and on any other day it was toast as I put approx 70 wounds onto it and the game was probably mine. On this day he saved enough to leave it on 3 wounds and next turn he healed back to the next level and flattened me. Played on great spirits and we just laughed about it. A WAAC player wouldn’t have done that so how each group takes a loss definitely is a thing.

  • I have become Picasso… In my difference it wasn’t my idea.
    I’ve played 3 games last Saturday, the first three of the year. I have another set up for Sunday! If this keeps up I’ll be I won’t be Picasso again till this time next year…
    I think that sounded better in my head.

  • Nyyppä

    The astute analysis had one flaw: Top Guns do not exist.

    • I’ve known a couple of people that could fall in this category. They go to competitive events here with trash lists and own the power gamers. Its an awesome thing to watch.

      • Nyyppä

        I believe this when trash lists start showing up on top places in GTs.

        • I said local events and local power gamers. No one is going to spend $2000 or more to travel to a min/max event and not min/max if they are trying to win it.

          • Nyyppä

            You don’t have proof then. That is ok.

          • *sigh*… if I have people in our local area that run trash lists that beat power gamers that is all the proof I need. My set standards aren’t if some guy goes to the world championship that represents 1/2 of 1/2% of every tabletop gamer in the world and does it.


          • Nyyppä

            Well, some people believe that a person that claims that a burning bush spoke to him and thus he knew a god personally and could deliver it’s infallible will to the masses. I personally believe facts and proof. In this case proof would be a bad list winning a top notch tornament or few.

          • The point of the “concept” that pimpocron was stating was a player that can take trash and beat good lists with them.

            That is not isolated at grand tournaments.

            Me giving you a list of names of people who in the past have won tournaments here with trash lists or the name of the guy that went to atlanta warzone (scott switzer, he fielded a blood angel tac and scout army at the gt and either won it or placed very high and beat a lot of power lists) is both pointless and pedantical as grand tournament play is not what the claim was… it was a player that can beat power gamers with trash lists.

            If your acceptance of this criteria is “player that wins global grand tournaments with trash lists several times” then that concept will never be something you’d accept. That was not what was being presented however.

            As I can name about a half dozen guys I’ve known over the years that can do this locally and regionally, I’m sure I’m not the only one that exists that has experienced this (as pimpocron has posted it he has i’m assuming experienced it).

        • I wouldn’t expect it in 40k due to the balance issues. I have met these guys playing Infinity though, and I had a friend in the army that was some kind of strategic savant regardless of the platform.

      • I’ve only known one and he mostly played locally at the the time we had a lot of out of town players coming in. This guy won consistently with trash lists.
        Super nice guy to play against too. I very nearly beat him once. haha.

        • I’ve known maybe four or so in my life. So they aren’t super common.

          We had one guy play in the atlanta GT circuit with his blood angels that were mainly scouts and tacticals and he would win those and drive people crazy with how he could do that.

          Or so I was told by the tournament guys who have no idea how one can win a tournament at that level with basic marines. But this guy did. *shrug*

          • TenDM

            Nobody expects massive quantities of objective securing moderate fire-power. If you’re good enough to win with it you’re opponent will spend the entire match trying to figure out which unit of Marines to shoot.

          • Multigeneral

            And will pick the wrong one every time. Because they are all the wrong one.

          • Our guy played a kinda balanced Orks list that seemed like it should have played well in 4th edition to me. I think he was always playing that list. But this was 5th edition. He didn’t use any of the stronger Ork builds at all. The funny bit about our game was that I had played a Ork foot list+ small Kan and dread wall. and out danced a speed freak list the round before, wen’t into over time but it was a nail biter. I know out ace player was really good but I feel like I lost the match due to sportmenship and explaining a single rule.
            He probably just beat me and would have either way. lol
            I didn’t realize at the time that playing him meant I was playing to first place. OH well. Still very cool.

    • Pimpcron

      I’ve met 3 in my lifetime as a gamer. They do exist.

      • Nyyppä

        Yes, that’s why the GTs are won with grots all the time! No wait….

        • Pimpcron

          Honestly, you could fit 416 Grots in a 1250 list. No army could wipe off 416 grots I don’t think. Especially minimum squads. Interesting point. Could it be that Grots aren’t taken because nobody wants to paint 416 Grots?

          • Nyyppä

            You never know. Gork and Mork are not gods of idle lounging. One might need to work a bit to get their blessing.

  • orionburn III

    I’m an alpha bunny major…lol

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    You missed one, the one that describes me, and I know a fair number of other folk too.

    The Chameleon/The Mirror Match

    This gamer is all about fun, but he’s adaptable enough to fit in with your idea of fun too. He wants a challenging game, but he’s in it for the story as well. He’ll adapt his list and his playing style to suit his opponent, bringing a fluffy list to play the fluffy bunny and his best game against someone he knows is an Alpha.

    If you play him repeatedly he’ll ‘dial in’ to your skill level and attempt to bring a list to match it because he really likes close games. He’ll probably ask you how tough or fluffy a game you want before you play, and what you want to bring so he doesn’t bring your bad matchup.

    • ZeeLobby

      This is a pretty good one. Definitely where I fall.

  • CannonBall

    Any articles like this always give me an identity crisis. I know what I -want- to be but fear if I’m something else.

    • Pimpcron

      The Mayor all the way Cannonball 😀

  • EnTyme

    I’m somewhere between Fluff Bunny and Picasso.

  • I’d add a Tinkerer. This player knows the rules and what works, but can’t help trying to do things in new ways. They’ll play completely different “when it matters” because they’ll revert to what they know is effective. On a regular game night though, they like to get experimental.
    This is me btw.

  • rhoadesd20

    I’m definitely a fluff bunny, I can be go “alpha” sometimes if playing someone who is known for only taking competitive list, or if they want to try out a competitive list, but these days… yeah pretty much fluffy bunny.

  • ZeeLobby

    I can fall pretty much anywhere in this list short of the extremes, but i’m def in the middle most of the time. I like some narrative aspects, and some fluff injection, but not at the cost of an imbalanced game, or poor mechanics.

    • euansmith

      “… but not at the cost of an imbalanced game, or poor mechanics.”

      And yet you play 40k? 😉

      • ZeeLobby

        40k has definitely become mostly a hobby oriented “game” right now. Really waiting a year or two before I get back in. Figure by then the rules might be more fleshed out, and all the Codexes will be released. Haha.

        • euansmith

          9th Edition!

          • ZeeLobby

            Heck. I’d take an 8.5.

  • Joshua Boyle

    Fluff Bunny combined with Picasso here. I enjoy the painting aspect by far the most but an army of themed miniatures is so much better than one miniature or a squad.

  • Warrior24_7

    You forgot the “nerfer”.

    1. “ANYTHING” in the opposing army that can kill something in his, or that he’ll have a hard time stopping is “overpowered”.

    2. This gamer will not immediately engage, but will walk the tables looking at armies to see what you have first. Anything big or painted scary he will absolutely REFUSE to play against it.

    3. Once he spots a potential easy game he’ll play. But once on the table though, he’s a rules Nazi. He wants and plays to win!

    I’ve seen this too many times over the years.

    • ZeeLobby

      Lol. Now I just imagine a childhood where you we’re put in a small dark room and forced to play only with the people you describe.

      • Warrior24_7

        Must’ve hit a nerve… If “anybody” would respond to that, it would be a “nerfer”. Now I just imagine you were one of these little kids who received “participation trophies” because it would’ve hurt your feeling too bad to tell you the truth, you sucked.

        There are other aspects to the “nerfer”, he wants to see your list before agreeing to play. You may have too many lascannons or a Greater Demon, if he sees it, he’s done. He also gives no quarter but expects some. He measures with the mark-1 eyeball and shoots or pushes his model into charge range because “it looked close enough” right ZeeLobby?

        Actually people like playing me because I don’t judge them or their army. Bring what you want, I DON’T CARE! All that I ask is that you play by the rules, and if you can’t do that, then I’ll look for another opponent.

        • ZeeLobby

          Lol. I love you man.

          • Warrior24_7

            It is what it is…

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. Yeah. Keep fighting the never change the rules fight my friend. It happens in every good game, but mad props for wanting that stagnation.

          • Warrior24_7

            The rules have already changed, we have “8th Ed”, and “new rules”. It’s just the nerf whining. The game allows for variation within the rule set, and many players use house rules anyway, so why the whine? Look at this latest tourney, flat out bans on whole armies! The players are deciding how they want to play the game, why you and nerfers like you are trying to decide for the masses is beyond me.

            But GW will listen and make wild overcorrections and nerf the game into oblivion, and you’ll still complain about it while playing very little. The game will start to fall out of favor and it’s rinse and repeat all over again.

  • Lyca Atteneder

    Picasso / Fluff Bunny – Hybrid