I know I've done this a few times, but a thought has struck me recently. I keep saying that I'll put more blog posts up next month when I'm not so busy, but being honest, that's just a pile of crap. The fact is that I really don't want to feed you bull anymore. I could say that I'm really busy right now with University work and that I'll post next month but then next month I have more University work and my job, then in January it's the same and it's touch and go whether I make it to Caledonian.
February, University work again, March, tournaments galore, April and May, University work, late May through to September, at work again, and so the cycle restarts again. Thus, I really need to decide what to do with this. I could shut it down, after all, I've been running this one man show for almost 2 years now and it no longer has the fresh new vibe that it used to. I can't be bothered with the Codex Analysis anymore as I like to be thorough but there are just far too many units per book for me to cover individually, plus if you're looking for a slot by slot breakdown there are loads about. The only issue with that is that it's flooded with keyboard warriors, not all of them are, but a lot. Meatshield over at Perpetually Thwarted knows what he's on about though so I'd pop you over in his direction.
I'm guessing this all stems for a rather large amount of disillusionment with the hobby if I'm honest. And I'm going to break this down into segments. I've always enjoyed the competitive side of the game, what I really enjoy is the puzzle of working out how to win, this is why I don't play meta lists, everyone knows what they do, how they do it and why they win. To me it's a bit like using cheat codes on Pokemon games, there's no puzzle, it's already been solved, simply turn up and wreck face.
The best thing about non meta lists is that they're cheap, because you don't have to update them every week because they aren't the meta and so no-one is building armies specifically to counter them.
That said, I've encountered some issues with my Chaos list recently. It's difficult to work out how it works, but once you do, ok, you take it to a tournament, and you see how it does, but once you've been to a couple of 2 day events, and you've played the list so much that you are now the king of Land Raider combat (or not), then you start to get bored. I finished the army in July, and I'm already planning my next project.
My wallet cannot sustain this, I am sitting next to a top-spec gaming computer fully installed with all sorts of expensive guff, I then have this expensive hobby, plus I'm playing £9,000 + Accomodation plus living expenses. On top of that, I am playing like supreme crap.
I'm at that stage where I can go down to the local GW, which isn't the worst GW for competitively play, and whack a couple of seals on a 4x4 board if I want to, but the moment that I play anywhere else I get dominated. I played against a Wraithwing army the other day, even with the insta-killing of the Land Raider with a Haywire Bomb court that's not a horrendous match up for me, but even with sneaky and if I may say so impressive plays I still lost pretty heavily.
I then played a Mr Sackett on Vassal, who is one of the top players in this country, and since then I have actively been putting off playing a game. Not because of Mr Sackett, who was actually a really cool guy to play, but because I played so badly that I am embarrassed to turn up at a tabletop. Beginner mistake after beginner mistake plagued my game. I am happy to concede that that was the worst that I've played since starting this blog. It was horrific.
So, what I am going to attempt to do, to re-ignite this blog and my interest in the hobby, is make a post every day. Without the reads I will struggle however as that is what really motivates me so please keep checking back to see what's going up. It's not going to be all tournament stuff, it's going to be a bit of a mix. List ideas, ongoing hobby work, extra nerdy nonchalance, etc.
Apologies if this is a little out of the blue, it's almost 3am, I barely sleep nowadays, I'm a bit paranoid, stressed and I've had a little drink. Speaking of which, since the Tau release I have started to suffer from a degree of anxiety, and this also surfaces at tournaments. So far, from tournaments alone I have befouled:
A gutter outside Worthing train station, a lay by on the A62, the bathrooms of a service station near Nottingham, and a patch of reeds of a footpath in the Peak District (the last two more so). Enjoy your day.