while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
Down here in Austin, many of the Fly Lords regularly gather for gaming night at our FLGS. We often discuss very specific details of army composition we have found and open the floor for criticisms and input. I know I could ask any of them for specific advice on my lists/tactics and they would be more than happy to help. I think this is one of the things that has helped to stay ahead of the curve.
Before I moved to Austin three and a half years ago, my mid-sized gaming group never discussed tactics or army choices openly. I would say there were some who preferred to keep their dirty tricks secret until tournament day. I can confidently say this slowed the groups advancement, and still does (I recall a debate on the power level of nob bikers shortly after the Ork codex was released).
This became very apparent before this year’s Adepticon Gladiator event. The entire Fly Lords crew got together months ahead of time to brainstorm the Reaver titan lists we were planning on bringing. We tested the lists against the nastiest armies we could throw at it, adjusting where necessary until we had a list that was as close to unbeatable as it could be. Only then did we head out to battle the general public.
~Do your local gaming groups tend to discuss armies and tactics en masse or do you tend to act more individually? How do you spread and gather your tacical knowledge?