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I'm gonna be teaching my friend to play 40K and I was wondering the best way to it in general, I figured giving basc knowledge about the unit stats then working our way through a Combat Patrol(no uber special rules and stuff, plus its a bit quicker). What do you guys think?
Yes. It also helps if you show them with a differnt armies troops vs. yours, other wise things are to cut and dry. One of the reasons I'm getting a second army is so I can teach more people to play easier than just showing Necron vs. Necron fights (which take forever even with just 10 warriors per side becuase WB.
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Every one has either Taught or been Taught how to play 40K,m so Why can't any of you give sujestions? I learned mostly on my own by reading the rulebooks 20-30 time, but thats me!
How did you guys Learn to play and how effective was it?!?!
Here's the simple way....
take 2 standard figures, say a Marine and a Chaos Marine, both armed with Bolters, and stand them about 10" away from each other. Run through 1 very simple round of shooting from each side. Forget about rapid fire or any of that for now, just offer the most basic shoot, wound and save scenario
Next, do it again but add 2 marines to each side.
Finally, do it with a squad of 10.
Once your friend understands the very basics of shoot, wound, save you can add a single heavy weapon into the squad and run him through it a couple of times more.
When he has grasped the shooting phase, follow all of the above steps but fight a close combat. Don't add all the extra attack for a second weapon of for charging... keep it short and simple.
As you go through these phases and he becomes comfortable, run through them again but explain that this time he must work out what comes next.
Finally, and gradually, start adding the rules for rapid fire, assual etc...
That's the most basic, easiest and friendliest method I know of.
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Well I simply watch a few games at my local club and then read the rulebook. That's worked pretty well for me.
Maybe you should give your friend the rulebook and tell him to read it and then you can clear up anything that he doesn't understand and THEN you have a small game with him.
A billion chinese can't be wrong - eat rice.
Well, I think the best way is playing a simple 10 man squad game. Explain the basic rules along the way. The turn phases, moving, shooting, and MAYBE assault. Then, once he gets it, start with some more complicated rules like rapid fire, close range assault, heavier weapons, and whatever. When your done, just tell him to read through the rulebook. If he doesnt have one, maybe you could let him borrow yours? It really doesnt take long to read through the rules after you get the basics. The next time you get together, use the rules he learned.
I leant to play Fantasy first so my 40k tutorial consisted of
"everything moves 6" accept that, that and that... good luck" :lol:
I always start by explaining that 40k is similar to chess in an abstract way, with each piece having different characteristics.
Then I use a modified version of what is listed above. I take two different 5 man squads, go over their attributes, what a WS is what a BS is, etc. Then i take the player aid card and go over each step in the process. Start with Movement, then Shooting, show the shooting chart (BS = to hit) then go over saves, then Assualt, and finally Morale phase. Explain how each attribute is used in the different phases, (BS and T in shooting, WS,S,T in assault, Ld in Morale) etc. Don't worry about special rules, psychers, etc, just the basics stuff. Also make sure the two squads have all the same weapons, but indicate that different weapons also have different charcteristics (and discuss what some of them are-Heavy weapons v Assault Weapons). This whole process should take about 1 1/2 hours or so, if you have the models and stuff out on a table. Also, don't use any terrain, just a flat table.
Then I usually go over the point values for models and make up two squads to fight each other(similar in points, have your friend participate in the squad creation), throw in a couple of other weapons. Talk about how the differences in point values correspond to differences in charcteristics. The squad purchase phase should take another 30-45 minutes.
Then have the the two squads fight each other with your friend controlling his choice of the two squads. Try to make them be of different armies, see which of the two forces he prefers. Start them far enough away that you are getting into some more advanced ideas, such as ranged weapons, moving and shooting etc. This phase should take approximately 45 minutes or so with explanation.
See where he/she is at in understanding at this point and then decide whether to go back to squad creation, with a little more detail or whether to let him/her create a larger force to try to fight with. I think 40K is easiest to learn by playing, it also allows you to jump right into the game and start having fun. Also, if you have them, show him some white dwarf battle reports so he can get an idea as to what larger battles are like...