I know I have only been to two 40k tournaments but something that irritated me while I was at my 1850 one was the attitude of one of the players, which quite frankly baffled me. Every one that I talked to and two of the players I faced where great guys, friendly, took their punches, were graceful in victory and knew their rules. Yet the last guy that I faced was the opposite.
Probably about a year ago Mercer over at imperius Dominatus wrote about whiny 40k players and quite honestly I had never really faced such an issue before, until now. While I wouldn’t say my opponent was terrible, his attitude towards the game and how the game unfolded was not what I expected.
When I went to the tournament I had certain expectations, I assumed people would be using net lists of great power, I wouldn’t stand a chance and even if I get crushed its only a game, don’t get to serious about it. Maybe it was just me, maybe some people get to invested in a game and take it all rather serious, as after all, 40k is serious business.
One of the biggest problems I had with this guy was that his belief that I was trying to cheat him every time I corrected him on his rules. I don’t expect everyone to know every rule, hell I know I don’t know everything and if someone corrects me all I ask is a page number and carry on having learnt something. However my opponent consistently argued with me over rules after I showed him the rules in the book! Even then he asked three other people before finally accepting the correct rules. An example, deny the witch, he was insistent that you can only deny on a 4+ if your psyker is 2 levels higher than the one casting the power, no idea where he got that from. It then carried on with you can only deny one power a turn, again no rules like that even after I showed him the book.
Another thing that got under my skin a little was that he started to complain that elder are ‘over powered’ when a unit or two of his died. Yes elder are powerful now, I wont deny it, but you don’t really have any right to complain about other peoples armies when you have 5 monstrous creatures (4 flying) and a heldrake. Something about he without sin and stones.
I don’t know why but it really irritated me. I hope that I dealt with the situation well enough, but what would you guys do in that sort of situation? Is it just a part of 40K that you have to deal with?