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As a Tau player, I often take kroot, with the intention of infiltrating them. The problem is, alot of the time, I forget to infiltrate them and leave them off the board, before realizing this halfway through turn 1. I also have had instances where I have forgotten to deploy tanks (like I put them to one side and didn't see them) and have actually forgot them for most of a game. And then, there is the instance of the tournament I went to and forgot to even bring a battlesuit squad that I needed, and only realized this after the tournament!
Now, I know some of this is my fault, such as not double-checking and such, but it still happens, even after I double-check my army.
How does everyone here remember? Am I just plain wierd and forgetful, or is this something you have experienced yourself?
Tau Empire: We never stop hiding from you
I play at my own house most times as I have my own table and terrain. But when I travel I take my list. Take my case and cross off everything I put into my case. Only take what's needed for my list and when I'm done packing I close the list inside. That way I know when I show up I just have to empty my case. I wait till it is my turn to deploy and at the end of deployments my case needs to be empty.
On one a occasion, I share your Kroot experience. Infact, the game was lost because I forgot.
I outflanked the Kroot to attack a D-Cannon team, and forgot to assault. Later, the D-Cannons destroyed my Necron player allies force, therefor resulting in him phasing out.
There goes a near definite victory thanks to my Camo-Kroot.
I tend to use scottyde's method too, either putting into the case only what I am going to be using or in the instance where it might be a limited number of models (like 17 models in a 2k list of Space Wolves, for example) I will place these models in the upper trays of the carry case.
I usually put my army together the night before the game, selecting the participating models by going down the army list, so that all I have to do is pick up the Tactical bag in the morning and go to the club. Anything that doesn't go in the bag is left on top of it so that I don't forget the particular model.
When I'm at the game, all the models which are listed on the army list are taken out of the case and lined up at the edge of the table. That way they are standing there in front of me shouting "Oi! Don't forget us!"
"Tau Commandment #226: Participants who use Velocity Trackers in the Tau Clay Pigeon Tournament will be disqualified"
I just gather everything I need in one place and then make a mental note about how and where I'm going to use it. Before starting the game and at the end of every successive turn I check the box/case/table top I placed everything to make sure I havent forgotten anything. Once you get into the habit of it you start doing it with out thinking.
In large apoc games I make notes on a pad of paper so I won't forget, I do this now because I once attempted a 10k apoc game fielding 10k worth of stuff myself against my two mates, trying to remember everything was difficult and mentally tiring and mistakes were made. I've usually got a good memory so as long as everything is gathered in one place I can cope well in regular sized games, once you start going above 3000pts however its usually best for myself to write things down.
My biggest problem is forgetting whatever upgrade I gave to a unit that isn't specifically visible on the model, even though I've written it down. For example I've often forgotten making my Dragons Tank Hunters, even though they are in fact there to hunt tanks. I'm usually just caught up in the game and don't check my list once I've put everything out there. I think as I get back in to playing (have only been playing 5th edition for about 2 months after a long break) that I'll get more used to my army and just remember things like that.