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Warhammer 40K: Maintaining Your Amateur Status or Going Pro

I am fortunate enough to live in an area where there is a strong gaming community. Whether your poison is roleplaying games, magic, or tabletop miniature war games, there’s something here for everyone. Best General? I could probably play in a 40K event every week, and at nearly all these events there is a strong emphasis on “Best General.” The “Best General” is the player who won the most games or scored the most points…

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Traveling Back in Time

I’ve been an avid Warhammer 40K player since 1995, back in the days of 2nd edition. I’ve always been a fan of the Adeptus Astartes; though when I started playing, I only knew them as the space marines. In the Beginning, the Emperor Created… One of the coolest aspects of the space marines is their origin story; the Emperor, the primarchs, and the Horus Heresy. Shrouded in mystery and being fed only occasional (sometimes contradictory)…

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Gamer Gauntlet

The thing I hate most about the grocery store is the people who stop mid stride as they peruse the shelves, completely blocking the isles. Whether they are texting, double checking their grocery list, or saying hello to a neighbor, they’re completely oblivious to the their surroundings. What the fuck! Pay attention. If only we had Mad Max-style spikes on the front of our grocery carts. I’d bet we’d all be more perceptive. Gamers are…

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A Long, Lonely Road

Tabletop miniature war gaming can be a lonely hobby. Sure, there’s a great sense of community. It’s not too difficult for even the most socially inept of us to get a game in every now and then. However, the chances of finding someone in this niche that you can start a relationship with is slim. I’ve met a lot of gamers across many states and I have yet to hear, “I met my girlfriend during…

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40K Tournament, Pleasantly Surprised

Recently, I attended a local 40K tournament; a three-round, 1850, one-day event. The store hosting the event has a reputation for attracting some of the more competitive players in the area, typically bringing hard-hitting lists. Being a more casual gamer, I was well prepared to get my ass handed to me. My goal at these smaller events is to try and get in one or two fun games (usually after being knocked out of the…

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Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Off the Board

I am a huge Star Wars fan. It’s a statement uttered by countless nerds who have grown up with and continue to grow with characters from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I am also a huge fan of tabletop miniature war games. Put the two together and look out. Fantasy Flight has done just that. They’ve had great success with the X-Wing miniatures game and recently released Star Wars Armada…