Well here we are on the cusp of a new year. 2014 is upon us and 2013 is at its end. Terra has completed GW one at least, has seen some massive changes. In fact, 2013 seems to have the overtones of "The Empire Strikes Back" for the 40K hobby.
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We have seen a rapid release of product this year from GW. In fact this is the fastest GW has put out product in its entire history. 5 codex's a years was a dream a mere 2 years ago. Not only are we getting Codex's at a rapid pace we are getting supplements and expansions at the same time. Not only has this given players a ton of new things to play with, it has also given them one big question. Whats is normal 40k? Not only that, but what is legal? Spellduckwrong touched on this a couple weeks ago. Well technically speaking its all normal. You play using what you want and don't play with the stuff you don't like. This barrage of product and rules has left the community a little blind sided and the narrative nature of the game finds itself completely at odds with the competitive side. It is the competitive side that is causing a lot of the questioning and arguments. Rightly so.
As a T.O. I am a little overwhelmed by the slew of products and rules. I applaud those running the big events like NOVA, The Las Vegas Open, Da Boyz and of course the event I attend Adepticon. I especially don't envy Reecius. The Vegas Open is the first event of the year so to speak. He has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. I salute your efforts sir and agree we need to come together as a community and fix things so those that want to play competitive, can with a minimal amount of confusion.
Tj, The man formally known as Old School Terminator, recently mentioned the Magic tournament scene in a conversation I had with him recently. Magic has a very strict and organized tournament circuit. they ban and limit cards that unbalance things or sku results. We should look to that as an example. If we need to restrict and strip things down to make the game work on a competitive level then lets do it. Limiting points is already in built. Banning allies or supplements may need to happen to make things balance out. We already do this to an extent, but it seems we as Americans need somebody to tell us its OK to do it. Well that's not the America I am use to. If somethings broken fix it.
The community has grown a bit soft and lazy in my opinion. GW is not going to do this stuff for us. We as the community need to do it. We need to do it now. In fact one of our local players has been calling for a conclave of players form around the state to hammer out a tournament standard. We will see if The Judge can get all the groups around here together. I know I will lend my help. We have to come together and get this all hammered out. 2014 must be the year we take back our game. The hobby must be stronger to grow. You cannot build without a firm foundation.
SO, play those narrative games with gusto. We have lots of new toys and tools to use in them. Contribute to the solution instead of being the problem when it comes to competitive play. I think 2014 will be a great year for 40K. It will also be a great year for Firestorm Armada. The new rule set is pretty tight. More on that next year though.
So with 2013 coming to a close I bid you farewell. See you next year.
Blood Runs, Anger Rises, Death Wakes, WAR CALLS!!!!!!!