Bad 40k Gamers and Store Experiences
I've found it's sometimes interesting to share experiences with people online, because it's both a means to vent and joke about it- as well as a means to share how to best handle these incidents when they occur. I'd like to share some of mine, and I'd love to hear some of your own- especially, since as I understand, these types of players are on the rise.
I may also continue to update this with other stories and experiences as they occur or I feel like typing them out. Since I've been interested in this type of hobby since 1995-ish, I've encountered quite a bit. I may also add some good stories and experiences, too- I don't want to destroy everyone's faith in the Imperium of Mankind.
The Sore Loser that Wasn't Even Losing
This dude I was playing against was pretty sour as soon as we deployed. I don't know if he was just bitter because at the time I was rocking a 1000-point IG army because that's all I could afford... or if he was just mental. From the start, all he did was double-check every move I made and every action I took, which really slowed the game down. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, because in my mind for every 'rule Nazi' there's been a handful of cheaters he's had to deal with.
At a certain point while we played, the guy just got on my nerves and I said I had to go to the bathroom. I didn't have to go that bad, but I did need to step away from him because I was a new player to 40k and he was frustrating me. I got a moment, decided to just come back and finish the game, and maybe avoid this guy afterward. He was going to win anyway, and I didn't mind that at all.
When I came back, his army was already packed up and he says to me, "You're using loaded dice". Look, I'm not going to sit and pretend I've never been dishonest in my life, but cheating at a tabletop game isn't even close to where my morals got fuzzy. He goes to the other end of the store and starts chatting with some guy, and the store owner approaches.
Politely, the store owner asks if he can see my dice. All of my dice were the bastards of a dozen board games with some Vegas souvenirs (the only thing I brought home from that trip that didn't require antibiotics). I went to grab them from the dice tray, and they weren't there. I let the store owner look in my bag, boxes, everything. A guy that was nearby, who knew something just wasn't right with this picture, said "Hey, maybe the other guy grabbed them by accident" and made eye contact with me- I figure he saw the dude grab them.
They guy that accused me said I must have flushed them down the toilet, and he made a fuss about his bags and left and claimed we were 'harassing' him. I never saw him again, I was completely baffled, and I never went back to that store because I was too embarrassed.
The Awful Little Children
There's a store with a wide variety of gaming products near my home, where me and a friend of mine get a lot of our stuff and play a game from time to time. As of late, we've had an issue with children at the store. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate kids. I don't want kids, but I like them. Even God-Awful little hellions I don't completely blame the kids, I blame the parents.
So there's a problem with them going to tables, picking up models during play, and then just setting them down. A guy at one table noticed one of his Orks was missing, and a parent just walks over a few minutes later with a broken model and is like, "Sorry, my son must have grabbed this". The guy was like, "Well, the arms are broken- could you at least help me find them?" The parent's response was, "Well you shouldn't have your little toys so close to the edge of the table"... because 'watching your kid when he's grabbing small things he could choke on' isn't the sensible thing to do.
This happens a lot, we have kids climbing up on the tables all the time. Children running about, screaming, etc. A lot of the parents are in the store looking at comics/mangas, posters, and the various other things the place sells. It's just an issue with people coming in, letting their little ones run wild, and not caring about other customers. We've yet to have a tournament that can finish at a reasonable time because the game are constantly interrupted by unattended children.
We also have kids asking about the game- which is cool, because there's a little dude that's always welcome to sit on the barstool near me because he's trying to learn the rules before Christmas when he gets his Space Marines. He's our 'Battle Buddy' and a bit of a good luck charm, so he gets a pass. A few of the guys have given him some older stuff and bought him that box with 3 Space Marines and paints so he can practice painting (and he's pretty good).
Aside from the cool kid, we've brought this up to the store. The people running it responded that we should be 'tolerant' because it's a 'family store'. None of us have issues with this, and we even do our part to make sure no one is swearing and have 'model watch' if one player needs to step away and have a smoke or a bathroom break. We explained how we're trying to be tolerant, and the store owner's wife got involved and told us we're lucky that we're allowed to use the tables if we aren't buying anything. The store owner simply stands there, lets her dictate this, and nothing happens.
This past weekend my friend went to the store and asked if we could start a tournament. He was told they'd be hosting no more tournaments. All the tables were removed except one. When he asked about the status of the tables, he was told that the one table is by reservation only and it has to go through the store manager. My friend called later that night and asked to buy one or two of the tables (not trying to boast, but I have a big enough house and I was willing to host them in my living room, where I could fit 3 tables easily now that my pool table is broken) and the store owner said they weren't for sale and would be disassembled for a different project.
I mean, it -is- property of the Store Owner and it's his business to run as he sees fit. But it seems to me that between his wife and bad parents, he's decided that we aren't 'valuable customers'.
Forge World Whining
I was explaining this to a Brit not long ago, asking if he was having the same issue in his part of the world. As I understand, we're seeing it a lot more in the US than anywhere else.
I've got quite a few items from Forge World, most of them simply cosmetic- I use Praetorian heads for my Black Templar Assault Marines and Tacticals, Imperial Fist Templar Brethren heads for my Sergeants, and some Phobos Pattern Bolters. I'm also intending to get their variant Lascannon and some of their other weapons.
I've been considering a Legion Fellblade tank, but it looks a bit pricey. If someone asked me not to use the Fellblade, I'd understand- the rules for it are not widely available and in the Codex. However, the fact I'd be asked not to use it is part of the reason I haven't purchased one.
The problem is that a lot of players and even game hosts are taking the 'NO FORGE WORLD' thing to the point of absurdity. Some players in the US are pointing to my Templars with the cosmetic changes- from a licensed WH40k company- and claiming that it's 'Forge World' and that it is 'against the rules' or 'unofficial models'.
I don't get it. I could understand if I were laying down Horus Heresy 30k tank or something that isn't covered in the rules, or playing models or special characters from some 3rd-party knock-off company. But this is getting absurd. Apparently, there's this belief that if it doesn't come directly from Games Workshop's store, it's 'not legitimate', even if it's only cosmetic.
I'm not sure how to combat this, but any suggestions would help.
Last edited by Brother Armiger; 03-27-16 at 12:17 PM.