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Why, deep down, do you play?
I've been thinking recently on my gaming group. We've got a surprising number of 'power gamers' in our group. Guys who develop one list, suitably tricked out, and play it every week.
They may have other reasons to play as well, but basically they play to WIN.
It's just so foreign to me. What is a win worth if you know that you've basically 'bent' the codex, fluff, and used as many loopholes as you could to win?
I'd rather play a great game, well fought and lose, than play a game where I've wiped the other guy out without a chance. Especially if I've 'tweaked' everything to get that win.
So the REAL question is, what is the most driving reason you play 40k?
Is it that you like to play a good game, win or lose? Are you attracted to the background stories? Is it that you like the modeling and painting the best? Or do you just like to play with toy soldiers?
Last edited by artificer; December 14th, 2006 at 17:07.
Baby, when I'm the voice of reason, we've got problems!~artificerSomeone should stop
Jervis "let's make it easy enough for a 3 year old to play" Johnson
before he turns 40k into checkers~anon
In no particular order.
1) It gets me to think creatively.
2) I'm not playing video games 24/7 anymore.
3) The Fluff is amazing.
Last edited by Adrian MalSeraph; December 15th, 2006 at 02:55.
Carot like little marine peeple. Narf!
The painting and modeling. No 2 ways about it. It's hard to find a good creative outlet these days. Every time a new model comes out, I relish the thought of painting it up.
And this one comes with a great community. :yes:
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"The world will be a better place when the world's resources are used for Giant Robots."
I think itâ€™ll come as no surprise to anyone that I am into 40k for the fluff. The fluff was what caught my attention in the first place and made me interested in picking up the hobby as a whole, and my focus is still primarily on the fluff over the game, to such a degree that my current army-in-progress is probably too fluffy to ever win a proper match â€“ but then, who cares about winning as long as itâ€™s fluffy? Even if the tabletop aspect of the game was entirely removed, leaving only the fluff in the form of Black Library publications, Iâ€™d still be into the hobby.
That being said, Iâ€™m finding that as my converting and painting skills increase with additional experience Iâ€™m beginning to find this aspect of the hobby more interesting as well â€“ it appeals to the artist in me to continually experiment and improve myself.
And of course, as Carot says, thereâ€™s also a social aspect to the hobby, believe it or not. Librarium Online is my all-time favourite online forum, and I frequently stop by my local Games Workshop for a chat with the staff and other Warhammer players as well, and not always about 40k either. Iâ€™ve made several new, good friends through the hobby, and thatâ€™s very important to me as well.
"Girls are nice and cuddly on the outside, and freaky on the inside." ~ Lost Nemesis.
Combination of fluff and painting/modelling for me, although I do love a nice laid back game where although you're both out to win, you both have a good laugh at the same time :yes:
But mostly I'd say painting. It gets me away from my hugely life-invasive uni course, and tends to make me feel very zen. Plus, it's always nice to develop a real skill, even if it is a somewhat specialised one...
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"Never before has another man made me want to go out and buy vasaline"~The Paint Monkey
"All I can remeber is Hazard stripes and -T's dusty brushes. ~danjones87
I like the fluff.
Nowadays it can be hard to find something gritty and ironic enough to show the darker side of humanity. Don't get me wrong the gaming, painting and modelling is very fun. Especially the ability to customize your armies colour, size, organisation, modelling, and background fluff to something that can soon become very intricate, personalised and creative. But I most enjoy the aspect of creating the fictional side of the army or characters based on info from codices, how games you had turned out and how you paint and model your army.
The books from the black library are also very good and I believe it is because they are based around GW and 40k that stops them from being major sci-fi novels. Most of them are very good at showing intricate plots, complex believable characters, and good descriptions of things such as how the warp works or why humanity and especially space marines feel the way they do toward the Emperor and how faith and brutal justifications keep "heretics" in check.
"DICE FOR THE DICE GOD!"
And the almighty Dice God said to his followers "Thou shalt not speak ye words "anything but a one" For thou whoever'st speaketh this blasphemy will be cursed with thy rolls being of one".
I love gaming in general really.I like the fluff and the books written already.I like to paint them,give them my own touch and feel good that I put together something and painted it with my own hands.
"Kill your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women."
I like winning, and I like modelling/painting, as well as the storyline.
But nothing puts me in a better mood than a DAMNED good game. Always fantastic. Win or lose, if you can come away thinking "I need a dry pear of pants", then there's nothing better.
I'd say I originally got back into it to fill a void a certain someone left in my life.
I have an artistic nature/talent, so the painting appealed to me. I wouldve been happy just painting even if I never got to have a game. As it so happened Ive managed to get quite a few games & my painting skills are coming along nicely.
I guess you could say I've fallen in love with the hobby all over again. Orginally I wouldve left the hobby as soon as I had something better to do, but now I dont think I would.
Im a painter first, gamer second. Fluff and conversions can fight it out for last place.
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